Letters to the Editor



Dewitt Community Library asks voters to approve budget proposition To the editor: For the 2015 Budget Proposition on the May 19 ballot, the Dewitt Community Library is seeking an additional $52,429, or a 4 percent increase over the 2014 tax levy. If approved, the tax rate for a family with a home valued at $100,000 would be approximately $85.28, or an increase of about $3.28. This additional funding will be used exclusively to support the library’s building project.

Proposed religious release time revision ignored study group recommendations


To the editor: I'd like to correct an error, which appears in an article posted on cazenoviarepublican.com on April 27 (“School Board Offers First Reading of Proposed Religious Release Time Policy”). ... A list of recommendations was drawn up at the fourth and final meeting of the study group on March 4. There were originally 10 recommendations proposed, none of which came from any member of the BOE or any of the district's administrators.

Rotary thanks community for supporting recent scrap metal and food drive


To the editor: On behalf of the Cazenovia Rotary Club, I would like to thank the community for supporting our recent scrap metal and food drive we held on April 11. The event brought in more than $500 worth of scrap metal and food donations. The donations will used to support the “Feed Our Vets” food pantry which is a organization that provides food for veterans in need.

Homeowners file suit to annul Western Gateway zone change


To the editor: Home owners in the new Western Gateway zoning district, on the lake's southern shore, filed a lawsuit this week to annul this rezoning. Their complaint is that the rezoning adulterates their neighborhood by introducing commercial uses into a district whose dominant use has been residential since Cazenovia was first incorporated as a village in 1810.

Teens’ arrests does not reflect on our community


To the editor: Thank you Mr. Emerson for showcasing the pictures of Cazenovia's high school desperadoes on the front page of this week’s Republican; I'll be sure to be on the lookout for them in the village. While you describe our community as "saddened" and "ashamed" by this incident, I would like to say what shames me is that many in this community, including you Mr. Emerson, can't let the families of these boys make their way through what has surely become a nightmare for them without the constant reminder that half the town is judging them, and not very silently.

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LETTER: New budget doesn’t help educators, students

To the editor: It is my belief that Assemblyman Al Stirpe was bit overenthusiastic in his self-congratulations on the new state budget, especially as it refers to education. Stirpe states that legislators “were able to replace the governor’s original proposal with one that ensures teacher evaluations are conducted at the local level and controlled by professional educators, rather than politicians.”

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LETTER: Four reasons Shimer should resign

To the editor: Over the last week we saw the unfortunate flurry of local news media reports on the arrest of Lysander Town Councilor and Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES teacher Melinda Shimer for driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and unsafe backing.

LETTER: Cicero Dems seek candidates for supervisor, town board

To the editor: "People for Improved Cicero Government” (aka Cicero Democratic Committee) is searching for candidates to represent Cicero residents as town supervisor and two positions as town councilor.

LETTER: Lysander First coalition members seek re-election

To the editor: Lysander Town Councilors Melinda Shimer and Andrew Reeves of Lysander First are seeking re-election to the Lysander Town Board.

LETTER: Disinger clarifies his role with NBT Bank Stadium

To the editor: I was surprised to find an article about myself in your April 1 issue. While I appreciate the writer’s summation of the talk I gave at the Shacksboro museum, I must correct one error of fact, namely that I was the designer for NBT Bank Stadium.

Erieville United Methodist Church not facing closure


To the editor: Recently, there have been rumors that the Erieville United Methodist Church is facing closure. Although we are currently small in number, we want to let you know that there is a dedicated core of members that are working to revive our church under new leadership.

Thanks for Barclay Talbot fundraiser support


To the editor: On behalf of the Cazenovia Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team, we wish to thank the Cazenovia community for its enthusiastic support of the Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Barclay Talbot, held on Sunday, March 22, at St. James Catholic Church. In addition to the spaghetti dinner, the benefit included many wonderful raffle prizes and a bake sale.

Thanks to community for support of St. Baldrick’s fundraiser


To the editor: It is with full hearts that we, the organizers of St. Baldrick’s Cazenovia, are proud to say thank you to our community, volunteers and shavees for the tremendous outpouring of support for this year’s event.

LETTER: Toomey home almost complete

To the editor: This spring, construction will be completed on the Toomey Residential Children’s Community Residence on Doyle Road. Despite a bit of a work slowdown due to a particularly harsh CNY winter, things are back on schedule, and a June opening is in sight.

LETTER: Cub Scouts thank Bolton supporters

To the editor: On behalf of Baldwinsville Cub Scout Pack 71 we would like to thank the Baldwinsville community for their support on helping us with the Alexa Bolton bottle drive the past few months.