Letters to the Editor

March 28, 2018

To the editor, The March 1 Mahopac News article on funding for Carmel town parks (McDonough and Airport parks) reports a cost estimate of $3 million. This is now significantly higher than the $600,000 estimate from six months ago. There seems to be a moving target here and this should be a ...

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[Editor’s note: This letter exceeds the maximum word count (300 words) allowed by Mahopac News, but due to the content, we have made an exception to that rule.] To the editor, Friday, after seven days without electrical power, I contacted the office of the Putnam County executive where I ...

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‘Walk-ins’ are ineffective To the editor, We don’t need more “walk-ins.” These are ineffective in eradicating violence in schools. Saying “hello” to an outcast student does not change the fact that a teenager with domestic abuse claims was able to purchase assault weapons and kill 17 people.

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To the editor, [Editor’s note: The following letter was sent by School Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo to Mahopac families and the school community.] We are all saddened by the tragic events that took place in Parkland, Fla., several weeks ago, Mahopac’s collective thoughts and prayers for ...

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To the editor, After having read a recent article (published Feb. 1) titled “Health officials: Radon risk in Putnam County remains high,” I felt inclined to write and express my own opinion.  The article, provided by the Putnam County Health Department, quotes the NYS Department of Health’s ...

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To the editor, If Putnam County is supposedly the safest county in the state, explain to me why we need to fork out at least $2 million of taxpayer money to purchase a traffic security system in Carmel, to be purchased from a neighboring business that specializes only in residential and ...

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To the editor, After more than two decades, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA) Mahopac Flotilla finds itself in a position where it needs new recruits to satisfy the USCGA requirement for maintaining its status as an operational flotilla. We are reaching out to anyone who may be ...

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To the editor, I am writing to express my deep disappointment with my state senator, Terrence Murphy. As a resident of Mahopac, I am appalled that Sen. Murphy refuses to hold town hall meetings with his constituents. A number of people I know—myself included—have called the senator’s office ...

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To the editor, Once again Mr. Bazzo, in his Feb. 8, column cherry picks facts, ignores other facts, passes along lies and spins so fast to the right that it’s amazing he doesn’t drill himself into the earth. Bazzo is correct—the economy is doing well, and we should give credit where credit is ...

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To the editor, The Feb. 8 article about the installation of traffic surveillance cameras in Mahopac and Carmel contained one stunning sentence: “[Carmel Police Chief Mike] Cazzari said the cameras are not meant to catch speeders, motorists who run red lights and other traffic-code ...

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To the editor, After I read the article about the parking lot/park plan for Swan Cove in Mahopac (Mahopac News, Feb. 1), I want to express my opinion on this proposed purchase by the town of Carmel for $1 million. The property is abandoned, in my opinion. It has lakeside access, but so does ...

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To the editor, I am so glad that Mr. Anthony DiCarlo is our new superintendent of schools in Mahopac. I know Mr. DiCarlo from his years serving as a councilman for the town of Carmel. He always impressed me with his honesty, intelligence, thoughtfulness and personable demeanor. After the ...

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To the editor, Regarding the closing of Healy’s Corner Bar, before it was Healy’s, it was Happy Valley. Actually, the whole county was a “Happy Valley” in those times (if maybe a little ingrown, prejudicial enclave, but there was community). I went to a wedding reception there in the ...

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To the editor, I would like to thank Donald B. Smith for his 16 years of dedicated service as Putnam County sheriff. He served all the people who make Putnam home as well as visitors to our wonderful county. Under Don’s leadership, the sheriff’s office has grown and evolved in the protection ...

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To the editor, As my time as your sheriff comes to a close, I take this opportunity to thank all of the people of Putnam County for their great support, hard work and faithful encouragement in helping the law enforcement and emergency services communities keep Putnam County a great and safe ...

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To the editor, Some thoughts on the proposed master plan: We need to take advantage of current and future technologies. Nearby towns are installing solar systems on public lands to power street lights, reducing pollution and saving money. We should switch over to LED lighting and hybrid ...

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To the editor, I was pleased to read Steve Reid’s letter to the editor recommending that people adopt a dog from a shelter as opposed to buying a puppy from a puppy mill.  I do agree with him that there are many wonderful dogs available for adoption.  But I’ve experienced and heard many stories ...

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To the editor, In reference to Sandy Levine’s letter regarding Andy Bazzo’s column: I always enjoy his explicit, clear comments, but I usually don’t agree with him. This time I had actually written a letter to the editor and I went back to check his before I sent it and was surprised to see he ...

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To the editor, Now that the holiday season is upon us, many people think a puppy would make a good gift. What most forget is that puppies require a lot of time, energy and money, and many pet store puppies come from sick and neglected puppy mills. Nearly 8 million companion animals enter U.S.

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To the editor, I have never written a letter to the editor before, but a comment made by Andy Bazzo (“Bazzo Says”) prompted me to write. I realize that the rest of his column has little to do with my remarks here, but he started me thinking about the relationship between Democrats and ...

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To the editor,                                                        That is the question I would ask myself when I was working long nights as an ER nurse. Missing out on many holidays and kids’ activities while my husband and I were trying to send our four kids to good schools and still ...

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To the editor, When applying for a job, one of the most important qualifications is experience.  It’s very difficult to convince a potential employer of your capabilities without proof of experience.  Don Smith has 16 years of experience as your sheriff.  He has proven his worth time and again ...

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To the editor, Re-elect Sheriff Don Smith and Keep Putnam County the safest county in New York State.  I have known Don Smith for more than 20 years and find him a man of Integrity. Being a homeowner since 1974 in Putnam County, retired law enforcement from NYPD and a local business owner of ...

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To the editor, It is the election season and I know so many of us feel that we don't have a voice, let alone choices in politics. This is no reason to retreat. This year many races have candidates that are running unopposed. Does that mean we shouldn't bother to vote? I would argue that it is ...

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To the editor, I am writing to support Sheriff Don Smith for re-election. As a retired law enforcement officer with over 25 years of experience I know firsthand what it takes to be an effective leader of a large department like the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department where experience matters.

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