I read with great concern the letter to the editor signed "Shoppers
in Olive." My concern is twofold in that I first was extremely
disappointed The Phoenicia Times would publish a letter without
a signature attached to it. Fictitious names and unsubstantiated
groups claiming to represent people only add to the potential
for confusion and hysteria surrounding an issue. The means to
solving problems and avoiding these things can only be accomplished
by opening a dialogue between people - real people. Isn't it
better to search for a solution rather than to stay in the problem?
My other concern as a Shandaken resident and business owner
is being the target of a boycott. The residents of Olive have
traveled a bumpy road lately, and my sympathy goes out to them.
I hope the people of Olive understand that many of us in Shandaken
have absolutely no desire to make the large parcel issue an
"us and them" problem.
I will continue to buy my groceries, dog food, wine, flowers
and gas in the Town of Olive. I value the relationships I've
developed with Olive's merchants and I'm happy to help them
make a living here in the Catskills. I invite my neighbors in
Olive to do the same here in Shandaken, and yes, in Woodstock
I sign my name proudly,
Tender Land Home
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Olive Matters
Committee, the Olive Town Board and all the citizens of the
Town of Olive for putting their faith in me as a new Onteora
I promise the district my total commitment, dedication, and
ethical outlook on all decisions that will be fair and equitable
for the entire district. You have entrusted me with a position
on a Board that I am confident I can work for in a very positive
At this time, I would like to also offer my personal endorsement
for a Yes at the next budget voting.
Thanks, again, all of you who believe in my ability... I will
be open and honest in all my representations of the Onteora
I was so proud to hear of our Olive neighbors gathering of forces
to rectify the great wrong Olive has been dealt. While not yet
a full time resident (at the rate the taxes have been going
up, my husband and I were having second thoughts about that
becoming a reality), we have not been fully engaged in attending
meetings and voting locally. We had been, along with some of
our city friends (who have lots of money to spend on the weekends)
no longer giving our business, whether it be to restaurants,
stores, etc. to any Woodstock establishment as a protest against
the theft of our tax base from the resevoir. We were very interested
to learn that others have been doing the same. We will continue
to spread the word! On another note, do we really want the city
to straighten 28A, one of the counties most beautiful drives.
Treelined, winding roads add great value to our real estate
and community. Check out the counties east of here in Dutchess
or over in Connecticut, roads are intended to be narrow, winding,
slow and lovely.... A straightened 28A will cause hundreds of
mature trees to be cut down, harm the environment, harm the
animals, encourage speeding thereby causing more serious accidents,
invite trucks and cars looking for alternate routes as 28 becomes
more crowded with increasing developement. I know we will all
be sorry. Has the city conducted an environmental study on the
effects of such a massive project? How about a couple of speed
bumps to slow down those who miss the 15 MPH signs.
Lev Flournoy needs to learn to get his facts straight.
The re-evaluation in the Town of Olive has barely begun. Since
that is the case, how can school taxes have gone up 60% town-wide
when the re-evaluation
hasn't even been completed yet? The *potential* 26% tax increase
for the Town was a ball-park figure given by Town Supervisor
Berndt Leifeld at an OSC school
board meeting I attended c. two years ago. So, yes, the entire
blame for the huge tax hike *can* be laid at the door of the
Board members who voted for this outrageous mis-use of the well-intended
Large Parcel Bill.
Mr. Flournoy also perpetuates the myth that the Bill was intended
to 'equalize taxes between the towns in a school district'.
Nothing could be further from the truth. As has been pointed
out many, many times, the stated intention of the Large Parcel
Bill is to average out the annual tax bill for residents of
a town containing a large commercial or manufacturing entity
whose tax contributions to the town vary widely from year to
year. This gives the residents a chance to budget roughly the
same amount of expected tax each year, instead of paying high
taxes one year and low taxes the next. What part of this does
Mr. Flournoy not understand? Since the reservoir is a stable
entity, and the money from New York City is roughly the same
each year, there are no wide swings to 'equalize', and the Bill
should never have been considered in Onteora in the first place.
