(News Briefs April
The Onteora Race
Petitions were handed in from three people vying for two seats
on the Onteora District Board of Education. Richard Wolff
of Shokan, Michelle Friedel of West Shokan and the current
school board president Marino D’Orazio of Stone Ridge
will campaign for a three-year term.
The deadline for handing in petitions to the central office
ended at 5pm April 16, but a snow day was called, due to the
nor’easter floods, that in turn closed the district.
District Clerk Jeanne Shultis said the deadline did not need
extending since no one else other than the three requested
petitions and they all turned them in early before the Monday
West Hurley resident Dave Patterson and D’Orazio will
both be coming to the end of their terms in July. Patterson
will not seek re-election, but D’Orazio would like to
The vote for the district’s budget and the two board
seats is May 15, from 2-9pm.
The Onteora School District PTA Council will be hosting a
“Meet the School Board Candidates Night” on Monday,
May 7th at 7:00pm at the Onteora Middle/ High School cafeteria
in Boiceville. The forum will be moderated by the Mid-Hudson
Chapter of the League of Woman Voters. Each candidate will
give a short presentation and then answer audience questions
about issues facing the school district. All voters in the
Onteora School District are invited to attend.
Five public information sessions are scheduled so Ulster County
residents can discuss, receive information on and ask questions
about the impending consolidation between Benedictine and
Kingston hospitals. A statewide commission on healthcare mandated
the two hospitals unite under a single governance body, reduce
the number of total hospital beds available and consolidate
The meetings will be held at 7 p.m. on the following dates:
April 26: Ulster County Office Building, 244 Fair St., Kingston
May 3: Ulster BOCES, Route 32, New Paltz
May 10: Ulster County Community College, Cottekill Road, Stone
May 17: Cahill Elementary School, 134 Main St., Saugerties
May 24: Onteora High School, Route 28, Boiceville
Assemblyman Kevin A. Cahill, D-Kingston, will moderate the
first four meetings. Brian Powers, publisher of this paper,
will moderate the fifth. Thomas Dee, president and chief executive
officer of the Benedictine Hospital and Michael Kaminski,
president and CEO of The Kingston Hospital, will be present
at these meetings to give information and answer questions.
What’s up with Dean Gitter’s long-pending Belleayre
The gag order thrown over negotiations bring brokered by federal
EPA Regional Administrator Alan Steinberg, New York City Department
of Environmental Protection officials overseeing the Catskills
watershed, and representatives of Governor Eliot Spitzer since
last fall is still in effect. But word started leaking out
that a compromise may be offered sometimes soon.
That, in turn, prompted one of the major parties in the negotiations
– the Catskill Preservation Coalition representing a
host of national, state and regional environmental organizations,
to send out a press release noting that talks were continuing
and that, as CPC Spokesperson Tom Alworth put it, “Contrary
to rumors, there is no deal.”
The CPC release further noted that any understanding reached
in the closed-door talks would be open for public review and
comment, and that should an agreement not be reached, “the
parties reserve their right to resume the adjudicatory process.”
The rumors, it turns out, started around the same time that
a surprise statement was released from the usually non-partisan
Coalition for Belleayre, a group of ski area enthusiasts who
originally came together in the 1980s to protest and eventually
stop a threatened state closing of its DEC-run Belleayre Ski
Resort. They have more recently advocated, supported, and
essentially run the Belleayre Music Festival each summer,
as well as the fundraising Snowball gala each February.
“We strongly support the efforts of Governor Spitzer
and Maurice Hinchey in effecting a timely, positive resolution
of the controversy surrounding the Belleayre Resort Project,”
their April 14 release read. “The solution has to address
the needs of the local communities to have an economy that
adds jobs for the present and provides a future for their
children that does not force them to go elsewhere to build
their lives. We understand this solution should include environmental
controls that mitigate the effect of development but it must
also provide the ability for this project to go forward in
an economically viable manner. The time for a solution and
for construction to begin is NOW!”
Justifying its movement off the proverbial bench, the Coalition’s
press release noted, “In the past The Coalition for
Belleayre has adopted a neutral stand on The Belleayre Resort
Project because of the divisive nature of dispute.”
