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Letters to the Editor April 14

April 13, 2016

Bernie understands the system’s not working

“Nobody who works 40 hours a week should be living in poverty.” Bernie Sanders said that. He understands that business as usual isn’t working for millions of hardworking Americans who remain cut off from affordable education, a decent job, a secure retirement.

The people of Vermont know Bernie best, and they like him. A lot. He won 85% of the vote in the state’s Democratic primary. In fact he got more votes than all five Republican candidates and his Democratic opponent combined. Vermonters know Sanders can be trusted. He doesn’t revise history, shade the facts, or flip-flop on important issues. You know where Bernie stands and what he intends to accomplish. Americans of all political stripes trust Bernie more than any other presidential candidate. (The least trusted? His primary opponent and the likely Republican nominee.)

Democrats! If Ted Cruz scares you, if Donald Trump makes you want to pack your bags, then be aware that poll after poll shows Senator Sanders is the Democrat most likely to win the general election. Vote for Bernie on Tuesday, April 19.

Bruce Ferguson
Callicoon Center, NY

Cheap local natural gas? Just a pipe dream

It is admirable to think of ways to boost Sullivan County’s lagging economy by searching for cheap and reliable energy supplies. It has been suggested in our community that the Millennium Pipeline expansion and proposed gas compressor station might somehow be related to our gaining access to inexpensive natural gas for the county.

There are reasons why Millennium cannot offer us cheap gas. The most compelling being that they are not a gas utility company; they are simply a gas transit company.

Perhaps a utility company could hook us into the pipeline and create lines to service our county. Pipeline hook-up could have happened anytime since it was built here in the 1930s. And pipeline hook-up could happen in the future without any pipeline expansion or gas compressor station being here at all. The reason it has not happened is that it is not cost effective to build the enormous and costly infrastructure to service such a small market. No utility company will ever make this investment. This decision has nothing to do with Millennium’s pipeline, pipeline expansion, or its proposed compressor station.