To the editor:
Proposition 5, on the Nov. 5 ballot seeks approval to exchange 200 acres of "forever wild" forest preserve in the Adirondack Park with a mining company. This is a raw deal and should be voted down.
There are three main reasons to vote "No" on Proposition 5.
First, Proposition 5 sets a terrible precedent. It marks the first time that forest preserve lands are swapped for private commercial benefit. Recent forest preserve amendments instead were for public benefits like protecting drinking water supplies, expanding cemeteries, or making airports safer.
Second, the 200 acres of forest preserve to be given to the mining company is old growth forest dominated by 200-year-old trees, many 100 feet tall. By contrast, replacement lands have been recently heavily logged. Such a land exchange is a 150-year step backwards for the forest preserve.
Third, the mining company trying to buy forest preserve has sought and received numerous state permits for a second mine close to its current one. State agencies have bent over backwards with permits to ensure this company has a long-term supply of ore.
If Proposition 5 passes, it means that our "forever wild" forest preserve is now up for sale.
James McMartin Long,
Toward a better place to live
To the editor:
I think the residents of Broadalbin need to take a hard look at the facts about the candidates for supervisor.
I have served the town for the last 14 years. In those years I have been involved in construction of the new town hall, construction of a salt storage shed, construction of two town bridges, construction of our water district and assembling a team of residents that will finally bring the town park to reality. All accomplished without raising taxes.
I have faithfully served in the past or am currently serving as chairman of several different bodies including Broadalbin Youth Commission, Fulton County Human Services committee, the Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council and the town of Broadalbin Republican Committee. I have attended countless meetings at these organizations in order to make Broadalbin and the general area a better place to live.
I have been on the committee to organize and worked at the Fulton-Montgomery home show since its inception three years ago as well as working and organizing the annual block party. I have supported BYC functions and attended meetings for over 13 or 14 years, 10 years before I was on the BYC board. In contrast to my opponent whom has never attended a single BYC meeting or Fulton County Board of Supervisors meeting. I have to question his motivation for running for this position if he doesn't care enough to even attend meetings that he will be representing the people of Broadalbin at if elected.
I have kept the town of Broadalbin on a steady keel financially for several years. In fact the NYS comptroller's office performed a risk assessment in recent years and determined that the town didn't require a full-blown audit since everything was in order.
I think if you look at the truth, and not the campaign rhetoric, the choice you have to make on Nov. 5 will be clear. I would like to thank you for your support in advance as Election Day approaches. Vote for Joe DiGiacomo for supervisor on Nov. 5, your clear conservative choice.
The writer is town of Broadalbin supervisor.
There is good among us
To the editor:
To all of the contributors to and patrons of St. Cecilia's rummage sale, held in Fonda Oct. 18 and 19, we would like to express our most sincere gratitude. Because of your generosity we were able to raise needed funds to help us support our local food pantry.
One patron in particular deserves special thanks. She found a sum of money in the pocket of an article of clothing that she had purchased, then honestly and kindly returned it to a rummage sale worker. This action demonstrates that there are some very good and ethical people among us.
Our heartfelt thanks to her and all who helped make this annual event a success.
Ann B. Mahon,