More recently, the release went on, that stance was shifted
by a downturn in the Catskills economy, heightened competition
between Belleayre and other Northeast ski areas with greater
amenities, and “the introduction of the probable integration
of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in the compromise solutions
for a Belleayre Resort Project being discussed by governmental
It is that latter statement, sources are now saying, that
caused CPC’s concern since it signaled that someone
was letting out information from the gagged negotiations without
Did the release mean that the Coalition For Belleayre was
backing the alternative Congressman Maurice Hinchey put forth
two years ago, to forgo any development on the Resort’s
eastern half and downscale its western ambitions, as well?
“We like a lot of what Maurice has said.” Coalition
for Belleayre founder Joe Kelly replied. “Remember,
the compromise has, how do I put this, progressed over the
last year. Our position is to just do it.”
Asked if he had, as Kelly iunferred, actually compromised
his alternative to Gitter’s proposal in any way, Hinchey
said this week that he had not.
“It hasn’t progressed at all,” he said.
“He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
I feel that any development on the eastern portion of that
ridgeline will have a very serious adverse impact on the water
quality of the New York City reservoir system, which cannot
be gambled with.
Gitter has often derided what the Congressman put forth. But
then he announced his own “compromise,” which
effectively kept two parts to his resort, but only one golf
course, last fall. Instead of the second, he would build a
world-class medical spa retreat. And cut back on a few of
the condo rooms.
Meanwhile, reports that a compromise has been discussed that
includes a close tie-in between the resort and state-owned
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center was scoffed at by the heads
of other privately-owned ski centers in the Catskills, who
noted that there was already a movement afoot among Northeast
ski businesses to petition the state to get out of an already
highly competitive and endangered industry.
“They try giving themselves even more of an advantage
and they’ll be hearing from lawyers,” said Hunter
Mountain owner Orville Slutsky, known as the grandfather of
local skiing. “Enough’s enough…”
Ten members of the U.S. House, from Pennsylvania, New York
and New Jersey, are calling for caps with the New York reservoirs
in the aftermath of the recent floods. Rep. Patrick Murphy,
a Pennsylvania Democrat, led a bipartisan coalition of Representatives
from states along the Delaware River in writing a letter to
Major General William Grisoli, the Chair and Federal Representative
for the Delaware River Basin Commission. The other signatories
include Reps. Robert Andrews (D-NJ), Michael Arcuri (D-NY),
Robert Brady (D-PA), Chris Carney (D-PA), Chaka Fattah (D-PA),
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Paul Kanjorski (D-PA), Joe Sestak
(D-PA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ). Murphy, a member of the Delaware
River Basin Task Force and leader of a congressional advisory
board of 8th district experts and municipalities is committed
to preventing and mitigating damage from flooding. In the
letter, Murphy cites the fact that the Delaware River came
within inches of overflowing in most areas and actually did
overrun its banks in several locations.
Murphy called for a “sense of urgency” as residents
of this region have lived with the threat of flooding for
years. Murphy urged General Grisoli, the four governors and
the City of New York to maintain sufficient room in the reservoirs
to avoid flooding downstream. The letter goes on to say that
this is not an issue for one state or one political party,
and that through cooperation we can improve the lives all
families along the Delaware.
“We may have been lucky this week, but we can’t
afford to leave it up to chance”, said Murphy. “In
order to prevent flooding for all of the families along the
Delaware we will need a cooperative effort and that includes
relief from the New York reservoirs. We all have to do our
part to prevent the devastating damage of a flood and we shouldn’t
wait for another rainstorm or even another minute to act.”
Our own Congressman Maurice Hinchey has also been involved
in the actions, both via active support and his work on the
House Appropriations Committee. He said this week that he
would like similar concerns addressed in other basins affected
by the city reservoirs, and greater funding allotted to the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help alleviate local flooding
problems that keep re-occuring.
Ulster County lawmakers are holding off of support for a bill
sponsored by state Assemblyman Kevin Cahill that would compel
the governor to gain approval from the county before allowing
a casino within its borders, hoping to give towns and villages
more of a say about casinos coming to the area first. The
shift occurred after dissension appeared from the communities
of Ulster and Ellenville, where proposals are either being
courted or considered..
The governor currently has the authority to approve a total
of three casinos in Sullivan and Ulster counties without prior
approval from local governments. This power was granted shortly
after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as a way to help
the state recoup lost revenue. One casino already has been
approved for Monticello in Sullivan County… although
it is continuing to face hurdles being thrown up by opponents
in the region.
