Letters to the Editor in August 2011
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The Hudson River’s shores are lined with historical landmarks, from mansions to castles and, of course, lighthouses. The oldest of these — the eight-sided Stony Point Lighthouse in Rockland County — warned ships of Stony Point’s rocky peninsula for nearly a century. This year, it celebrates its 185th birthday. Kudos to Poughkeepsie resident Lorraine MacAulay for recognizing this wonderful watchtower (and winning our prize). Click here to spot our mystery tomb just outside a well-known tome-home.
I’ve been in this historic lighthouse and climbed into the tower. It’s located in the Stony Point Battlefield. The view of the Hudson from inside this lighthouse is breathtaking.
Most people are unaware of this wonderful little gem being almost right in the middle of a Revolutionary War fort. I really enjoy the night tours and reenactments that they stage each year. Truly great memories!
This lighthouse was where we, as children, used to hang out. In those days it was all open and not attended to by anyone; we used to climb the old ladders to the top and run around the ledge.
I find it counterproductive that a restaurant (“Restaurant Review: Valley at the Garrison,” July) seemingly goes out of its way to use locally sourced food, yet it has almost no sustainable seafood on its menu.
Hake is extremely overfished; gillnets are used to catch it, which not only harms the seafloor, but can injure/kill marine mammals in the process. Red snapper is also on the “avoid” list due to overfishing and declining populations. I’m expecting to see the almost-endangered bluefin tuna on its menu next.
One of the main goals of the slow food movement and using local foods (if this is what Valley at The Garrison is actually trying to promote) is “sustainable food.” Does Valley at The Garrison have different basis for using local foods, or is this just another act of greenwashing?
A positive approach
Regarding two negative letters in the July issue (“Mailbox”) that both attack your publication’s coverage on two different subjects, let me refer to “Fairs and forgetfuls” as well as “Top docs and dogs.” If these two writers clearly embraced the daunting job of covering at least 10 mid-Hudson counties, perhaps they would rephrase and take the approach of requesting coverage next season. The aggressiveness of their writing is counterproductive and increasingly present in today’s pressured society.
Executive VP, Hudson Valley Insider