(Letters from May 10, 2007)
It’s that time of year again when tax payers in the
Onteora School district will be voting on an increase of $2,131,096.00
to this year’s school budget. The total school budget
is $46,775,318.000. That’s a 4.77 percent increase over
last year’s budget. The tax levy is an estimated 3.89
percent. Keep in mind that’s an estimated tax levy.
On top of that voters will be voting to accept or reject a
proposal to purchase new buses at the total cost of $279,837.00.
If voters decide to reject buying the buses the transportation
budget will increase by $10,000.00 for bus maintenance. It
appears that the buses the school wanted to replace last year
are still running and worth repairing.
As reported in Onteora’s proposed School Budget report
our public school enrollment is down by 140 students or 7.14
percent. For school year 2003-2004 tax payers in the Onteora
School district paid $1195.00 more per student for General
Education then any other Public School District in New York
State. In the same school year under Special Education tax
payers of the district paid $30,052.000 per student or $12,385.000
more per student then any other school district in New York
State. For school year 2007-2008 tax payers will pay $236,905.000
for benefits for the school’s seven administrators.
Rita Vanacore and Dave Patterson voted not to accept this
year’s school’s budget. Both school board members
are well informed on the total spending at the school and
know what monies are left in the fund balance. No school board
member would vote not to accept the budget if they felt that
it would hurt the students in any way. Rita Vanacore and Dave
Patterson are not running this year for a seat on the board.
When tax payers, especially those living on a fixed income,
look over their own personal budgets to consider voting for
or against the budget they should keep in mind that everything
they purchase continues to cost more money. There are predictions
out there that gas prices will continue to climb upwards to
possibly $4.00 a gallon. Last year’s prices for fuel
oil were outrageous. Considering the cost of gas fuel oil
will likely cost as much or more then last year. Land taxes
will increase. The school is still considering a forty to
seventy million dollar reconstruction project.
Voters in the Onteora School District will be presented with
three candidates for the School Board on Tues. May 15th. Of
the seven seats on the current Board, four members reside
in the Town of Olive, and they were elected into office based
upon their position on the large parcel issue. Large parcel
has not been an issue in the past year, and these Olive board
members have served us well. Nevertheless, it is not in the
best interest of residents to see an even heavier concentration
of power on the school board representing the interests of
Olive. Two of the candidates seeking election reside in the
Town of Olive, and they were solicited to run by the group
‘Olive Matters’, an organization which emerged
as a result of the large parcel issue.
Current School Board President, Marino D’Orazio, the
longest serving member of the board, is seeking re-election.
Mr. D’Orazio, as President of the Board, is a strong
leader and a man of vision. His re-election will be in the
best interests of all residents of the Onteora School District.
To show my support for Marino D’Orazio, I intend to
cast only one vote for the two open seats in Tues’s
election. We cannot afford to lose an experienced leader and
have a School Board with two novices, in which over 70% of
our board members would reside in one of the five towns in
Nick J. Alba
In a recent letter to the editor I said that Onteora spent
$1195.00 more then any other school in New York State for
general education. It should have read compared to all Public
Schools in N.Y.S. Also the $12,385.000 more for Special Education
I should have said compared to all Public Schools in New York
State. I apologize for the misinterpretation of my research.
I have had the good fortune to meet Michelle Freidel and Rick
Wollf, candidates for the upcoming election to the Onteora
School Board. Not only do they understand and support the
needs of the children in the district, but they also understand
that the school board should NOT be wasting its time on topics
like the corrupt Large Parcel Law.
I urge everyone to vote for these highly qualified individuals
in the school board election on May 15.
The Onteora School District needs a change. That is why I
heartily endorse Michelle Friedel to serve as a member of
the School Board.
I have known Ms. Friedel closely for many years now. She is
mother, manager, and community volunteer—and does a
wonderful job in each of these roles. She would make the perfect
addition to our School Board, replacing those whose time has
past. Michelle would fill the position with integrity, intelligence,
dedication and a civility that is long overdue. She is an
excellent listener—a quality that the current leadership
Our district is preparing to move forward with plans to re-organize
K-8 and will be making major facilities decisions as well.
I can think of no finer person than Michelle Friedel to help
lead our community through these major changes. With children
in both the elementary and middle
schools, years of experience as a teacher, formal and informal
professional knowledge, devotion to this community, a warm
heart and a sharp mind, Michelle Friedel would be a huge asset
to the School Board. She is a unifier--able to see different
points of view and bring people together in common purpose.
I, for one, am so very tired of the complete lack of respect
that has been shown by the current leadership. I have witnessed
people publicly shut down and shut off. I have personally
seen and heard insults made to polling workers and threats
made to invalidate elections. As we attempt to move past the
ugliness of Large Parcel, as we attempt to work with a new
Superintendent, as we attempt to direct the future of the
district—property as well as people-- I cannot help
but feel that we need new leadership at the helm.
I urge you to vote for Michelle Friedel. It’s time for
West Shokan, NY
This is a reminder to voters in the Onteora School District
that Tuesday, May 15th, is your opportunity to elect two solid
candidates for the school board, Michelle Friedel and Rick
Wolff. The position of school board trustee is a demanding
one. These candidates possess the qualities of intelligence,
candor, compassion, concern, and self control: each is necessary
to perform the duties which our community will entrust to
Furthermore, each realizes the necessity for the entire school
district to come together and mend the wounds which the factionalistic
Large Parcel Law has created. When elected, they will take
the wisest path regarding this diversive law: they will opt
not to consider it.
Instead, they will devote their talents and energy to create
the best educational atmosphere for our children and this
community. They will also carefully consider the wishes of
Join me on May 15th when we'll elect these two tremendous
John R. Tisch
We would like to remind residents of Olive to vote May 15,
for school board candidates, Michelle Friedel and Rick Wollf.
Both candidates have excellent credentials.They also understand
that the school board should not be taking valuable time away
from school issues and wasting it on topics like the Large
Parcel Law. The LP Law states that no action need be taken
by the school board. Deciding what each district should pay
in school taxes is not a school board's responsibility, and
should be thrown back in the cowardly lawmakers laps. This
law should be ignored each August like it was last year.
Vote May 15 for candidates that are highly qualified to handle
children and school issues, and understand the corrupt LP
Law. Vote for Michelle Friedel and Rick Wolff.
Judith & Drew Boggess
I'm off to work! But here's a quick note to endorse Michelle
Friedel's candidacy for the Onteora School Board. Over the
past several years, I have had the pleasure of meeting and
working with members of the Friedel family. They are a family
of educators, concerned and engaged in their community and
school district. I was pleased to find out that Michelle has
volunteered to serve as a school board member. As a mother
of children in the Onteora school district, and a highschool
career skills teacher at BOCES, Michelle is very well qualified
to address the concerns of the school district. Please join
me in voting for Michelle.
Please elect Michelle Friedel and Richard Wolff this coming
School Board Election on May 15th. Voting will be held 2PM
to 9 PM at your regular elementary school polling place. Both
candidates are well qualified and are interested in the best
education for our students at reasonable cost. Another main
concern is providing an education in an atmosphere that is
professionally run and in which our students act and appreciate
an education that we the taxpayers are providing.
Please elect these two candidates. They are definitely the
best choice to represent our school district.
West Shokan, NY
Governments across the volatile Middle East are rushing to
declare their intentions of building nuclear power plants
as soon as they can. It seems developing countries are crying
out for nuclear parity. After all, they’re just following
our lead. And, maybe they still believe the false promises
made by the nuclear true-believers when they started down
this road 50 years ago: power that’ll be “too
cheap to meter?” Or maybe they're all secretly planning
to produce nuclear bombs.
Now the US power industry wants to build hundreds more plutonium
producing power stations like a string of bulls-eyes across
the American landscape. And a big part of their push is the
false claim that it’ll free us from global warming.