The current draft of what’s come to be called Ulster
County’s “casino resolution” would ask the
state to allow county towns, villages and the city of Kingston
to decide whether a casino could be placed within their borders.
The county would not hold decision-making authority under
the proposal, but would still be able to weigh in through
a full environmental assessment that would consider a casino’s
impact on county roadways, resources and services.
Several municipalities around the county have adopted resolutions
against casinos, while some areas in the southern part of
the county are open to the potential tourism and employment
opportunities casinos could bring. The town of Ulster and
village of Ellenville have asked that they be granted a decision
making voice of their own.
Some in the discussion have recalled when the Modoc Tribe
of Oklahoma sought to establish a casino in the town and the
county, via then-Legislative Chairman Ward Todd, took control
of negotiating the allocation of the $15 million offered by
the tribe, ignoring the financial impact on local municipalities.
Meanwhile, in a move that will delay any final decision to
approve the proposed Monticello Raceway casino, the U.S. government
agreed this month that a decision must first be reached on
the adequacy of the Interior Department’s assessment
of the $500 million casino’s environmental impact on
surrounding communities before the department would be allowed
to take the land into trust. A consortium, led by the Natural
Resources Defense League, filed a lawsuit in federal court
earlier this year seeking to have a full environmental review
conducted before any final approval is granted by the federal
According to the agreement among the parties to the lawsuit,
the U.S. District Court must hear and rule on this case before
U.S. Interior Department Secretary Kempthorne will be allowed
to take the land into trust to allow the construction of the
casino complex. The government also indicated in the court
papers that Interior Department Secretary Kempthorne has not
yet made a final decision on whether to actually approve the
29 acres land transfer for the Monticello Raceway casino.
The land would have to be placed in trust for the St. Regis
The Board of Directors of the Catskill Watershed Corporation
authorized a contract this Spring with Liberty-based Dadras
Architects to serve as a consultant for the CWC’s Business
District and Historic Structure Rehabilitation Program. The
firm was chosen through a bidding process to evaluate and
provide restoration plans for commercial and mixed-use structures
in business centers and gateways of Watershed communities.
The CWC’s newest economic development program is intended
to return deteriorated buildings to viable commercial use.
Dadras’ first task will be to evaluate the structural
integrity and rehabilitation potential of a Stamford building
that has been identified as a possible pilot project for the
Dadras co-founded the Sullivan County Main Street Redevelopment
Center and, from 1997-2004, served as Main Street Coordinator
for the Center, working to revitalize 31 communities. For
the past several years, Dadras Architects have been consultants
to the Main Street Programs of the Catskill Center for Conservation
& Development and of Greene County. Deposit, Hobart, Phoenicia
and several other communities have also engaged Dadras to
help with community improvements.
For more information on economic development and other programs
of the CWC, go to www.cwconline.org.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
cut only about half of the harvestable timber from state forests,
falling well short of its annual timber harvest goals, according
to an audit released recently by the New York State Comptroller’s
office. As a result, the state lost approximately $14.6 million,
about $4.85 million a year, in potential revenue from timber
sales over a three-year period.
DEC manages about four million acres of state owned land,
including about 762,000 acres of state forests which are regularly
harvested to promote forest health, sustainability and biodiversity.
Timber harvesting and other forest management activities are
overseen by DEC foresters, along with other stewardship tasks,
are responsible for determining the specific areas that should
be harvested to achieve the desired forest density and mixture
of species, and for placing a dollar value on the trees to
Auditors found that, between April 2001 and March 2006, the
number of foresters working for DEC decreased from 46 to 33,
about 28 percent reduction, while the amount of state-owned
forested land increased by 18,700 acres. Because of the staff
shortage and other competing priorities for the time of foresters,
DEC could not fully achieve its forest management goals.
DEC generally agreed with the audit findings and has taken
steps to implement auditors’ recommendations.
The future of the state forests were discussed at a public
hearing hosted by the DEC April 23 in Margaretville. The agency
is seeking input to help establish a long-term vision and
goals to manage several; local forests, as well as overall
policy.The specific forests in question cover parts of Delaware
and Greene counties. The information will be used to develop
a draft unit-management plan.
