Letters to the Editor

May 20, 2020

Stevie Wonder's legendary song asks us: "What happened to the world we knew.." That world has disappeared, and it will be a long time before normalcy returns. We know that almost all states have closed their public schools, and approximately 55 million K-12 students continue to work remotely.

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During these uncertain times, we all want answers. But, there is nobody who can give us definitive answers until the pandemic has been dealt with. Let us not make hasty decisions that we might have to walk back on. Until then, as painful as it is, we all need to restrict ourselves, not only with ...

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Last weekend my family received the City's 2020 Municipal Budget Snapshot in the mail and I had a number of questions after seeing no changes made to address the COVID-19 crisis facing our community. My comments/questions are: I would like to know what assumptions were used in creating ...

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Where we are today and where we were back in March when the City of Summit’s budget was first introduced are very different places. I wonder what the best way is to rethink and reset those priorities. Thankfully our City staff is outstanding and surely working hard behind the scenes to make sense ...

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Dear Friends, I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and safe. I recognize that this is a trying time for our community and our nation, and I am very proud of how Summit residents have risen to the occasion. I urge all residents to continue their efforts to observe the ...

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Steven Spurr, Chair, Summit Republicans, could not be more wrong in his April 28th letter condemning Representative Tom Malinowski for failing to deliver for the communities in the 7th Congressional District. Representative Malinowski is spearheading the effort to pass H.R. 6467, the “Coronavirus ...

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I am writing in response to Republican Party Chair Steven Spurr’s recent letter to the editor criticizing Congressman Malinowski regarding coronavirus relief funding for Summit.  He claims that our Congressman has failed to advocate for small towns like ours, but that couldn’t be further from the ...

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Small towns like Summit are doing their best to find a way through the COVID-19 public health emergency. Friends and neighbors have fallen ill and sadly, some have passed away. The damage extends also to lost jobs, shuttered businesses, and growing anxiety around just what comes next. Our local ...

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As I adjusted to my new life of social distancing, handwashing and wearing a mask, the one thing that kept me going was my solitary walk in Briant park almost daily for the past three weeks. I confess I am not adventurous when it comes to exercise. Over the years, I have found that walking is ...

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I am writing to you about Bridges Outreach, headquartered right here in Summit. Some of you have read my “love letters” to the volunteers who make brown bag lunches, the very young children who decorate the bags with rainbows and encouraging phrases, and the teens and adults who help deliver them ...

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Dear Summit neighbors, Since 1962, the Summit Volunteer First Squad has been there for the residents of Summit.  For our friends. For our neighbors. For our visiting guests. And in this trying time, our mission has not waivered.  We remain here for you. But like everyone, we are operating ...

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Dear Neighbor, I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and safe.  These are extraordinary times and members of Common Council have been working hard with the Mayor and our dedicated City staff to keep essential City operations going and to protect public health.  Council will ...

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