Special thanks for your dead-on reporting of the current antics
of the Shandaken Planning Board, refreshingly honest and correct...
At last Tuesday’s “workshop” meeting of
the Board, board members spoke so softly -- even whispering
-- that many members of their audience could barely hear what
they were saying. When I asked a member of the Planning Board,
and its Secretary, why this was so, I was told that although
the public is permitted to attend these workshop meetings,
the Planning Board is under no obligation to make their discussions
audible to the public. Huh?
I was able to hear a few things, including a number of distortions
and misleading statements. The Board is clearly determined
to give Andrew Poncic the right to send his big “water
harvesting” trucks onto rural, rustic, and heretofore
peaceful Woodland Valley Road, two big roundtrip hauls daily.
And what happens when a deer or a bear jumps in front of someone's
car and they're forced to slam on their brakes? Will Mr. Poncic’s
trucks be able to brake without slamming into the car ahead
of them? What happens when someone driving on this winding,
narrow road, where for six long miles it's illegal to pass
another vehicle, impatiently flouts the law and flies right
past Mr. Poncic’s slow-moving truck? It is to be hoped
that the children and the bicyclists and the joggers and the
elderly strollers who use this pretty country road are not
in anyone's way!
A couple of weeks ago, the Shandaken Planning Board permitted
us rank-and-file residents to voice our objections to Mr.
Poncic’s plans. The meeting was packed -- standing room
only! -- with more than 150 local citizens in attendance.
EVERY SINGLE PERSON there, with the exception of Mr. Poncic,
was vehemently opposed to the project, and the Board listened
to these citizens with clear and obvious disdain, even boredom.
With the exception of Mr. Poncic, it was 150 plus-to-0 opposed
to Mr. Poncic’s water harvesting plan -- and his trucks.
It was clear then, and even clearer at the “workshop”
meeting, that this overwhelming public outcry is not of the
slightest interest to anyone on the Planning Board. “Where
is the common good?,” one guy finally cried out in total
exasperation and frustration.
But the Planning Board will not be deterred. Town Supervisor
Bob Cross and his Planning Board want to give Mr. Poncic the
permission he seeks, and they seem determined to do so --
despite the unanimous objections of every single resident
of Woodland Valley. They claim the road (where I live!) is
already host to a daily barrage of trucks, trailers, moving
vans, loggers (!), and other heavy industrial traffic, and
portrayed it as something akin to the New York Thruway. As
someone who lives on Woodland Valley Road, someone who uses
this lovely road several times a day, I’m certain that
there must have been heavy trucks on the road but, with the
exception of the weekly garbage truck, I have never seen them!
And so... our local Shandaken Planning Board whispers and
mumbles at the meetings they permit the public to observe,
and defend their right to do so. Our Town Supervisor, Bob
Cross, has been conspicuously absent from both of these recent
A transcript of the mumbled workshop meeting will not be made
available to the public. A transcript of last months’
public meeting is not yet available. There is no way for anyone
besides Board members to ascertain what was said at the workshop
It’s a story, all right, it’s a honey of a story,
and I encourage The Phoenicia Times not to miss a single scandalous
episode of the Shandaken Planning Board at work. Their machinations
would be hilarious if only they weren't so dangerous to all
of us who live in, and love, Woodland Valley.
Thank God for the press! and, perhaps especially, The Phoenicia
Woodland Valley, NY
I am writing about the vandalism in the cemetery on old Rt.
28 across from the American Legion hall in Phoenicia. I was
notified by one of my relatives that the head stone of my
great grandfather and grandmother,
John Van Bumble and Lydia Wright was tipped over and lying
on the ground.
I am really upset over this as my family goes back to the
Revolutionary War in the area. John Van Bumble's two brothers,
Dewitt and George fought in the Civil War. All my relatives
are from the area. I was born in Chichester in 1936.