Comments can be submitted at the hearing or by mail or e-mail
and will be accepted until May 23. Mail them to Matthew Swayze,
NYSDEC Region 4 Stamford Suboffice, 65561 State Highway 10,
Suite 1, Stamford, NY 12167 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, call 607-652-3624.
Abused and neglected children have eleven more people in their
corner. On April 20th, Ulster County Family Court Judges Marianne
O. Mizel and Anthony McGinty swore in the newest group of
Court Appointed Special Advocates. Taking the oath of office
were Astrid Cernos, Marti Green and Josephine Oliva, of Marbletown;
Roberta Falatyn and Stephanie Kovarnik, of Hurley; Laurie
Hedlund, of New Paltz; Edward “Juma” Lewis, of
West Hurley; John Miller, of Clintondale; Stephanie Turco,
of Esopus; Johanna Trimboli, of Bearsville; and Tanya Williams,
CASA volunteers review and monitor cases of children who have
been abused or neglected. Most of these children are in foster
care. Volunteer advocates work closely with the children,
family members, caseworkers and others. They help ensure that
children receive the services they need. Equally important,
they develop an independent assessment of the case for the
court, advising the judge about the child’s current
needs and what they feel would be in the child’s best
interest. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure that foster care
is temporary and that children have a safe, permanent home
to call their own.
CASA of Ulster County was founded in 1987 and is a private,
not-for-profit agency that is part of a nationwide movement
of community volunteers who speak up for the best interests
of abused, abandoned and neglected children, many of whom
are in foster care. For more information about CASA, call
Ten years after some experts predicted the demise of the nation’s
system of libraries as a result of the Internet explosion,
the most current national data on library use shows that the
exact opposite has happened. Data released by the American
Library Association (ALA) indicates that the number of visits
to public libraries in the United States increased 61 percent
between 1994 and 2004.
According to the 2007 State of America’s Libraries report,
there were nearly two billion visits to U.S. libraries in
fiscal year 2004.
“Far from hurting American libraries, the Internet has
actually helped to spur more people to use their local libraries
because it has increased our hunger for knowledge and information,”
said Loriene Roy, president-elect of the American Library
Association. According the ALA report, virtually every library
in the United States - 99 percent - provides free public computer
access to the Internet, a four-fold increase in the percentage
of libraries providing such free access over the last decade.
By comparison, Roy pointed to another study released in March
showing that only 69 percent of U.S. households have Internet
access. But unlike the Internet, particularly when accessed
at home, Roy said libraries still serve a unique function
in providing those who seek knowledge and information with
guidance from trained and educated professionals.
Overall circulation at public libraries in the U.S. rose by
28 percent during the decade, partly driven by significant
growth in circulation of children’s materials, which
grew by 44 percent. Attendance in library programs for children
was also up 42 percent for this same period.
A full copy of the 2007 State of America’s Libraries
is available at www.ala.org/2007State.
The federal Food and Drug Administration is proposing to redefine
the very essence of chocolate and to allow big manufacturers
such as Hershey to sell a bar devoid of a key ingredient -
cocoa butter. The butter’s natural texture could be
replaced with alternatives, such as vegetable fats. And consumers
would never know.
For every defender of traditional chocolate, there are powerful
proponents who want to replace cocoa butter with vegetable
oil: the Chocolate Manufacturers Association, the Grocery
Manufacturers Association and the Snack Food Association.
These industry titans have filed a “citizens petition”
to the FDA, as the Los Angeles Times recently reported, as
if there were some groundswell in society to water down chocolate.
At the moment, chocolate requires two basic ingredients -
cocoa and cocoa butter. Cocoa provides much of the flavor;
cocoa butter, the texture. So if, say, Hershey wanted to make
a chocolate bar without cocoa butter, it can under today’s
rules. The product has to be labeled “chocolate flavored”
(for it still has the cocoa in it) rather than “chocolate.”
That gives the consumer a signal that something less than
chocolate lies beneath the wrapping.
U.S. women with health insurance are more likely than men
to go without needed care because of higher premiums and related
costs, a study said. A larger percentage of women also have
trouble paying their medical bills.
