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Letters to the Editor - 02/13/2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - Updated: 8:20 AM

To a caring community

Dear Editor,

It’s amazing what occurs when you live in a close-knit community; to say everyone looks out for each other is often an understatement.

In December, as Darci and I were in the middle of preparing for all the Christmas assistance and duties we provide to those in need, the very last thing on our minds was the Indian Lake Community Garden. However, concerned about the recent snowstorms, Bruce Wells and the guys at the Parks & Recreation Dept. questioned whether or not we had taken the time to remove the snow from the high tunnel.

Thanks to their thinking and quick action the snow was removed, averting a potential disaster. We owe them a great big thank you.

While preparing to provide gifts for children and baskets for single parents we received a great deal of assistance from the women at the Community Bank in Indian Lake; the Knights of Columbus, Blue Mountain Lake Postmaster Liz Forsell, the Indian Lake & Blue Mountain Lake fire departments and the Indian Lake - Blue Mountain Lake Senior Center Club to fill out our needs. Thanks to their support 27 children and nine single parents received support during the holidays.

In addition to serving children and single parents S.M.I.L.E. donated gift certificates, special cookie elves put together beautiful cookie platters and an anonymous donor supplied citrus fruits, which were delivered to area shut-ins and the elderly.

Just as we were winding down and finalizing all the requests we received the wealth of support continued to pour in, resulting in additional gifts from the Blue Mountain Lake Fire Dept., an extra-large stocking filled with toys donated by Temp and Annelies Taylor which they won from Pine’s Country Store, and a few gifts from an anonymous donor.

Also, $1,410 from several individuals has been donated to Community Action for the sole purpose of providing birthday gifts, activities, and nutrition to children.

Before long reality set in and the lack of food in our pantry became a concern. After voicing our concerns to a few individuals we soon began to receive donations from the Indian Lake Snowarriors, Community Services staff, North Country Crafters, Blue Mountain Lake residents via the post office, the IL and BML Methodist churches, Kathy Radler’s annual New Year’s party and many individuals.

Along with the food contributions $913.21 was donated for future food orders.

On a final note I would like to thank Jay Griffin along with the Indian Lake Fire Dept. for coming to our aid when our office was recently plagued by mysterious fumes. The diagnosis may not have been easily determined but we never felt alone.

We are so appreciative of all the support we receive and I believe in giving credit where credit is due, especially when it allows us to provide so much more than we might otherwise be able to. Please forgive me if I have overlooked your generosity in any way.

Deborah Ameden

client service director

Community Action Agency

Parade donations down

Dear Cris,

Although we are in the midst of winter, the Speculator Fourth of July Parade Committee is well into the planning stages for this year’s parade, which will be held Saturday, July 6, at 7 p.m. Our theme this year, “Travelling the USA,” will highlight scenic and historical places as well as modes of travel.

As most people are aware, the parade is funded primarily by donations from local sponsors along with limited donations from local municipalities and the Speculator Chamber of Commerce. Parade canisters will also be placed strategically throughout the community to assist in obtaining donations from local patrons.

However, we are currently facing a budget shortage; we need additional support from local businesses and individuals to keep this year’s parade “marching” along. Donations of any amount can be mailed to the “Fourth of July Parade Committee,” Speculator Village Hall, POB 396, Speculator NY 12164.

Also if anyone would like more information, or would like to participate in the parade, please contact the local Chamber at 548-4524 or visit the website: We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to another successful parade!

Lisa Eckhoff for the

4th of July Parade Committee


Demand action

To the editor:

While many of Gov. Cuomo’s decisions are disappointing, I find I am especially revolted to know there are 99 employees at the NYS Thruway Authority with salaries in excess of $100,000. What makes this even worse is the fact that most of them are political appointments made to thank supporters.

It is also hypocritical for Cuomo to claim he is working to reduce spending while wasting $14,850,000.

This wasted expenditure works out to $34,295 per mile using an average salary of $150,000. Ninety-nine employees works out to one person for every 4.38 miles of Thruway.

What is even more embarrassing is the fact that the Thruway Authority is proposing to cut staff. No one earning over six figures will be cut. Only the staff that interacts with the public for the safe, efficient operation of the highway will be let go.

Shame on the Thruway Authority for taking such actions and the fact that Cuomo is allowing it to happen is disgraceful.

It is sad that Cuomo is lying to the public by claiming his proposed budget will save New Yorkers. His Executive Budget simply passes the cost of transportation, education and other mandates on to local tax districts or to taxpayers through increased fees.

Whether paid directly through tolls, or through increased transportation costs which will be passed on to the consumer, New York state taxpayers will absorb this waste of $14,850,000 just as if it were a direct tax on them.

One letter to the governor is worthless, but I’m hoping that if the public learns of this waste people will rise up and demand corrective action. I urge readers who agree with me to write to the governor expressing their indignation.

Don’t just copy my letter; all politicians basically ignore form letters. Take my ideas and write a letter in your own words, expressing your frustration. Let your anger come through.

We can’t let the governor get away with this gross waste. Write to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York State, NYS State Capitol Building, Albany NY 12224.

Robert Gibson

Long Lake

Save the wild forest

Dear Cris,

Today’s campers are looking for a place to have beer and pot parties. State campgrounds are patrolled constantly, so the state closing free camping along main roads and modernizing back roads into areas zoned as Wild Forest sends this type of camper there.

The state is restricting hunters and trappers from Wild Forest by issuing only one permit a year. I have some suggestions for the state.

1. Allow a renewable permit for one year for trappers etc. in Wild Forest.

2. The permit would only allow tent and tarp shelters of a certain size and only three or four people.

3. The camp would have to be used a reasonable time and inspected by forest rangers.

4. Permit holders should be allowed to sell their permits.

5. Overlap the camping areas.

6. The only ways into a camp would be to walk or canoe; no airplanes.

7. Allow only people who will protect and want to expand the Wild Forest.

8. Promote wildlife back into Wild Forest and away from towns.

9. Owners of leased camps would be allowed to use them year-round, but not allowed to put up gates blocking access to state land.

The average person cannot afford to stay at state parks. By closing down free camping the state is sending people into Wild Forest areas, yet the state wants to restrict hunters, trappers etc. from Wild Forest. This doesn’t make sense to me. Bad rule.

Do you know that the state and EnCon are promoting this camping by opening new trailheads with large parking areas, modernizing roads and bridges and closing some areas to camping? Yet hunters and trappers are restricted, and can only get one permit a year.

I encourage fish and game clubs, the NRA, sportsmen groups, forest rangers and hikers to pass this along and see if we can’t come up with something better. I can be reached at (518) 548-6685.

The North Country economy would double overnight with free camping in the right areas. Chambers of commerce, check this out.

People would come here from every state in the Union to check out the Catskill and Adirondack mountains if they could camp free. Of course you would have to have permits.

Governor Cuomo, we are so restricted up here that residents can hardly go camping. Forever Wild Forest, forever.

Lewis N. Page Sr.



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