Letters to the Editor for Jan. 7

Monday, January 7, 2013
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Coyotes are dangerous; hunting them makes New York a safer place

Re the Dec. 27 letter, “Coyotes vital to New York’s balance of nature”: I disagree with Jeff Corbin’s opinion that coyotes should not be hunted.

I have witnessed that hunters are doing a service to control their numbers. On one occasion, I was standing next to my barn and heard seven different packs of coyotes howling and barking.

Three of the packs were on my farm and the other four were within one mile of my place.

It sounded like there were four to five in each pack. That is 30 to 35 coyotes in a two-mile radius.

On another occasion, the farmer who leases my fields was picking rocks prior to planting. She was driving the tractor while her older girls were loading the rocks into the bucket. Her younger girls were on the edge of the field, sitting down playing with a frog.

Just as mom turned her head to check on her five-year-old, she saw a coyote racing across the field toward her daughters.

By the time she got to the tractor, the coyote was circling her [daughter]. She raced the engine and that scared off the coyote.

This could have turned out much different if she had not checked on her daughters at that moment.

I think we should thank hunters for their part in keeping the coyote numbers in check!

Don Reinhart


Al Gore sells TV station to Al-Jazeera: huh?

As usual, I don’t know what to make of the news I’m currently reading.

Al Gore, former vice president of the United States, has sold his television network to Al-Jazeera TV. When Current TV was approached by Glenn Beck several months ago for the same purchase, his interest was rejected because of their different ideologies. Does this mean that Al Gore finds himself more comfortably aligned with an anti-American propagandist organization?

As if that weren’t difficult enough to believe, the United States is scheduled to deliver government led by the seemingly anti-American Muslim brotherhood. Yet at the same time, there is a debate rising in this country about whether or not I “need” an AR-15 rifle.

Since when does the government get to tell me what I need? When do I get to tell them what they need? We’re giving tanks and fighter jets to the Egyptians, and threatening to disarm our own citizens.

People, when are you all going to wake up?

Jeremy Douglas

West Charlton

Keep up the Gazette’s great arts coverage

It was a pleasure to see Karen Bjornland’s feature on the Arkell Museum’s annual juried art show [Dec. 23 Gazette].

Not only did she give some background on the under-appreciated regional treasure, but I also felt gratified to see and read about some of the other artwork on exhibit since I missed the opening.

Your Dec. 29 AP article on pipe organs also tied to another treasure in Canajohaire. The former St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church was the site of a holiday concert Dec. 14, which was enjoyed by well over 200 people.

Eric Stroud, an accomplished pipe organist, and his wife, Jeanne, have not only rescued the gorgeous church but have created a venue for talent and a spirit of community. Upstate Chapel is open to all on concert dates, but your readers would likely value an article on how a talented organist in love with wind organs found the church and organ he dreamed of, how he maintains his position in a New Jersey church, and travels extensively to create and build a welcoming musical venue in a small upstate village.

For me, one intriguing offering was to watch two screens — one of the organist’s hands; the other of his feet — while Mr. Stroud was playing, unseen, in the loft. I went home to see if I could find something like that on YouTube — no.

We are very fortunate to have unique treasures waiting to be found not far from home — and the Gazette acting as a GPS.

Betty Pieper


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January 7, 2013
1:47 a.m.
Fritzdawg says...

JerEMy Douglas:
What Gore did, was effectively dissolve the network, and get paid at the same time.
When you watch TV, you won't be seeing it, because Time Warner dropped the channel, and Comcast, DISH, and DirectTV, are expected to follow suit shortly.

He pretty much sold them an empty box. It's like selling someone a warehouse full of goods, with no door, and no way to get the stuff out.
If anything, he hurt Al-Jazerrea where it matters most, in the wallet.

You can compare Al-Jazeera's buy, with the disastrous acquisition by Time Warner, of AOL, which is almost nonexistent now, and almost bankrupted TW.

January 7, 2013
10:24 a.m.
bshaw409 says...

Mr. Douglas is correct about one thing: he doesn't know. Research Al-Jazeerah and you will find that it was created as a way to dispense OUR (Western) version of the news to the Arab world- not the other way around. The Middle East was primarily getting only news that had been "filtered" by their governments or religious leaders. It also has been helpful in getting us news from that area without the filters of our own government and news media. You might be enlightened by viewing their online site for news. NEVER get your news from just one source!

January 7, 2013
3:25 p.m.
Jeremysdouglas says...

Fritz- you're right, and I get all that, just think a former VP of the US has to be held to a higher accountability when his sale allows access to 60 million homes. But, as a capitalist, I cannot begrudge him the right to sell his company to whomever can afford to buy it.

And, I get my news from several places -though none of which are Qatar based networks who broadcast pieces that remain sympathetic to terrorists- dead or alive.

January 7, 2013
4:03 p.m.
Fritzdawg says...

But my point was, they WON'T be getting access to those 60 million homes, and now probably never will, because they likely blew a good portion of their net worth, buying an empty promise.

Gore didn't like Beck's politics, so he denied the sale, but I doubt he likes Al-Jazeera's politics any better, so he sold it with the knowledge that the cable networks would never carry it.

You see, while WE are digital, with the majority of our programming being delivered via cable, or dish, many of the countries in the Mid East are not, so I don't think Al-Jazeera took that into account.

Unless Al-Jazeera sets up transmitters in every major US market, just like our local stations, you won't be watching that channel any time soon, because that would cost hundreds of billions, or more, and they would never get the FCC licensing for it anyway.

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