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Saturday, February 24, 2018


Betterment where it should matter most

To the editor:
I was dismayed and disappointed when I learned that New York State had issued grants to private enterprises such as for the restoration of the Antrim Lodge, for improvements at Bethel Woods, and for establishment of another brewery.
Antrim Lodge developers have already indicated that they will be catering to the upper echelon of society.
I don't think that Bethel Woods needs public financing for their own property.
I don't think we need another brewery in our area.
What will the taxpayers in this area get for these expenditures other than higher tax bills?
Municipalities such as Townships and Villages could use funds for maintaining and upgrading facilities and computer programs.
Funds could be used to help cope with the damages from natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, and fires. These items certainly don't need the seemingly endless parade of studies and surveys conducted by State and Federal Agencies.
Funds could be set up to aid organizations and committees who are working for betterment of their communities.
Schools and Youth Organizations could use funds for items not covered by State Assistance Programs.
If funds are to be used, it could be for farmers and small businesses. These people are long time area residents, but may be forced to leave the area if their businesses fail.
I am sending copies of this letter to our state representatives. I encourage everyone to let their ideas and opinions to be known. A single voice doesn't make much noise, but a lot of voices make a lot of noise.

Paul Hubert

Guns, God and Faso

To the editor:
Congressman Faso was in Sullivan County on 2/11 at the Casino and then Sportsman Federation Coyote Hunt Banquet and he was available to talk to. I spoke to him twice. As far as 2nd Amendment gun rights go we need that for protection from criminals, terrorists, illegal immigrant gang members, psychotic people and yes to protect the US citizen from politicians who want to tax us to death. Do “We the People” need AR-15s, no! I shoot better with my Winchester bolt action. If I were a Republican Congressman I would discuss how we could receive AR-15s and similar tactical style weapons from citizens without causing a war. Meaning, there are millions of legal gun owners who will go to war over keeping their tactical style rifles. So is more gun control the only solution to these massacres? It seems to me the same people who want stricter gun control laws also want to hinder the police from doing their jobs. I'll say it again the major component missing from the mass violence equation is that we need God back in our government, schools and in our daily lives.
Neither political party has all the answers. Our government and each of us desperately need wisdom from God.
God bless America, One nation under God, in God we trust.

JP Pasquale
Livingston Manor

Please “sno” more

To the editor:
Feeling moody and scorn
Tho it's feeling lil' warm
The sun peeking yo-ho
I hear mom shout get that storm jacket out
Tonite we're expecting big snow
Thought she was kidding
I said gosh forbidding
Just heard it guess it is true
I'll go out in the sun ‘till I have to run
And look up and white flakes peek thru
Please “sno more” do not knock at my door
Turn around, give us a break
Clean up this mess
Wear my pretty dress
And pass thru that beautiful lake

Cathy LoBosco

Ban military grade weapons

To the editor:
When the slaughter of children is accepted as the price to be paid for a distorted interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, the NRA and those who support them in Washington admit they are murderers.
Parkland, Las Vegas, Orlando, Newtown, Sutherland Springs, San Bernardino. ALL have one thing in common - the AR-15. This weapon category must be banned for civilian use. All countries have mentally ill people; only America has mass murders.
On February 24th an AR-15 will be raffled off at a “President Trump Thank You Dinner” at the Best Western in Matamoras, PA.
Dinner proceeds will lobby Members of Congress to support a Federal concealed-carry law, removing State and local control.
The guest speaker: Gun Owners of America's Executive Director, Larry Pratt, who supports gun owners using violence to resist any judicial rulings for gun control.
The sponsors: Hyung Jin (Sean) Moon, the leader of The Sanctuary Church, also called the Rod of Iron Ministries (refers to AR-15) in Newfoundland, PA., Hyung's brother, Kook Jin (Justin) Moon, CEO of Kahr Firearms, Blooming Grove, PA., and The Independent Gazette.
Hyung Jin Moon has called his racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic ideologues to bring their AR-15's to be “blessed” in Newfoundland on February 28th.
With hate in our backyard, all of us--Straight, GLBTQ, White, Black, Brown, Asian, Latino, Christian, Muslim, and Jew-- must stand together as Americans AGAINST hate and FOR a BAN on military-style weapons.
Raise your voice. Attend a vigil. Write/email/phone elected officials and newspapers, post on social media.

Diana Wiener
Milford, PA

The road to safer schools

To the editor:
Another school shooting, my prayers and condolences go out again. So the media erupts with their rants about guns are the problem, maybe? Then a few about mental health is the issue, yes.
Pundits call for more security and surveillance, look at our airports and government buildings they are well protected, why not our kids at school? Well maybe if we can get a few million people off public assistance/welfare then we can afford to have armed police and drone surveillance in our schools?
However my guess is if you take away the AR-15s, set up better mental health and improve security we will still see these mass murders, yes a few will be thwarted/stopped before they happen but I believe they will continue because of evil. Yes these events like terrorism are driven by evil forces the bible calls them forces of darkness. The book of Ephesians chapter 6:10+ tells us to put on the full armor of God and to resist the devil. But how can we do that when we have removed God from government and public school! I'll tell you how; pray it back, it is time for more Jesus and less politics! I don't mean religious rules and regulations but us hurt and desperate people turning to God and asking for His help, love and kindness, ask God to change us for the better and the result will be better churches that meet the needs of the various people in the community and God will Make America Great Again by making each one of us great.
The real solution to mass violence has a huge spiritual component that has been left out until after the fact, when everyone comes together to mourn.
God bless America, One nation under God, In God we trust.

