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Wednesday, August 21, 2019


The package

To the editor:
In heaven there is a Room with an assortment of Gifts both Spirtual and Physical. At the very moment of conception anywhere in the world a package is assembled for the child by an Angel, The Packer. As he began his day's work an Angel appeared. New Instructions from the Boss, He has been monitoring the Earth people, not them again the Packer interrupted. Judge not, that ye be judged the Angel answered. He would like the Spiritual qualities increased to one cup of Love, two tablespoons of Compassion, a dash of Forgiveness, a pinch of Generosity, a dollop of Honesty, a soupcon of Patience and I would consider doubling up on the Love. The Physical Recipe height, color of hair, eyes, skin the usual will remain the same. Is that all asked the Packer, yes replied Gabriel I am only the messenger. The Packer set to work. These Gifts represent a once in a lifetime offer, no recalls, non-refundable, not sold separately, good for the life-time of the user. However there is an expiration date as do we all. These Gifts are all you will get, all you will ever need. A Gift from God. Use them wisely. All Packages are unique to the individual; they all weigh the same.

Joe Rossiter
Kauneonga Lake

No Rate Hike for NYSEG

To the editor:
I can well understand why NYSEG avoided having any Public Hearings in Sullivan County for their proposed outrageous 20%+ rate hike. There might have been a riot. Sullivan County has suffered from poor service and rip-off electric charges and practices for years. In 2018, the electric was off more than 8 times, with two of the outages lasting 9 to 14 days depending on where you lived. It is ironic that as I wrote this protest, our electricity went off.
I was able to finish only because last year we finally gave up and installed a costly propane backup generator. With so many service interruptions we felt we had no other choice. But many of our neighbors are not able to afford this expensive, but essential and in some cases lifesaving alternative power source. Then there is NYSEG's unethical billing practice of using estimates, not meters, to establish electric usage. Estimates result in monthly charges per light, even if some are not working or otherwise not in use.
Until NYSEG gives up their price gouging policies and comes into line with other electric companies that actually give assistance to municipalities that try to save electricity by switching to metered, town owned LED streetlights, NYSEG does not deserve any rate increase whatsoever. They have more than enough rip-off profits from the current system.

Star D. Hesse

Thank you for caring

To the editor:
Recently my brother, a Sullivan County resident, died in his 82nd year. Since the 1980s he had been under the care of the staff of Sullivan County Rehabilitation Support Services (RSS) in Monticello. I write to report how wonderfully the people there provided for my brother's many needs. They saw to his health care, both physical and mental, they provided housing, they took him shopping, they looked-in on him, calling and visiting. In short, they made sure that, so far as possible, his needs were met—consistently, year-in and year-out. The RSS staff supplied assistance that was both professional and caring.
My brother suffered a variety of ailments and could be very difficult in personal relations. Long ago his family ceased to be able to supply the care he required. That is why I am so deeply grateful to the Sullivan County RSS staff. Their efforts enabled him to live his life as he chose. The residents of Sullivan County can take great pride and satisfaction from knowing that this state agency does outstanding work—thoughtful, caring, conscientious, reliable—and effective.
In New York State, as in Connecticut where I live, there are, I am sure, many who complain about the failures of government and its programs. Some of those complaints have merit. But with respect to the work of RSS people in Sullivan County, this note should serve as evidence of their dedication and success in providing effective service.

Richard Brown
Hampton, CT

Ban Foie Gras

To the editor:
According to the ASPCA, during weeks of force feeding ducks or geese to produce the gourmet delicacy foie gras, “the bird's liver becomes so enlarged that, according to the documentation of veterinarians, the animals must experience unspeakable pain and suffering. The results of necropsies performed on dead birds that were force fed show ruptured livers, throat damage, esophageal trauma, and food spilling from the birds' throats and out their nostrils.”
Over the years, many people worldwide have unsuccessfully petitioned or otherwise urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to address this cruelty in Sullivan County.
Foie gras production is prohibited in most European nations, Argentina, Australia, Israel and California. India, which has no foie gras farms, prohibits its import into the country.
By contrast, the silence on this issue by Cuomo, Schumer, Gillibrand and by Attorney General Letitia James has been deafening. My own letters to these officials haven't been answered. Why are they so indifferent to cruelty so awful that even Hitler prohibited it in Nazi Germany?
Bills in the NY Legislature that would prohibit foie gras production have received little support. However, in some countries including Israel foie gras production has been deemed illegal under general laws prohibiting cruelty to animals. It can and should be banned in New York under our state's already established animal protection laws - absent a specific law banning commercial force feeding of birds.

Joel Freedman

Follow Your Heart

To the editor:
We hear the talk of a President perhaps a new one of course
So many heading way up front like the racer on a horse
So darn hard, excuse me God can you give me a clue
When I have a problem my prayer is “What should I do”
We're not involved in Dems and Repubs
We sit back and hear the news all the people give advice
They tell you who to choose good or bad it's really sad
Each voter a different view
Sit back and wait
at times it's fate
the right choice will come to you.

Catherine LoBosco

June goes so fast

To the editor:
My children are asking Mom what's coming our way
Sept 2nd - that's Labor Day
That's not the answer they wanted to hear
The parks and the movies non-stop in my ear
Mamma will be rested put away all the toys
Sit in her chair relaxing
no noise
At times a bit lonely but the day goes so fast
But lots of fun memories and love that just passed
Months and the days where did they go
Woke up this AM it's August oh NO
We have more time lets go for a walk
A nice cozy day we have fun laugh and talk
Time goes so fast but we're going slow
Till the day say you're done and Momma says No.

Catherine LoBosco

Lang blew it!

To the editor:
Woodstock 50th promoter Michael Lang blew it and now he sees that ‘The only Woodstock' is at Bethel though back then Woodstock, NY wouldn't have them either.
Why he went out of Bethel with this is beyond me, maybe he forgot where and what took place here.
It was for Peace, Love and Music but to clarify that it was a peaceful protest of the Vietnam War, Police action or whatever that had torn this country up as young men (draft dodgers) left the country and went to Canada. Over 16 million people left the country and half-a-million came here peacefully. The draft started in 1964 and ended in 1973. Ford pardoned them to come back in 1974 and Carter did a full pardon in 1977.
This was a giant event in history and Lang thought he would be able to move it out? Whatever chemistry is here taught him differently.
Now with what he did will cause a giant mess since everyone will come here! Police are going to restrict the area to ticket holders only and ask everyone to stay off the 17B corridor!
Stay off a main-blood-line artery isn't going to be easy; in fact it's going to be a nightmare.
Tenacity and vision, more like greed, politics and stubbornness!
Hopefully it can be all pulled together in time ‘The Woodstock Way'.
Peace and Love everyone.

Don Dittmer
Lake Huntington

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