I am wondering if this is the kind of people who do things
like this live in the Phoenicia area now. I was also wondering
if the local police know about this and what they are doing
Larry Van Bumble, Ret. USAF
Indian Lake, NY
Tonight, I attended my first School Board meeting, at Onteora
High School. It was described as a Workshop/Meeting on the
subject of the Large Parcel issue. I’m an educator,
and one of the many residents of Olive who are not just concerned
about our personal real-property taxes, but that the School
Board return to its purview: overseeing our children’s
education. I’ve followed the LPL issue with care over
the past couple of years. And I recently wrote to the Onteora
Board, asking members to let the LPL issue drop so they can
return to the rightful business of school boards—education,
I was shocked tonight at the attitude and lack of professionalism
of the Board’s new president, Marino D’Orazio.
Granted, he and the Board were in the hot seat, since many
people from Olive came to the local meeting to listen and
be heard. But here are just a few examples of the problems
I witnessed with his leadership:
— He seemed unable to decide whether to let the public
speak or not during what was billed as a two-hour public discussion
period. One minute, he was calling an end to all comments;
in the next breath he was placating: “You will all have
an opportunity to be heard.” After one speaker’s
remarks apparently made him uncomfortable, he suddenly established
a two-minute limit as the next person approached the microphone.
He needn’t have worried. Henrietta Wise’s impassioned,
articulate call to the Board to free itself of politics and
return to making education its priority took less than a minute
— His attitude was extraordinarily patronizing to speakers,
except those whose opinions he favored. The sneering was evident
in tone of voice, choice of words, and shaming tactics. And
he failed to observe the rules of order he expected others
to adhere to. One participant from Olive in particular, Byron
Utley, was repeatedly interrupted by Mr. D’Orazio. Mr.
Utley made the “mistake” of addressing some of
his comments toward those seated in the room, rather than
keep his back to them the entire time. After he sat down,
Mr. D’Orazio made a speech about how speakers were expected
to address the Board and not the “audience.”
“Audience?” We are taxpayers, homeowners and parents
who came to participate in the type of dialogue and exploration
the term “workshop” implies—not to be talked
down to like a bunch of unruly children. Actually, children
would not have accepted his treatment so gracefully. One woman
remarked after the meeting: “If he were a school principal,
he’d have had a riot on his hands.”
— He cut in half the time allotted for the public Workshop
phase. The meeting started at 7 p.m. and, per the agenda distributed
to all, was to go to Executive Session at about 9 p.m. The
president cut off public discussion at 8 o’clock. During
the Public Be Heard period, I had two brief, on-point questions
I wanted to ask the Board. When I stood up to be recognized
at about 7:55, Mr. D’Orazio waved me down energetically,
as if to signal me to wait till the current question had been
fully explored. I sat. As soon as that discussion finished,
I stood again, as did two other people. But Mr. D’Orazio
immediately called for a recess to Executive Session, despite
protests from many in the large crowd that others wished to
At the “audience’s” urging, I went to the
microphone anyway to address the members of the Board. While
most of them packed up to leave, I asked:
1 If, as suggested tonight by Bob Cross [Supervisor of Shandaken]
and John Hurld [of Hurley], Onteora were to create an independent
means of implementing school taxes, separate from ORPS, what
would be the effect on taxes, and who would make the decisions
about them for the towns of the Onteora District?
2) If, as mentioned during the meeting, 30 out of 32 school
districts facing the LPL issue chose to simply let it die
a natural death, why did Onteora think it needed to jump into
the fray, when Olive already had announced definite plans
for a revaluation?
As I began to speak into the mike, Mr. D’Orazio himself
turned off the PA system on me, with a triumphant grin in
my direction. I continued anyway. To their credit, at least
a couple of Board members, Cindy O’Conner and Mary Jane
Bernholtz, stayed for the extra minute to listen, though at
that point the meeting had disintegrated too far for a response.