NB: the money we get from New York City replaces what we would
have gotten had we still had a commercial center. That commercial
center was taken away from us when the reservoir was created.
For 90 years, the Town of Olive has borne the brunt of the fight
with New York City for a fair assessment of the reservoir property.
This was won in 2001, and the City promptly sued us “again”
to lower the assessment. Olive has not received one cent's worth
of help in this fight from any of the other towns in the school
district. Not one minute of time was spent by any other town
supervisor or board member to assist us.
The people of Woodstock seem to have forgotten that their school
system was deeply in debt when the Onteora School District was
created. The Town of Olive paid off that debt for them. Was
that debt ever repaid? Through all the wrangling about fair
evaluations and all, I never heard one word of thanks to the
people of Olive for helping Woodstock out of the hole they had
dug for themselves.
Mr. Flournoy is one of the Board members who voted to mis-use
the Large Parcel Bill. In doing so, he betrayed the trust of
his friends and neighbors, and now he's trying to get out from
under the mess he helped create. And we will remember that.
Patricia G. Gerresheim
West Shokan, NY
I am writing in response to Louis Tolchin’s letter in
the last issue of the paper. Our senators do NOT need to support
Mr. Bush’s nominees to the federal courts – especially
those who are right wing idealogues.
Sadly, it now appears that Priscilla Owen will be nominated
to the Federal Court in order to save the filibuster. Priscilla
Owen is, by most accounts, an arch-conservative. She is anti-abortion,
anti-worker, anti-consumer and anti-environment — probably,
G.W. Bush’s most corporately-compromised judicial nominee.
I applaud any senator who refuses support for nominees such
as this – they are truly doing their job, supplying checks
and balances to a president who increasingly seems to want complete
and utter control of ALL branches of government. Now that is
truly a scary thought given G.W. Bush’s record so far.
He has taken us to war on a pack of lies (thanks to the recently
released British memo, we now know the depth of those lies).
Thoudsnds upon thousands of innocent people have lost their
lives because of these lies. The rest of the world is coming
to the realization that our government is fast coming to resemble
the terrorists they are so seemingly obsessed with hunting down.
Our economy is teetering on the edge of collapse and Mr. Bush
is trying hard to dismantle any social safety nets that might
help us little people when that scenario comes to pass. His
energy policy does NOTHING to help us become more independent
of large corporate energy interests. His environmental policy
is literally poisoning each and every one of us and generations
Kudos to any senator or congressperson who stands up to this
president – especially when it comes to who will interpret
the laws of this once great country. I pray someone has the
guts to stand up and say NO to the nomination of Priscilla Owen
and her like and to hell with the filibuster!
West Shokan, NY
So Rumsfeld accuses China of unsettling Asia with military spending
and expansion. What hyprocrisy what about the Bush administration
unsettling the entire world with its out of control military
spending and expansion. I really think most people in this country
and certainly through out the world are disgusted with the hypocrisy,
arrogance, and out right lying of the Bush administration. There
is still a lot of unanswered questions concerning 9/11, the
invasion of Iraq, voter fraud in the last two presidential elections,
the torturing of prisoners and those are just the major unanswered
questions. How much longer can this all continue before something
is done about it? If congress or our judicial system does do
its job of really addressing these issues then eventually we
the people will have to do it our selves. This is not wishful
thinking as this has happen many times before in recent history
such as in Latin American and the former Soviet Union, it also
happen here in 1776.
The report by the Treasurer’s Office of Monday the 23rd
showed that if the County continues as is, it would be short
over $23 Million by the end of 2006. In the short term, the
County may need to borrow to pay for day-to-day operations.
It is being spun that it isn’t a budget problem, but only
a cash flow problem. On a personal level, the short-term problem
would be equivalent to borrowing to pay for groceries. The long-term
problem is much worse. The “cash flow” problem lies
in the process and the policies that the Republicans follow
now and in the past.