The next time someone tells you that new nuclear power stations
will save the planet from global warming, don’t forget
that lots of fossil fuel is burnt digging up and transporting
the increasingly scarce non-renewable uranium; uranium enrichment
(necessary to get the fuel up to power producing strength)
produces chlorofluorocarbon gas, a greenhouse gas 10,000 times
more potent than CO2; that poisonous radioactive uranium tailings
pile up in communities where the uranium is mined and milled;
that pollution of ground water
and land has followed the uranium mining, milling, enriching
and nuclear power generating industry wherever it’s
located and that piles of highly radioactive nuclear fuel
still sit in every community that hosts a nuclear plant some
fifty years after the unfulfilled promises of the nuclear
A recent MIT study predicts it’ll take 1,000 new reactors
to begin to make a dent in CO2 emissions at a cost of upwards
of a trillion dollars - that’s trillion with a “t”;
that you and I continue to subsidize the nuclear industry
with our hard-earned tax money. This is the same industry
that still insists on Congressionally granted freedom from
any economic consequences of an “impossible” accident
like those at 3-Mile Island and Chernobyl before they'll build
any nukes. Giving them
hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies is a
prime example of flushing money down a non-renewable rat hole
instead of investing it in decentralized, proven solar, wind,
conservation and geothermal projects that will give good jobs
to millions of workers while drastically reducing the need
for any new electric generating stations.
You can learn more by visiting the well-respected non-partisan
Rocky Mountain Institute’s web site at http://www.rmi.org/
where you’ll be amazed by the truth about nuclear power
and its shortcomings.
Here’s a quote from one of their pages: “In 1990,
a study by five national laboratories concluded that increasing
R&D budgets by just the cost of building one nuclear power
plant ($3 billion spread over twenty years) could, by the
year 2030, enable renewable energy to provide a half to two-thirds
of the total energy then used in the United States.
Nuclear power, in contrast, cannot compete with either efficiency
or renewables. It has cost the United States about $200 billion
in public and private investment—by one government estimate
over $1 trillion, including all taxpayer-provided R&D
used in the civilian program since the 1940s.
Because devices now on the market can save four times as much
electricity as all U.S. nuclear plants make, at just 5 percent
of the cost of building and running them, it's cheaper to
write off any nuclear plant and provide customers with efficiency.
The city of Sacramento, California has done just that. The
Sacramento Municipal Utility District closed its Rancho Seco
nuclear plant, and is recreating itself as a utility based
on photovoltaics and energy efficiency. The result: more jobs,
less pollution, stable electric prices, and a more sustainable
and prosperous community.”
Don’t let the government squander your money by funding
and supporting the false promise of the most expensive and
dangerous way ever devised to boil water: nuclear power. And
don’t let our government support the construction of
these dangerous targets in the most volatile regions of the
world or in American neighborhoods.
I applaud most of your editorial in the April 26 issue and
in particular your support for the fast track efforts currently
going forward with regard to the Belleayre Resort. Starting
with Gov. Pataki and continuing under the leadership of Gov.
Spitzer this effort is attempting to bring to a satisfactory
conclusion what is already one of the most exhaustive review
processes in the State’s history. This initiative could
not come at a more desperate time for the communities of western
Ulster and eastern Delaware Counties. The number of aging
“for sale” signs on Route 28 businesses, the population
loss in Delaware and eastern Ulster, the rising taxes and
general feeling of economic malaise and discouragement all
indicate a region that has been left out of the generally
improving fortunes of the State. One need only to drive through
Hunter and Windham in Greene county—also within the
“blue line”— to be struck by the contrast.
I have no more idea than you do what shape the compromise
Resort is taking but any infusion of capital into the Belleayre
Ski area and any integration with the Highmount Ski area,
together with a resort component would be a godsend for our
region and could well spark resurgence in our economic fortunes.
It is almost certain that for this effort to end in failure
will accelerate our region’s descent.
This area not so long ago had large hotels atop of many of
its mountains with no sophisticated waste management systems
and no idea of what “run off’ was. No matter how
large the ultimate resort project ends up it will not come
close to what once was — and was at the time New York
City determined it to be the best place to expand its water
I trust the Governor to insure that whatever reviews are statutorily
mandated for the compromise proposed resort and for any expansion
of the ski area will take place.
Right now our best course is to focus on urging that these
talks continue at an accelerated pace and that the emphasis
be on reaching an agreement and not getting tied up in nit
picking and undo delay.
I urge the Governor to use his office and you to use your
editorial influence to keep this moving ahead.
Thomas H. White
Big Indian, NY
Since President Bush keeps vetoing bills that seek to bring
the troops home with benchmarks and deadlines I would like
to suggest that Congress pass instead a bill ordering the
withdrawal of all American business interests from Iraq. Once
that has been accomplished in a secure and orderly way, I
predict our military presence will no longer be necessary.