The coup de grace of Mr. D’Orazio’s impropriety
came after the meeting when, as he passed me on his way to
executive session, he patted my arm firmly and very familiarly
several times, beamed into my face from a distance of about
two inches and said, “Good luck!” Was this an
attempt at physical intimidation? Sexism? A complete unawareness
of appropriate boundaries with a stranger? Or some combination
of all three?
If Marino D’Orazio so freely exhibits this sort of behavior
with adults, he may need a bit of good luck himself to retain
this office of high public trust for our children. As above,
so below. We need to ask ourselves, as one united Onteora
community: is this the behavior we want modeled for our students
by the person at the top of their education chain?
Oil, Oil, Everywhere But Not A Drop For You or Me...
As we see prices at the pump rising faster than our real wages
we wonder when this is going to stop. The price of oil on
Wall Street keeps climbing faster than the price of gold or
platinum ever grew in human history. There is no other commodity
within the global economy that has a central command on the
market place and its future development.
There isn’t a single other commodity within the global
economy that impacts on the sale, distribution of all products
within the “free market.” Wars are being fought
for the control and distribution, refining of oil into fuel
oil and gasoline. Without either the entire global village
either lives or dies. The new imperialism is based on unilateralist-bilateralism,
where the cost of human life is less than the precious black
gold coming out of the ground. Ruthlessness is the order of
the day and this is passed off as neo-compassion where dying
now is better than dying of thirst or in bio-terrorist pandemic
of the future. Just like when the Europeans sold infested
small pox blankets to the Native American people in order
to rid the disease from among the white settlers communities.
Such are the past practices that have given way to germ warfare
and nuclear pointed shells spreading radiation sickness among
the people of Iraq. The resistance to occupation will soon
die literally when millions of Iraqis pass away from the radiation
sickness slowly eating away at their bodies.
Oil, Oil everywhere is the new mantra of the swinging rich
and beautiful as they pleasure themselves while watching death
and destruction on Fox and CNN.
Why are the mass media folk ignoring the real issues within
America? Oil, Oil, everywhere but not a single drop for you
or me the low income working people, the elderly, or anyone
else living within the modern poverty income guidelines? Does
ignorance on the top equal the poverty on the bottom? Can
justice be served by uplifting the great mass of the global
working class out of the slime and stench of poverty induced
by global capitalism. Is the ghost of Karl Marx still spooking
the spoken word of the capitalist manifesto of free trade,
outsourcing, resources for the few, government for the corporation
by the corporations without God, honor or human centered values.
Has America finally voided itself all over the planet spreading
not democracy but indifference, intolerance, justification
of killing all of our children and ignoring the reality of
the Greenhouse effect?
“Get up stand up stand up for your rights, Get up stand
up stand up for your rights. Don’t Give Up The Fight!
Get up stand up stand up for your rights
Get up and stand up now
that you have seen the light
Don’t Give Up the Fight!
Bob Nasta Marley
2/6/1945- May 11, 1981
Last week, as I read Glenn Anderson's letter to you regarding
a gentlemen he gave a gift too, in exchange for a check to
the St. John's Food Pantry, (which never materialized), I
thought of all the things I've heard promised but in reality
turned out to be promises broken.
We can look around the world today and see many parallel scenarios.
We can begin with the U.S. Federal government representatives
who promise to abide by the laws of the federal Constitution,
but cleverly avoid keeping their sworn promises to their constituents.
Or we can compare it to international peacekeeping treaties
we see being signed and agreed upon, without any intent of
them actually being honored. Daily we see our President call
for" peace" and yet he wages war and supports non
peaceful mythology. We see Israel and Lebanon agree to observe
peaceful borders, yet they quickly violate these agreements.
Let's look at our very own attorney general of the United
States, who pledges full cooperation to the federal investigations
committee and is sworn to protect and support the highest
court in our nation, and yet he too avoids questioning and
offers vague answers to continue his protectionist patronizing
allegiance to the president. Daily we hear outcries of high
prices and costs of living, but fail to see even a glint of
hope for utilizing alternative energy or encouragement to
further develop these goals.
