To the editor:
Over the summer, during the summer reading program, the Amsterdam Free Library began a penny drive in our children's department. We all decided to try to help two organizations: the first being the SPCA, especially after the theft they suffered this summer; the second was Fur Friends Animal Rescue. Children love animals and they worked very hard trying to give back to the community. All of us were proud of their effort, care and compassion.
Unfortunately, last Friday afternoon, one or more individuals decided that they needed the container of money more than the organizations it was intended for. It was stolen from the children's department and because of that we have nothing now to give on behalf of the wonderful children that tried so hard to help.
We know that this letter will not bring the $75 back, but with open hearts we hope that it was taken by someone in great need, not someone who was inspired by greed.
Nicole Hemsley, Amsterdam
The writer is acting director of the Amsterdam Free Library.
City engineer walks the walk
To the editor:
Dear Rich Miller our city engineer:
We don't know how you did it but National Grid repaired that light within three days of your reply to us. I wrote you on the 16th, you responded to us on the 17th, and by 5 p.m on Friday the 20th when they left, the light was fixed.
Our deepest appreciation again for being one of the very few city officials that doesn't just "talk the talk." Once again you have gotten more done in three days than the mayor's office or police department has in any three years of our requests. [Our alderman doesn't even respond to our requests.] The vehicles and pedestrians on Bell Street are now a little bit safer in spite of them.
I hope The Recorder responds to this so that all the citizens of Amsterdam learn about your devotion to service and perhaps those other city officials will learn something from your example.