Ten years ago the Legislature faced a similar “cash flow”
problem due to the mismanagement of the decade before. Rather
than do anything with spending, the Republicans opted for a
“temporary” increase in sales tax that “would
bail the County out of its financial problems for the short
haul”. The “temporary tax” came with an agreement
that there would be a hiring freeze and property taxes would
be held to under 4%. The hiring freeze never happened while
the 4% cap fell by the wayside after the first year. Ten years
later the ‘temporary tax” continues, property taxes
rise at double digit figures and hiring freezes are implemented
during cold days in hell.
If the taxpayer is to survive drastic changes are needed. A
case in point is last year’s budget process. The Republicans
chose to overstate revenues; refused spending reductions we
offered and implemented a tax in the last hour to an unsuspecting
industry. They also added revenue from a $5 per night bed tax
that was never passed by the Legislature and if passed still
needed special legislation from the State. That alone put the
County $1.5 Million short. It was clear to us the hole they
were digging for the past decade was getting deeper.
After much research we offered budget reform legislation that
the Republicans balked at. Once in committee and after compromise
on our part, both Republicans and Democrats supported the final
product. When the vote came to the floor the Republicans voted
against the legislation. The Majority Leader, Mike Stock, never
said a word to me prior to the meeting despite his constant
overtures claiming we need to talk if problems arise over legislation.
So much for trust and credibility! When I asked Republicans
immediately after the meeting why they would vote against badly
needed budget reform the response was, “because we can
and wanted to prove a point”. The County is bleeding and
they would prefer to use their majority to play a game rather
than seek solutions. It was ironic that after the Treasure’s
dooms day report on Monday, Majority Leader Stock said both
sides need to work together to solve the budget problem.
Although the press has covered the mismanagement of the Jail
Project, that is only the sour icing on a spoiled cake. There
has been reckless mismanagement all around. To name a few, millions
was spent on the Person House with no plan to use it, a massive
renovation at the Court House was carried out only to go back
after the renovation to replace the roof, the fund balance was
eliminated which may cause the county to borrow for the day
to day operations, hiring freezes have been claimed while friends
and family continue to fatten the work force. They blame the
state, the economy, the flat sales tax, the cold winter and
anything that seems handy at the time. So, what really is the
problem? It’s the management stupid!
Ulster County Legislature
Should you shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely
100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the
same, there would be:
57 Asians; 21 Europeans; 14 from the Western Hemisphere, both
north and south; 8 Africans;
52 would be female; 48 would be male;
70 would be nonwhite; 30 would be white;
70 would be non-Christian; 30 would be Christian;
89 would be heterosexual; 11 would be homosexual;
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and
all 6 would be from the United States;
80 would live in substandard housing ; 70 would be unable to
read; 50 would suffer from malnutrition; 1 would be near death;
1 would be near birth; 1 (yes, only 1) would have a college
education ; 1 would own a computer
When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective,
the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes
The following is also something to ponder...
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness...
you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness
of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation,
you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment,
arrest, torture, or death... you are more blessed than three
billion people in the world.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back,
a roof overhead and a place to sleep... you are richer than
70% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change
in a dish some place, you are among the top 8% of the world's
If your parents are still alive and still married, you are very
rare, even in the United States and Canada.
If you can read this message, you are more blessed than more
than two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.
Someone once said: What goes around comes around.
Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been
hurt. Dance like nobody's watching. Sing like nobody's listening.
Live like it's Heaven on Earth.
I never thought I would ever have to take a position against
something Native Americans want to do - even if only a few stand
to benefit while the majority continue on in poverty. But what
is environmentally and socially disastrous is a disaster just
the same whether the perpetrator is Native American or is the
likes of Gitter with his giant mountain-eating golf resort boondoggle
planned for the heart of the Catskill Park.
The New York State Constitution says a clear No! to commercial
casino gambling. However a heady brew cooked up by politicians,
big money developers and wealthy tribal leaders has blinded
the NY State Court of Appeals to the Constitutions' words and
intent. So we face the possibility of casinos in the Catskills
with one as close as the beautiful open space of the Winston
Farm in Saugerties.
The same grisly list of environmental problems that follow in
the footsteps of all large-scale development lies in wait for
Saugerties: Traffic and increased air pollution, serious erosion
from massive bulldozing, flooding due to runoff from acres of
parking lots and buildings, drain on the local water supply,
creation of countless tons of wastewater and garbage, visual
blight and urban sprawl, the witches' brew of herbicides, pesticides
and fertilizers spewed on lawns and golf courses. There's more!
