Honored to serve
TO THE EDITOR: I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the Town of Black Brook voters and residents for re-electing me to the position of town justice.
I am truly honored and appreciative for your support and confidence in me and thank you for allowing me to continue to serve our town.
I have been extremely fortunate to live in such a great town, and I have been honored to serve the town residents in various town offices since Jan. 1, 1977.
I cannot express in words the feelings I have for all the support and words of encouragement I have received during my terms in office. The friends I have made and the challenges I have faced through the years have been a rewarding experience in my life, and I will continue to serve our township to the very fullest of my ability.
Once again, please accept my sincere appreciation for you allowing me to continue to serve as your town justice. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
TO THE EDITOR: Shortly before Christmas of 2013, our Congressman Bill Owens voted for the Ryan–Murray budget.
This piece of legislation is quite a gift. It is a gift of more pain.
Our military veterans are committing suicide in record numbers, though instead of supporting and championing for the care they need, Congressman Owens decided to prove his exemplary leadership and wound our veterans even more by voting for a budget that slashes their pension benefits — right before Christmas, mind you.
As a veteran, I am deeply disturbed by this. It is said Congressman Owens is one of the few who actually reads the bills he votes on. Either he also missed the part about the Ryan-Murray legislation dismantling the 2011 Budget Control Act and adding $6.8 trillion to our debt over the next 10 years or he has a secret contractual agreement to negatively affect our lives, savings and markets.
Or perhaps we should all be impressed by our congressman’s daring courage to cast such a rebellious vote for the status quo, while being of a Congress that enjoys a deplorable 9 percent approval rating?
Look, I understand providing socialized benefits and reducing our budget are diametrically opposed, but these are our disabled veterans, the people who are most deserving of our help.
Congressman Owens’s vote does nothing except spit in their crying, disfigured faces, continue the malignant growth that is suffocating the size of the federal government and patently ignore our most urgent national security issue: our perpetually exploding national debt crisis.
Thank you, Bill. Hope you enjoy your Christmas.
JUSTIN THOMAS TROMBLEY
Republican Liberty Caucus
TO THE EDITOR: The recent water-main break in Malone (“Burst water pipe snarls traffic in Malone,” Dec. 17) should suggest a need to rethink the status quo.
Change, including more competition with how the area’s water systems are managed, must be put into place now to prevent taxpayers and ratepayers from paying exorbitant utility bills and huge liabilities in the future.
A recent study by the National Taxpayers Union found that nearly a half trillion dollars in government expenditures could be saved over the next 40 years through the adoption of open procurement for pipe materials and better asset management. The Mayors Water Council of the U.S. Conference of Mayors has also supported these proposals.
Public officials here and in communities across the nation should strive for water policies that deliver the highest possible level of accountability to taxpayers and ratepayers.
Executive vice president
National Taxpayers Union
TO THE EDITOR: On behalf of the Kent-Delord House Museum Garden Club, thank you so much to our community for supporting our Christmas Caring and Sharing program.
Since the Delords are no longer here to care for our people, in their honor, we asked for donations of food and money for the Interfaith Food Shelf at our weekend Open House.
As a result, we collected and delivered more than 200 pounds of food and about $800 for our friends who need a little extra help this holiday.
We are so proud of our community for emulating the Delord family this Christmas.
Kent-Delord House Museum Garden Club