The people need a strong lobby to increase the minimum wage
so it provides for an equitable livable standard. All the
corporate lobbyists seem to be protected, but what about the
workers? Look at the folks who are told that there is state
health insurance for their children, yet they can't qualify
because they have incomes above the stated allowable amounts
that can be earned? What about the folks who have to sell
their homes to pay taxes and cover catastrophic illness costs,
or medical bills or medicines?
We are told that costs will come down, but do they? You can
be sure that these lobbyists are looking only in one direction
and that is the one that will maintain the perks and special
Again, a self serving attitude. Great role models, as we saw
with your friend, Mr. Anderson.
People lie and our government lies!
Do we ever see footage of the injured soldiers returning home
from the war in Iraq? No, because their injuries are shattering
and their wounds irreparable. We are not shown these photos
or told of the U2
poisoning they carry. Now, they can transport this contamination
back to the USA and endanger their families, communities and
their heirs, since the genetic maladaptive mutations have
been documented in these soldiers and their new offspring
but quietly hushed by our government. And for all their labors
themselves on the front lines, they are facing reduced medical
care and benefits via the military.
So wherever we look, we see lies in the world politic, in
our very own government, in our military, in our towns and
True colors come thru and we are left with struggle.
We need to be mindful of these acts as we approach our next
elections. Demand the truth and demand action. React to your
disappointments, don't settle. Let's all work together and
these changes CAN be accomplished.
Personally, I have been involved with the St.John's Food Pantry
for over 14 years and want to thank you for all your past
support. As for your friend, I'd like him to know that there
are many dedicated and honorable people who share in this
ministry with donations of time, food and self. The check
would have been a great help to us, but we will manage, as
in the past, on the selfless giving of our parishioners and
many in the community who freely donate items because they
are good people and are just there to help, just because they
want to! The only gift they get is the giving!)
I must comment on a few letters in the August 3rd edition
of the Press and I will include the current conflict between
Israel and Lebanon [more like Israel and everyone else].
David Turan feels that the American Oil companies should not
catch up to the rest of the world's [oil] corporations re:
profits or a return on investment. In 1983 gasoline in Sicily
was over $3.00 per gallon [using the metric/standard, lira/dollar
conversion]. My source? Myself, as a Naval Reservist assigned
to Sigonela Nav Air Base. $5.00 per gallon in Britain has
20 yrs longevity. At present Norway, an oil producer enjoys
a $6.00 plus per gallon. Perhaps Mr. Turan would like the
American stock market to drop back to 800-900 from today's
high of 11,000-12,000 with little or no inflation while interest
rates would return to 21%. His pay/pension/benefits would
fall commensurately with less surplus [a good indicator as
to how well one is doing. What do I have left for toys?].
Mr. Turan, do you know there are more Democrat millionaires
in Congress with investments in Exxon Mobil, Occidental, BP
which purchased AMOCO; Chevron, and Royal Dutch Shell [which
annually eludes the US tax man]? [Wall St. Journal]. To be
sure Bush and Cheney hold the same certificates but Al Gore
inherited far more interest in the oil companies [most in
Occidental] from his father, Sen Albert Gore, Sr. [AP, 1990].
You can all stop "trashing" on a personal basis
as if the targets are all unworthy of life on the planet.
It's counter productive.
H. Clark Bell would sacrifice an unborn life to possibly save
an old life after research. Rejoice Mr. Bell. President "Shrub"
just vetoed one bill in six years and that ends your friendship?
Ask some 80 yr. old if it's ok to abort a fetus just to experiment
with stem cells on his behalf. What has happened to our moral
Jack Smith, when not organizing protest trips leads the charge
for undocumented "visitors" at New Paltz under the
guise of "immigration". We know what the definition
of immigration is [Noah Webster] but we as a nation of laws
have statutes to control the movement of folks into this country.
