Letters to the editor, Aug. 18, 2011

Andi can do it
As the election season heats up, I’ve noticed that there is a lot of talk among some candidates for Kingston mayor that our city should spend money to negotiate with the unions, that we should have another “anti-crime” summit, or even hire a city manager to oversee important work that has traditionally been the responsibility of the mayor. I’ve been paying attention and it seems to me that the only candidate who thinks she can do the job herself, without expensive consultants or summits, is Andi Turco-Levin. She has been good to the people in the First Ward where she currently serves as alderwoman and she will be great for the City of Kingston.
George Makris

More on St. Remy cemetery
I read with great interest your article about Harold Rosenkranse and the St. Remy slave cemetery (July 28 Kingston Times). As local historians, my wife and I provided some historical information and moral support to Eagle Scout candidate Chris Donahue and Mr. Rosenkranse during their restoration project. Chris, Harold and several others are to be commended for their hard work and I believe that Harold’s idea for a veterans’ park is wonderful. It’s so nice to read an upbeat story of local interest. Thank you Mr. Reynolds.
A few photos of the restoration on 2007 can be found at the web site www.stremy.net/StRemySlaveCemetery/index.htm. The cemetery sits on a hillside above the 1745 Freer farm and Freer/Delamater mill. We still do not know the names of the interred, but they were very likely attached to the Freers, DeLameters or VanAkens, all of which held large farms in the Revolutionary era. We have been unable to find the name Sleight Cemetery in any reference. It is likely anecdotal. Another anecdote (though verified by Roesner Wheeler) is that when the state built Route 213, locals were incorrectly told that the cemetery contained only mules. By the way, Hugh, the correct name of the body of water seen from the cemetery is Dimond’s Pond, not Diamond Lake. (No A’s in there anywhere.) It is named for George Dimond. Few people know this, so you’re excused.
Karl Wick
St. Remy

Phillips: We must have
balanced budget amendment
As the dust settles from the debt ceiling debate and ensuing last minute deal, here’s a look at some of the realities we face.
Assuming the “Super Commission” is successful and subsequent presidents and congresses follow through on budget numbers, the negotiated plan would reduce the deficit by $2.4 trillion over 10 years.
However, the deal comes at a time when our yearly annual budget deficits have averaged almost $1.5 trillion a year the last three years. On average, the plan would only save $240 billion per year and shockingly only cuts spending by $7 billion in 2012 — less than two tenths of a percent.