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Letters to the Editor March 24

March 23, 2016

Haas recusal raises questions

Questions remain about Highland Supervisor Jeff Haas’ recusal last week. I’d like to know what relative was hired, when that relative was hired, and whether Haas had any conversations with Millennium about said hiring. While the local papers positioned his recusal as an act of precaution and fair governance, I think some people are wondering if there isn’t more to the story.

Chuck Petersheim
Eldred, NY

How about ‘swap shacks’ at the transfer stations?

It has come to my attention that many small communities like ours (maybe some a little more progressive) have what is known as “swap shacks” at their local transfer stations. This not only gives some items that may still have some use in them, like say building materials, doors, windows, furniture, plates, etc., a new life, but also cuts down on landfill use—especially in this day and age when it is clear that we can’t keep on filling landfills.

C. Kerrigan
Barryville, NY

A good day for democracy

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the majority of the Sullivan County Legislature who voted to confirm me as the Democratic Party’s choice for the Sullivan County Board of Elections Commissioner on March 18. I would also like to thank everyone who took the time to attend the confirmation hearing, sent letters to the editor and emails of support, and participated in the Sullivan County Democratic Committee’s election on March 2.

This process has reconfirmed for me that each and every vote is important in determining the outcome of any election.

Now we can turn our full attention to the larger stage of U.S. congressional primaries, presidential primaries and the general election in November.

It is my sincere wish that everyone who is registered will exercise their precious right to vote.

We live in a democracy, and as fragile as that democracy may seem sometimes, it is strengthened when we do our part and vote in whatever way our conscience guides us.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve in this capacity.

Cora Edwards
Democratic Commissioner for the Sullivan County Board of Elections
Swan Lake, NY

RSVP needs volunteers

One of the obstacles to health care in Sullivan County is the lack of public transportation. The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) works to alleviate that problem. Our volunteers drive county seniors without any means of transportation to medical appointments they would otherwise be unable to make.