The recent articles concerning Terry Lawerence illustrates
there is problem that needs to be changed concerning people
with disabilities and nursing home regulations. There is no
right to return to the Northeast Center nor is there any law
governing return to a locally based appropriate care unit
designed to take in consideration the distance a person with
a disability who is in need of nursing home services and living
within a reasonable traveling distance from one's family.
For years my aunt and her husband struggled to get their son
returned to Long Island after his primary placement burned
down in Sullivan County. He was first sent to a facility located
in Dutchess County the Wassic Developmental Center where he
languished inappropriately for five years even after litigation
was filed on his behalf, letters sent to various state representatives.including
then Governor Cuomo nothing was being done. The final resolution
came about when the New York State Senate Select Committee
on the Disabled intervened adding two more years to find an
appropriate facility on Long Island. If it were not then for
the NYS Senate Republican majority efforts made on his behalf
he would still be in Dutchess County completely cut off from
his family. This was during a time when the state's policy
was to close the Wassiac Developmental Center.
I do not know all of the facts of Mr. Lawerence's case but
I would encourage him and his family to do what I call a full
court press. The Center's current level of services must match
the person's specific needs. If Terry is not disabled enough
he would not be eligible for Care at the Northeasr Center.
In any case saying "no" to Terry Lawerence to make
way for returning Veterans is not resonable and cannot be
a proper determination if he meets the center's placement
I think Kim and Terry need the support within the disabled
community. I believe Terry should be provided with proper
accessible housing and services so he can come home. The service
providers can then come to a fully accessible home. If their
home is not "accessible" then it should be made
so. There are combinations of grants and housing assistance
for people with disabilities designed to help the person stay
at home and lead a quality life. There needs to be a program
that is funded by the state that helps people who fall under
the ADA and the Olmsted Supreme Court decision that coordinates
appropriate services. It needs to be geared towards creating
independent accessible low cost housing and services. There
are only two agencies in our community capable of doing this
kind of work, RUPCO and RCAL. All these folks need is the
legislative backing in the form of money and lots of it.
The federal government spends billions of dollars making war
what if we changed our direction and took care of our people
first. Our American citizens are more important than the price
of oil and controling output for America's super-rich families.
I ask that Congressman Hiinchey, Assemblyperson Cahill, and
Senator Bonacic that they create a blue ribbon panel that
will include half of its members people with mobility disabilities
to review the existing resources in Ulster County. I sincerely
believe there are business people who would join such a group
to design a combination of federal and state lsources of funding
to make Terry and any other person with a disability who needs
help to find a solution already in place this makes complete
There are already several housing related, ADA, legislative
activities and I strongly suggest that the Lawerence's contact
Fran Wishnick at RCAL and get the scoop on the 2007 Legislative
Agenda and work with her concerning the appropriate placement
Thomas R. Siblo-Landsman
I regret the defeat of New Paltz Village Mayor Jason West
in his bid for reelection to a second four-year term on May
1. He was bested 531-387 by liberal Terry Dungan, who probably
will serve the village well during his term.
My primary reason for regret is that West is identified with
the Green Party which, through his office, made a small incursion
into Hudson Valley politics. The Greens, despite their various
political and organizational shortcomings, are a progressive
organization, and to some degree they constitute a challenge
to a two-party system that functions as a noose around the
neck of left politics.
Secondarily, Jason West struck a major blow in support of
equality for the lesbian-gay-bi-trans community by using the
powers of his office to conduct same-sex marriages until he
was stopped by the legal authorities. He also is a strong
opponent of the Iraq war who has spoken at several peace rallies
our newsletter has organized, a vociferous exponent of environmental
sanity, and he performed satisfactorily as mayor.
I wish him well in his future endeavors on behalf of peace,
social justice and an environmentally sustainable world.
Jack A. Smith
New Paltz, NY
I regret that I submitted no letters in the last two issues,
but I have been traveling and looking into the minds of mid
west dwellers, questioning the thinking of folks in the deep
south and the inhabitants of the north east did not escape
my scrutiny either. Now for the letters of the April 26, 2007
OCS Supt. Leslie Ford dazzles us with sleight of hand wizardry
and fancy footwork in that she reports a decline in clients/consumers/students
but OCS will continue on a war time footing by maintaining
employees, production and inventory. Is she not from the planet
California? The last time I looked at CEO's, COO's and CFO's
whose bottom line had dropped below the base line they were
swinging axes and "chainsaws" in the personnel department
and slowing down the production lines. Storing inventory is
costly also. It seems that School Officials see themselves
as accountable to no one and regard the District as a bottomless
Piggy Bank. OCS has the "bloat". The board is a
"rubber" stamp without a conscience, too.