Casino gambling seems to have its own special way of exacerbating
social problems. Along with the expected tax increases and the
severe drains on the local infrastructure and services, comes
lovely things like increased crime and the bleeding out of the
local economy. Some minimum wage jobs and inadequate payments
to the county or municipalities are all we get.
The thing is a giant financial sinkhole. What goes in a one-armed
bandit does not come out until it's far from Ulster County.
Along with understanding all these somewhat quantifiable objections
to casino gambling, I have a deep personal dislike of this activity.
In a horrified quick trip through Vegas and on a short cruise
to the Bahamas, I have seen enough of the slack jawed automatons
at the slot machines to last a lifetime. And the same for the
tension, grief and anger behind the sounds of so many trying
so hard to have a good time. Yes, let's certainly bring another
source of ruinous addiction into our communities!
Casinos and Gitter's Belleayre Resort are not the way to a balanced
and sustainable economy that would be in step with the way the
natural economy (the ecology) works. And guess what has absolutely
the last say in the matter of human expansion! I've said so
many times slow and thoughtful development with expansion being
in the form of quality rather than quantity is the way to go.
If we use the natural gifts our region has in abundance with
care, they will provide jobs and a good life for many people
forever. You can't wear out a beautiful view of uncluttered
mountains and the price city dwellers will pay to have a look
can do nothing but go up. No point in gambling with the life
of the goose who lays the golden eggs.
I would like to thank the Woodstock Town Board for coming out
so strongly against casinos in our region. Perhaps this is one
of the few things that most Woodstockers can actually agree
This is a no-win situation in Ulster County. To forever change
the climate of life in an area, one should at least consult
the people who live in that area. To shoehorn outside elements
into this Cinderella story is so blatantly political and so
outside the realm of any mandate this public has issued, is
to beg the question: Whom do you represent? Who elected whom
to protect them in the "higher" levels of government?
And who gets left holding the bag?
Please think this through; ask yourselves some hard questions
and get the right answers!
As the new Systems Advocate for the Resource Center for Accessible
Living Inc. located at 592 Ulster Avenue, Kingston, New York
12401 I would like to bring to the public's attention that the
legislature is scheduled to end in three weeks.
It is vitally important to pass into law Assembly Bill 2912
and Senate Bill 1672 known as Timothy's Law. Timothy O'Clair
took his own life at the age of 12. This was after Timothy's
family had spent years trying to access mental health services
for their son. The limitations on health insurance coverage
for people with mental challenges are restricted to what the
insurance company deems as "necessary treatment."
The O'Clair's private insurance covered a few visits to the
doctor and a brief hospitalization but high-co-payments and
eventually forced to pay full cost of doctor visits which they
could not afford. After Timothy's passing, the O'Clair's are
still paying for hospitalizations that Timothy required.
Timothy's Law passed the NYS Assembly and has overwhelming support
in the New York State Senate. The bill must be brought to the
Senate floor for a vote as soon as poosible.
The great majority of New Yorkers overwhelmingly support Timothy's
Law. A recent Zogby poll indicates that 81% of New Yorkers said
they were willing to pay the estimated $1.26 more per month
for full insurance coverage for mental and chemical dependency
health care needs.
The proposed law requires that mental illness and chemical dependency
disorders are covered under health insurance the same as other
I am asking all concern citizens to please contact the NYS Senate
Switchboard at 518-455-2800 and ask to speak with your Senator.
You can obtain the specific name of your Senator by the web
at http://map01.elections.state.ny.us/boe/main.asp .
You can obtain for specific information on Timothy’s Law
by visiting the Timothy’s Law Campaign website located
at http://www.timothyslaw.org/index.htm . I am available to
answer any of your questions by calling RCAL 845-331-0541 during
regular business hours.