A few days ago some operating figures from Parkland hospital
[in Texas] for just their maternity care is astounding [NBC].
And this is being repeated all over the US with schools, public
services and social services. Does anyone remember "immigrants
rights" organizations from 1850 to 1990? All who welcome
the undocumented to come uninvited should be embracing George
W. rather than "trashing" him with names and "hate"
letters. Attack his policies, not personally. I have trouble
with the inconsistent mind set.
Jill Paperno, the writer with wrong or no sources is at it
again with her quotes from the "Source" of Great
Britain along with some self loathing professor [Finkelstein]
with figures related to Palestinian [read terrorist] prisoners
held by the Israelis. I did a search and find the Source:
is a blogger owned and operated by the Guardian. I traced
back to March of 2006 and find no June 24, 2006 reference
to the story she quotes of Israeli commandos entering Gaza
and taking 2 Palestinians hostage "because they are members
of Hamas. Sounds good to me but hat fact does not mean the
story was not published. [I wear bi-focals]. Her complaint
includes the fact that no US publications ran the report.
Neither did Der Speigel or the Shanghai Express. The Olive
Press failed miserably.
Check out Reuter's and their "doctored" photo of
Lebanon being attacked by Israeli Fighter Jets and Missiles
[exposed by "little Green Footballs", an American
Blogger]. The photo editor was fired after doing a masterful
job [with Adobe?] of photo "enhancement. Dropped flares
were "morphed" into missiles using the "overlay"
feature which was so obvious [ABC, 08-06[.
I would say that an event such as Ms. Paperno describes is
"old hat". Palestinians strap on a bomb, go over
to Israel and blow up a school bus, a preschool, a pizza joint
or a wedding. The next day or two we are treated to the destruction
of the terrorist's family home by my favorite toy, the noble
bull dozer. The family response is a sick, "I can't wait
until my 12 yr. old son celebrates his 18th birthday. But
arresting a terrorist and spiriting him back to Israel is
"fair dinkum" as the British say. You understand
British "speak" Ms. Paperno since you quote an obscure
publication like "Observer".
However, Ms. Paperno does quote correctly the Guardian editorial,
"Storm over Gaza, '29 June, 2006'" in which the
Islamic group, Hamas killed 2 Israeli soldiers and took another
hostage. She is correct in her comment that this incident
sparked the current conflict with Gaza but not a word of the
8 Israeli soldiers killed in northern Israel with the kidnapping
of two more. Touche Ms. Paperno. You omitted the "biggie";
the current war between Israel and Lebanon. You and others
might say Israel and Hezbollah but where are Hezbollah's uniforms?
Where is Hezbollah's flag? Who do they represent and who is
paying for the war materiel? It's as if a North Dakota "paint
ball" Militia has attacked Canada with Florida and Texas
financing it. So Canada bombs North Dakota and the governor
is outraged He/she claims that the Militia guys are residents
and members of the state Legislature. Indeed, the Militia
Commander is the Speaker of the House.
We are all in agreement that there has been too many deaths
and too much destruction for the last month [6 weeks at publication].
But, and here is the "but". Who and what is Hezbollah?
Some say it's a political entity functioning as "Republicans"
or "Democrats". That's fine except that the Hezbollah
tail is wagging the Lebanese dog and the Lebanese citizens
love them and what they are doing.
If a legitimate government allows a Militia or Vigilantes
to do what that government should be doing the Nation attacked
has every right to return fire in whatever form. This is why
the impotent United Nations is doing nothing but lament, wring
their hands and attend meaningless meetings. No traction.
On Sunday, August 6, 2006 it was reported that the Lebanese
Army has joined Hezbollah in a common effort to eradicate
Israel [ABC, NBC, CBS].
