Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor
Credit for Assemblyman Colin Schmitt and Law Enforcement


I would like to recognize the importance of the stance Assemblyman Colin Schmitt, District Attorney Dave Hoovler, Sheriff Carl DuBois, local law enforcement and leaders who are opposed to the recent bail changes in NY.

Their response was intensified after we saw a convicted child predator come in direct contact with two Pre-K children, within a schoolyard in New Windsor. As a  result of  no cash bail, the  offender was released into the community. His whereabouts are unknown to us. We were informed that if the offender did this the very next day, it would be the same result and the day after that the same again.

These disasterous new rules were carelessly imposed upon us, without thought of the danger to the public. It will encourage repeat offenders, that will increase the work load to our court system and as a result will increase costs to the taxpayers.

NY families are being broken up, having to leaving family members behind as they leave the State in droves. The  homes they were born in,  because of hastily made decisions like these, that physically threaten the people and impose financial hardship on us all.

Assemblyman Schmitt, DA Hoovler, the Sheriff and all of law enforcement have vowed to keep our children safe. Thank you to them all!

With the Coronavirus now at the forefront, it has provided cover for those responsible. But the smoke will clear. We as a community must stay alert, we must stand with those above. If you are working from home, take time to email or call local and State Officials. Ask them to join with us together to protect working families. Then we must be ready to come out of the woodwork in massive numbers  to protect our loved ones.



I’ve heard it before and shrugged it off, but I am starting to believe it now that Trumpism is a cult-like phenomenon.

Sadly, long time friendships and family relationships are ending for someone they don’t know personally. Why?

What is it that have people believing the crimes and lies that they hear and see with their own ears and eyes?

What is it that would have people abandon their long-held values of right and wrong?

What is it about this president that people accept his behavior, where in the past they would have shunned someone for a fraction of what he has said or done?

Wake up America. It’s time to reassess who we are as people of good will. Look deep within yourself and honestly ask, “why do I support someone like him?” I’m serious.

Before we are Democrats and Republicans or any other political party, we are Americans. This is what we have in common. This is what should unite us all. Ask, what is best for the country, because it will make us stronger. The division I see happening can only make us weak within and susceptible to anarchy.

Attacking the media, FBI, DOJ, the Constitution, and every other institution of checks and balances to protect our democracy is an attempt to have the people go against the government. We are great because of these institutions. I believe in the people that work in these institutions because they believe country comes first. Regardless of party.

I hope to see the day, as in the past, where we live in a society beyond politics. Yes, we have our differences in politics, religion, race, etc., but at the end of the day we are basically the same. We have the same aspirations of prosperity, good health and well-being. We are all social animals and that is what make us humans.

I can ramble on so I will end by saying, look at the forces that are trying to divide us as Americans and ask why?

Editor’s Note:   As was noted on the Editorial Page last week, we do not generally allow letters to the editor the final week before an election.  This letter from Ms. Morrice was however sent in on March 3 and misplaced, so we are allowing it in. We regret the error.


Letter to the Editor

Write In Patricia Morrice for Village Council

My name is Patricia Morrice and I am a write-in candidate for the Trustee position for the Village of South Blooming Grove.  With the passing of our good friend Jim Mullany, I decided to run to represent all the residents of our village.  My husband and I have lived in the village for 27 years.   We have raised two boys here. My family has been very active in community service.  I myself have been a member of the Independence Ladies Auxiliary for the South Blooming Grove Fire Department since 1996 and have been President for the last 10 years.  I was on the Board for the Washingtonville Youth Football League for 7 years and a member of the Washingtonville Wizards Touch Down Club for 8 years. I’ve worked for the Washingtonville School District for 13 years.  I was a monitor at Round Hill Elementary school for 11 years and at the Middle school now for two years.  I ask for your support and your write in vote for Trustee for the People First Party on March 18 from 12:00 noon until 9:00 pm.


Patricia Morrice