Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

 Your August 27, 2014 “Nature Walk” column kindly featured an enthusiastic piece titled “Touring Innisfree Gardens,” for which we are grateful.  A few errors should be corrected, however, so that the community has accurate information.

  To the editor,       This is in response to two articles which have appeared in the Millbrook Independent regarding the alleged oil spill and contamination at the Washed Aggregate Resources, Inc gravel mine in Amenia, in order to correct the record.   
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  To the Editor,       Thank you for keeping news about these often misunderstood tick-borne illnesses on your front page. We need more research and public awareness of these diseases. A few corrections for your article:  

Congressman Chris Gibson's letter on immigration reform (TMI, June 11) reflects the Republican Party's nyet strategy on this and virtually every other issue of our national life. 

It does not seem that way on the surface, as Gibson protests his openness to consider reforms, and he seems willing even to “address current undocumented immigrants.” The more important point for him, though, is that, first, the nation must build defenses against illegal border crossing that would put the Berlin Wall to shame. The exception: temporary farm workers, who can work long hours at low pay and with virtually no legal protection. American politicians easily respond to the interests of farmers; Gibson is no exception.

Only after those defenses are in place, he contends, should those who are here illegally be considered for legal status. Until then, the subtext is, they must remain in the shadows, in fear of peremptory arrest, deportation, and permanent separation from loved ones. Until then, employers can leverage that fear to exploit them. 

  Dear editor;   According to the Congressional Budget Office, the comprehensive immigration bill which has passed in the Senate and is now stalled in the House would reduce the federal deficit by $175 billion between 2014 and 2023.  The CBO’s analysis also states that the Senate bill would “boost economic growth."      
  To the Editor,   I support immigration reform, but I have serious reservations about the immigration bill passed recently by the Senate. On page five of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) letter of analysis of the Senate bill, the CBO finds that the bill will only reduce illegal immigration by 33% to 50%.      

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