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Letters to the Editor October 5

October 5, 2016

It’s the empty tankers that explode

Concerning the photo of the empty fuel tankers on the Narrowsburg train tracks on the front page of the September 22 issue: In the United States Air Force I was trained as a conventional and unconventional liquid fuel systems maintenance specialist. One of the first things we learned was that full fuel tanks don’t explode—empty ones do.

I hope these tankers are real empty (no fumes). Under the worst-case scenario we could kiss the whole shopping center across the street good-bye! Kaboom.

Phil Yacino
Narrowsburg, NY

People vs. PACs: your vote matters

In a stunning affirmation of grassroots political power, Democrats in New York State’s 42nd Senate District have voted to place Pramilla Malick on the November 8th ballot as a Democratic challenger to Republican John Bonacic.

For almost two decades, Bonacic has held this Senate seat virtually unopposed. Given his reported campaign fund of $700,000, and a recent citing for handing out $5.2 million in special interest-grants, many people believed it was hopeless to try to run against him. But the September 13 write-in vote showed that a motivated electorate can effect political change regardless of the PAC money amassed.

Pramilla Malick will fight for good jobs, expanded healthcare, education policies that make sense and promote learning, lower taxes and protection of our environment. Unlike her opponent, Malick will also fight to eliminate the pervasive political corruption found in New York State government today. But she will need our help to do it.

Many people don’t vote because they think their vote won’t matter. But as demonstrated on September 13, elections are decided by people who vote. PAC money and lobbyists can hijack the political process, but only if you let them. On November 8, let people power again best political PACs. Vote Pramilla Malick for senator in the 42nd District.

Star Hesse
Narrowsburg, NY

By the numbers

So large are the numbers being bandied about that talking about them is like counting the number of angels that could dance on the head of a pin. In trying to make them comprehensible to humans, I have trod several paths, not always successfully.

For example, in articulating over weeks, years and centuries the Waltons’ wealth—those heirs of Walmart founder Sam Walton who now hold a controlling fraction of its shares—I have made the following projections: