October 28, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 17 Letters to the Editor (continued from page 16) forgoing their annual stipend. I sincerely doubt that any more can be cut as we are already at the bone. If the dynamic duo wants to help the taxpayers of Wyckoff, maybe they should run for the school board and see how successful they are in cutting the school tax ratio from 70.4 percent of the bill to 50 percent. If they can do that, I will sing their praises in front of Scott Plaza and give them all day to draw a crowd -- or is this too difficult for them? Joseph J. Kroth Wyckoff Dear Editor: One of the little known facts about Brian Hubert is his volunteer involvement with the Wyckoff Football Association, a recreation program that attracts 450 kids each fall. Brian coached from 2001-06, and also served as president of the Wyckoff Football Boosters Association. If you were to come up to Brian on the sidelines while he was coaching and ask him which player was his son, you would have been told “none.” Brian and his wife Michele have three daughters, all of whom Brian also coached. It was his love of football and willingness to volunteer that made Brian a standout among the coaching staff in the Wyckoff Football program. It is that volunteer spirit that has won Brian my vote on Nov. 3. Scott Calabrese Wyckoff Dear Editor: Unfortunately, the Sobin-Hubert team is up to its old tricks, running a negative campaign and throwing bombs, Hubert won his vote Dislikes negative campaign instead of showing us how they can lead. Together, the two of them have now run for township committee six times. For some reason, this time they are running together even though Hubert is a Democrat, and Sobin is a Republicanturned Democrat-turned Independent. In this go-around, Sobin and Hubert are again showing us that they don’t understand anything about land use law. They are trying to scare voters into believing that the zoning board somehow approved Boulder Run, but nothing could be further from the truth. The planning board had jurisdiction over Boulder Run, not the zoning board, which candidate Kevin Rooney chairs. On a brighter note, we have two new candidates running for township committee, Kevin Rooney and Chris DePhillips, who offer new ideas and fresh perspectives on many issues facing the town: municipal budgeting, open space preservation, educational advancement for our children, improving safety on our town’s fields and in our parks, and on and on. The Sobin team is a one issue campaign. While open space preservation is an important objective for our town, as in the past, Sobin-Hubert are running their campaign under the guise of non-profit group which everyone knows is a political/lobbying organization. For years, Sobin and Hubert have been saying that the township committee needs new leaders and new voices. They are correct, and for that reason I am supporting Kevin Rooney and Chris DePhillips for township committee. Sobin and Hubert are trying to convince you that Kevin and Chris are somehow the “incumbents” in town and should be faulted for any mistakes made in the past. That is ridiculous. Kevin and Chris have never served on the township committee before, and unlike Sobin and Hubert, they have never run for township committee before. Kevin and Chris have a list of civic and town involvement second to none. No one knows more about zoning and tree preservation than Kevin. He has been a leader on the zoning board and Shade Tree Commission. Chris has been active in town coaching sports, on the WEF board, at Saint Elizabeth’s parish, including the Cornerstone program, and in our town’s schools. They are involved in charitable and professional organizations too numerous to name here. They know what it means to give back to the community, rather than criticizing a community, which is what the Sobin team has been doing. Finally, the Sobin-Hubert team are threatened by Kevin and Chris’ commitment to open space preservation, even though Sobin and Hubert claim to care about that. I guess SobinHubert believe that only they are entitled to care about this issue. Again, that is ridiculous; they don’t own that issue or any issue for that matter. You don’t have to be a member of Sobin’s political/lobbying organization to care about open space. For all these reasons, please vote for Rooney and DePhillips for Township Committee on Nov. 3. Robert Kane Wyckoff Dear Editor: We have lived in Wyckoff for 44 years. We raised our children here and have stayed when many have retired “away” because we like the town. The needs of senior citizens are different from the younger members of the community, and we need representatives who will represent us too. Kevin Rooney and Chris De Phillips are such representatives. As a former member of the Ramapo Indian Hills Board of Education, I learned that it was not enough to think you know the answers. It was more important to listen to the people whom you represent and hear their concerns and suggestions. 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