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LETTER: David’s Refuge thanks flash-mobbers

To the editor and the Manlius community: To all who danced in the Fourth of July Manlius parade flash mob dance, we say, thank you! You helped us share the amazing story of a local nonprofit, David’s Refuge. Our mission is to love and serve moms and dads who have children with special needs or those struggling with a life threatening disease. By joining in the dance you reminded these amazing parents that they are not alone, that what they do every day in caring for their child is the most important thing in the world, and that they are loved by God.

On the campaign trail: Katko named Republican ‘Young Gun’

Congressional candidate John Katko has earned the status of “Young Gun” from the National Republican Congressional Committee after reaching the third and final tier of the group’s recruitment program. Founded in the 2007-08 election cycle by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program provides financial support to candidates in races across the country.

LETTER: Could the town board consider the old Friendly’s property for new town hall?

To the editor: After reading about the possible relocation of the town offices and police department in the July 2 edition of the Eagle Bulletin (“Manlius Town Board may be considering potential sites for a new town hall,”) the first thought I had was leave the offices where they are on Brooklea Drive and move the police department to the corner of Routes 5 and 257 - the former Friendly’s ice cream location.

On the Campaign Trail: Katko calls out Maffei; Kessner backpedals on primary

At a press conference on July 2, Republican Congressional candidate John Katko criticized Democratic opponent Dan Maffei, the incumbent representative for the 24th Congressional District, for his grandiose infrastructure plan as well as his vote against a House measure that encourages oil drilling within the U.S.

Political truth in advertising

It’s time again for the ubiquitous political attack ads. We will hear the old saw, “Attack ads work!” That may be true, but consider, if you will, doesn’t the electorate deserve better?

LETTER: No bench at East Syracuse Veteran’s Park?

To the editor: I am a Vietnam veteran. When I am in East Syracuse, I almost always stop at the war monument. For me, it’s time to reflect and I have met many other veterans there who served in Vietnam and Korea. But I’m wondering, why is there no bench there anymore? Even a wooden bench, like the ones around the village would be nice.

LETTER: Relay for Life co-chairs thank community

To the editor and the F-M community: As the co-chairs of this year’s F-M Community Relay for Life, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for so generously supporting us and the American Cancer Society in our first year of our Relay. We began this undertaking in October of 2013 when our students decided to bring Relay back to our community. With a small but dedicated group, we were able to plan a 12-hour walk, schedule a carnival, find bands to play, and, in total, see more than 1,000 people attend in one way or another to support raising funds for cancer research and prevention.

LETTER: New York’s Governor may be guilty of bribery

To the editor: Late last month, the far-left Working Families Party (WFP) nearly dumped Andrew Cuomo in favor of an insurgent liberal candidate at their party convention, but Cuomo saved himself with a last minute pact brokered by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

LETTER: Local businesses show support for volunteers

To the editor: On Wednesday, June 4, several local businesses came out in support of FM-JD area Meals on Wheels at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, which was organized by creative MOW volunteers Debbie Kelley and Beth Rhea. We want to especially thank Chef Bob Henning, and management team members Rita Mazzarello and Tom Guzzo, from Maple Downs Holiday Retirement community in Fayetteville for generously providing a delicious luau-theme main course; Kathy and Vince Giordano, owners of SNO-TOP in Manlius for their donation of ice cream for our dessert sundaes and Dr. Jeff Standish and his assistant Jen of Chiropractic First in E. Syracuse, for providing thermal scans and chair massages to many of our volunteers.

LETTER: Sheriff’s candidate doesn’t say how repealing SAFE will make us safer

To the editor: Jack Garafalo ("SAFE-ACT has serious flaw, won't work in the long run," June 11) wrote a very persuasive letter about how he, as a candidate for Onondaga County sheriff, would attempt to get that law overturned. In his lengthy letter, however, he failed to mention how he would make Onondaga County a safer community for its citizens.

Enjoy summer with a visit to a state park or a night spent camping under the stars

After the long, cold winter we had here in the Central New York, it’s time to take advantage of the warm weather and the beautiful sunshine as much as we can in the days to come. We’re fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful scenery throughout New York, from our beaches to our mountains to everything in between. When it’s nice out, there is no shortage of locations for taking advantage of what can only be described as glorious weather. The month of June is Great Outdoors Month, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by visiting one of New York’s 180 gorgeous state parks and historic sites.

An interview with Gene Conway

Recently I had the opportunity to meet with Gene Conway, Dewitt Police Chief, to learn more about him. What I found out was that Gene is a dedicated policeman and capable administrator. He knows that the police are extensions of the public, as are all government employees. Being a policeman is unique in that sometimes contact with the public is unpleasant, but that a policeman should not be unpleasant.

LETTER: Disappointed to not see Fayetteville DPW in parade

To the editor and all members of the Fayetteville DPW: I attended the Fayetteville Memorial Day parade for the first time in many years. I was very disappointed that your department was not represented in this parade. The only representatives I saw were several workers quickly removing barricades at the end to open the streets.

LETTER: Meaning behind parade is not candy

To the editor: On May 26, many Manlius children were once again able to learn the true meaning of Memorial Day. Namely, that it’s the day when the streets are filled with candy and all one has to do is pick it up. Hey, it’s even better than Halloween, no need to don a mask or costume, walk between houses, ring doorbells, etc.

Help me help the MDA

I need your help to make bail. No, not that kind of bail. I’ve never been arrested. But I am going to “jail.” I’ve been recruited to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) with their annual Lock-Up fundraiser. Such events occur nationwide all year long. Business owners and community leaders (and, apparently, weekly newspaper reporters) agree to be “put behind bars for good.” We’re asked to raise money from friends, family, co-workers and, in your case, readers to help make “bail,” which will then benefit the MDA’s research, medical clinics and summer camp experiences.

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