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Monday, June 18, 2018


Wedding Wonder

To the editor:
Watching that wedding in England oh my.
Those gals and those gents and those hats passing by.
So excited to see how they all celebrate.
Waiting so long for that special date.
Some from New York, celebration and such.
Enjoyed that long trys were thrilled so darn much.
The beautiful bride, her mind in a cloud.
As she tends to see that unbelieveable crowd, her soon to be husband, so classy and fine.
Treasures his lady, he states she's all mine.
Like a fairytale or a true to life dream.
We all cannot join you, but bless our t.v. screen.

Catherine LoBosco

To All Dads here and anywhere

To the editor:
This time of year is so darn sad. A while back I lost my dad.
Celebration in each home, Mom and I feel so alone.
To all you folks so happy here, we wish you luck from us rite here.
The years we spent with dad were great.
A super loving giving mate, visits from the family, he always loved the company.
While he's here folks hold on tight.
With your days real close at nite, my tribute to dads and love shining thru.
Have a wonderful day from my family to you!

Catherine LoBosco

Agree Not To Agree

To the editor:
In response to two opinion letters in the Democrat recently that take issue with my opinions, I say your welcome to yours as I remain steadfastly behind mine.
As for our obscene levels of U.S. gun deaths and how the NRA's steamrolling drive to sell more and more guns intimidates and paralyzes our leaders from even minimal research and meaningful debate on safety measures to save lives, I would defer to the Parkland surviving students who sum up the issues and our way forward so well (despite the NRA's lame efforts to discredit these victims).
As for “opinions”, I don't remember ever advocating for “bigger” government, but shouldn't we expect competent and ethical government which would exclude unqualified family members enriching themselves with “Pay for Play” deals (remember when that was “corrupt”?) and Trump's ethically challenged “swamp” types such as Price, Pruitt, Flynn, Manafort, Gates, Zinke, Ross, Cohen, etc, etc.
As for the president, I will continue to patriotically comment on how unstable, unqualified, patently dishonest and dangerous he has always been and the constant con-job he pulls on his supporters who he never cared about before. Why does he shamelessly invent conspiracies (his “Spygate” or Obama “wire-tap”) to divert valid and constitutional investigations and then have his Fox & Nunes type toadies embarrassingly try to spin them? Why all these diversions and threats if he and his gang are innocent? Although all the Mueller indictments and Trump team's proven lies about their Russian contacts would indicate there's valid reasons for this investigation.
But those letter writers are welcome to Trump if a banana republic is what you voted for.
PS: I invite readers to Google the common traits of 3rd World Dictators for a good profile of Trump.

Bill Lucas

My birthday

To the editor:
What a day to be born!
Celebrating from dusk to dawn.
Roman Candles all in a row,
waiting for the word - let them go!
I'm a Yankee Doodle dandy - no doubt about it, a proud Americian from the “get go.”
Join me in the celebration.
Let's look forward to the day in appreciation!
God Bless America!

Eileen Barkwick

Fighting for what's right

To the editor:
I am writing to ask my fellow Democrats in Congressional District 19 to vote for Patrick Ryan for Congress on June 26th.
The Democratic party has been fortunate in fielding so many very qualified candidates who desire to represent us in Congress. The decision of who to support in the upcoming primary is a difficult one. I am convinced that Pat's poise, his “can do” attitude and his willingness to fight for what is right makes him the clear choice and I believe he has the best chance of winning in the fall.
I encourage all Democrat Primary voters to take some time and do some research on our candidates and weigh their qualifications and I think in the end you will agree that the best choice is Patrick Ryan.

Charlie Barbuti

One in a million

To the editor:
Ever hear a gal shout out
Is this really true
Was there a plan to send this man
To me - I'm meaning you
A heart of gold and I'm told
There's more I have to give
You entered into my dear life
Showed me how to live
One in a million just came my way
Was it that little prayer
In the dim of nite I shut the light
And see you standing there
Everyone has a wish in life
You live from day to day
Don't grasp for straws just because
You do it your own way

Cathy LoBosco

Changing face of Politics

To the editor:
As the 2018 national election season is now upon us, I want to try to inform as many of my fellow Americans as possible about how the 2018 national Republican Party is different from the one that I grew up knowing in the 1950s and 1960s. The major difference is that back then "conservative" Republicans wanted the federal government to spend less than it was on social programs intended to help people including Social Security.
Today, however, there are a larger number of "conservative" Republicans (especially in the US Congress, in the conservative-media, and in "conservative-think-tanks") who go far beyond this and who are, in effect, modern-day cold-hearted "survival-of-the-fittest" Social Darwinists whose goal and plan is to eliminate and abolish all federal government social programs including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, and College Student Loans. However, they do not want to admit this to the public. Eventually, they will set their sights on Unemployment Insurance Benefits as well.

Stewart B. Epstein

Something has to change!

To the editor:
May 25th's section B cover story of yet several more family farms possibly going out of business is another sad result of an economic system that puts profits over people. Unfortunately this is our future until we make some cultural adjustments.
Here are a few axioms that I believe will lead to a more just, community centered sustainable society.
1. Bigger isn't always better; small pays more attention to details and is kinder and easier on people and the planet.
2. Acknowledge that unregulated capitalism eventually devours all its competition, (why 1% has secured 90% of the national wealth).
3. Grow local, buy local, it's fresher, more energy efficient, and keeps cash in our communities.
4. Corporations are not people. They certainly don't name their cows or know their lineage.

Jim Rodgers


To the editor:
I am writing this as the NRA/Pro Hunting Chairman for the Federation of Sportsman Clubs of Sullivan County. I do not own an AR-15 but my father and best friend both do so I am familiar with the AR-15. The AR-15 rifle, is one of the most popular weapons in America (the National Rifle Association calls it “America's Most Popular Rifle”) horrifyingly the tactical style rifle has been used in 11 mass shootings since 2012, according to Stanford Geospatial Center, Stanford Libraries and USA Today research).
Today, one of out of every five firearms purchased in this country is an AR-style rifle. Americans now own an estimated 15 million AR-15s as of 12/2017, NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation).
The AR-15 is legal in multiple states for hunting various animals from big game to varmints. NY does not allow a tactical style rifle for hunting yet the DEC Hunting Regulations website does not define the AR-15 or similar rifles as illegal.
AR-15 rifles and similar tactical style rifles are special because they are semi-automatic weapons that fire only one bullet each time the trigger is pulled, they are accurate and are easy to modify, exponentially more than any standard deer hunting rifle, with multiple and various accessories such as: Grips, Triggers, Sizeable Trigger Guards, Extended Magazine Release, Back-Up Sights, Scopes/Optics, Ambidextrous Charging Handle, Ambidextrous Safety Selectors, Extended Bolt Releases, Anti-Rotational Pins, Stocks, Barrels, Handguards / Rail Systems, Muzzle Devices, Sling & Sling Mountings etc. The AR-15 style rifles are not just used for shooting sports, hunting, protection, collecting/showing but as a hobby by many legal gun owners much like an erector set or fixing up an 1970s hot rod.

John “JP” Pasquale
Livingston Manor

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