Bruce Kanvin's endorsement of a 4% increase limit in the OCS
budget is in keeping with local income levels and cost of
living increases which for some is zero. How about using the
attendance figures just as the state does on a twice daily
basis? Enrollment [registration] doesn't count; only attendance.
William Warnacke is quite correct in his highlighting of the
annual mystery and confusion of the OCS budgets. Mr. Warnacke
points to teacher Luke White's lamentation that teachers are
human [therefore not expendable]. Mr. Warnacke has trouble
finding line items and rightly fears an unpleasant surprise
at post time. "We are human too", he observes.
Ms Mescal Hornbeck whom I find it difficult to disagree with
at any time is on to an old idea of funding school budgets
with income taxes as opposed to property "hostage".
Excessive property taxes is how we redistribute land and real
estate which is converted into large estates, towns and malls
complete with Wal Mart thus reducing recreational acreage
and wildlife habitat.
Eric Laursen was not listening as Imus confessed, "I
said a bad thing". Amen? My problem with the Imus affair
was not so much the nessage, but the messengers, Mssr's Sharpton
and Jackson. These buffoons were hardly the appropriate earthly
confessors to grant absolution. And as far as cleansing the
"rap" culture, it ain't gonna happen. Check the
market lately? Look under Dow Jones [and check Nasdaq for
the electronics end].
The debate over the lowly hot dawg is amusing. Das ist allis.
But there is this joke about one hot dog said to the other
hot dog,....aw, forget it.
I would inquire of Julie McQuain what is reproductive health?
And yes Ms McQuain; abortion is a civil rights issue; for
the unborn victim.
Mr Ed Ocker has such a full plate I doubt he will ever get
through the "mush" and debris. It would be nice
to offer names, dates and documented evidence of all the terrible
events he describes. Cite the official files and don't dismiss
that request with, "the dog ate my homework" or
"the files were shredded". You did however forget
the Atom Bombs dropped on Japan in August 1945, sir.
Poor Mildred M. Meyer is never going to have a restful night
as her imagination swells and her heart diminishes. Can one
just see the alignment of Kingston City hospital and Saint
Benedictine's? Ms Meyer has nothing to do but promote confrontation.
The sky is falling, the sky is falling! There is a crisis
in "Health Freedom" whatever that is. Dr. Rima E.
Laibow declares the FDA is going to take away my Vitamin C,
E, G, and R plus certain minerals. My favorite mid-wife will
be barred and quackery will be no more. Alas and woe. My question
to the good Dr is, what is the Natural Solutions Foundation.
I see it as "Brain Power" and we employ it to solve
problems [some of which do not exist]. I have enjoyed a triple
by-pass op, a heart valve replacement and wear a pacemaker.
Should I have applied to the Natural Solutions Foundation
for those parts and procedures? Forget the weeds and herbs
Dr Laibow. Step into the twenty first century.
Tom Siblo; you are living in the wrong end of the world. And
after you move you will still be in the wrong place.
Christina Countryman; you would do better to direct your energy
in some other effort; like ping pong, or better yet, solitaire.
No one dislikes GW or Mr. Cheney more than I do but it's not
personal. Let me put it this way with a question. Ever get
your car on an ice patch with a slight upgrade? You are spinning
your wheels because impeachment doesn't do anything more than
indict. Trial and conviction won't fly and you will go away
sad. And as you parade across from the Recruiting Station
hold up the flag and pray for the well being of our military
personnel who serve honorably and faithfully.
To Jeffrey Cohen; Bravo. 'Nuff said!
Francis Posavec tells us of the anarchy during the depression
[1930's]. He wasn't in the formative stage yet and he knows
all about it. The only anarchy that we in Olivebridge were
aware of was in the minds of Woodstockians. You may remember
the march and encampment on DC by WWI veterans but that was
hardly anarchy. I should have liked you as my history teacher.
Question to Peter Koch. How did Greenland with its ice cover
get the name?