Ms. Paperno is correct in what the Dalai Lama espouses. I
admire the leader of "peace and understanding" who
fled from Tibet to India when set upon by the Chinese, but
where do the Jews go? The much admired Dalai Lama, never-the-less
"bailed" and left his people to their own devices.
It is not hard to determine where I stand in this situation.
I, and all decent folks"have a dog in this fight"
based on the history of the Israelites, their nomadic existence
and the holocaust that many are denying ever happened. We
understand that our sight fails and our eyes go blind. But
what of the "blindness of the mind?" What of the
"righteous" Germans, Poles, French and Dutch who
hid Jews from the Nazis? General Pace made it clear in the
Senate committee hearing last week when he stated that, "when
Muslim, Arab mothers love their children more than they hate
the Jews we will see peace. I would add that when the Sunnis
and Shiites stop killing each other [as in Baptists vs Methodists]
the world will be a better place.
If we can bring ourselves to tolerate terrorism for the sake
of inflicting physical and emotional harm then we have become
them. When we reduce human life, including our own to a negative
value there is little or no hope of redemption. Remember,
Israel must defeat every force that attacks them every time.
They only have to lose once and it's over for another 2-3000
years;.... maybe. We have many in this great nation that would
dance and celebrate the demise of Israel much as our Muslim
"friends" in Dearborn, Union and other [US] towns
did on 9-11 [NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS]. Any questions?
Glenn T. Anderson
This Sunday, the website http://www.openvotingfoundation.org/,
working in tandem with Bev Harris of http://www.blackboxvoting.org/,
issued a report, written by computer scientist Professor Richard
Lee, PHD, wherein he recommends a prompt re-examination and
possible revocation of certification for the Diebold touchscreen
Mr. Lee, who was assigned to a 3 year investigation on voting
machine fraud concluded that the Diebold certification process
was basically a fraud.
Open Voting Foundation president, Alan Dechert said: "
Upon examining the inner workings of one of the most popular
paperless touch screen voting machines used in public elections
in the United States, it has been determined that with the
flip of a single switch inside, the machine can behave in
a completely different manner compared to the tested and certified
In July, Robert F. Kennedy's law firm filed a suit against
the major manufacturers of these voting machines, alleging
that Diebold and other electronic voting machine (EVM) companies
fraudulently represented to state election boards and the
federal government that their products were “unhackable.”.
This unbelievably important story failed to make the "news".
I still advocate voting, under any and all circumstances,
since we will have exit polls and hopefully we will be able
to prove that our votes went to the proper candidates, however,
voter beware. This democracy that we pretend to still live
in, is fading fast.
Wars and other Federal acts are already effecting many of
us, but I can assure you, we will all be effected within the
What is the U.S. doing? What is Israel doing? Why is there
so much silence about this question? Why can't we talk openly
with each other about this heartbreaking and very dangerous
situation? Do we have such passionate opposing opinions?
The U.S. is discussing the use, claiming the right to use
tactical nuclear weapons, and is continuing to use radioactive
weapons (U238 - depleted uranium, DU) in Iraq causing cancers
and genetic defects in the people there now and for millennia
to come and now we are shipping these weapons to Israel for
use against the Lebanese people. This will be genocide. We
are partners in war crimes, ethnic cleansing and genocide
- these two countries I once so admired. Will this war involve
Syria and Iran? It could become a nuclear holocaust.
Eleanor Roosevelt was the hero of my childhood for her support
of the U.N., the hope of peace and justice in the world. Now
much of the U.N.'s work is disregarded by the U.S. and Israel.
Is this the end of international law?
Is Israel just a wedge of U.S. corporate imperial power into
the Arab oil world? Will the Arab world be demolished in the
same way Americans wiped out the Native Americans, destroyed
their cultures, took their lands, herded the few remaining
onto reservations? Maybe with our weapons this could be done.
Has the Israeli government too grown arrogant and militaristic,
aided and abetted with these very powerful American weapons?
