Courier-Gazette Letters to the Editor Oct. 31

Oct 30, 2019

A big thank you to all at the benefit dinner

I would like to express thanks for all those who gave so much to the benefit dinner to raise money for my double lung transplant.

On Sept. 21, an outpouring of love and support for Valarie Hale was evident at a bean supper and auction event at the Odd Fellow’s Hall in Warren. Valarie and her family would like to thank all the local business owners and individuals who donated time, money, items for raffle, gift certificates, pies, food and all their time and love.

There were over 87 items donated for raffle and auction and 59 homemade pies made for the dinner by friends and family. The amount of support was overwhelming and so appreciated with over 167 dinners sold and more people walking through the doors to drop off donations.

Valarie and her partner, Kevin, would like to give a special thank-you to daughter Hannah Johnston, who spear headed the benefit and chose an amazing support team full of friends and family to make this event a huge success. The road to “Breathedom” Double lung transplant has become a reality. Valarie is now dual listed in Boston and in Cleveland, Ohio. Thank you to everyone who has been there for us and our family. God bless you all!

Valarie Hale


Donald Robishaw, Jr. & Ed Glaser

Residents concerned about protecting their neighborhoods need to change the current power structure of City Council. Electing Donald Robishaw and re-electing Ed Glaser would accomplish this.

City Council’s agenda this year has been filled with controversy, especially about neighborhood zoning. At the same time, the Comprehensive Planning Commission is close to finishing a multi-year process in updating the Comprehensive Plan. Don Robishaw has been a regular attendee of City Council Meetings and Comprehensive Planning Commission Working Sessions where zoning issues have been extensively discussed.

As a longtime resident of Rockland, he has a good understanding of Rockland’s history, its residents and its neighborhoods. Unlike some council members who have a much shorter history in Rockland, he understands why upending zoning would be detrimental to our neighborhoods. During the several Comprehensive Planning Working Sessions that I have attended, the overwhelming majority of residents, regardless of where they live, have spoken against zoning changes that would negatively impact the existing character of their neighborhoods.

The current version of the Comprehensive Plan repeatedly makes that same statement. Even so, last January three council members ignored the Plan and voted their personal agendas when passing Proposition 48 by a 3-1 vote. Ed Glaser cast the one vote against. Then came a lawsuit, a referendum initiative and repeal.

James C. Ebbert


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