Letters to the Editor for April 20
Alliance Party has never been more alive, or needed, in Sch’dy
Re: April 14 article, “Party denies interest waning”: I would like to paraphrase Mark Twain and say, “the demise of the Alliance Party has been greatly exaggerated.”
In addition to the active people mentioned in the article, many are waiting in the wings to work toward the only city race this year. This summer and fall, as last year, volunteers will be collecting signatures and campaigning for the Alliance — and Republican-endorsed candidate for City Council, Rich Patierne.
The Alliance Party is committed to finding and supporting candidates that exhibit independent, bipartisan thought, and show respect for and provide a voice for the residents of this city. In [coming close in] last year’s mayoral race, and by winning a City Council seat, the Alliance Party proved that there are a significant number of voters who support this principle.
The fact that Andy Chestnut has had some of his former supporters refuse to help him in his re-election bid for school board because he was involved in the Alliance effort clearly shows that intolerant partisan views still exist.
Those actions disgust those of us who believe that our freedom to choose political candidates should be without punitive actions by those who disagree.
Those actions reaffirm the reason for the Alliance Party [to exist].
Jacqueline A. Hurd
The writer was an unsuccessful Alliance candidate for City Council.
State came to the rescue with flood cost bailout
Re April 12 article, “State to pay local flood costs”: Last week’s announcement that the state would pick up the local share of Federal Emergency Management Agency public assistance projects was music to our ears. It was long-awaited good news for every community affected by [tropical storms] Irene and Lee.
For many weeks before the announcement, the Schoharie County highway superintendents and thousands of other local officials across the state were agonizing over the staggering costs we were facing as a result of the massive flooding. Bills for materials and contractors for clearing debris, repairing roads and bridges, and doing emergency stream work had piled up to unbelievable amounts. Counties, towns, villages, schools and others were using every bit of available funds and [had] taken on emergency loans to pay these bills — even as we struggled to continue our services to the public.
We were facing financial ruin, and many of us were not sure how we could ever find our way out. Over several months, we have reached out to the governor and many other officials for help. With no real answer, our anxiety and frustrations grew. In that frustration, we personally asked our assemblyman, Pete Lopez, to help make the plea for relief. Pete not only listened to us, but brought the case directly to Gov. Cuomo — camping on his doorstep to help the governor understand the urgency of our situation.
Last week’s announcement from the governor, Pete and his partners in the Legislature showed us that honest communication — on the merits and in good faith — can work. With their help, we will continue our efforts to bring our communities back.
Thank you, Gov. Cuomo and Assemblyman Lopez.
The writer is president of the Schoharie County Highway Superintendents’ Association.
Rising prices, taxes will be the death of U.S.
Re April 18 article, “Mohon to cut jobs, raise district taxes”: Rotterdam’s Mohonasen School District will raise tax money? The convoluted math — the same math they teach the kids — leaves one wondering how much taxes will go up — and they will go up.
The proposed budget, to be voted on May 15, will pass — the sheepeople belly up for the shearing. It’s “for the kids.”
On April 17, I observed the price of ground meat (at the Rotterdam Price Chopper) go from $3.99 to $4.49 per pound in a 24-hour period. The price of bread is going up. Peanut butter, a staple for many people, is either in short supply or limited selection — and the price has increased dramatically. My homeowner’s policy went up 15 percent. Reviewing my policy line by line, I can see only a one-twentieth increase justified. Then there is petrol. The beat goes on.
As a senior citizen, I cannot demand an increase in pension to offset the cost of living. Walmart has rescheduled its truck routes to offset petrol cost, but this will go only so far. Then Walmart’s prices will go up.
I propose a voluntary rollback of school personnel salaries and benefits. Teachers, administrators, teaching assistants, janitors — no exceptions. Do this for two years so there would be no increase in school taxes. After the two-year period, a review can take place. As President Obama has implied, those earning more need to give more or, in this case, get paid less.
America is imploding economically. The “property” owner will be the first to go to the wall, then all others will follow. It is the way of “revolution.” The middle class was the backbone of 1776 and the force that sustained America for over 200 years. Reduce the middle class and [there’s] no more America. Restrictive taxes and bizarre ordinances make small business unprofitable.
The kids in school are learning a valuable lesson: Take from others. This is called economic cannibalism; social Darwinism, something the left accuses the right of, but is the platform that left policies are built on.
Harnessed atom isn’t all it’s cracked up to be
Re April 14 AP article, “North Korean rocket flop spurs humiliation, world ire”: North Korea is rumored to be testing a nuclear bomb for the third time. This on the heels of failing to develop a missile that could be propelled out of its country. Now they are ideally positioned to blow themselves up.
We humans are the brightest bulbs on the planet. We’ve learned how to release the power of the atom, but haven’t figured out how to turn it off. Kind of like inventing the fastest car in the world, but one that can’t stop. Want to go for a test drive?
Does anyone believe we are safe? I bet the people of Japan did before an unforeseen natural disaster. Could that happen here? And what if bin Laden had chosen nuclear power plants instead of symbolic targets? Do we need a disaster before we wake up?
Romney is head and shoulders above crowd
Your reporting on the upcoming election has suggested that [GOP presidential candidate] Mitt Romney may be the eventual Republican nominee. What may not be as clear to readers are the reasons that Romney, and not another candidate, is the right man to lead our country as this moment.
Our economy is under assault from President Obama’s efforts to transform it into a European-style welfare state. While other candidates have spent their lives in government as the beneficiaries of taxpayer dollars, only Romney has led a successful career helping new companies get started and producing thousands of jobs.
Further, his success in business and command of the issues make him the candidate most likely to defeat Barack Obama in November. And when it comes to foreign policy, Romney is proud of America’s greatness.
Mitt Romney is the right choice for our state and our nation.
Everyone should try to support local businesses
I’ve read in the paper and heard on our local stations how members of the community should support their local businesses. I believe that by supporting our local businesses, we help neighbors, friends and family.
Many small businessmen belong to, and are, dues-paying members of fraternal organizations in our area. However, I have heard that these fraternal organizations seldom support the small businesses that support them.
I wonder if the county and town government, local police and fire departments and other organizations support our small businesses.
I, for one, believe that our community is only as strong as its local businesses and the neighbors that support them.
Andrew G. Yuhasz
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