May 27, 2013

Letters to the Editor: May 27, 2013


---- — Tackling tornadoes

TO THE EDITOR: I predict that with American energy and ingenuity we will one day defeat tornadoes.

It might be by seeding the tornado-forming clouds with some kind of material or creating powerful mid-air explosions or some other ingenious method.

We are not the kind of people to allow the killing of innocent children and others without doing something about it. Just as President Kennedy authorized the impossible task of putting man on the moon, we will accomplish this feat as well.




E’town zoning

TO THE EDITOR: This fall, the voters of Elizabethtown will be electing a majority of a Town Council that will be voting on, therefore determining, the zoning fate of their town.

The first step in the process is called a Comprehensive Plan. A vote will occur in 2014.

A group of eight to 10 people, consisting of Planning Board members and alternates, and several community members have been working on this zoning plan. None of them have ever been appointed to the task by the Town Council, but they enjoy the support of the town supervisor. An appointment of such a group, by the Town Council is required by law.

The group has claimed the plan will not extend beyond the hamlet limits, but I fear that it will. I know that it’s been discussed.

If you’re not familiar with Hamlets 3 or Smart Growth concepts, you should become familiar with them, as they are game changers, environmentalists’ dreams. The plan contract requires these concepts. The short description being force growth to occur within the hamlet, discourage growth outside it.

The existing Town Council will probably approve this Comprehensive Plan, probably as written, because only three votes are needed. The voters and taxpayers need a Town Council that will examine this plan and adjust it to meet the needs of the community, not the needs of the environmentalists.

I love our forests, but we also must be able to live here and make a living here.

Elizabethtown/New Russia residents, please consider running for your Town Council, starting this June. You are truly needed, and you are needed now.




Library donation

TO THE EDITOR: In early 2013, the Dannemora Free Library was awarded a Books for Children grant from The Libri Foundation.

If the library could raise $250, the grant would enable selection of $750 worth of children’s books.

Letters were sent to local businesses requesting donations to fund the $250. Thanks to the very generous support of many, the goal was not only met but exceeded. With the money, we were able to purchase 65 children’s books.

The following donors helped the Dannemora Free Library reach its goal: Dick’s Liquors, Laura Holzer’s Personal Wellness, Edward Breyette’s, E&E Sheds, Windover’s Home Center, Dannemora Federal Credit Union, Reisdorf Redemption Center, Maggy Pharmacy, Dannemora Ford, DC Auto Parts, Maplefield’s (R. L. Vallee Inc.) and Mr. and Mrs. Howard “Pete” Barber.

We truly appreciate the outstanding generosity of these businesses and encourage our library friends to patronize them.



Dannemora Free Library Board