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An open letter to the residents of the village of Fayetteville

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Our elected trustees are all fond of saying how much they value the “quality of life” in the village of Fayetteville and how hard they fight to ensure that the “quality of life” here is safeguarded. For the most part, I doubt that this motivation can be questioned. However, there are times when the policies they enact and defend defy both common sense and the “quality of life” that they so desperately want to defend. One such example of a misguided policy is their support of Richard Green’s revival of an old law that interferes with a resident’s right to contract for snow removal services.

Conway thanks supporters for election

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to the people of Onondaga County for your support on Election Day. I am honored that you have put your trust in me to become the next sheriff.

Excellent column on suburban deer control

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I commend Steve Chamberlain, who, in his excellent Oct. 29 column on deer-resistant plants, gently reiterated the point that the deer population in residential areas (like Manlius) needs to be reduced.

Attend dinner and support veterans

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I would like to alert the Central New York community to an upcoming opportunity to support our area veterans. On Tuesday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), the inaugural Annual CNY Veterans Day Dinner will be held to raise funds for Honor Flight Syracuse (HFS).

Some thoughts on the recent DeWitt referendum

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Regarding the town of Dewitt town clerk referendum, [DeWitt Town Councilor] Kerin Rigney stated in her letter of Oct. 1 that she was “very glad that we on the town board opened it to the people to decide. This is what democracy looks like.” Let me remind Ms. Rigney that the residents of the town of Dewitt already had the right to elect the town clerk.

Town board member encourages residents to stay informed

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: It was very heartening to see so many DeWitt residents taking the time to come vote at the referendum last week. Although it didn’t go the way I’d hoped, I’m very glad that we on the town board opened it to the people to decide. This is what a democracy looks like.

Supervisor does not make a compelling case for appointed town clerk

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I read the justification for making the town of Dewitt clerk appointed as opposed to elected. Ed Michalenko does not make a compelling case for appointing a clerk answerable to him.

DeWitt councilman: Taking away the people’s right to elect their own representative to serve as town clerk is just wrong

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: The truth about the DeWitt town clerk is that the position is required by law and the fact that the current administration believes they are more capable of choosing the person to fill the position rather than allowing the taxpayers to elect the town clerk is just arrogant. The town clerk has been an independently elected official that is accountable to the taxpayers and should remain an independent position.

DeWitt supervisor explains reasons to make town clerk position appointed

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: DeWitt is holding a referendum on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Residents are asked to vote at town hall between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Only one polling place will be open in order to minimize expenses. A town clerk’s duties are administrative and should not be political. Town clerks should be appointed just like department heads: police chief, comptroller, assessor, etc. City and village clerks are appointed and serve the same functions. If appointment is so dangerous, why don’t we see chaos emanating from cities and villages?

LETTER: Changing DeWitt Town Clerk position to appointed is not in the best interest of the town

To the editor: Town of DeWitt residents will be voting on Sept. 23 on a referendum to change the town clerk position from elected to an appointed political patronage position.

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.

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.

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.

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