from May 25, 2006)
I’d like to thank everyone who came out from all the towns
and voted to put me on the Onteora School Board. I really appreciate
it. I look forward to working with the community, the Board,
the teachers and administration to insure that Onteora Schools
provide a great education for everyone. And, that we prudently
manage our budget to achieve this.
On a sad note, though I didn’t know Justine Winters well,
nor did I have the privilege of working closely with her, she
was a lovely and very impressive person. I found her thoughtful,
an intent listener and very skillful in the implementation of
her vision. Her leadership at Onteora will be acutely missed.
I have read, and re-read, those comments from Mr. Brueckner
concerning the safety controls and bussing issues facing Onteora
I sympathize with Mr. Brueckner. The horrific events of that
afternoon will forever be with Cindy & Brian O'Connor and
anyone that was witness that day. It is definitely something
no parent should have to go through - and something no amount
of money will change.
I'm sure though, that before you wrote your letter, Mr. Brueckner,
you checked the facts in this case.
By your words, you are indicating that Tonche Transit did not
bid on the new contract because of the new rules and higher
safety standards being implemented at Onteora. You indicate,
by your words, that they might have been awarded previous bids
only because of "the good old boys club" and not because
they offered a fair price for a job well done. You did NOT mention
that Tonche's safety record and history of safety checks with
the STATE DEPARTMENT of TRANSPORTATION far exceeded those of
Onteora School District's. And you failed to mention that Kevin
O'Connor is not with us today due to Onteora School District
owned/operated transportation - NOT ANY of the contracted transportation
I'm not so sure that ONE contractor is the way to ensure that
our very large district is adequately provided with the best
service we can give our children. And price is not the issue
when it comes to SAFETY.
West Shokan, NY
I have a good friend who is a physicist named Eric J. Learner
who wrote “The Big Bang Never Happened, (See http://www.corewave.com/moves/005.htmlx).
He was working under the Clinton Administration on a special
grant on fusion, which was cut soon after George W. Bush Jr.
became President. Eric is a person with a brilliant mind and
a true humanitarian and I admire his ability break things down
based on the qualitative facts. He specializes in cutting away
the fat and grist and gets right down to the bone. He sent me
e-mail recently concerning what he calls is the hidden “oil
tax.” Eric is known for his application of the scientific
method and there are times he applies this social-economic and
political analysis. I would like to share this with all of my
“Some information concerning the “oil tax”
we are paying to the oil companies:
Production and exploration cost of oil are15 cents/gallon, $6.50/
Refining, transportation, distribution and retailing costs of
gasoline: 29-cents/ gallon.
Total costs of gasoline: 44 cents/gallon
So, at 3/ gallons, we are paying an "oil tax" of $2.56/
gallon. For the average US working person, that is about as
much as paying either the Income tax or the social security
The oil tax-- $785 billion /year at $3/gallon prices
The income tax--$873 billion/year Social Security tax--$793
Since total wages are $3,880 billion, the oil tax is roughly
a 20% tax.
So the next time you listen to George W. Bush Jr. remember that
he cut Eric’s program that would have resulted in an almost
free and non-environmental intrusive energy. At the same time
he has done little or nothing to change hands off the oil companies
profits and gains conservative market economy. An economy that
is going to sooner or later tank because the strain and greed
of one and two people is going make little difference. If Congress
and the Legislators within the State of New York do not act
affirmatively within the U.S. and reverse this real and present
danger of government enhanced price gouging. It is a sweetheart
of a deal and just lie he lied about Iraq he is lying now.
Thomas R. Siblo-Landsman
Now here's something you may find interesting. The company that
will be gathering data from your phone conversations and emails
is ChoicePoint. Sound familiar to you? Well, ChoicePoint is
the very company that gathered data for the state of Florida,
(brother Jeb's State), during the 2000 Presidential election.
They were paid $4 million in a no-bid contract, to list felons
with the election officials, so that they would be disqualified
They gathered enough information to disquality an estimated
90,000 blacks and deny them their vote. The only problem was
that ChoicePoint was found to be wrong by about 97%. The so-called
felons who were mistakenly listed as such, were actually legally
qualified citizens, but black and more likely to vote Democratic.
Now, we learn that ChoicePoint is getting about a billion dollar
contract for this new "data gathering", or spying
on all of us, black or white.
Although the President Select stated that when a communication
is monitored, "one end of the communication must be out
of the US", that turned out not to be what's been going
on.. In case you haven't followed this story, (perhaps you were
in a coal mine, or in a submarine this week), the NSA was found
to have been receiving records of millions of phone calls from
AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth
When they turn over their information, the Government then takes
the records they already have from the IRS, Social Security,
Medicare, etc. put it all together, and create a nice tight
dosier on you.
General Hayden, our future CIA director, was director of the
NSA from 1999 to 2005, when this procedure was implemented,
which he claims was legal, or more to point, the laws don't
apply during a state of war.