Most of the people being killed are women and children. Can
we be proud of this? We use the weapons of mass destruction
- DU, cluster bombs, white phosphorus. Can we be proud of
this? Does might make right? Should anyone care in a few years,
after "the birth pangs of a new Middle East" (the
cruel, contemptuous, and undemocratic viewpoint of the U.S.
Secretary of State speaking for the Bush regime)? Condoleeza
Rice does not speak for me and many others. All people should
be safe: the Israeli people, the Iraqis, the Palestinians,
the Lebanese...Are we safer now? Are Israelis? For how long?
Our Congressman Maurice Hinchey has supported Israeli and
U.S. actions in Lebanon but is a cosponsor of the Kucinich
Bill for an immediate cease fire. We thank him for this. He
has not spoken out on DU. Please write to him. Visit these
websites: www.commondreams.org and www.alternet.org. Read
about the large peace movement here and in Israel that calls
for non-violence, justice, and a Cease Fire. Please support
peace and justice for all. Thank you.
Thanks to the many volunteers and signers in our area and
statewide who worked hard to put Jonathan Tasini on the September
12 Democratic primary ballot for US Senate, the good news
is that nearly 40,000 signatures were filed in Albany last
Thursday, assuring a primary race against Senator Clinton.
Only 15,000 signatures were required.
Why take on a race against such a well-heeled, celebrity,
incumbent Senator? Simply because Jonathan Tasini truly embodies
the best values of the people in the Democratic party and
refuses to support the wealthy corporate elite. We must ask
if Mrs. Clinton represents us well in the Senate?
Jonathan Tasini's positions are in line with the majority
of Democrats in New York: an immediate, safe withdrawal of
all US troops in Iraq, cut off funding for permanent bases
in Iraq, and diplomatic solutions instead of pre-emptive war.
By contrast, Sen. Clinton carefully crafts statements can
be read many ways; mirroring the Bush administration, she
wants to find a plan to "win" the war. She has bills
to increase the number of troops and has voted for every Iraq
war financial bill submitted by Bush.
Among his many clear positions on domestic issues, Tasini
supports "Medicare for All", a simple, affordable
plan to provide health care to all Americans. Now that administrative
costs and paperwork take a full one-third of what we spend
on healthcare, to say nothing of the profiteering by insurance
and drug companies. By contrast, Mrs. Clinton has collected
$854,462 in campaign contributions by the health care industry
so far (NYT), ensuring "early donors will get a seat
at the table when health care and other issues are discussed",
according to one wealthy major player, even as she won't come
clean on universal health care.
Locally, Jonathan Tasini opposes casinos and their detrimental
effects on our communities. Instead, he supports smart growth
that provides living wage jobs and preserves our environment.
Mrs. Clinton is non-responsive to local concerns on this issue.
More of his positions can be seen on his webpage, TasiniForNewYork.org.
Support what you believe in; send a contribution to Tasini
for New York, PO Box 302, New York, NY 10040. Then vote for
what you believe in.
I want to alert your readers to the Pepacton Reservoir cleanup
scheduled for Saturday, August 26—and to ask for volunteers.
These cleanups are a great way for neighbors to help neighbors,
for the heavy rains of this spring and summer have brought
more debris than usual to our waterways, and the reservoirs
serve half the population of New York state—including
All that’s needed are energy and a sense of humor. Everything
else will be provided. Volunteers should meet at the kiosk
on the east side of the Shavertown Bridge on Rte 30 at about
8:45 a.m. From there, we’ll head to our designated cleanup
points and put in just a couple of hours of work.
Afterwards, having stretched their muscles and helped the
environment, volunteers will be all set to enjoy the Margaretville
Street Fair and/or Shandaken Eagle Day. In every sense, it
will be a day spent in the heart of the community.
For more information, readers are asked to call me at 845
688-2038. Or check the Catskill Heritage Alliance website
at http://www.catskillheritage.org/ .