Letters to the editor

Making the smart choice

To the editor:

I would like to respond to the spineless, gutless and misinformed person or persons whom felt compelled to initiate a smear campaign against 4th Ward candidate Diane Hatzenbuhler with its recent bulk post card mailing received Oct. 30.

It is time to grow up and stand behind your accusations. If you are so willing to make these statements and wish to spread propaganda, at least have the decency to back them up with you signature(s). Without a signature they mean little if anything at all. I am getting tired of receiving accusations on my door step and in the mail from individuals or groups that are not willing to sign their name(s) and stand behind their remarks.

I won't bother to take the time to refute each bullet listed with the facts even thought it would be an easy task. It is each voter's responsibility to know or get the facts, ask the questions, and know the candidates before they go to the polls. I believe Ms. Hatzenbuhler's track record speaks for itself, I believe she has done more for this community than most folk who were born, raised and lived here all their life. The reason for this all stems to the fact that she hold those accountable, accountable and they are not used to that and they don't like it.

So I leave you with this thought: Make the smart choice. Don't be misled by any person or group who is not willing to stand behind the innuendo.

Robert Vennett,


War veterans, thank you

To the editor:

It needs to be clarified to some or reinforced in their understanding of what a war veteran is and what qualifies someone to be given and recognized with that honor. I see people wearing hats, clothing, medals, insignias, etc., articles written about them, pictures taken, recognition given and the list goes on of their being a war veteran when in actuality they are not. Let's get something straight. A veteran of a foreign war or who is a war veteran is someone who served during that particular war or conflict in that country's combat zone, territorial waters or airspace, period. If you did not leave the United States of America, you are not a war veteran and do not deserve such recognition. You are a veteran of that era, not war, a big difference. As it is with myself. I served during the Vietnam war but I did not go to Vietnam, I did not leave the United States so I am not, I repeat, not a Vietnam veteran. I am only a veteran of the Vietnam era deserving no medals, ribbons, insignias, hats, jackets or anything of that nature indicating I was a Vietnam veteran.

For those who profess to be that of any war or conflict is an absolute disgrace to the military, as you're not only discrediting yourself but worse of all you have dishonored and disgraced the true war hero and there are many who go unrecognized and many who do not discuss or advertise their dedication and suffering. The pretenders should be ashamed but shame only comes from the true of heart. So for those of you who are pretenders or a wanna-be, take off that cap, medals, insignias, give back that little wooden plaque or letter of recognition. Don't even go to the back of the bus, just get off and let the true war veteran have your seat and shake his honorable hand when you do.

Speaking of true war veterans and deserving recognition, there are many in our community but one family stands out that few know of. Russell Vannostrand, past commander of the VFW and other offices came from a family of nine sons. All but one served their country in the military and that one was refused because of a medical disability even though he repeatedly tried to enlist by lying about his disability. Five brothers served and fought in WW II, Russ and the other two brothers served and fought in Korea. All volunteered, survived the war and came home. I don't think any more has to said or enough words could be said. Thanks, guys, and to all veterans and especially the true war veteran.

Dave Anderson,


This power of decision making

To the editor:

More so than at any other time, the future of Amsterdam, and the county as well, will be in the hands of the individuals who are elected to representative government offices because the decisions they make, especially about fully benefiting from the numerous economic collateral advantages an eventual global recognized Saratoga tourism mecca will be providing, which will mean the difference between solid future financial stability or total ruin.

The above statement may appear rather bleak and perhaps a somewhat veiled threat, but actually it's neither. Instead, it's a straight forward, realistic observation based upon a detailed analytical compilation of facts that dictate a major approach must be undertaken to create much needed changes and refinements to the levels of government and representation. The resident taxpayer, voters, as well as those who avoid any participation in our electoral processes, will still totally depend upon to constantly focus increased attention to employing new, expanded measures to solving the challenging problems which we all face on almost a daily basis.

Elected and appointed public officials working in close unity with the electorate can effectively develop new avenues for alternative solutions and procedures which will remove the problem areas that seemingly currently plague all houses of governmental based power.

Believe it or not, every registered voter possesses a powerful presence on Election Day because it's an excellent opportunity for them to establish a lasting legacy for future generations, and at the same time say a meaningful, sincere, private "thank you" to all those who over the many past decades made the supreme sacrifice so that this power of decision making would forever remain intact, and ready to use whenever needed.

Anthony Biscotti,


The dollars don't make sense

To the editor:

What the public and mayor don't know but will know now:

Mayor Thane keeps saying how much golf course, Shuttleworth and Riverfront make. On radio recently she stated that Riverfront and Shuttleworth are businessmen and should make money. I wish I had tape. I'm sort of getting very upset now. Laura at the clubhouse pays $27,000 plus utilities, maybe $15,000 for utilities. Is she out to lose money. Let's start again. Laura pays $27,000 plus utilities. Riverfront pays $500 and no utilities. Nothing against Mohawks but what do the pay to the city? Again, utilities alone up there are ??? Do you hear this or read this? Riverfront pays $500 and supposedly 10 percent of tent and that is all the city gets. Electric must be $500 per month. Remember, the city receives $500 per year. Now Shuttleworth, I don't blame the Mohawks for making money, but what does Shuttleworth cost to operate to the city just for lights alone? Helloooo?

The golf course has paid sprinkler system, $500,000; clubhouse renovations, $500,000; roof, $100,000; sheds, $50,000; cart paths, $250,000; bridges, $100,000; drainage (in house), $50,000.

That is $1.3 million that has been paid by golfers to improve the golf course. This was paid out of the golf fund. No grant (taxpayer) money like other departments get.

Sandy Roginski,