July 4, 2013

Letters to the Editor: July 4, 2013


---- — Merry missive

TO THE EDITOR: The June 20 letter of Tom Irwin was truly amazing.

His hysterical lampoon, his dry wit and impish sense of irony exposing the irrationality and irresponsibility of the liberal mindset was an edifying lesson in the power of prose.

The content was, however, a bit too wishy-washy for my tastes. He needs to realize that liberals are basically and irredeemably evil, not merely demented, and it’s a waste of effort to make fun of them or to try to convert them to the one true political philosophy that the good Lord intended: neo-pseudo-conservatism.

Only a demented liberal could think that working together for the common good of all was a noble ideal. Next thing you know, they’ll be telling us to turn the other cheek.

No sir, we must stand firm, stay the course and bring America back to the primary vision of our Founding Fathers, i.e. complete and unfettered freedom to do whatever we please and to bash those whose ideas are different from ours. Compromise, empathy and a civil discourse are for wimps.

I look forward to many more merry missives from the mischievous mind of Tom Irwin.

He’s going to be a force to deal with when he grows up.




Tour de Force fundraising

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing this letter about my husband, Bob Cronin, a retired New York state trooper.

Bob is doing a fundraising bicycle ride called Tour de Force, as he has the last four years.

The 2013 Tour de Force starts on Sept. 8 from Freedom Tower in NYC and ends at the Boston Marathon finish line on Sept. 11.

On Sept. 11, it will be called “Sean’s Ride” in honor of MIT police officer Sean Collier who killed by the Boston bombing suspects.

The mission of Tour de Force is to honor victims of 9/11 and raises funds for families of police officers killed in the line of duty.

Bob was also given the honor to make three $5,000 presentations to families of officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice: Richard Dobson, whose son, Trooper Kevin Dobson, died on duty; Laura Wyman, widow of Oneida County Deputy Kurt Wyman, killed on duty; and Bob and two local Garda riders made one to Ethan Anna, son of Trooper Amanda Anna, who died in 2012.

Last year, Bob raised over $17,000 because of your help. Donations can be made on the secure website Go to donations and in the drop-down box click on Bob’s name, or checks made out to TourdeForce can be mailed to 19 Haynes Terrace, Peru, NY 12972. Also collecting bottles and cans for the deposits as donations; contact him at or 643-2629.

At 5 p.m. Aug. 23, a benefit to assist in raising funds will be held at Bobby’s Lounge in Plattsburgh.

Thank you for past assistance in support of this cause and hope you will remain committed to be part of this year’s fundraising.