(letters from January 19, 2006)
After election I read in the newspaper one of the big goals
of our town supervisor was to unite our town of Shandaken.
Yet not much more than 30 days later he fired our Superintendent
of the Phoenicia Water District and was going to replace him
with one from outside the district! Do you realize the harm
that could do to the people in the Phoenicia Water District?
Rick knows where the water mains are - the shut offs - and
what amounts to the operation of the water district. He is
available for emergencies - if you want to know when former
ones weren't, I will gladly tell you. We should know. We are
the second house on the water main. The Phoenicia Water District
is not a play-toy to be used in politics.
I hear say that the water district has been poorly managed.
That doesn't say much good for the Town of Shandaken town
board and especially the Republican Party. The town board
has governed and controlled the Phoenicia Water District for
approximately 70 years, with the Republican Party in control
over 90% of that time.
Everyone in the Phoenicia Water District just received their
tax bill. The water tax and county tax account for over 50%
of the total general tax bill! And they both will go much
higher because of wasteful spending.
One of the big reasons for the higher water tax was the cost
overruns on the new filtration plant during the Cross administration.
Who was overseeing that construction to make sure there weren't
any? I can give you reasons why they happened - we had a plain
view of the construction site.
Now we get to the next step in bankrupting the Phoenicia Water
District - the wastewater treatment plant. Nobody is against
it, it's that we shouldn't have to pay anything towards it.
There are also too many unanswered questions, especially if
we have to get rid of present septic systems. Would you bet
against NYC being forced to put in a filtration system within
the next 10 years? They then could turn the keys to the plant
over to us and tell us to operate it! What would the cost
Also, instead of the $100 per year charge - now they're talking
a surcharge to be added on - to take care of updating the
plant, etc. How much do you think NYC just spent updating
their present wastewater plants? Unless the surcharge is a
sizeable amount, and I mean sizeable, you would have to collect
a surcharge for 100 years to update one of these plants. Especially
from only about 300 users.
It's about time Ulster County and the Town of Shandaken stop
playing politics and listen to the people they are supposed
to be representing. In Shandaken, stop listening to the "Pied
Piper," the "select few," and the "party
heads." Concentrate on needs, not wants. If there was
ever any time to start fiscal stability it is now, before
we all go broke.
The following was sent to the Shandaken Planning Board...
Dear Joan Munster:
I’m greatly surprised that you and your board have chosen
to limit public response to Andrew Poncic’s Draft Environmental
Impact Statement (DEIS) to a truncated “written public
response” period, rather than holding the traditional
open public hearing. It seems restrictive—especially
since an overwhelming number of people (both Woodland Valley
residents such as myself, and many other citizens of Shandaken)
have so firmly opposed Mr. Poncic’s plan for so very
long (the better part of a decade). Public opinion is important
for you and your board to weigh and should be a very real
element in any decision you make regarding this Special Use
Permit. Specifically, I refer to article VII of the Shandaken
Zoning Code (Special Permit Uses—section 116-39) which
says: “In authorizing any permit use, the Planning Board
shall Take into consideration the public health, safety and
General welfare, the comfort and convenience of the publicin
general and that of the immediate neighborhood in particular.”
Does Mr. Poncic’s plan to transport and sell water from
Woodland Valley promote the public’s health, safety,
convenience, and comfort? It does not. In fact it does quite
the reverse. From reading his Draft Environmental Impact Statement,
now before your board for study, he plans to run large tanker
trucks—weighing 68,000 pounds when loaded—along
the length of Woodland Valley Road twice a day, five days
a week. In that the road is little more than a fragile curving
streamside country lane with no shoulders to speak of in a
number of places, where hikers and families gambol of a summer’s
day, such water tankers would present an unreasonable risk
to public safety. Then there is the predictable damage to
the road itself and its bridges, already stressed by tempestuous
floods. One wonders who will fund the bridge replacement when
a water tanker collapses one (as Ken Umhay’s gravel-
laden truck did to Woodland Valley’s Fawn Hill Bridge
some years ago). Will Mr. Poncic cover the expense; will it
be the county; or will it be Shandaken?
