To the Editor,
As I have expected it looks like New Square (followed soon by Kaser) is flipping its support from Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence to Mike Koplen the Republican candidate. This is going to make Spring Valley look awfully foolish.
Dealing with politics in Spring Valley is always frustrating. Too many people have some remote connection to the Democratic machine and hope that if they just keep quiet things will go right for them. This is especially strange when one considers how desperately the people in Spring Valley and Hillcrest have fought to save their children’s schools and how obvious it is that the same political machine that runs Ramapo and Spring Valley also supports our awful East Ramapo School Board.
Somehow people who are associated with nonprofits feel that they must give up their right to act independently. Don’t they understand that all citizens have the right to say what they believe as individuals?
Mike Koplen will do nothing for the people of SV and Hillcrest. I remember when we were fighting the chicken slaughter house. I called Mike who was then, and still is, a trustee in New Hempstead. Recall that the proposed chicken slaughterhouse was directly across the street from New Hempstead. His response seemed to come out of the fog: “The chicken slaughter house? Oh, the mayor is taking care of that.”
Mike will probably not have the legal problems that seem to haunt St. Lawrence, but we can expect he would be as ineffectual a supervisor of Ramapo as he has been as a trustee in New Hempstead. So who will end up supporting St. Lawrence? It looks like it may only be the citizens of Spring Valley and Hillcrest who have lost more than any other groups of St. Lawrence’s supporters.
It is time for a change!
Robert I. Rhodes, Ph.D.
Chairman, Preserve Ramapo