I think it would be a huge mistake to construct a traffic
circle at the "four corners" in Mount Tremper. If
it ever happens, those of us who live there could truthfully
say, "there goes the neighborhood."
I live one house away from the four corners on Route 212 and
for more than ten years I have spend many hours, many days
working in my front yard with a full view and within good
hearing of the four corners traffic. The proof is in the pudding;
how many accidents have occurred there? That should be in
the records. I believe it is years since one happened. I don't
think it is a dangerous intersection and to call it potentially
dangerous is meaningless; almost everything is potentially
dangerous. Driving on Route 28 is much more dangerous.
Two things occur that should not. One: Cars coming from the
direction of Route 28 ignore the "curve speed/25 mph"
sign and drive through at higher speeds because they know
they have the right of way. Many of these are locals. Possible
solution: Put up a stop sign, making it a four-way stop. Two:
Many vehicles coming from the direction of Willow completely
miss their Stop sign. A light installed calling attention
to the approaching need to stop could be installed back from
the corner so it did not anny the people living on the corner.
One neighbor I talked to agrees with Zoning Offier Malloy,
as I do, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." The
word "boondoggle" was used to describe this project
and in Merriam Webster's dictionary, a boondoggle is "a
wasteful or impractical project or activity often involving
Mount Tremper, NY
Your paper carried a letter from Carol Martineau Lopez in
which she made a statement about me that is without fact or
merit and I must set the record straight.
In April 2000, I took a staff position at Catskill Corners,
in addition to running my own business. At the time, a launch
of the Emerson Inn was imminent and one of my areas of expertise
is launching new businesses. I never planned to be a permanent
employee of the complex and while I worked there, I also served
other clients, wrote a newspaper column and taught school
at SUNY New Paltz and Ulster County Community College.
Late in 2001 (about 16 months after I started) exciting new
opportunities opened for my consulting business. I told CEO
Mark Johnson, that I could no longer continue full-time work
at the complex. I was urged to stay on as long as I could
and work as many hours as possible as I phased myself out
of that operation.
In the spring of 2002, I began work with a supermarket chain
launching five new supermarkets over a period of three years.
As a business launch specialist, it was an opportunity I did
not want to miss, and I ended my staff relationship with Catskill
Corners. So while it is true that I did phase out as the Marketing
Director, it was not, as Ms. Martineau-Lopez states, after
a five-year tenure and it was not, as implied, because of
Ted Wright. It was by my choice, long before Mr. Wright arrived.
Since that time, I have done project based consulting work
for Emerson Place. In all cases, the project scope was outlined
in advance, the price I was to be paid was agreed upon in
advance, and I was paid in full when I delivered the work
requested. I no longer do any work at all for either Emerson
Place or Crossroads Ventures. I have chosen to work exclusively
with a non-profit social and economic development agency.
I have no current connection, direct or indirect, financial
or non financial, with Emerson Place or Crossroads Ventures,
by my choice.
I will not, as Ms. Martineau-Lopez did, speak for any other
employee, past or present at Catskill Corners or Emerson Place.
I only ask that others not try to speak for or about me, and
that they not twist facts about my employment to support their
Very truly yours,
I did not mean, in any way, to disparage or offend any employees
at Emerson Place. The intent of my letter was to communicate
my experience of being employed at Emerson Place and to point
out that if the ownership can not harmoniously manage and
run a small complex, how are they going to manage and run
a huge muliplex resort such as the proposed Belleayre project?
What I experienced were low wages, an inadequate compensation
package (I could not afford to have an additional $20-$40.00
taken out of my $8.00 an hour paycheck to pay for health coverage,
which was minimal) and in general, many dissatisfied and frustrated
employees. In addition, I felt the complex was poorly managed
as a whole, each venue against the other and a lack of unity
among employees. Management spending priorities seemed incomprehensible
(one example: they spent $3,000.00 on a fancy golf cart to
move things around the complex and somehow, the budget would
not allow for a decent printer at the Lodge).
Unlike the proposed Belleayre resort, Emerson Place fits into
the environment in both size and scope. The buildings have
been beautifully restored and well maintained. However, I
suspect the management problems at Emerson Place will be duplicated
in the new resort they are planning to build. Not to mention
the environmental impact that such a place would have on a
fragile eco-system. I wonder how Ralph Waldo Emerson would
respond to a "Mega Resort On Walden Pond". Favorably?
I doubt it.
