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Immigration, the Eldred Preserve and more


CEOS: Leave selfishness behind and provide a living wage

Sure, profits are good, and that is the purpose of business—BUT! The profits earned need to distributed wisely so that the workers have a living wage, the business can invest in new technologies and the greedy CEOs can still have some pocket change. In order for everyone to survive and move forward in the years ahead, people must learn the concept of sharing and leave the selfishness and greed behind.

The question is not where we are, but what direction we are heading. With that in mind, tomorrow begins today in making people aware that we, the United States of America, have a choice to make: revolution or evolution? The reality is that the U.S. must evolve in order to move forward. Selfishness and greed must be replaced by common sense and a concept of fairness and sharing.

I am not against making profits, and I am sure people will view me as anti-American or Socialist, but let’s face reality: Do the CEOs really need millions of dollars a year in salary? Can they not live on $5 million a year and put the rest back into payroll and create a living wage?

Tim Seretis

Hawley, PA

Eldred Preserve concerned with aesthetics, not the environment

I am writing as a homeowner in the Eldred/Highland area to urge a full septic system to the Eldred Preserve. In a recent article from The River Reporter, the developer of the Preserve, Dan Silna, stated that the move to settle for treated human pollution instead of the environmentally optimal full septic was made to avoid “the removal of five acres (or more) of trees.”

This is a short-sighted move made selfishly by the Preserve’s developers. In our area, we have significantly more old-growth tree-cover than we do clear, high-quality streams. The Preserve is concerned with the aesthetics and not the environment. It is classic ‘form over function.’ It is a ‘bull-excrement’ argument, and it, literally, flows downhill.

If the Preserve sees itself—as we all hope it does—as starting (or restarting) a long, prosperous and responsible relationship with the community, they should know trees planted over a septic system that cares for the land will grow tall and beautiful over the many years the Preserve hopes to serve Sullivan County and its many visitors—including anglers eager to stay in their cabins for access to clear water teeming with fish.

Holter Graham

Narrowsburg, NY

A local poet’s verse for immigration

Years ago, Mort Malkin started the poet’s corner in the convenience store of the Citgo gas station in Narrowsburg. Those interested can find the bulletin board beside the restaurant doors on the left of the store. People are invited to post their own poetry.

At the Poets’ corner in the Singh Citgo Station in Narrowsburg, I’ve written and posted a poem that addresses the immigrant issue of our time. Here it is for your readers:

Asylum or Sanctuary?

The first, a legal status derived

from working judges;  the second,

history and hallowed ground to set rules.

Mort Malkin

Milanville, PA


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