Then there are the trout. Mr. Poncic would prefer that there
weren’t any trout in the brook—in fact in his
initial presentation to the 1997 Planning Board, he stated
categorically that, save for a few transient stocked fish,
there was no native trout population whatsoever. It has subsequently
been proven to him that Woodland Brook is a valuable and viable
trout fishery. Both native brown and rainbow trout spawn there
and live there year round. You will see this confirmed in
his DEIS. You will also see that there is a section dealing
with stream thermal impacts (section 3.2.4). That is because
a trout’s well-being is very much affected by water
temperature. Simply stated, in summer the cooler the water,
the healthier the fish. When the water gets over 70 degrees
or so, trout start dying. Quite frankly, the water temperature
figures stated in the DEIS are not only misleading, they don’t
actually relate to Woodland Brook at all! Mr. Poncic’s
case rests on a single temperature sample taken from Woodland
Brook on April 19, 2002. Guess what. It showed that the brook’s
water was wonderfully cold—43 degrees F.. Of COURSE
IT DID! It’s not unusual for the surrounding mountains,
Romer, Panther, etc., even the valley floor, to still have
snow cover in April. As best I can determine from reading
this section, no other Woodland Brook water temperatures were
ever taken. The hydrologist makes note of average monthly
water temperatures taken between 1961 and 1990 on Slide Mountain,
which show low temperatures. You would expect this of the
well-shaded headwaters on Slide. But such is not the case
during the long hot summers in Woodland Valley, where drought
conditions usually rule and the brook’s temperature
is commonly in the high 60’s, even low 70’s. It
is just such hot dusty times when every drop of cool water
entering the brook, such as the aqua Mr. Poncic proposes to
take away and sell, is of the greatest benefit to life. One
last point on this subject. Mr. Poncic’s plan is to
run a black PVC collection pipe across the brook from his
spring. When not being used to fill the water tanker, it is
proposed that water in the pipe be released back into the
brook. Again, based on temperatures gaged in April of 2002,
we are asked to believe the following statement (page 23),
“Actually, the collection pipe network will be beneficial
to the temperature profile of Woodland Valley Creek.”
I think even elementary school science will show that water
in a black plastic PVC pipe, on a hot July or August day will
heat up. Mr Poncic would not only be taking precious water
from the brook, he would be raising the temperature of the
brook as well.
For the record, I oppose the issuance of a Special Use Permit
for this case, as I hope you and your board will as well.
I should like this letter to be included in the SEQRA process.
Woodland Valley, NY
Should one person be allowed to determine the property values
of hundreds of his neighbors? Should he be allowed to change
the entire character of the neighborhood in which his neighbors
live and raise their families and make a living?
If your answer is NO, then you should be paying attention
to how our Town Planning Board is handling Andrew Poncic’s
permit application to start bottling the water of Woodland
Mr. Poncic is spending his golden years trying to ram this
terrible proposal through the too-open door of our town’s
Planning Board, and they don’t seem to be listening
to the desperate pleas of their neighbors (on BOTH sides of
the political fence) to deny this terrible proposal.
If passed, Mr. Poncic would use Woodland Valley as part of
a get-richer-quick scheme to bottle water from a spring on
a piece of property he owns near the campground. He’d
be slurping up something like 12,000 gallons of water a day
into a couple of 18-wheelers, each weighing 20,000 pounds.
That means over 65,000 pounds of truck roaring up and down
our quiet roads which already have signs reading, “Careful,
children playing,” or “Careful, deaf dog.”
Can you imagine this in the kind of community who would slow
down not only to wave at their neighbors and but to let a
dear old deaf dog cross the road?!
And can you imagine how much the value of our homes, let alone
the quality of our lives, will decrease if Poncic gets his
way with our Town Planning Board?
Those of us who live in the valley, some of us homesteaders,
some of us second-homers, some of rental-cabin owners, some
of us retired folks, some of us amazing hunters with our own
acres of hunting camp in the hills, some of us with babies,
some of us with dogs and cats, some of us poor and some of
us rich – all of us depend on the Valley. And if you
live nearby, I bet you depend on the Valley too – for
swim holes and for beautiful hikes and maybe for a few trout
dinners a year.
Don’t let one greedy guy ruin all that for all of us.
And don’t let the Planning Board say yes – or
no -- without public comment. If you don’ let them know
that you’re watching what they do, your neighborhood
– and your creek --- could be the next one they sell
down the river.
Woodland Valley, NY
It's long been my belief, and I know I'm not alone in this,
that the root of right wing bias in the media isn't so much
ideology as intimidation. The right has done an incredible
job of bullying the press over the past few decades, largely
through accusations of liberal bias. The end result is the
'he said, she said' back and forth that is too frightened
to inject any sort of context into the reporting.
