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Letters to the Editor June 16

June 15, 2016

Vote for Teachout on June 28

I’m a Democrat committeeman in a very Republican town. It’s a lonely outpost. I do what I can. And what I can do right now is encourage my fellow Democrats to come out on June 28 and vote for Zephyr Teachout, who is running for Congress in the 19th District.

Zephyr is smart; she will protect Social Security and our drinking water, and has a proven record fighting political corruption. Like Maurice Hinchey, Zephyr Teachout will work hard for the people of this district.If she wins on the 28th, the Republican she will face in the fall is Albany insider John Faso, who will have big money behind him. But Zephyr is a fighter and she can win that seat. So don’t fall asleep at the wheel. Vote for Zephyr on June 28.

William Klaber
Town of Fremont, NY

Bad timing

It might be fair to ask whether The River Reporter should have thunk twice before printing a self-obsessed and inward searching chronicle of drug abuser Vera Moret in the Memorial Day paper, just before a holiday weekend that exists solely to honor those who gave their lives for a cause larger than themselves. In certain circles, drug use and recovery is more chic than service for one’s country, but I’m not convinced that makes it proper for this solemn weekend.

Charles Petersheim
Eldred, NY

Thanks for supporting Yasgur’s Farm

It is no secret that I’ve had my share of troubles with the Town of Bethel. When all else failed, when I couldn’t get my day in court, I appealed to you, my neighbors and our local press. It was in the court of public appeal that I won back my rights, the rights that so many of us take for granted. I owe it all to you. I am humbled and grateful. Thank you for your voice.

Roy and I fought a long hard battle for the privilege of opening Yasgur’s Farm to the public as a tribute to the Yasgurs and all they have done to put Bethel on the map. Like Max, Roy loved this county and all his neighbors. Roy was an entrepreneur with his heart at his home, here with all of us. Tilly’s Diner, The Beer Store and now Yasgur’s are all a result of Roy’s passion and determination to bring business to Sullivan County. It is my privilege to honor his memory by continuing his final dream. After all, I am his wife.

You won’t be sorry. I am in the position to bring economic opportunity to us all. This project will open doors of opportunity for local artists, vendors, contractors, retailers and labor. Opportunities that will bring young people here or perhaps give them a reason to stay. All we needed was the freedom to get started.