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Sunday, October 13, 2019


Country over party

To the editor:
We should have known from the beginning, anyone walking around under that absurd coiffure is clearly impervious to good advice. Alas, his desire to be popular could not trump money, and what money wants is not popular.
If political bias eliminates one's credibility, as Trump has repeatedly alleged against the FBI, CIA, judges, Congress, the media, the whistleblower, etc., is he not himself uniquely disqualified, being the most vicious partisan ever? His behavior is simply unacceptable.
Also, he just survived years of investigation for colluding with Russia in 2016, barely skates with help from his Attorney General, and then immediately commits the same crime again? Country over party should be bipartisan.
Trump is vile and will be an embarrassing stain on our country for generations. But his ilk has been buying government influence for a long time. Corruption is destroying us. If only someone had a plan for that…

Jennifer Young

Sager for County Clerk

To the editor:
One thing I cannot stand in politics is the constant battle of one up on the other. For me, I believe totally in the real man (or woman) who will help our community. Not one out there to better their businesses or selves for that matter.
David Sager - He is most certainly a personable person, who cares about people and not what he can get from you. David always made the place so bubbly and fun to actually go to a place of business, that sometimes is hard to be there. David took his job very seriously and would get involved in everything that everyone was doing to help make a positive of all negative situations.
I don't normally talk politics because it's everyone's right to vote for their own personal choice, but David is definitely the man I will be voting for to be elected County Clerk. People, before you vote- listen with a full ear and not half- known facts. Look into things like what position they are in now and what they have done versus what people want you to hear. David you are the man. I write all day with my Sager pens! I know who I'm voting for - Sager for County Clerk!

Gina G. Rivera

Play U Pay

To the editor:
So say I'm sorry that's ok
But in the long run you have to pay
A mistake some dreadful too
No one to blame except just you
A mom whose son is no longer here
A loving Bro who was so dear
You plead it was a big mistake
One I'd never ever make
U Play U Pay now with your life
A love from family, a grieving wife
Their world is full of culprits, Wow
From way way back
Non stop till now
So have a heart
Keep love intact
All your blessings are not an act.

Catherine LoBosco

A Helpful Start

To the editor:
The good and the bad
The ugly, the sweet
At times makes no diff
It seems obsolete
Brought into this world
With hopes you are taught.
What's right and what's wrong
Your mistakes will be caught
Ask your parents, most are real shrewd
Confused then just ask
Don't ever be rude
A start that's real helpful
And one that's not gone
Will follow you in life
And help you go on.

Catherine LoBosco

Keep Agriculture in Sullivan County

To the editor:
New York City is bound and determined to destroy Sullivan County. They want to ban the sale of Foie Gras in New York City. Should this happen, LaBelle Farms and Hudson Valley Foie Gras would be forced out of business. These companies employ 400 people. Do you want to add 400 people to welfare benefits?
Farmers have been going through some very hard times the past few years. Most farmers, including myself, have used their by-product (Manure) for many years to fertilize their fields whether they be dairy, beef, crops, etc., because they could not afford commercial fertilizer.
Sullivan County is famous for its forests and green fields. Closing down this business would greatly increase the frequency of farms going out of business. No farmers-No Green Fields. Just horrible looking weed fields.
Many landowners rent their land to farmers and through an Agriculture Assessment, get a tax break. Again, No Farmer, No Tax Break and more ugly weed fields.
Let's keep agriculture an important part of Sullivan County.

John Ebert
North Branch

Sullivan County Clerk Election

To the editor:
The reoccurring theme that I am hearing in the election between Russell Reeves and David Sager for the position of Sullivan County Clerk is that Russell Reeves has the temperament and leadership skills to run the Clerk's office successfully.
As the former Public Works Superintendent of the Village of Monticello who worked under former village manager David Sager, I couldn't agree more with that assessment. Mr. Sager's management style did not foster a cohesive work environment among the staff of the village which resulted in poor customer service and good people leaving to find employment elsewhere.
In fact, if you remember from published news reports, I was subjected to a “chest bumping” incident by David Sager when he got mad at a village board meeting, which led me to file a report with the sheriff's department. This is one of those elections where political party shouldn't matter.
We need to vote for the right person who will treat both the employees and public with dignity and respect. Russell Reeves who is the current Deputy County Clerk has already proven himself. The choice is clear. Vote Russell Reeves for Sullivan County Clerk.

Jim Steinberg

Ban Foie Gras!

To the editor:
Banning Foie Gras production is back in the news and those who profit from the hideous suffering of the animals involved continue to deny and try to justify this abuse, making misleading statements designed to deflect from the real issue, the suffering and abuse of animals.
The profiteers of this abuse speak of a HUMANE (sic) facility, where ducks are force fed. Force feeding is never humane. When “…6000 ducks scatter…” at the mere approach of a human, they are not being handled humanely. Animals do not run in terror from benign handlers. Most of the civilized world has banned Foie Gras production and sale.
Profit mongers seek out economically depressed and desperate areas like Sullivan County, that allow abusive businesses like this to operate. Sad to say some local politicians have succumbed to the jobs, jobs, jobs mantra the profiteers use to smear Foie Gras protests as attacking farmers, and discriminating against farm workers.
Foie Gras protestors care about stopping the egregious animal abuse, and protecting the welfare of workers forced by economic circumstances to work in these places.
By turning a blind eye, Sullivan County is complicit in allowing this ongoing abuse of animal and workers to continue. To protect both animal and workers, Foie Gras production must be stopped now.