Much to their credit, Knight Ridder has pushed back on the
Republicans' media intimidation tactics. In December, Knight
Ridder put out a story that discussed Samuel Alito's history
of working "to weave a conservative legal agenda into
the fabric of the nation's laws." As would be expected,
the GOP immediately lashed out in a coordinated attack, with
various elected officials and talking heads disputing the
piece, claiming liberal bias.
More than a few media outlets would have responded with a
timid "correction," or more likely, stories more
friendly to and less probing of the subject, Judge Alito.
But not in this case.
This hysteria over a carefully researched article that documents
the obvious - that Samuel Alito is a judicial conservative
- is the latest example of a disturbing trend of attacking
the messenger instead of debating difficult issues.
Fact-based reporting is the lifeblood of a democracy. It gives
people shared information on which to make political choices.
But as people in new democracies risk their lives to gather
such information, in this country fact-based reporting is
under more relentless assault than at any time in my more
than 40 years in Washington.
The GOP would like to think that it's possible to intimidate
the press from reporting any and all facts that may portray
them in an unflattering light. Their recent history of dealing
with the traditional media gives them good reason to think
that. So it's refreshing to see an organization like Knight
Ridder stand up and loudly proclaim that they stand behind
their reporting and that the GOP is full of crap.
I want to congratulate the Otsego County Board of Representatives
for joining the growing list of New York counties and towns
that have passed resolutions urging passage of the Clean Money
Clean Elections bill pending in the New York State Legislature.
It is no secret that corporate lobbyists and big campaign
donors wield enormous influence with elected officials while
our cries for affordable healthcare, a clean environment,
good schools, etc. fall on deaf ears. But the winds of change
are growing ever stronger as more and more states follow the
lead of Maine and Arizona, where Clean Elections laws have
been extremely successful over three election cycles. Maine
now has a universal healthcare program, the strongest environmental
laws in the country, and numerous other public benefits that
were mostly ignored before the state passed Clean Elections.
Arizona has similar successes. So far five other states have
joined Maine and Arizona, bringing the total to seven. They
include Connecticut, North Carolina, New Mexico, Vermont,
and New Jersey. Passing Clean Elections means candidates no
longer have to be rich or raise money to win. They run on
their ideas, ability, and integrity. Those elected are free
to work for voters instead of big donors because their campaigns
are fully publicly funded. How much would that cost each of
us? About $5 per election cycle.
In Albany, a Clean Elections bill has been introduced in both
the Senate and Assembly over several sessions. Despite sponsorship
by many legislators, it remains bottled up by entrenched leaders
whose interests are served by the status quo. That is likely
to continue without massive demand from New Yorkers who are
fed up with the status quo.
Fortunately, there is a strong statewide movement afoot to
help all New Yorkers join in the fray, spearheaded by Citizen
Action of New York, New York Citizens for Clean Elections,
and numerous other groups. Check it out at www.nycce.org.
On the anniversary of the Tsunami, I would once again like
to express my gratitude on behalf of Auroville Tsunami Relief
to Jo and Arthur Schwartz who placed the cans throughout the
town and all the generous contributors who helped the victims
with their donations.
Staff from Benedictine Hospital and children from the Mountain
Laurel School all helped with contributions. I especially
honor Jo Shuman, who went to South India on her own funds
and vacation time to lend her nursing skills to those in need.
A designer in Auroville created a small doll, Tsunamika, as
a handicraft item to train women in sewing. They are a free
gift available at our shop (Pondicherry on the Village Green)
to anyone who stops by or sends an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detailed information about our work is available online at
www.auroville.org. You can see photos and order the dolls
directly from www.tsunamika.com.
Visualizing a peaceful humanity on a peaceful planet...
Julian and Wendy Lines
Mt. Tremper, NY
While some argue that Bush using the NSA to spy inside the
U.S. is valid, they are missing a concern inherent in his
methods. That concern being a lack of checks and balances
against who is targeted and why, particularly when independent
action of the executive branch could be perverted for political
Homeland protection is not the issue. Second nature answers
the question of if we want our leaders and government to protect
Americans against aggressors. Postulating an argument that
those disfavoring Bush's wiretapping disfavor protection of
our homeland is absurd. The process by which protection is
afforded and potential bastardization of unchecked authority
is the concern. When a politician might unfairly target someone,
plausible when the process is tightly controlled away from
any check and balance, then unjust outcomes are possible.