Hayden interpretation of the 4th Amendment in the Constitution
conveniently ignores the mandate for "Probable Cause.".to
justify the use of widespread wiretapping.
In addition, he CIA is not supposed to be under the military,
mostly because our government was set up to be a democracy,
not a military state. But, here we are.
Some American Citizens are beginning to join the fight for Democracy.
Those who are, are hoping and praying that the still tiny demonstrations
and voices will grow. If they don't - well, I guess we'll find
out what it's like to live under a different form of government.
Maybe it will be better. At least there will be less talking
on the phone and emailing for me.
I have nothing to hide but that doesn’t mean that I can
condone Bush and Company illegally spying on me. As a US Air
Force Special Security Officer, I was granted Top Secret security
clearances and later, working as a civilian for a defense contractor,
my access actually increased. Trust me when I tell you that
we are now in VERY DANGEROUS territory. Our right of privacy
is all but gone. What the current administration is doing under
the false shield of “terrorist surveillance” is
undeniably ILLEGAL and morally incomprehensible (anyone who
ever had security clearances can verify this). This latest example
of data mining millions of Americans telephone traffic is a
blatant abuse of executive power and yet another
slap in the face to every one of my fellow veterans who have
fought, and are still fighting, to protect our constitution
and rule of law. Bush is so quick to “Spread Freedom throughout
the Middle East” with bombs, but has no qualms whatsoever
with eradicating freedom after freedom on our OWN SOIL! The
President is supposed to protect the Rule of Law, not break
it or abolish it! Enough is enough! Impeachment is the only
thing we can do to prevent the inevitability of martial law.
Please call your congressional representatives today. How many
more freedoms can we really afford to lose?
If we give amnesty to illegal aliens from Mexico, who are literally
invading our country, then in order not to be racist, which
we should not be, we must offer amnesty to millions of the poor
in India, China, Bangladesh, other countries in south east Asia,
and Africa, who manage to make it to our shores, or pass over
our boarders, whether it be by skill, stealth, luck, or lack
of boarder control..Either we enforce the LAW and be fair to
those who apply for LEGAL citizenship, or we submit to an unarmed
(so far) invasion of Mexicans, many of whom claim that they
are retaking territory which once belonged to them.
We MUST secure our borders and ENFORCE immigration law or, in
addition to other even more serious results, we will be known
as the suckers and chumps of the world!
All day [May 15] I have patiently listened to the interpretations
of the anticipated speech to be delivered at 8 PM this evening.
It is now 9:26 PM and we have been spoon fed the medicine that
cures "immigrantus undocumentus" but the Doctor [GW
Bush] sold us "snake oil".
The most outstanding point in meeting the challenge of what
to do with so many people invading the United States over, around
[or under] the southern boarder was his cavalier dismissal of
the current immigration laws while at the same time reminding
us that we are a nation of laws. This is role modeling at its
worst for the young [and old] of the nation. But then what should
we expect from a person who is less than truthful and full of
When I hear that the National Guard personnel will be in "shadow"
[and rumor has it they will be unarmed] they will be doing nothing
more than the "Minutemen". In fact I believe the Minutemen
will be removed by the Guard which will facilitate more illegal
I would remind Emperor Bush that immigration law already provides
for "Guest workers". It's called a Work Visa which
means there is a sponsoring employer who will pay appropriate
wages and benefits with the guest paying taxes and other obligations.
Then there is the specter of family and friends who will overwhelm
medical facilities, schools, social services, police, fire,
sanitation and court systemswhen they too arrive. There are
approximately 11-14 million uninvited guests now and will grow
to a total of 36 million assuming each one has a wife and child
coming here; a daunting prospect indeed.
I am convinced that a change in DC is in order. We need to elect
Democrats to Congress in '06 with the expectation that funding
for the Iraq debacle will end, effectively ending that adventure.
I think the Dems can alleviate the "illegal" problem
with a comprehensive plan with order at its core. Existing immigration
law does just that if it is enforced.
Glenn T. Anderson
At the May 10 meeting of the Ulster County Legislature, Majority
Democrats failed to support a Republican amendment to eliminate
health insurance benefits for part-time Legislators. If adopted,
taxpayers would have saved about $130,000 this year and over
$260,000 in 2007. Why wasn't the vote mentioned in the pages
of the Daily Freeman?
Democrats are cutting funding to important programs at the same
time they're feathering the nests of their political cronies.
Democrats cut the School to Work program so they can create
a new job for Vie Work, a long-time partisan Democrat and the
husband of Judge Mary Work. Why wasn't this reported in the
Earlier this year, Democrats promised $3 million in budget cuts,
but could only deliver less than $1 million (excluding job attrition
duplication). If the Republicans were still the Majority, the
Freeman would have run double-bold headlines announcing the
failure. Why isn't the new Democratic Majority held to the same
In 2004, Democrats said they would not support an increase of
the-mortgage tax (they also said they could cut $10 million
from the budget!). But, at the May 10 session, many of these
same Legislators, including Dave Donaldson, Jeanette Provenzano,
Hector Rodriguez and Alan Lomita, voted for the mortgage tax.