More women didn’t fill prescriptions, skipped recommended
visits with specialists, failed to get tests, or just didn’t
seek treatment when they had a medical problem, according
to a national survey by the Commonwealth Fund, a private,
New York- based group that supports research on health and
social issues. Other studies have suggested that women often
pay more for care because they need more routine exams, such
as those related to pregnancy. These issues should be part
of the national debate as employers switch to plans with higher
deductibles and policy makers seek flexible, lower-cost options
for 44 million uninsured and 16 million “underinsured”
adults, the report said.
More than 4,000 adults ages 19 and older participated in the
survey, researchers said. Of that number, 33 percent of insured
women and 68 percent of uninsured didn’t get the health
care they needed because they couldn’t afford it, compared
with 23 percent of insured men and 49 percent of uninsured
men who went without care.
Among full-time workers, women earn 77 cents for every dollar
men earn, according to the most recent Labor Department figures.
Almost 38 percent of all women surveyed reported difficulty
paying medical bills, compared with 29 percent of men, the
report said. Among the insured, 31 percent of women had trouble
with bills compared with 22 percent of men. About a quarter
of the women said they weren’t able to pay their bills
at all, and about the same percentage said they’re paying
them off over time.
A separate study by Harvard Medical School researchers earlier
this month said high-deductible or so-called “consumer-
driven” plans hurt women. The authors said the median
expense for men under 45 in the plans was less than $500,
while women typically paid more than $1,200. About a third
of insured men in that age group spent more than $1,050 in
yearly medical costs, while 55 percent of women had out-of-pocket
costs at the same level.
Meanwhile, in Congress, Democratshave reintroduced the Freedom
of Choice Act in Congress a day after the Supreme Court upheld
an abortion-procedure ban. The bill could lead to a reversal
of the ban that broke legal precedent by providing no health
exception for the woman. The Act would codify in federal law
the rights established in Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court
ruling that found abortion was part of a woman’s constitutional
right to privacy.
“We can no longer rely on the Supreme Court to protect
a woman’s constitutional right to choose,” said
Nadler, who chairs the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the
Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. “This
Supreme Court may have gone out of the business of protecting
women’s rights; it is time that Congress stand up to
Seven states have passed their own versions of the Freedom
of Choice Act: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland,
Nevada and Washington. At the federal level prospects are
cloudy for the bill, which has been introduced in previous
Congresses but has failed to win passage.
It was also revealed recently that nearly all American women
are in danger of heart disease or stroke and should be more
aggressive about lowering their risk - including asking their
doctors about daily aspirin use, the American Heart Association
said in new guidelines. It is the first time guidelines have
urged all women to consider aspirin for preventing strokes,
although specialists warn that it can cause ulcers and dangerous
bleeding. They said it is probably not a good idea for young
women with no big health problems.
Two local events are currently available to ensure local health.
Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville will host a “Healthy
Kids Day” on Sunday, April 29 from 1-4 p.m. The event
is free. The day’s activities will include: a fun run,
indoor climbing wall, obstacle course, hiking, a jumping castle,
mountain boarding, bike rodeo, tips from firefighters, D.A.R.E./Child
ID station, bike tune-ups, sun safety and hiking safety, yoga
for kids, story corner, dental health station, composting/greenhouse
and gardening and a health check station. To learn more about
the Healthy Kids Day at Frost Valley YMCA, contact Sarah Balzano
at (845) 985-2291, ext. 305, or e-mail email@example.com.
Also, the American Cancer Society is offering two free skin
cancer screenings for individuals who are uninsured or for
those with insurance who have never visited a dermatologist.
The first screening will be Wednesday, May 2nd from 1:00 –
4:30pm at Advanced Dermatology, 2215 Route 5W in Lake Katrine.
A second screening will be Tuesday, May 15th from 8:30am –
12:30pm at Kingston Medical Arts Building, Suite 204, 368
Broadway in Kingston. To schedule an appointment for either
of these free screenings, call the American Cancer Society
Local families are needed as hosts for international students
from July 23 to August 16 during the first International Environmental
Summer Institute at Ulster County Community College. Students
from ages 16 to 19 from Asia, Europe and South America will
be attending the program at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, during
which they will attend classes and participate in field trips
related to environmental issues.
Interested families can apply by contacting Richard Cattabiani
at (845) 687-5135 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle Rodden
at 687-5165 or email@example.com.
