Letters to the editor Oct. 27

Witches Night Out
Dear Editor,
I would like to thank all the amazing sponsors that came through for us this year. We couldn’t have done it without you. Also Thanks to our generous prize donors. A very special thanks to Lauren Brothers, Courtney McClerren, DDA, Friends of Amos, DPW, Kris Harris, Bob McArthur & Mason Stars. Very heartfelt thanks to Vince Shipley for all his hard work & to my family which came through for me in the end. Also to Brandon Choir, Carrie & Michael Boersema, Lisa Paynter & the national honor students for all their help. Let’s give a shout out to all the witches that made for a magical evening.
T. Mariucci

First Man
Dear Editor,
For a breathtaking movie experience, don’t miss First Man. I was on the edge of my seat, knowing that of course Neil Armstrong made it to the moon in 1969, yet caught up in suspense and the danger.
What I did not expect was the social commentary on our national priorities, on how we spent our tax money on a race to the moon while so many of our citizens lived in poverty.
Smack in the middle of this telling of the emotional and physical rigors the astronauts and their families faced, we hear the poem, “Whitey’s on the Moon.”
Gil Scott-Heron describes rats biting his sister, no lights, no toilets, no hot water, but “Whitey’s on the Moon.” The poet goes on to say his rent and taxes take all his money while his family lives in horrible conditions, but “Whitey’s on the moon.”
For readers who have been challenged to understand my letters in the past, I will share my long and enthusiastic support of the space program, not only for all the technological advances it brought to us, but also for the human endeavors, “not because they are easy, but because they are hard”, for the dream of exploring the “Final Frontier.”
Go see this well put together flick. Enjoy the landing on the moon, (take some Kleenex). Listen for the voice asking us to think about our priorities, here in America and in Space.
Bonnie Beltramo