Using government surveillance for political gain has occurred
in the recent past so oversight against abuse is exceptionally
There is an established and functional process affording rapid
response for in-country wire-tapping, namely the FISA court,
so that process should be used. Bush argues that using the
FISA court would not afford rapid enough response and yet
FISA warrants can be attained 72 hours after any wiretapping
has begun so Bush's justification is moot. Court review of
a surveillance target is the check and balance against abuse
of power so when the court is side-stepped, potential abuse
is the issue. Bush's aversion for gaining consensus only heightens
Highland , NY
Yesterday, January 12, 2006 was the last day that we would
hear from 3rd. District Court of Appeals Judge Samuel Alito
as regards his confirmation [or lack of it] to be voted on
by the full Senate for the position and title of Associate
Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
As is recognized by most citizens of this great nation that
successful nominees to a court are to be scrupulously clear
of any politics regardless of political ties to a party, church,
institution or profession following installment. The Senate
Judicial Committee "interview" with Samuel Alito
was more than political; it was a circus. It was amusing [in
its process] but sad in what may result.
The participants representing my party, the party of Roosevelt,
Truman and Kennedy acted the role of fools. It took them two
full days to realize that damage was being done to the Democrat
party for their future ['08]. When Senator Kennedy called
for an executive session to acquire the "CAP" papers
from the Library of Congress and got into a feisty spat with
Arlen Specter, the committee chairman, that did not come across
well. It turned out that those papers re: Alito's membership
contained no photos, no activity or demonstrations, no statements
and no reflection on his so called discrimination of race
and/or gender. He offered that he joined because CAP favored
continuing ROTC [Reserve Officer Training Corps] on campus
and Princeton wished to expel the unit. There were other charges
that were repeated so often that Mark Shields on PBS was moved
to observe that, "everything that can be said has been
said by each committee member".
Then we have the "never done that before" event
whereby the ABA [American Bar Association] had three representatives
[one an African-American] testify on behalf of Samuel Alito.
Likewise for a group of Judges [Alito's peers including one
African-American] who showed up to vouch for Alito's integrity
and judicial temperament . Then came a string of lawyers,
the people we all love to hate to stand with Sam Alito. It
was noted by more than one media host or commentator that
the attitude of the democrat committee members suddenly had
changed realizing the imminent "slam dunk". One
columnist observed that the sullen faces of the democrats
now "have a radiance about them". Those of us that
followed this performance also observed the change of expression,
body language and personal behavior in Senators Kennedy, Schumer,
Durbin, Leahy and others. Dejected would describe them best.
Even Mrs. Alito was effective whether real or imagined. It
affected us in various ways, but we saw it. The media made
sure of that. One cameraman focused in on Sen. Dick Durban
holding his head in his hands as in, "oh woe is us".
Even the "dead horse" analogy was uttered a couple
times after it became clear that Alito is on his way to the
Supreme Court. The very same thing occurred at uniformed Nam
war hero Lt. Col. Oliver North's "contra" hearing
in 1987. When things were falling apart for the democrats
there with "Ollie's" wife ["my best friend"]
sitting behind him and telegrams of support piling up the
whole scenario/atmosphere changed and each hostile senator
became as the benevolent Grinch upon his heart transformation.
Now I have added a second question that I will continue to
ask; the first being, "why are we there" [re: Iraq]?
The second question is; when are the democrats going to act
like democrats and conversely stop acting as fools?
When are they going to erase the abortion issue from the political
"playbook" and give it back to the people, the medical
folks, the churches and anywhere but the government(s) including
the court(s).? When will they stay out of people's life-styles
and let folks determine for themselves in which direction
they wish to go. I am pro life and not interested in any alternative
life style. I am not about enforcing my philosophy on anyone
and no one else affects my life or lively hood as long as
no crime against me, other persons or property is being committed.
The National Democrat Party better take a few hints from our
latest local democrat victory here where the county legislature
endured an enjoyable cleansing. There were no vicious attacks
on the candidates prior to or following the election. The
dems "telegraphed" their intentions if they won
and so far they are on track. Our local team stayed focused
on issues that were/are important to us; they listened and
now they are acting.
One more point; who wants to be a U.S. Supreme Court Justice
if one has to first endure the "political obstacle course"
and then the "senate torture chamber" with it's
attendant insults, character assassination and "off the
wall" charges? The nominee must state his ruling before
it is heard even as the case is as unique as the people who
come before him. This, by the way happens on both sides of
the aisle with all nominees. Judge Alito acquitted himself
well if only, "the president of the United States is
not above the law". Fair question; fair response. Amen?
