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Letters to the Editor

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - Updated: 6:39 AM

Class makes a donation

To the editor:

On behalf of the trustees of the Walter Elwood Museum board of directors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Wilbur H. Lynch class of 1947 for their recent donation of $500 to the museum.

In meeting with the class secretary and treasurer, Regina Cassetta, I was fortunate enough to learn some very interesting information about the class of 1947. I would like to share some of these fascinating tidbits with your readers. In 1947 the principal of Lynch high was James Kelton, the assistant superintendent was Clara S. Bacon, and the head of the English department was Miss Louise Livingston.

The class of 1947 produced some very well known and accomplished graduates. These graduates included; Judge James N. White (known affectionately as "J.V." by friends), Mary Galinski Insogna, Auggie Catena Russo, who was the flower girl in my grandparents' wedding, Joe Martuscello, retired teacher and speaker at the 50th class reunion in 1997, and many others who made educational and careers accomplishments too many to name here.

Some exciting highlights of their high school years as reported in the 1947 Senior was the extra day they got off from Christmas vacation due to there being a coal shortage, hanging out at Doyle's, and meeting at "The Hill." Alumni Joe Martuscello's speech at the 50th class reunion was filled of many poignant points and observations, but the ones that touched my head and heart are the following: "I always keep looking for another assignment;" "we should all fight growing stale;" and "you have grown old when you have replaced your dreams with regrets and most of us all seem to still be good dreamers."

Generous donations such as these allow us to continue our mission and allow the community to connect to the heritage and culture of our region and the world around us. Touching the past can help one to gain a clear and compelling value of our community's shared historical past, present and future.

Ann M. Peconie, Amsterdam

The writer is executive director of the Walter Elwood Museum.

Clearing up the confusion

To the editor:

I read the letter to the editor from Katie Evenson Bottger, published in the Recorder newspaper on April 18, 2013, with some concern.

The letter was very misleading, and I feel that I should correct it. The writer really misstated the facts and circumstances around this year's state budget. Her confusion is quite understandable, as the Republican-led coalition leading the Senate insisted that the debate and votes on this year's budget occur while everyone else in New York state was asleep. Debate started at 9 p.m., and the final budget vote was cast at 4:30 in the morning.

In regard to the 18-A utility surcharge extension, Sen. Tkaczyk repeatedly called for its immediate elimination. She and many of her colleagues in the senate supported an amendment to the budget that would have eliminated it this year. The Republican-led coalition in the Senate defeated the amendment.

That bill did pass the Senate. However, in addition to the 18-A surcharge, it also authorized all the funding for the CHIPs program, which rebuilds our local roads and bridges -- $477 million for our local communities. In fact, the bill itself states: "This act enacts into law major components of legislation which are necessary to implement the state fiscal plan for the 2013-2014 3 state fiscal year." It provides the funding for dozens of programs that serve our areas and jobs, both public and private.

The writer wants us to believe that Sen. Tkaczyk could have voted against just the surcharge. That is not true. What the writer is actually saying is that she wanted Sen. Tkaczyk to vote to shut down state government, and deprive our communities of millions of dollars of highway funding and other government services.

Ken Mazur, Amsterdam

Stockpiling the Lorna Doones

To the editor:

I was employed by Mount Loretto for 16 years. After being there for two years in the dietary department, we had an admission with whom I had gone to school. He was 75 years old, and proceeded to tell me his likes and dislikes. He said, "First of all, some men like booze, other men like girls, but I like Lorna Doone cookies -- do you understand me?" Each day, I would bring up a package of Lorna Doones to him. One day, I was busy and forgot. When I went to retrieve the breakfast carts, he questioned my birthright and my legitimacy. When I brought up the lunch carts, he was in the dining room. I gave him the Lorna Doones and he said, "No thanks, my tray is full. Please put them in my night stand." I opened the drawer in his night stand and there they were -- count them -- 54 packages of Lorna Doones. I told him that if Sister Pat had opened that drawer he would have been in a veteran's home by nightfall ... and I would have joined the ranks of the unemployed.

It took him two weeks, but he finished the whole lot.

James Sheridan, Amsterdam


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