Star Hesse

Face the truth

To the editor:
Ever since Donald J. Trump won the presidency in 2016, Democrats have been calling for his impeachment. The Congresswoman from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been the biggest voice calling for the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump. She is even calling out her fellow Democrats for their caution to impeach Trump. I'm standing behind Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and I'm begging for the Democrat Party to IMPEACH TRUMP NOW!
Of course I am a Trump supporter and hope he gets re-elected, but I'm also so sick and tired of hearing Democrats calling for Trump's impeachment. I mean it seriously needs to stop because you're all looking like a bunch of clowns instead of politicians. So, it's time for Democrats to “put up or shut up!” Impeach President Donald J. Trump before the 2020 election, because I think it's the only way you're going to win the presidency in 2020. So, listen to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who says, “there's so much” to impeach Trump on.
For all Democrats need to face the truth that unless you're able to impeach President Donald J. Trump, I and others like me will show up on November 3, 2020 and vote for President Trump. Then after he's re-elected, I'm sure you'll spend the next four years making a fool out of yourselves calling for his impeachment. Then again I hope I'm wrong, and you'll finally work with President Donald J. Trump to Keep America Great!

Donald Gardner

Money controls everything

To the editor:
First of all, why two mostly supportive articles about fois gras production in Ferndale? The production of fois gras is arguably one of the most cruel animal abuses in the world.
Fed soy and corn? Yeah, cheap, GMO and unhealthy as such to any living creature. And I'm not going to start on force feeding! It is a gross and disgusting business and I hope fois gras is banned everywhere. Farmers-learn to farm and not subject “your” (of course they're not yours) animals to the level of abuse you currently do, just for the profits.
Profits made on cruelty to other creatures are offensive. As is the production of fois gras. It still amazes me how much money controls everything in America.

Cathy Farris

Humane treatment of farm animals top concern

To the editor:
I read Steve White's column every Friday, and usually agree with all he has to say. But this week (September 28), not so much. Let's begin with the foie gras industry. Many years back - the late 80's or early 90's, there was an issue about the force feeding of ducks in order to enlarge their livers.
Now, 30 years later, foie gras could be banned in New York City . I do not know the motives of Councilwoman Carlina Rivera (although my cynicism forces me to believe it is probably hypocritical.) Perhaps all pate suppliers did not tone down the treatment of these ducks that led lead to this ban. If they had, perhaps Steve's column would not have been necessary. The column states that more than 400 people will possibly lose or have lost their jobs. Yes, that is a tragedy. Animals that are needlessly suffering just to “tantalize our tastebuds” is equally tragic.
I am not a vegan nor a vegetarian. However, I am definitely opposed to factory farming, animals living in torturous conditions; animals brutally handled as if they were not living, sentient beings. Animals are the purest souls, as anyone can tell you who has loved a dog. People are not so pure. People are greedy and selfish.
I don't doubt that Marcus Henley and Jenny Chamberlain are good and generous people, but there are other industries that do not raise this type of issue. Honestly, those ducks did not look particularly happy in the photo. (I know, what does a happy duck look like?)
Applauding Luis Alvarez standing up for the workers is hypocritical. When our famed casino came into being and the race track continues on its downward spiral, he stated (and I paraphrase) that there is no place in the area for a harness track, and in fact he said he thinks there is no future for a harness track. Does he know that, or does it depend on whether it's an election year? This is an industry that has been in our county since 1958, and many people depend on it. In this case, our politicians follow only the desire of the casino bigwigs. Perhaps our casino can employ the 400.
I started smoking cigarettes at 14. The commercials were enticing. Now that cigarettes are definitely linked to all sorts of diseases, and people are turning to vaping, vaping is killing people. Where are the ethics? There undoubtedly is a loss of jobs somewhere in this mire.
There is a right thing to do, and that is to find that middle ground where neither humans or animals suffer. And Steve, you can still go fishing!

Geri Schwarz
Mongaup Valley

Elect Russell Reeves for Sullivan County Clerk

To the editor:
The County Clerk's Office has many responsibilities and functions. They include, but are not limited to, the recording and filing of deeds, mortgages, judgments, pistol permits, passports, notes of issue, Naturalization of our new citizens, and the FAVOR program (granting merchant discounts to our honorably discharged veterans), to name but a few. We are also local agents for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.
In order to insure continuity in the effective and efficient operation of the office I am supporting Russell Reeves for Sullivan County Clerk. Russell, who I appointed as Deputy County Clerk about a year and a half ago has been working side by side with me during that time and has proven to have the right temperament and leadership skills for the position.
Russell has helped implement the Electronic Filing of Civil Documents as well as the Electronic Recording of land documents. This use of technology has helped modernize the Sullivan County Clerk's Office. In addition, he has personally arranged for New York State to administer the notary exam locally, enabling more local professionals to become notaries.
It has been a privilege serving as your County Clerk these past 12 years, and I would like to thank you for your support in allowing me to do so. I am asking that you extend that same courtesy to Russell Reeves, electing him as your next Sullivan County Clerk.

Daniel L. Briggs
Fremont Center

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