Letters to the editor March 1

BKAA right to contest permit

Re the article “Basha Kill group contests permit in the February 15 issue of The River Reporter:

I would like to commend the Basha Kill Area Associates, Inc. (BKAA) for its continued vigilance in protecting the greater environment surrounding the Bashakill Marsh. Their valid objections to the Thompson Educational Center’s (erstwhile China City’s) permit request to violate the intention of the SEQRA process in New York State by segmenting its proposal. One of the objects of SEQRA is to provide the public input on the whole proposed project. The proposal on the table is clearly a violation of law.

Marty Borko

Waverly, NY

Second Amendment ‘yes,’ AR-15s ‘no’

Congressman Faso was in Sullivan County on February 11 at the casino and then Sportsman Federation Coyote Hunt Banquet, and he was available to talk to. I spoke to him twice. As far as second amendment gun rights go, we need that for protection from criminals, terrorists, illegal immigrant gang members, psychotic people and, yes, to protect the U.S. citizen from politicians who want to tax us to death. Do “We the People” need AR-15s? NO! I shoot better with my Winchester bolt action.

If I were a Republican Congressman, I would discuss how we could devise a plan to receive AR-15s and similar tactical style weapons from citizens voluntarily without causing a war over it. Meaning, there are millions of legal gun owners who will go to war over keeping their tactical style rifles. So is more gun control the only one solution to these massacres?

It seems to me the same people who want stricter gun control laws also want to hinder the police from doing their jobs. The major component missing from the mass violence equation is that we need God back in our government, schools and in our daily lives.

Neither political party has all the answers. Our government and each of us desperately need wisdom from God.

God bless America, One nation under God, in God we trust.

John “JP” Pasquale

Livingston Manor, NY


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