'Regarding Doherty’s recent letter' and more

Letters to the editor November 26 to December 2

Posted 11/25/20

Letters to the editor November 26 to December 2

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'Regarding Doherty’s recent letter' and more

Letters to the editor November 26 to December 2


Regarding Doherty’s recent letter

I appreciate Sullivan County Legislature Chairman Doherty’s recent letter, where he straightens us out on how well informed he is with matters of law affecting our Adult Care Center at Sunset Lake. I’ll leave that haggling to lawyers and touch on important other misinformation and why.

It matters whether changing county health care policy is being driven by Mr. Doherty’s ideological agenda or the concerns he states in his letter.

If his interest is imposing his ideology on the rest of us in the midst of the pandemic, he and like-minded legislators ought to own it and just say so.  

Otherwise, he ought to straighten us out on why county resolutions supported by him and adopted this summer prohibit addressing his stated concerns without the county relinquishing the administration of important health care programs. 

Mr. Doherty doesn’t get to hide behind having it both ways; prohibiting solutions that address his concerns doesn’t square, period—it’s also dangerous.  

The county recording of our October 8 Health and Family Services Committee meeting makes clear chairwoman Rasjz’s request to pursue such solutions, acknowledging the need now to amend the resolutions. 

And since July, through public hearing testimony, letters and emails, many hundreds of county residents have formally voiced their objection to the direction Mr. Doherty is taking health care in our county. To my knowledge, aside from him and like-minded legislators, not one county resident has registered support for it. 

Dave Colavito
Rock Hill, NY

The generosity of the Yavarkovskys

Mention has been made of the generosity shown by the late Jerry Yavarkovsky and his wife, Judy, in providing free math tutoring to students of all ages in the area for years. But they also contributed something else of great value to each student, beyond their encouragement in mastering math: Each potential student was required to show their library card.

The Yavarkovskys traveled the world, and wherever they went they visited libraries. Their thirst for knowledge has been contagious to those fortunate enough to know them, and I’m certain that Judy will continue to encourage and inspire those around her.

Beth Peck
Narrowsburg, NY


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