Some scientists suggest that our love of the mobile phone
could cause massive food shortages, as the world’s harvests
fail. They are putting forward the theory that radiation given
off by mobile phones and other hi-tech gadgets is a possible
answer to one of the more bizarre mysteries ever to happen
in the natural world - the abrupt disappearance of the bees
that pollinate crops. The theory is that radiation from mobile
phones interferes with bees’ navigation systems, preventing
the famously home-loving species from finding their way back
to their hives. Improbable as it may seem, there is now evidence
to back this up.
The alarm was first sounded last autumn, but has now hit half
of all American states. The West Coast is thought to have
lost 60 per cent of its commercial bee population, with 70
per cent missing on the East Coast.
No one knows why it is happening. Theories involving mites,
pesticides, global warming and GM crops have been proposed,
but all have drawbacks. But German research has long shown
that bees’ behaviour changes near power lines.
Now a limited study at Landau University has found that bees
refuse to return to their hives when mobile phones are placed
nearby. Dr Jochen Kuhn, who carried it out, said this could
provide a “hint” to a possible cause.
The Ulster County Industrial Development Agency has opted
to wait another month to change its longstanding prevailing
wage policy, which has become a topic of contention as new
project applications to the agency have dwindled. The policy
mandates that businesses that receive tax benefits from the
agency pay workers prevailing wage during the construction
phase of the project. The state Department of Labor determines
prevailing wage by occupation in the county. For instance,
prevailing wage for a carpenter is $27.85 an hour and is $35
an hour for an electrician. One possible change to the prevailing
wage policy is the implementation of a threshold. If a project
is more than $5 million, it would be required to pay its construction
workers prevailing wage. If it is less than $5 million, it
would be required to pay construction workers at least 75
percent of prevailing wage.
For six years, the Bush administration, aided by Justice Department
political appointees, has pursued an aggressive legal effort
to restrict voter turnout in key battleground states in ways
that favor Republican political candidates, according to former
department lawyers and a review of written records. The administration
intensified its efforts last year as President Bush’s
popularity and Republican support eroded heading into a midterm
battle for control of Congress, which the Democrats won.
Facing nationwide voter registration drives by Democratic-leaning
groups, the administration alleged widespread election fraud
and endorsed proposals for tougher state and federal voter
identification laws. Presidential political adviser Karl Rove
alluded to the strategy in April 2006 when he railed about
voter fraud in a speech to the Republican National Lawyers
Questions about the administration’s campaign against
alleged voter fraud have helped fuel the political tempest
over the firings last year of eight U.S. attorneys, several
of whom were ousted in part because they failed to bring voter
fraud cases important to Republican politicians.
Civil rights advocates contend that the administration’s
policies were intended to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands
of poor and minority voters who tend to support Democrats,
and by filing state and federal lawsuits, civil rights groups
have won court rulings blocking some of its actions.
The administration, however, has repeatedly invoked allegations
of widespread voter fraud to justify tougher voter ID measures
and other steps to restrict access to the ballot, even though
research suggests that voter fraud is rare.
Meanwhile, computer vote-memory card totals researched inb
an Ohio case failed to match electronic voting machine ballot
tallies in more than one quarter of the samples checked from
the November election in the state’s most populous county.
In the 37 sample precincts where results didn’t match,
there may have been corrupted memory cards, missing or torn
reports, faulty printers or other problems, according to the
independent audit commissioned by the Cuyahoga County elections
The audit was conducted by 40 volunteers under the direction
of Cleveland State University’s Center for Election
Integrity. The governor and a U.S. senator were chosen in
the November election. Three of four county elections board
members have since quit, and the resignation of chairman Bob
Bennett, also the Ohio Republican chairman, will become effective
May 1. Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat,
demanded the resignations over problems including the conviction
of two board employees for rigging a sample recount..
Meanwhile, federal investigators have found that the same
e-mail accounts involved in the current White House attorney
firings case were also involved in the Ohio vote scams.
Just wait on this one...
British officials have stopped using the expression “war
on terror” favored by President Bush, saying the phrase
strengthens terrorists by making them feel part of a bigger
struggle and noting that such a larger war, as promulgated
by the President in numerous speeches, cannot be won by military
means alone. They further note that because this isn’t
a war against one organized enemy with a clear identity and
a coherent set of objectives, a different form of terminology
is needed. Bush first used the expression “war on terror”
shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks ; it still appears
frequently in his speeches.