Glenn T. Anderson
More and more we find the man who claims to be president of
this country is, at best, a disgrace to all upon which this
nation was built. Ever since his brother and cronies rigged
the elections of 2000 and 2004, there has been nothing but
doom and disaster during this "administration."
That 9/11 came along, and the way it was executed, there is
little doubt these people knew about it beforehand and allowed
it to happen, even abetted it.
While US citizens were jumping from fiery windows at the World
Trade Center, our strong leader showed his 'take charge' approach
by reading a story about a pet goat to a roomful of children.
When he finished that, he showed more courage and bravery
by flying around the country, away from it all, until it was
'safe' to return to DC, three-thousand lost lives later.
Next came the Patriot Act, which gives these traitors the
power to do as they please, when they please, how they please,
and to whomever they please, be they US citizens or just anybody
who looks like a 'terrorist.'
With the energy maven vice president firmly in control of
all things, the next step was to get to that oil in Iraq,
the same oil, daddy bush failed to grab a decade earlier,
and for which he was never forgiven by the energy goons. All
it took was to cook up some 'intelligence' with lies that
'proved' Iraq was in on 9/11. Hell, that was easy, now that
the 'president' had the people behind him, and simpletons
in Congress to back it up.
Never have we known such coincidence, convenience, and circumstance
that just happened to boost popular opinion toward those who
benefit and profit most.
Since then, we've shown our greatness by invading and destroying
a nation and its people that had nothing to do with 9/11,
and in the process, we continue to lose precious lives of
American troops. There are the continuing losses of life,
too, for the civilian Iraqis, that, of course is okay, because
it can't be helped. It's just simple collateral damage...too
Torture prisons are fun, too. The 'commander in chief' likes
them, and to hell with what anyone thinks. Remember, this
was the guy who sent a record number of evildoers to their
deaths while he governed Texas. What a man. He even joked
about one of them, giggling as he told a reporter about how
her high-pitched voice sounded when she asked him, "Please
don't kill me." Hitler and Stalin are smiling from below.
A true American hero, this guy.
Now he's tapping our phones and e-mails because he knows Al
Quaida is calling us every day to plot against the government.
Don't worry that our hero is spreading what we talk about
to just the NSA folk, it's going to other agencies as well...no
doubt the IRS, the FBI, the CIA, who knows, even our local
police who just may have to keep an eye on us. We won't dare
to believe these 'protectors' are checking up on their political
rivals, eh? Of course not.
Constitution? What Constitution? Who needs that when we have
the world leader taking care of everything. Forget about Congress,
too, and the Supreme Court. We have just the solution to everything
evil and un-American, the disgraceful, disgusting, despicable
traitor known as Body Bags Bush.
I nearly forgot about all the other aspects that come from
this governance: just as the majority in congress is republican,
so is the corruption, unlike any we've ever seen.
Please, prove me wrong. Please.
Ulster County has joined several other counties in New York
State in providing a book to help ex-prisoners make a successful
reentry into the community. "Coming Back to Ulster County,"
a guide and resource list for those returning from prison
or jail, is being distributed free to area agencies, libraries
and community groups and will be made available to newly released
prisoners. It is published by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of the Catskills (UUCC) under a grant from the New York State
Convention of Universalists.
The Congregation’s Restorative Justice Group undertook
preparation of the book after they hosted a conference dealing
with problems of reentry. Chair and Editor Wanda Goldstein
said the former prisoners in attendance raised the question
of a resource list.
“Attendees told us that such a document would have been
a vital help to them when they returned home," explained
Goldstein. "We found that there were a few places in
New York that offered a guide for ex-prisoners, but Ulster
County did not have one. Our area has excellent resources
and we were eager to design a book to make them available
to this population.”
The Ulster book is believed to be the fifth such publication
in the state. Others have been published in New York City
(by The New York Public Library), Albany (Center for Law and
Justice), Westchester (Westchester Council on Crime and Delinquency)
and Rochester/Monroe County (Monroe County Library System).
There are also booklets available on special subjects, such
as the NYS Department of Labor publication for job-seeking
ex-prisoners and pamphlets on legal questions by the Legal
The NYS Department of Correctional Services is making the
Ulster publication available in prison pre-release programs
and prison libraries to help inmates plan their reentry while
still incarcerated, and it will also be in use at the Ulster
County Jail. It is available online at two sites: the UUCC's
website at _www.uucckingston.org/comingback.html_ (http://www.uucckingston.org/comingback.html)
and the website _www.reentry.net/NewYork/ProviderSearch_ (http://www.reentry.net/NewYork/ProviderSearch),
a nationwide site for reentry information.