JP Pasquale
Livingston Manor

Trump, treason and Faso

To the editor:
On Tuesday Feb.13 the heads of all the US intelligence agencies were questioned by the Senate about the possibility of Russian interference in our democratic process. They unanimously agreed that Russia manipulated the 2016 elections and continues to do so in 2018. They also said they've been passing along all of the information they have on this to the Trump administration, which has done absolutely nothing to prevent it from happening again. When Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island questioned FBI director Christopher Wray he was told that the FBI has given all of its facts directly to President Trump who has formed no plans of any kind to stop Russia from tampering with our elections again.
From the beginning Trump has insisted that the entire Russian investigation is a giant hoax and that he has no knowledge of Russian interference in 2016. He is adamant about wanting it stopped presumably because it might prove he was involved in something illegal. Then on this last Friday, Feb.16, the Mueller Investigation came out with a report and criminal indictments proving without doubt that the Russians did and continue to do exactly what they were suspected of. Trump is still doing nothing. Our country is being attacked by another nation just as surely as if a foreign army were landing on our mainland. Trump's lack of action is putting his personal concerns above the welfare of the United States. That is pure treason for which our Constitution mandates serious penalties yet there is not one Republican in Congress who will speak out.
Mr. Faso, if you have even the smallest bit of courage, integrity or care for our democracy you will step forward now and clearly condemn the President. If you do not you are an absolute disgrace and you should resign from your office immediately.

Ralph Moseley

The people's outcries

To the editor:
Yes another lone person, who fell through the cracks, bought a gun and murdered more school students. The people's outcries are calling for armed security at our schools either by teachers, Veteran's, security companies or like Florida had Police in the school. Where those cops were, still don't know, though seeing the police cars still wasn't enough to stop this guy from doing what he did?!
Like Nancy Pelosi, some are calling for more do-nothing laws, he broke several laws though!
People knew about this person and said nothing; FBI and local PD knew something but did nothing; in seven years he was responded to at least 39 times for disturbance and mental issues and they did nothing! Much information has surfaced that shows that a red flag should've been put into the system on him that he wouldn't have been able to buy a gun but Gov't failed us again.
As with practically, if not all, other mass shootings this was done in a Gun Free Zone! This proves once again that Gun Free Zones do not work! Just open your eyes and you will see that. Too many deaths and maiming's have happened because of that law, time to end that failure of a law that only the law-abiding observe!
How about we get back to real Family Values and parents start being parents again instead of friends to our children. Use ‘See something, hear something, know something equals say something!'
A father read his daughters diary, she was planning a school shooting including made a pipe bomb. That school was saved!
Use the laws on the books already! Gov't accountability!
Listen to what Rep Scalise has to say about this after being a shooting victim himself.
And yes, pray for the families and all of us!

Don Dittmer
Lake Huntington

Who to blame

To the editor:
Stop blaming the NRA and whoever is the President at the time for these mass shootings.
Blame screwed up adults raising screwed up children.

Denise Connolly

Family values

To the editor:
Despite the horrific killings by a lone gunman armed with an assault-type weapon at a Parkland, Florida high school, neither the gun manufacturers, nor the NRA have anything to worry about, despite huge public outcries.
Donald Trump and the “family values” Republicans in Congress will protect them.

Marshall Rubin

A open letter to John Faso

To the editor:
As a resident of Livingston Manor and thereby a constituent of John Faso's, I have been calling and writing to him as issues in our country come up since he was elected. Naturally, he usually just sides with whatever is on the Mercer agenda or is best for the GOP and not necessarily the country. Here's my latest message to him on the night after yet another school shooting.
Dear John,
As our nation faces another mass shooting at a school, I want to know what kind of action you plan on taking as my representative in Congress that involves more than just thoughts and prayers along with the rest of your party. Something needs to be done, and it's not going to make the NRA happy. While I know you rely on money from the likes of that organization and citizens both in and out of your district who agree with an unrestricted right to bear arms, your party's continued lack of action is literally killing our children.
Please advise.
?If any of your readers need inspiration on how to voice their fury with our government's continued lack of action to protect our children, perhaps a printing of my letter to John would help.

Tony Lance
Livingston Manor

The lamp dims as the Golden Door Slams Shut

To the editor:
“Give me your tired, your poor,, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door.”
- Emma Lazarus
We were once a sanctuary for those fleeing war, poverty, famine and persecution; a “Melting Pot” of people who came here to make a better life, worked hard and helped build this nation. Many faced hardship and persecution when they got here, but most assimilated. After World War II during which people were turned away from our shores and sent back to Europe consigning many to death in the Holocaust, it seemed that our view towards people coming here softened.
But Nowadays undocumented immigrants are reviled and even people who have been here in this country for decades, worked, paid taxes, served in our military, raised their children here to become American Citizens, are now subject to being summarily rounded up and deported.
Why was a woman who fled a husband that threatened to kill her, who came to this country, worked here for decades, raised her children as American citizens… stopped for a routine traffic violation in Texas and then turned over to ICE who summarily deported her back to Mexico refusing to consider her orders of protection or grant her a hearing before an immigration judge? A week later her husband murdered her.
Why is DACA being held hostage to an exorbitantly expensive wall?
As Robert Frost duly noted in his poem “Mending Wall.”
Before I built a wall I'd like to know what I was walling in or walling out?
Fences, walls, ghettos, barriers. We've become a nation of us versus them.
“Give me your tired, your poor…”
For at least most will be grateful and evince a desire to make this land their home.

Richard Ross

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