I heard somewhere that my ancestors were farming there 1000
years ago. But those savage vikings kept no diary or records..........hm-m-m-m.
Steve Josephs; where did you get your "kill" figures
re: Iraq from? Are not the insurgents and terrorists killing
their own [with a few Americans] each time an IED goes off?
My problem is that we are not breaking things and killing
people. That's how WWII was done and won. I would rather we
were not there, but since we are we may as well clean it up
and go home.
Johann Christian Arnold faults the media in a left handed
way for reporting the VA. Tech shooting. Hey Pastor, I will
wager that your face was in the boob tube along with the rest
of us. In fact we have had an exciting though unpleasant month
which removed Iraq from the rest of the world. My Bible states
that "he who sheds mans blood, by man shall his blood
be shed" The old capital punishment syndrome, eh?
As for Bob Neilsen; keep a 410 with a tablespoon of rock salt
down the barrel. The bears don't like to get hit in the can
with that and it won't harm them. He'll be back with a friend
Last but not least is Leonard J. Battifarano's letter and
I would advise him and his wife to not pay any attention to
town officials in Olive.They are lonely and should rejoice
that they are not set upon by a disgruntled "temp"
from NYC. I grew up in Olivebridge, went off to WWII, worked
in and for NYC, retired and returned to spend my money and
travel. I feel left out but if "they" leave me alone
I will reciprocate.
Last item. We just learned today of the horrible sequel to
the Margaretville incident where possibly the trooper may
have been hit by "friendly" fire. As law officers
have explained, these events generate confusion, stress and
anxiety. It occurs in the military as in Pat Tillman. The
bottom line is that the perpetrator was/is the cause of all
that happened and our law enforcement officers are fine public
servants who protect us and our property without reservation.
Our hearts go out to the families and friends of all those
affected.God Bless them.
Glenn T. Anderson
In a recent letter the author has transformed naivete into
a far-flung conspiracy theory. The author believes that Islamic
Terrorism is funded by the CIA, Christian fundamentalists
are as dangerous as Islamic extremists and the U.S. government
is responsible for 911. Wow! A real live one. It is a disservice
to those who died in 911 not to recognize the true killers,
Al Qaeda and the Islamic Jihadist movement. People's willingness
to believe anything that supports their ideology detracts
from legitimate criticisms of the Bush administration. Bush
needs to go but we are doomed if we don't keep our sights
on the real enemy, Islamic extremists (Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah,
Al Qaeda). They hate western culture and despise democracy.
Maybe the author would prefer to live in an Islamic state,
where Sharia is the law of the land. Petty crimes result in
capital punishment, the press is restricted and women can
be stoned to death for violating religious codes. I could
go on. Muslims are mostly responsible for their current affairs.
They are free from the yokes of colonialism but are enslaved
by the failures of Islam to blend modernity with religious
values. They have embraced fanaticism, death and hatred. The
Jihadists do have unity, faith and the willingness to go to
any extreme to reach their goals. What we have are silly folks
with the arrogance to state that our government is responsible
for the Islamic revolution that is taking place within the
Arab world and increasingly in the western world too. As for
the 911 truthgroup promotion, the internet is littered with
those groups espousing the "inside job." It's a
lot of bunk being promoted by profiteers such as Alex Jones.
While searching the 911 conspiracy sites, stop by the flat
earth websites. Is the U.S. responsible for claiming the earth
is round too?
Last week President Bush issued a proclamation that U.S. flags
be flown at half staff "as a mark of respect for the
victims" at Virginia Tech. (1) As that period of symbolic
mourning ends, urge him to show the same respect to our military.
Over 3,300 American military personnel have given their lives
in Iraq, in service to their military, to their Commander-in-Chief
and to their country. These brave servicemen and women can
be honored by flying the flag at half-staff. As the U.S. Flag
Code states: "By order of the President, the flag shall
be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures
of the United States Government..."(2) U.S.Code, Title
4, Chapter 1, §7
Our military personnel are without doubt "principal figures"
of the U.S. government and this show of respect for our troops
would let them know how deeply we appreciate their sacrifices.
Fly your flag at half-staff until there are no more U.S. military
fatalities in Iraq.
You don't have to wait for a presidential proclamation to
fly the flag at half-staff. It falls within the First Amendment
rights of every American to display the flag as they so desire(3),
but a presidential proclamation would make this show of support
and respect even more poignant.
