Congratulations to the 2010 Independence Day Parade co-marshals in Saugerties: senior chief petty officer Raymond Teitter Jr., U.S. Navy, and Village of Saugerties Police chief William Kimble. Incidentally, senior chief Teitter's late father, Raymond Teitter Sr., was co-marshal of the parade in 2003.
James V. Gage
Service officer, American Legion Post 72
BOE CRITICS SHOULD RUN FOR OFFICE
After reading all the Letters to the Editor following the defeat of the school budget, I got the distinct impression there were a lot of folks out there that could do a much better job as members of the School Board than the people that were elected. They would positively not have let this happen in Saugerties! I also remember the ballot before the recent election only had a few names on it besides the incumbents. If all these good folks had put their names up for the vote, maybe we would not have re-elected the same board members! It seems to be much easier to sit back and gripe than actually get involved.
INDEPENDENCE PARTY NO LONGER INDEPENDENT
Hugh Reynolds reports that Len Bernardo and the Independence Party have endorsed Maurice Hinchey. Well that is the end of the Independence Party as a serious alternative to the traditional political parties.
If Mr. Bernardo wishes to feed with pigs and celebrate the kind of rancid bacon which is brought to our community as bribes in order to distract from the policies and practices of one of the most corrupt and dysfunctional Congresses and administrations in our history, then he has sold out his former supporters and the citizens of our community.
How quickly the rise to power brings out the dismissal of courageous decisions to protect the rights of citizens. The unprecedented assault on individual liberty and opportunity, which has occurred under Mr. Hinchey's reign, calls for a new title of Mr. Bernardo's party. Perhaps he has already suggested the alternative as the "Party Porkers."
Dr. Paul Jankiewicz
AN OPEN LETTER TO STATE SENATOR BONACIC
Dear senator Bonacic,
A bill introduced June 9 to the State Senate (S8119-Adams) would begin the process of amending the New York State constitution to permit casino-type gambling at up to four selected racetracks. This proposal ought to stop now. The restrictions on gambling in our state constitution, already reduced in years past by amendments allowing OTB and the state lottery, must not be weakened further.
The bill is supposed to increase revenues to the state. Actually the hoped-for tax dollars are only a come-on. For every dollar of tax collected, two or three dollars are lost to the local economy after the first year or so via crime, business losses and personal misfortune.
Do not support this bill to further undo important protection that our state constitution gives us. The "economic" arguments for a constitutional amendment are meretricious.
Stephen Quentin Shafer
COMMUNITY MADE EXHIBIT POSSIBLE On Friday, June 11, the exhibit "Barclay's Bridge" opened at the Kiersted House showing the changes that have happened in Saugerties as well as the site of the old Cantine Paper Mill because of Henry Barclay and his vision of an industrial community. It was an honor to work on this project, especially since so many from the community have been involved. The Saugerties Historical Society and I want to say thank you to Joe Caruso, Pat and Jack Naccarato, Chester Hartwell, Mark Smith, Diana and Stu Buchan, Alex Wade, Mary Frank, Ernie Mortuzans, Vincent McLaughlin, Robert and Mary Finger, Stephen Shafer, Anthony Bell and the Village of Saugerties Fire Department, Cathy Bischoff, Marilyn Richardson, Toni (Cantine) Weidenbacher, Ulster County clerk Nina Postupak and Dorothy Kerbert. This exhibit would not have happened without all of you.
President, Saugerties Historical Society
SUPPORT SPORTS FUNDRAISERS Although Saugerties High School sports program got cut for next years' (2010-2011) session there's still hope. An anonymous donor pledged $150,000. The catch is our community (a.k.a. Saugerties Booster Club) has to raise the other $150,000.00 that's needed.
It's no secret that when kids perform extracurricular activities like sports (and music) they are less mischievous and more likely to graduate. I never appreciated the value of sports until I became a father. And, it's as a father that I'd like to suggest contributing in any way you can. There are many fundraisers planned for the next couple months, and the Saugerties Booster Club is welcoming personal donations mailed to: Saugerties High School Booster Club, P.O. Box 131, Saugerties, NY 12477, with checks made payable to"Saugerties High School Booster Club."