Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 6-28-18

We need a change from amoral leadership

Our great country is in free-fall and watching it happen is horrendous. We are being led by an amoral liar not capable of running the United States. The year that Donald Trump has been in office we have had one disgusting scandal after another. Now, the latest horror is separating over 2,300 children from their families and putting them into internment camps. This is America, not Hitler’s Germany. Watching Donald Trump scapegoat Mexicans, Latinos, black people, brown people, Democrats or anyone convenient is so beyond the pale that I am speechless. 

His partners in crime, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the majority of the GOP, have lost their moral compass. Even those Republicans who privately don’t agree with President Donald Trump are culpable if they don’t speak up. Politics is a dirty business, but this administration has proven to be the lowest of the low.

This president admires Russian and North Korean leaders and repels our longtime allies. He name calls, denigrates and attacks anyone who dares to disagree with him. No one is supposed to be above the law, but apparently, Donald Trump is and is allowed to be. How can the United States dictate what’s right or wrong to other countries when we can’t “drain the swamp” here?

The Trump presidency is nothing but a morbidly toxic reality show that is infecting our country with its foulness. Since when does a president use children as hostages to further his agenda? Since when does a president say that he would not have a problem with immigrants from Norway but does from “shithole” countries in Africa?

The soul of our country is at stake. Who we are as Americans is at stake. We must vote, speak out and resist the mire of filth that the Trump presidency is bringing to our doorstep. We are better than that. Are you listening, folks?

Gretchen M. Gordon



Thanks for supporting the blood drive

On June 14, the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive at the Salisbury Town Hall. By any measure this blood drive was a big success and we are very grateful to those who made this possible.

First, thanks to the Town Hall staff and the members of the town highway crew who helped arrange the room for the Red Cross. Thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time to help register and sit with the donors. Thank you to The Country Bistro and White Hart Provisions for providing delicious snacks for the blood donors. Finally and most important, thank you to the donors who stepped up to donate blood for this vital life saving program.

The drive resulted in 34 presenting  blood donors collecting 28 pints of lifesaving blood, including an especially noteworthy 17 first-time donors. Each of those donations could help save up to three lives.

Every day someone, somewhere, needs blood, and it is a wonderful thing to see that our community responded to this Red Cross effort so generously.

Susan Rand



Little League tourney great

On Saturday, June 16, I had the opportunity to watch my grandson play in the John Lamb Little League Baseball Tournament. This was a very successfully run event for players from Pine Plains, Millerton, Amenia and Dover Plains, New York, and two teams from Connecticut: Salisbury/Lakeville and a three-town team from Sharon, Cornwall and Kent. The Sharon, Cornwall and Kent players were the winners of the tournament.

I would like to commend the organizer, coaches, players and the merchants who contributed to make this event such a success.

This tournament gave the young people a chance to put down their cell phones and devices and play America’s Favorite Pastime. With more events like this, there will be fewer articles in the papers about the unlawful things our youth are engaged in.

John Crodelle Sr.



Join protestors in Salisbury

I hope you are as outraged as I am at the Trump policy of forcibly separating children from their parents at the southwest border.

If you are, you have a chance to do something about it.

Show up at the White Hart  in Salisbury on Saturday, June 30, at 11 a.m. with as big a sign as you can make targeting this policy.

Please, let me suggest that this be the only message you bring to this gathering. Other concerns we have are also vital, but this time has been set aside nationally to target the Trump separation policy.

Other signs will dilute and weaken the central message.

Let’s join the rest of the nation in protesting this one, horrid machination being carried out by the Trump administration.

Stuyvesant K. Bearns



Bias in serving, or not serving, a restaurant guest

A woman  was ordered out of a no-name restaurant in Lexington, Va., over the weekend of June 23-24. This was due to a prejudice on the part of the small-minded owner. The owner in her narrow-minded attitude refused to serve the lady guest because the guest worked for someone the owner has a bias against.

Now so many people are supporting the owner because they have a similar prejudice, against what the guest and her employer stand for. On the other hand,  some people are supporting the guest as one who should have been served.

Frankly, if the guest were Mrs. Dick Gregory, and the owner were Mrs. Lester Maddox,  how would this be any different, when in fact the guest was Sarah Huckabee Sanders, press secretary for the president?

Tom O’Hara



Video games affect players

I believe that violence in video games leads to an increase in violent feelings toward other people. Through my research for the eighth-grade project, I found many sources that disclaimed this belief, calling it a false opinion based on nothing but superstition. 

Although some agree that this is a prejudice based on what criminals say in court cases, I have found information to the contrary. Mr. Brad Bushman, a communications and psychology professor at Ohio State University, even stated that, “violent video games can lead to ‘an increase in aggressive thoughts, angry feelings, physiological arousal, including increased heart rate, and aggressive behavior. They also decrease helping behavior and feelings of empathy for others’”(Association for Psychological Sciences). 

Another source said that, “students who had played a violent virtual reality game had a higher heart rate, reported more dizziness and nausea, and exhibited more aggressive thoughts in a post-test than those who had played a nonviolent game” (Cesarone 1998). 

Both sources concur. A heightened heart rate could lead to serious health problems including high blood pressure. Additionally, I read another article, which found that “91% of all kids play video games and 90% of popular video games portray some form of violence”(Healthline). 

Many kids play Call Of Duty, CS Go, and other games like that. If any of these symptoms occur in your child, limit their access to these types of games. Kids are receiving the blow of the sword. Parents beware.

Niko Valcin

Salisbury Central School