Letters to the Editor in June 2014
Read our letters to the editor for June 2014, including our Where in the Hudson Valley “Hydro-House” contest answer
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Where in the Hudson Valley...?
In May, we asked readers to locate one of the many buildings that belongs to the Catskill Aqueduct — the system that supplies New York City with 40 percent of its oh-so-delicious water. Constructed between 1906 and 1924 to the tune of $177 million, the aqueduct transports water for 92 miles entirely by gravitational pull. This stone structure, which sits in Garrison on Avery Road, is used to house appliances that measure and control water flow. Hats off to James Hannigan of Stony Point who was the first to correctly identify the edifice. Click here to see if you know the whereabouts of a multicolored beached whale.
Interesting article on Pete Seeger (April). His work for the Hudson Valley and Hudson River are without equal. However, Mr. Staudter failed to mention that he was a Communist (meaning calling for the overthrow of the U.S.). As great as he was, this is not insignificant. I could find nowhere where Pete renounced communism, other than in later years when he disagreed with the Soviet “form” of communism. He was more than a banjo player and environmentalist, and your readers should know this.
Richard R. Pohl
In your article “Are We the New Brooklyn?” (April), you compare baseball teams saying: “Brooklyn has the Cyclones, we have the Renegades.” You seem to either forget or choose to ignore Rockland’s own Pomona-based Rockland Boulders, also a very local, independent team. The Boulders are a family friendly, fun summertime destination, who pride themselves on being active in many other ways in the community as well. As a Boulder fan and a subscriber, I feel if you are to cover the Hudson Valley properly, you should cover all of it.
We were thrilled when the Rockland Boulders came to town in 2011. We’ve written about the team several times since then, and will continue to cover them in the future.
A Matter of Faith
As a longtime subscriber and very big fan of the magazine, I was startled to see the announcement that there would now be a monthly feature on religion. I completely disagree that this is an appropriate inclusion in Hudson Valley magazine. It’s not that I’m against religion and I know that religion plays a large part in people’s lives, but I don’t feel it’s an appropriate inclusion in a secular, regional magazine. It makes me feel that someone’s private agenda is operating here. It’s not of the least interest to me and it’s not at all a local feature.
While many of us grew up being told that we should never discuss religion, sex, or politics in polite company, religion and faith (or the lack thereof) are topics that intersect many different parts of life and culture, both in the Hudson Valley and throughout the world. The special yearlong series has no agenda, except to bring an assortment of local stories to our readers.
In our May Summer Fun issue, we printed the incorrect Web site for Bradford Graves Sculpture Park; find the site at www.bradfordgravessculpturepark.com. Since we went to press, Ophira Sailing has altered its Web address, which can now be found at www.ophirasailing.com. Also, the Ophira is a sloop, not a schooner.
In our May Excellence in Nursing Awards supplement, we failed to include three award-winning nurses from Putnam Hospital Center: Janet Castelli, RN, BSN, CCRN; Michelle Giandolone, BSN; and Arne Nordstrom, RN. In addition, six of the award-winning nurses were listed as being affiliated with the wrong facility. They are: Diane Lapidus, RN, of Hudson Valley Home Care; Bridgett Hewitt, RN, of Northern Dutchess Hospital; Nancy Verdichizzi, RN, BSN, CWOCN, CHRN, of Vassar Medical Center; and Stephanie Mulcahy, NP, Ann Lucas, NP, and Doris Maggiacomo, ACNP, all of the Hudson Valley Heart Center.