Mt. Tremper, NY
I'm just finishing The War on Freedom by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed,
which documents the strong, albeit circumstantial case for
the likelihood that elements of the US government had prior
knowledge of 9/11. The book also charts the course of Western
domination of the Middle East and cites examples from US history
of other manufactured provocations for war including Pearl
Harbor and the Gulf of Tonkin incident. As I was reading,
I would tell people how impressed I am with the book but I
would always admit that I wasn't sure what the title- "The
War on Freedom" refers to
After President Bush's inaugural speech, it finally hit me
that US foreign policy has, for decades, been engaged in a
"war on freedom". On a national level, freedom can
be defined as a country's right of self-determination. The
US has sent its diplomats, intelligence agents and armies
all over the world to frustrate countries' right of self-determination.
In most cases, it doesn't take much to discredit a leader
or derail a fragile local movement toward independence and
social justice- Cuba and Vietnam being two notable exceptions.
As the CIA knows, there are only so many honest leaders and
once one is removed, a nation’s dream of independence
and peace remains only a dream.
When the Bush Administration keeps repeating something, be
it “no child left behind”, “clear skies”,
“medicare reform” or “social security reform”,
we can be pretty sure that not only is it a lie but the opposite
is true and this rule of thumb holds for "spreading freedom
and ending tyranny." The Bush administration can be justly
accused of a lot of things but being timid is not one of them.
No lie is too brazen. When they go on a crusade to “spread
freedom and end tyranny”, any country which has not
yet turned over the keys to the treasury to Washington might
as well be prepared for the same treatment Iraq is getting.
They are about to be “liberated.”
President Bush has delivered his State of the Union address,
and it’s good news all around...if you’re a wealthy
If you’re a big contributor with policies before Congress,
it’s time to break open the champagne because it doesn’t
get much better than this. Just a few of the highlights:
Privatization of Social Security. A boon to Wall Street that
would spell disaster for a growing number of seniors who depend
on social security to live. Yet the Social Security Administration
and the U.S. General Accounting Office have the data to show
“the system isn’t broke, it doesn’t need
Tort Reform. A payoff to big business donors who want take
away the right of people to seek justice in the courts when
wronged by big corporations.
War in Iraq. No matter how you feel about this war, it’s
clearly been a financial bonanza for Dick Cheney's old firm
Halliburton, which has the bulk of the Iraq contracts and
is famous for billions of dollars in unaccounted expenses.
Is this any way to run a democracy? I don’t think so.
And we don’t have to take it. That is, if we stop the
bribery that politicians have to live by in order to get elected.
If you have not yet heard of the Clean Money Clean Elections
solution check it out at www.nycce.org. It’s time to
stop money’s assault on the democratic process!
It is with great pleasure that approximately 4200 Town of
Olive Corporation Shareholders give heartfelt thanks to
Sheriff Boeckelman, Lt. Young, Lt. Freer, Sgt. Van Blarcom
and the entire Ulster County Sheriff's Department, Mayor Sottile,
Kingston Police Chief Keller and the Kingston Police Department,
Kingston Fire Department, Dean Palen, Chip Schoonmaker, Darrin,
James Rodden of Ulster County Health Department, for the huge
effort put forth to plan for and assure a pleasant safe visit
to the U. C. Legislature Meeting by Olive Shareholders on
the evening of February 10.
With relatively short notice on my part, they all pulled together,
swung into coordinated high speed motion, and cleared the
deck for an amiable and productive Olive Shareholder- Ulster
County Legislator pizza lovefest.
We are most appreciative of all of the hard work put forth
by the above named folks on the behalf of Town of Olive Shareholders
and offer permanent free Olive Civil Defense Pizza to all
those mentioned above.
We look forward to more such Shareholder Meetings to parse
out the many challenges the Town of Olive faces as a result
of what appears to be unlawful larcenous legislation. I believe
that unlawful implementation of Large Parcel through the efforts
of Legislators Stock and Shapiro will ultimately cost more
than the jail, with not a brick or beam to show.
Medical damages are mounting with approximately two thousand
cases of insomnia and hundreds more of post traumatic stress
disorder. With hundreds of children experiencing the fear
of losing their homes and communities, the social workers
and psychologists will be busy for years to come.
Lost productivity due to the mass insomnia will likely cost
the County about 220,000 dollars a day, according to an economist
I recently spoke to who has experience with similar litigation.
One day the lightbulb will go on at the Legislature and they
will deem it time for Stock and Shapiro to spend more time
with their families.
Over 4200 Olive Shareholders anxiously await that celebratory
Olive Shareholders take note: Pan Olivian Woodstock Window
Shopping Tours inaugurating this spring. See the homes of
the rich and famous Legislators on the way to an enriching
window shopping experience. Contact the Pan Olivian Woodstock
Tour coordinator for your free Olive shareholder bus tickets.
Service to Woodstock Town Board Meetings will inaugurate soon