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Thursday, August 02, 2012 - Updated: 9:10 PM

Korea veterans say thanks

To the editor:

As director of the Montgomery County Korean War Veterans I extend thanks to the Amsterdam Recorder for your coverage of our Korean War Remembrance Day ceremony held on July 27 at the VFW Post 942 in Fonda. This yearly program is held at the Korean War Memorial monument at the county office building on Route 30A, but due to the uncertainty of the weather was moved inside. We hope this change did not cause any family members to miss the event.

A special thank you goes to the honorable Joseph M. Sise, Supreme Court justice, 4th Judicial District, our Remembrance Day speaker. The sharing of family's military background, the Korean War battles fought, the eventual Chinese entrance into the war and his call to always remember the members of our community who have served and given their all in battle was well received.

We, the Korean War veterans, greatly appreciate the support of Bruce Wadsworth and the members and auxiliary of the Fonda VFW Post 942 in hosting us for the program and social time, Bruce and his granddaughter Shelby Wadsworth for singing "Taps," and elder Thomas Flander for the invocation and benediction.

We would like the public to be aware that the Montgomery County Korean War Memorial was erected in 1989 and dedicated in 1990 and is supported by donations only and not by any government funding. Thanks to the family and friends of the 22 Montgomery County servicemen lost in the Korean War and to the area veterans and public who attend this yearly event.

The Montgomery County servicemen remembered on the memorial monument in Fonda are Jean Robert Allen, William Donald Amberger, George M. Barbiere, Donald L. Borden, Charles E. Byers, George Carter, Frank M. Cassetta, Milton H. DeVault, Donald Francis-Lare, Edward R. Francis, Leonard N. Horender, Russell S. Hoyer, John Frances Kline, John W. Maines, Edward Podmajersky, Andrew Rossetti Jr., Eugene M. Simiele, Javery E. Smith, Richard F. Smith, William E. Smith, Lew F. Sperduto and George F. Wilson.

We Korean War veterans invite the community to visit the monument to remember these men. It would be an opportunity to take photos of the monument names and script.

Gerard F. Koller,


Say no to the toll hike

To the editor:

Recently, the New York State Thruway Authority proposed a 45 percent toll increase for large trucks. Well, I say no to the increase -- our families and businesses cannot afford it.

I recently wrote a letter to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli urging him to conduct an immediate and thorough audit of the Thruway Authority before any increases go into effect. I also wrote to Thruway Authority Chairman Howard Milstein asking him to withdraw the toll increase proposal.

Hardworking families will be the ones hit the hardest by the toll increase. By raising the cost to ship products, families will see a dramatic increase in the price of goods and food items. With the economy still struggling to recover and people already having a difficult time putting food on their table, the last thing they need is for the prices of basic necessities to go up.

An independent audit of the Thruway Authority would highlight areas for it to cut costs and reorganize. As of 2010, the authority has approximately 125 employees making over $100,000 per year and 430 employees making over $75,000 per year. State agencies should not be balancing their budgets on the backs of businesses and families, which is what the Thruway Authority is attempting to do with its proposed toll increase.

I ask everyone to join me in telling the Thruway Authority "no" to these outrageous toll increases. Join me by submitting your comments by Aug. 24 to the address below:

Toll Comments

c/o Legal Department

200 Southern Blvd.

P.O. Box 189

Albany, NY 12201-0189

Comments can also be emailed to

Angelo Santabarbara,


The writer is a candidate for state Assembly in the 111th District.


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