Letters to the Editor

  • Kudos to Columnist

    September 27, 2017

    To the editor:

    I want to thank Ruthann Sheffer for her wonderful article commemorating 9/11. I’m sure we all remember where we were when we heard the first report of a plane hitting the ...

  • Drama on the Municipal Channel

    If you’re like me and have watched the town board meetings, you may feel that the production may not be the most scintillating TV content. For a change, I would urge you to watch the two town ...

  • Thanks for Keeping Somers Clean

    It is a dirty job, but someone has to do it! Yes, we are talking about all the litter on the sides of the roads in Somers. Litter clean-up is a never-ending job, but thanks to the dedicated residents ...

  • A Night of Good, Clean Fun

    A fantastic inaugural show of “Rock ‘n Roll Oldies” took place April 21 at the Somers High School auditorium. It all started from a vision of the Leos president, Chris Ruggiero, and ...

  • The Meaning of Memorial Day

    There is a time to agree and there is a time to disagree. I’ve certainly disagreed with Bruce Apar’s column from time to time, but this is not one of them. I enjoyed reading his recent ...

  • Thank You for the Support

    Dear Somers Friends,

    I want to take a moment to thank all of you for your support and kindness. I was able to run for a seat on the Board of Education only because of the many folks who supported ...

  • The Problem with the Somers Carnival

    Every year my friends and I look forward to attending the annual Somers Lions Carnival at Fireman’s Field. Even though it is an overall wonderful event that everyone enjoys, I do believe that ...

  • Melen Makes Bad Comparison

    In response to the comment by Rick Melen in his article in the March 9 issue, I commend him for showing The New York Times crossword puzzle as something good in their paper. However, his insinuation ...

  • Trump Was Quoted out of Context

    This letter is in response to the comment Rick Melen had in his column in the Feb. 23 issue on some important things that presidents have said in the past that resonate with people. The thing that ...

  • Consider Rescuing a Dog

    I don’t think in all my years I have written to a paper. I have thought about it in my mind but never took the next step. But now there have been so many articles around about rescue pets that ...

  • Why I March

    On Jan. 21, I will march in Washington, D.C., to let the world know that I care about women’s rights, which are human rights.

    My grandmother came to the United States as an immigrant in ...

  • Be a Friend of the Somers Library

    Somers Library has evolved into a community center offering educational and recreational (entertainment) programs. Its commitment to providing quality programs is made possible through donations made ...

  • Comparing Apples to Oranges

    I would like to respond to publisher Brett Freeman’s column titled, “Hate groups ignored for eight years,” as both an American Jew and a veteran of the Yom Kippur War (1973).

    I ...

  • Somers Litter Task Force Thanks the Community

    It is a dirty job, but someone has to do it! Yes, we are talking about all the trash on the sides of the roads in Somers. Litter clean-up is a never-ending job, but thanks to the dedicated residents ...

  • Be Careful Puppy Shopping This Holiday Season

    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 ...

  • Think Before You Post

    We all need to reflect on what social media is doing to friends, family, acquaintances and our country.

    I too often see Facebook, Twitter and texting used to chastise people over their views, ...

  • Conservatism vs. Change (Donald vs. Hillary)

    The election of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton demonstrated the huge chasm between liberals and conservatives. These issues did not exist 150 years ago. Americans were born, lived and died in a ...

  • Somers Is a Special Place

    I want to extend my heartfelt thanks and sincere gratitude to the community of Somers following the fire at my home that has displaced me and my daughter, Eva, and brought us much sadness and ...

  • Thanks to All Who Donated to the Somers Cookie Swap for a Cause

    The third annual Cookie Swap for a Cause takes place 7–10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Crystal Hall at Somers Community Center, 34 Hillandale Road, in Yorktown Heights.

    All proceeds will be ...

  • Leaving the Republican Party

    Until I changed my registration yesterday, I had been a member of the Republican Party since 1960. I have served my town as a Republican councilman for 16 years and have supported many local ...

  • Somers Teens Win Battle of the Books

    Congratulations to the students representing Somers Library at the annual Westchester Library System Battle of the Books—especially to the teen team, which won the competition, held at Ossining ...

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More Sand Dunes and Lobster Rolls!

Just a few weeks ago, I wrote about vacations as a child on Cape Cod.  Last week-
end I returned to the Cape, not as a child, but as an older and hopefully more appreciative visitor.

I traveled with son and daughter-in-law, Paul and JulieAnne, and JulieAnne’s mom, Arline, heading to their home, Swan View, in Orleans. We had made this trip a couple of years ago around the same time ...

Show Me a Sign

My sister Kathy is taking an advanced class in American Sign Language. She has no plans to become an interpreter, so I assume she is doing it so that she can talk behind peoples’ backs without asking them to turn around. She says that for now she is better at talking in the language than she is at listening, but it seems like most people have that problem right now, hearing impaired or ...

Sisters

Big-sistership was thrust upon me by a well-meaning but very crafty mother.  

Florence (my mom) gave birth to her second child in a small hospital where my dad, a young doctor, was on staff. At that time (the Dark Ages) women spent seven to 10 days “recuperating” in the hospital and children were not permitted to visit. Because all the attending nurses were friends, they ...

'My Husband Thinks I Am a Hoarder'

People tell me that—their husbands think they are hoarders or they think that themselves. I’ve been a professional organizer for a long time and 99 percent of the time, these people are not hoarders. In fact, I’ve only met three in the last 13 years. 

Hoarding is a mental disorder, an aspect of being obsessive-compulsive (check ICD Clutter–Hoarding Scale) and it ...

Coping with Your Child’s Stress—Part 2

Dr. Linda,

Thank you for your column about stress. The day I read it, my seventh-grade daughter, Lily, came home from school with a pile of binders that filled her entire backpack. This once happy little girl, who used to skip into the house after school, walked into the house and had a total meltdown. I tried to make light of it and even brought up something funny that happened to me at work ...

Kids and Their Screens

“Kids, I don’t know what’s wrong with these kids today.

“Kids, who can understand anything they say…?

“Why can’t they be like we were?

“Perfect in every way,

“What’s the matter with kids today?”

When Lee Adams, who lives in northern Westchester, penned those laugh-worthy lyrics for the Broadway musical “Bye ...

Don’t Call Me... I’ll Call You

“Hello, hello,” I said, picking up the phone when I saw my husband’s number come up on my Caller ID.

Nothing.

“Hellllloooooooooo?” I said louder.

“Can I have a tall, decaf, skim mocha Frappucino,” I heard my husband say. It sounded like he wasn’t talking directly into his phone, but rather from a galaxy far, far ...

Helping English Language Learning Students Who Are Learning Disabled

Dana Stahl, a learning specialist and educational consultant, will address educational questions and concerns that parents may have regarding their children’s academic development and progress in school. Topics can center on such concerns as how to handle homework dilemmas or what questions to ask at a CSE meeting. Questions can range from “How best do parents advocate for their ...