The Unitarian Univeralist Congregation of the Catskills, led
by minister Rev. Linda Anderson, is located on Sawkill Road,
Kingston, NY 12401. It holds Sunday services at 9 a.m. and
11 a.m. and has an active religious education program.
Regarding rock whispering...
Has everyone read Violet Snow’s latest column (Natural
Wonders, Jan. 5, 2006, p.22)?
It is beautifully written and is awash with wonders! Who would
think to talk to a rock, or to listen to one—or at least
to describe one accurately? How inspiring, Violet’s
choice of colors!
This should be taught in schools:
“Children, today let’s paint a rock piebald with
lichens. Let’s mix the paints. This group will create
a frilly pale green. This group will come up with dirty gray.
You two make the lightest rose. You two, a robust orange.
Who is left? Raimi, why don’t you play with stringy
dark green and Valerie, how about barely-there olive ?”
In my native country, France, I know a painter who is proud
to own, and to use daily, an immense collection of pastel
sticks. Green alone has 365 different shades— one for
each day of the year!
Violet, you warm our heart and broaden our minds each time
you stop to observe and share with us what so many of us,
busy with our so-called lives, fail to notice. Bravo et merci.
High Wire Artist, Writer
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, "We must be the change
we want to see in the world," and these words seem most
fitting as we pause to reflect on the holiday season that
has passed and the New Year that is upon us. It is with deepest
gratitude that the Department of Social Services, Children
and Adult Services Holiday Committee would like to thank all
of the individuals and businesses in our community that so
generously donated to the holiday drive and the "Adopt-a
Star" drive for needy children and seniors in our community.
Each and every year, we on the holiday committee, anxiously
wonder if there will be sufficient donations to provide for
all the needy children, families and senior citizens we serve.
This year, especially, we were concerned that given all the
recent natural disasters around the world, that there would
perhaps be less donations available locally.
However, our community came forward in generosity that extended
beyond previous years. Whether it was a call from someone
in the community that wanted to buy a gift for a child or
a senior, or whether it was a business that sent a monetary
donation, or two waitresses that gave up their tips on a Saturday
to buy toys for needy children, or an elderly person that
dropped off a grocery store gift certificate for a family
to buy food, all of these and countless more gestures of kindness
and generosity we feel fortunate to have been on the receiving
end of this holiday season.
Thanks to your overwhelming generosity, we were able to provide
food, gifts and clothing for over 560 children and Senior
citizens this year.
Each solitary act of giving has made an enormous difference
and it is in this continued spirit of giving and concern for
others, that we, as a community and as a nation, can move
towards a peaceful world and "be the change we want to
see in the world."
Laura Boodakian, Rachel Hunter
Dept. of Social Services
Children & Adult Services
I think it is very, very sad what the Buddhists are doing
to the mountain in Woodstock. There is a parallel here to
what Gitter wants to do to the mountain in Shandaken and he
had "Buddha's eyes" painted high on the silo in
This is not Tibet and these are not the Himalayas.
Rabindranath Tagore (remember him, Buddhists? Indian poet
and mystic, 1861-1941) quotes from the Upanishads, "...those
who have attained the goal of human life as 'peaceful' (Pracantah),
and as 'at one with God (Yuktamanah), meaning that they are
in perfect harmony with man and nature, and therefore in undisturbed
union with God."
What the Buddhists are doing to the top of Overlook Mountain
is the antithesis to this statement from the Upanishads.
Mount Tremper, NY
The Governors press release on medicaid releif stated that
Ulster County will save $4.8 Million in Medicaid cost this
year. Its a savings that only the State can refer to as a
savings. They will be charging Ulster County only 3.5% increase
over last year instead of the 10% increases they have been
charging. It is not a reduction to the budget because it was
figured in during our budget process. We are getting no new
money. In reality even the numbers given out are not true
numbers because the state has yet to figure out what our medicaid
base costs is. From that they will then assess the 3.5% increase
that they refer to as a savings. We will probably not know
the base until July. This is savings state style.
Chairman, Ulster County Legislature
Is the planning board appointment of Joanne Kalb, sponsor
of recent political attack ads that offended half this community,
part of Supervisor Cross’s strategy to bring the town