Thomas R. Siblo-Landsman
System Advocate, RCAL
Does the young American, who is shallow, devoid of character
and moral integrity when he is sent to a foreign country as
an American soldier by the president, then automatically become
heroic and must be praised no matter what he does? Sartre said,
"There is no such thing as born heroes; we make ourselves
heroes by doing heroic acts and we make ourselves cowards by
performing cowardly acts." Shooting at an approaching car
out of fear for your own life and a lack of combat experience
is one thing; beating an unarmed man, who is bound, to death,
is another, completely different thing. Justified because they
are untrained in interrogation techniques? Sure! Of course,
the interrogators (in-terror-gators) are usually white, while
the interrogatees are dark skinned and often do not speak English.
Everyone who wants to know the truth and can face it knows that
President Bush lied on October 16, 2002, when he came before
the members of his cabinet and congress gathered in the East
Room of the White House and addressed the American people. Among
other things the President said: Iraq still had the power to
prevent war by "declaring and destroying all its weapons
of mass destruction...hopefully this can be done peacefully.
Hopefully we can do this without military action."
By mid-July, 2002, eight months before the war began and three
months before this speech, President Bush had decided to invade
Iraq. Bush had decided to "justify" the war "by
the conjunction of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism,"
What you have is a lie, on top of a lie, on top of a lie and
on and on.
But it is extremely difficult to call a president a liar when
in office, especially whe he is always talking about God. Over
1,600 Americans killed, over 10,000 injured, devastated the
lives of the wives, parents, children of the dead and multiply
that by thousands when facing what it has done to the Iraqis,
and a cost of hundreds of billions of dollards to the American
taxpayers for a totally unnecessary war.
Bush should be impeached. Clinton was impeached because he had
sex with a White House intern in the oval office and lied about
it, but did not cause any deaths or cost any dollars. Yes, sex
is a terrible thing.
Mount Tremper, NY
Will prisoners housed in the proposed new Kingston prison be
charged six times the long distance phone call rate to contact
their children and other family members? This is, outrageously,
a common practice faced by our incarcerated population, unbeknownst
to the general public. While kickbacks to government agencies
awarding the contracts result, the family, so touted as a value
in the USA, is mocked! Contact, between jailed fathers and mothers
and their children is stopped because it is too expensive. Does
someone want to break the spirit of these people who are often
in jail for want of money to pay a good lawyer?
West Hurley, NY
For those of us who share a passion for the Hudson River School
of painting, the loss of Asher Durand's Kindred Spirits from
its New York Public Library home seems almost as devastating
as the altered New York skyline. This work is one of America's
iconic treasures. It depicts poet William Cullen Bryant and
his good friend Thomas Cole (father of the School) standing
on a ledge in Kaaterskill Clove. (Intrepid hikers beware: you
might get hurt trying to locate the scene down in the clove
as it doesn't exist- the background is a composite of several
Catskill views). Painted in honor of Cole who died untimely,
Bryant is standing respectfully, hat in hand, while a lone bird
symbolic of the deceased artists' soul rises in the distance.
Could there ever be another work so uniquely identified with
our corner of the world? I would have hoped to see this one
day hanging in a Hudson River School Museum located in Palenville,
back then the artists' main stomping grounds, or in Catskill
(next to Cole's still standing house, now a small museum) or
near Olana, the house of Cole's star pupil Frederic Church (it
too a museum). But no such all encompassing museum exists here
yet. So on to Bentonville.
And yet we should not be too sad. The thirty-five millions,
a record, is certainly a respectable sum for which New York
has agreed to part with this 'priceless' work. We can be grateful
that this was purchased by an American possessed of the means
to house it in an American museum thus preserving it in some
measure as a public trust. But more than this, we should bear
in mind that the Hudson River artists shared a nearly singular
purpose which was to introduce and extol in images the sublimity
of the American 'wilderness' to a people who had little idea
of what their vast country looked like. By faithfully recreating
their beloved Catskills, and in time the mountains of Vermont,
Massachussetts, New Hampshire and the rugged west, those painters
gave an early generation of Americans both pride and an emerging
ecological awareness. That many of us live in the uniquely protected
Catskill Park is testament to their powerful influence on later
I would like to imagine that Cole, Durand and their colleagues
would have been pleased to learn that our nation has been settled
all the way to the Pacific and that Americans living in faraway
Arkansas (the native American name would have pleased them)
will now get to see their work and how beautiful are our mountains,
lakes and cloves. Perhaps these Americans will be inspired to
visit the Catskills as did their eastern forbears and contribute
to preserving as a perpetual trust what these noble artists
managed to preserve in colors on canvass.