"I regret that I have but one life to give for my country."
Nathan Hale, American patriot 1776 A.D.
The idea of paying with your body for the values of your mind
has been an invaluable tool used by recruiters of U.S. military
and the militaries of most other nations. President Bush,
though he did not actually serve in the military himself,
has repeatedly called our military personnel great patriots,
now he can make it official:
Contact President Bush and urge him to proclaim that all flags
should be flown at half-staff to honor our fallen military
Contact details can be found here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
Call or write your members of congress and urge them to proclaim
that all flags should be flown at half-staff to honor our
fallen military personnel.
Contact details can be found here: http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/
Call or write your governor and urge him or her to proclaim
that all flags should be flown at half-staff to honor our
fallen military personnel.
Contact details can be found here: National Governors Association
SOURCES: (1) http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/04/20070417.html;
Lake Hill, NY
I just wanted to say Thank You for the beautiful article you
did in the Phoenicia Times for my husband and Agent Orange.
There are so many Vietnam vets who are
sick and dying from this horrible contact. Alot of them do
not know where to go. or better yet give up because of all
the paper work involved. It is a shame that these men and
women have to prove the are sick due to this AO. Just like
today with the young men and women in military , alot of them
will be coming home with PTSD, and they also will have to
prove this. What a sin that our young people can fight for
our freedom, only to come home and be forgotten by our government.
I believe if these brave young people seved in any kind of
war, they should automatically receive life time health benefits,
it is the least we can do to honor these wonderful service
Sorry I get carried away some times. Again thank you from
the bottom of my heart.
This year the Phoenicia Library will be holding its tremendously
popular Plant Sale at the Library Fair on Saturday, June 2.
It takes a lot of gardeners to grow a plant sale! We are asking
our gardeners in the Town of Shandaken to help us out. Now
is a good time to start dividing perennials and potting up
groundcovers, shrubs, houseplants, and herbs for the sale.
Label the plants with their names, and we will help them find
a happy new home. Or, if you need some help with digging and
dividing, we have a few volunteers who may be able to come
to your garden and assist you.
You can bring your plants to the library on Friday, June 1.
Or, if you need to have them picked up, we will see if we
can arrange that.
For help with digging and potting, or someone to bring your
plants to the Plant Sale for you, please call the library
We look forward to seeing everyone at the Library Fair in
June. It’s all for a wonderful cause: the Phoenicia
I came 'home' from Philadelphia to help support the Gabriel
Family Fun(d)raiser last Sunday. I was moved by the grace
and power and style that the community brought forward once
again. The magic was everywhere, with too many examples to
list individually, but still as a 'body of work' deserves
acknowledgment. Some people from out of the area remarked
about how incredible the energy of the town was, and I was
proud to know that it is part of who and what the area really
is - every day. I am writing here to thank you all for the
way you show up regularly and not just for special occasions.
I wish to thank Rich Parrish of the Rescue Squad and Mike
Densen of the Woodstock Fire Department for their support
of the car wash which helped over 50 cars shine and raise
almost $900. Thanks also goes to Denise and Joe at Bearsville
Garage, and Police Chief Harry Baldwin for their no problem
attitude. I'm grateful to have you in my life.
If you are concerned about the quality of life in the Catskill/Shawangunk
region, now is the time to act! Our area is plagued by constant
low-flying airplane traffic, to and from the Metro area airports.
The FAA is in the final stage of its Northeast Airspace Redesign,
and is accepting public comments through May 11, on its website:
www.faa.gov - click on the link for NY/NJ/PA Airspace Redesign,
then "Send us your comments."
These comments really do matter - they often appear in the
final reports. The FAA is considering changes that will directly
impact our area, including raising the elevation of air traffic
over our heads. This would reduce noise considerably for some
of the worst-affected mountain areas.
It is imperative that the FAA receive comments supporting
any and all measures that will reduce airplane noise in the
Ulster County region. This is our last chance to have our
area represented and our concerns recorded as the FAA considers
its final Noise Mitigation strategies. This is the final stretch
of an ongoing battle to reduce noise and improve quality of
life in Ulster County. This Airspace Redesign will shape Northeast
air traffic for the next 50 years - please act now and send
and Martin Keith