Am I the only one who sees a parallel between County Executive Hein’s rush to rip up the U&D tracks and Mayor Garraghan’s scrapping of the old post office?
Consider that both were/are motivated to grab a few easy bucks “now” for their respective budgets at the cost of destroying an irreplaceable asset worth much more.
The track, installed and still in place, can be easily and cheaply (as government jobs go) repaired. Total replacement is unthinkable. Same with the post office.
The tracks can share space with trails and possibly provide the additional benefit of allowing some older, less able users to ride through the scenery and fresh air. We all can’t hike, skate, cycle, etc. for miles anymore! Give us a break.
The Kingstonites who fondly remember the post office debacle should be shouting out loud against Mr. Hein’s error on this one. There is still time. Shame on him!
Roy P. Anderson, Kingston
I guess, do something
Is our mayor, as people in the newspaper said, a maniac?
Well, I am no doctor, but thanks to them, I don’t write letters anymore! I wouldn’t even talk to anyone either, but the doctor (“doctor” but not a psychiatrist) who told me that manages a book store every day of the year, never takes a vacation and, of course, isn’t crazy himself!
I don’t think the mayor has yet stopped people on the street to tell them that they’re fat, a slob or anything else. He just stopped someone supposedly going through a stop sign, though the car driver denied it, and said the mayor was a maniac! Me he only called “sick” once, and then said in front of everyone in the community room at a meeting that his mother several times was crazy. But perhaps all that was just to reassure everyone while crazy wasn’t OK, sick was OK. I was thinking at the time, “His poor mother” and that I had been told by doctors I was well!
One policeman in the paper wouldn’t comment; “retiring soon,” didn’t want to get involved! A sheriff’s car decided [to] avoid trouble, though [the] man who supposedly but denied it went through the stop sign signaled to him, sheriff, for help! “Help! Help! Help!” — Took off! Sheriff!
Well, discretion is the better part of valor!
God bless us all, and good luck to the mayor. The city council met in secret wondering “what to do?” I guess, do something, just don’t get into trouble! I bet they won’t!
Joseph A. Murphy Jr., Kingston