Why wasn't this flip-flop reported in the Freeman?
It's time for the Freeman's honeymoon with the new Democratic
Majority to end. It's time for the paper to hold Democrats to
the same standards they held Republicans to over the years.
If the Freeman continues to abdicate it's responsibility to
fairly report the news, Republicans will have no choice to bring
the truth directly to the people.
Glenn Noonan,Minority Leader
Ulster County Legislature
I applaud the New York State Senate and Assembly for agreeing
on a bill to cap the state gasoline tax. The agreement will
cap the state sales tax on gasoline at $2 per gallon (the maximum
tax will be eight-cents per gallon) and will allow counties
to opt in and match the state cap locally. The cap would be
lowered proportionally if gas prices fall below $2.
If the Governor signs the proposed bill into law, I will join
with my Republican colleagues in the Ulster County Legislature
to introduce legislation to cap the local gasoline tax. Local
motorists with a 20-gallon tank will save approximately $1.65
per fill up if the state and county caps are adopted.
It is my hope that Republicans and Democrats can join together
to act quickly to provide local residents with much-needed relief
at the gas pump.
Joe Roberti, UC Legislator
I was hopeful when the Democrats won a majority of the Ulster
County Legislature - but the reality of responsibility seems
to be overwhelming them. Petty infighting and the inability
to put their "money where their mouth is" not only
results in an embarrassing lack of leadership but is destroying
years of worth programming. Taxpayers and our most needy citizens
will suffer for this lack of foresight.
David Donaldson seems more interested in taking revenge on anything
Republican than serving the needs of Ulster County. He is more
intent in tearing down brass plaques than building rapport.
Richard Parete, who once claimed that there was a cover-up at
the jail while holding secret meetings at Democratic Headquarters
with State Auditors, now refuses to release the million-dollar
Where are the 200 job cuts we saw in headlines a few months
ago? Where are the five percent across the board cuts? Can't
pull it off, can you?
Democrats were literally screaming that Republicans were overestimating
sales tax revenues in the budget process yet now we see their
estimates were not only reasonable they were low! But Democrats
are proposing adding new "hidden" taxes on motor vehicles
and increasing the tax levy on mortgage taxes. Why would do
this? The Republicans left over $12 million in reserve. Repeat
after me "tax and spend."
Not only are they replacing seasoned county department heads
with their inexperienced Democratic cronies, they are suggesting
the creation of new "no-show" positions for people
like Victor Work (spouse of Judge Mary Work) and claiming that
it is strictly business? Yeah, monkey business!
The Democrats are out of control and the media ignores it like
an indulgent parent of a spoiled child. I am ashamed I bought
into their hype. This is why I don't belong to any political
David Austin, Jr.
Roman Catholics should boycott The Da Vinci Code and let the
world know it offends and defames the Church. The calculated
errors in Dan Brown's best-selling book and the film based on
it are attacks on Catholicism which would provoke a world-wide
uprising had they been written about "the Quran or the
Shoah (the holocaust)."
Archibishop Angelo Amato, secretary of the Congregation for
the Doctrine of the Faith, spoke about The Da Vinci Code during
a speech at the Vatican in Rome where he said, "Christians
should be more sensitive to rejecting lies and gratuitous defamation,"
and that the Church had to face the fact that many of its own
members lack a basic understanding of their faith.
The Da Vinci Code has sold 40 million copies world-wide in three
years and still sits atop the New York Times best-seller list,
a testament of New Clear America media power to spread fabrication
and lies designed to destroy Catholic faith. The film version
starring Tom Hanks is a good example of NCA corporate instruction
to America, where people get their "education" fed
to them while sitting in $10 movie seats, and then leave the
theater assured what they've just seen is totally accurate.
The NCA film industry has dumbed-down America to a point where
maniacs like George Bush can be elected "director,"
and garbage like The Da Vinci Code can be seriously presented
as gospel truth; two good reasons to boycott the film, impeach
the President, and avoid further pollution of your mind.
I am a 14-year-o1d baseball player on a local travel team called
the Hudson Valley Heat. Our team is collecting new or used baseball
equipment and apparel for "Roberto's Kids", which
is an organization named for Roberto Clemente that sends baseball
equipment to disadvantaged children. The items we collect will
be sent to children in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and
the US Gulf Coast states that were affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Two of my teammates from the Onteora school district, Kofi Boundy
and Justin McLoughlin, and I, will be collecting baseball equipment
throughout the month of May. You can contribute by calling my
family at 657-8492 or emailing email@example.com to arrange
collection. Items can also be dropped off at the Onteora High
School baseball field during our Babe Ruth games on weekends.
It's a great time to clean out your attics and basements and
donate to a great cause. We want all kids to be able to experience
the fun of baseball. Please pass the word on to your friends
and thank you for your support!