H. Lee Wind
(This letter was addressed to Judge Babcock)
I must write you this letter. Have the courage to read it and
reply to me.
The people I hate are those that abuse children, animals, and
judges like Judge Babcock, that let these people off. The Town
of Rochester is famous for this. It took three years before
Patty’s Angels came to court. In your court, Judge Babcock,
they were convicted.
The DA, SPCA and Rochester dog warden wanted animals left at
Patty’s Angel removed. The SPCA was ready to remove them.
You have the power to see that this is done, however you lack
the common sense for this. Ag & Markets law Article 26 374
C: Any person or persons that fail to supply animals without
proper shelter, food or water is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable
by a fine, $1,000, imprisonment up to one year or both. This
fits Pattys Angel. I believe you lack the common sense to hand
out a punishment. Please remove yourself, the animals would
like this. If you don’t understand Ag & Market Article
26 we will get someone to explain it to you. If you don’t
want to handle animal abuse cases, call on me I would be happy
to replace you.
People who claim to be presenting the "facts" about
Patty's Angels and owner Patty Abezis, allege the abysmal conditions
in which the animals were found occurred because of a weekend
lapse of care, due to the arrest of the previous caretaker.
It is obvious they disregarded the true facts presented in court
via photographs, video tape and the sworn testimony of two respected
Dr. Avery Smith, with 40 years of veterinary experience, said
his examinations revealed the following: Gracie, a dog, was
dehydrated, emaciated and 80 percent covered with fecal matter.
Tina, a cat, was emaciated, had upper respiratory disease, and
was so severely dehydrated that her empty bladder could not
be palpated. Several puppies were emaciated, dehydrated and
covered with fecal waste; one had eye conjunctivitis, dermatitis
and diarrhea. Dr. Lorraine Caliri continued the sad litany.
She said that Rocky, a dog, had audible abnormal breathing indicating
an upper respiratory infection of pneumonia. Big Boy, a dog,
was emaciated, dirty, had interdigital dermatitis, with severely
infected tumor growths on his feet. Semilla, a dog, was emaciated
(an airline document recording her weight a year prior indicated
she had lost 30 pounds), had blood on the back of legs from
bloody bowel movements, and severe tartar. George, a cat, was
so severely dehydrated that his eyes were sunken and his mucous
membranes, normally moist to the touch, were dry. Several dogs
were in cages so small they could not turn around. This is just
a sampling of the veterinarians' testimony.
With regard to the conditions, the veterinarians testified the
dog kennel was deplorably wet and inadequate in any rain storm,
resulting in a water and excrement mix. There were no pallets,
no dry place for dogs to lay down. There was unwholesome air,
rat feces all over and very little food in evidence. Two cat
pens were on the second floor of an unheated barn (in November)
with no water at all in one of them. The cats were extremely
These are the verifiable facts that convinced a jury the evidence
did not support a weekend lapse. It is unfathomable to me that
anyone who cares about animals would continue to support Ms.
Abezis. These animals should be forfeited to the SPCA immediately
and not remain in the possession of Ms. Abezis, who was convicted
of 38 counts of cruelty to them.
Port Ewen, NY
Our Editor Paul Smart has written the last several editorials
we’ve run. That’s a departure for us as it’s
usually the only privilege of publishing this newspaper I save
for myself. To Paul and I it doesn’t matter which of us
writes them; they stand as intended as the paper’s view.
But last issue’s editorial raised a point I felt needed
elaboration. We’d said we’re entitled to our opinions
and yeah, in America everyone still is, so far at least.
We see it as our job to be totally straight and forthright with
you in our editorials just as we are in reporting the news.
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that obligation regardless of whether what we say reinforces
or doesn’t the prevailing majority view.
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