(letters from June 8, 2006)
What a surprise it must have been to the Onteora School board
when they found out all of the problems that the newly hired
School Superintendent brought with him. But, should they have
been surprised? As reported Board President Dave Patterson
said that he was disappointed that the allegations involving
more then a dozen students had not been made available by
Ulster County Boces until a week after the Superintendent
was hired. Evidently the board accepted Boces recommendations
and did little or no research on their own. Perhaps a simple
phone call by a board member to the School District that Mr.
Ferrara resigned from might have alerted the board regarding
the problems that the superintendent had at that school. If
they did contact the district why wasn’t they informed
of the problems. To slant all of the blame on BOCES doesn’t
At $565.00 per day and if those wages were paid to the Superintendent
for, lets say 21 days, the board spent almost $12,000.00 of
tax payers money and got very little or nothing for the money.
This school board is managing a $44,000,000.00 business, the
business being the school. Hopefully the School Board will
give the next Superintendent that they hire a through back
ground check no matter who says what or what the contractor’s
recommendations are. I don’t think that the tax payers
in the Onteora school district like any of their money being
wasted. There’s an old saying that’s been around
for a long time. Trust but verify.
As concerned Olive citizens, and offended members of Olive
Matters, we take issue with your May 25, 2006 editorial. Either
intentionally or unwittingly, you have misinformed your readers
when you claimed that the Large Parcel Law being enacted in
the next several years should not concern Olive residents.
Your attack on our integrity by stating that we falsely manipulated
our fellow Olive citizens is absolutely unwarranted and malicious.
Olive citizens have no reason to fear members of Olive Matters.
The venom spewed from the pages of this paper, usually directed
against Olive, appears specifically formulated to manipulate
the minds and actions of its readers.
Is it your aim to create turmoil within Olive? Is it your
hope that we will let down our guard so that the Large Parcel
can be implemented against us again? Contrary to your claim
that you "take serious issue with those who sounded the
false alarm that Large Parcel is somehow still alive as an
issue or a threat to the town of Olive," we who sounded
that alarm present the following facts:
FACT ONE. The LP law is a state law which has never been amended
or rescinded and must be considered annually. It will certainly
be discussed this Summer despite your claim that the school
board will vote 4-3 against enacting it. It will remain alive
as there are board members who approve of this hideous rape
of their neighbor, Olive. These members and their constituents
are hoping that the next election will gain them enough votes
to reenact this law, which is nothing short of a Prescription
FACT TWO. You claim that the 4-3 margin, which favors Olive,
will be maintained for at least several years. In actuality,
David Patterson's position comes up for election next year.
If he is defeated, the 4-3 margin may lie with those who will
reinstate the LP. What if Patterson decides not to run? What
if he or some other anti-LP member decides to step down due
to family responsibilities? Several years ago, when board
member Rosato gave up his seat, he was replaced by a pro-LP
appointee. The anti-LP margin of 4-3 is fragile at best. Therefore,
the issue is indeed not "effectively deader than Elvis."
FACT THREE. You raised the issue of balance on the board in
light of three members from Olive voting against the LP in
2005. We don't recall you complaining about imbalance when
the 2004 vote was 5-1 in favor of the LP with three Olive
members voting in favor of it. Herb Rosenfeld did not vote,
and only David Patterson saw how divisive this law is and
wisely voted against it. In fact nearly 90 percent of the
school boards, whose districts have LPs, decided to steer
clear of this district destroying demon. It is apparent that
balance only concerns you when Olive members vote against
the LP, but not when they favor it.
The facts clearly reveal that the LP issue is very much alive.
Those of us who called our neighbors to vote did not do so
to frighten them. We find your insinuation underhanded and
an attempt to create turmoil between Olive citizens.
Members of Olive Matters will address any vital issue which
matters to Olive, and will vigorously fight for our town.
Have you any understanding of the financial damage the enactment
of the LP law had on Olive residents? How many of Olive residents
have you interviewed? How many personal stories have you,
the OLIVE PRESS, reported? How many Olive Matters meetings
have you ever asked to attend? Is it any wonder that we are
In the spirit of Reginald Bennett, whom you cite as being
an educator of the truth, divulge your "TRUE" position
on this LP issue. You have written that you "wish Olive
well in its efforts to exclude reservoir properties from Large
Parcel in the future, we certainly agree they shouldn't be
included." We challenge you to step up to the plate and
do the right thing, to write editorials and to encourage articles
which expose this evil law for the money grabbing divisive
legislation that it is. Inform your readers and their leaders
at the school board, county, and state levels that your paper
is against the LP, and explain why you are against it.
Finally, to date your newspaper has appeared to be anti-Olive.
It is based outside Olive, and to title it "The Olive
Press" because it is distributed in Olive is deceptive.
Ever since the LP issue raised its ugly tentacles, most of
your articles have been pro LP, and Olive school board members
who are against the LP considered one dimensional: Or, to
quote your columnist, Lisa Childers, "Olive centric."
We challenge you to treat Olive fairly, or to remove "Olive"
from your title. Reginald Bennett would expect nothing less.
John R. Tisch, Joseph Friedel, Marianne Hopkins,
Judith & Drew Boggess
Our president 's speech to the West Point graduates today
worries me. His vision of taking the fight against terrorism
"to every shore and outpost in pursuit of enemies everywhere"
is frightening. This is not America that I know and love.
We have always been a country that was ready to give generously
to the needs of other nations-a country that was respected
all over the world. All this is being destroyed now. Bush
's new agenda reminds me of how, with a similar vision of
world domination, the Nazis swept across Europe in the 1930's.
One country after another fell under their power and everyone
believed that England would be the next.
Terrorism can never be overcome with violence. For every terrorist
that we kill, one hundred others will come to the forefront.
The Cold War (a struggle the President referred to in his
address) was not won militarily; it was won through God's
intervention in history, with the peaceful fall of the Berlin
Wall. Earlier, America fought communism with only one result:
we produced more and more communists, which is why President
Eisenhower used the phrase the "domino theory" to
describe the collapse of one country after another to Soviet
dominance. We will have similar results with Bush's plan.
Through using violence, we will do nothing else but produce
more terrorists who will wreak devastation on the next generation.
We can never export true democracy. It has to be given from
within a nation.
There must be a better way to protect our nation and the lives
of all people who long for peace. In these last years, despite
the endless religious talk that goes in Washington, we have
become a heathen nation that completely disregards the dignity
of human life and the integrity of other peoples on the planet.
There is a different message that has to spread if we truly
long for this freedom and democracy. This is the message of
peace and non-violence, which respects all nations and all
people from Damascus to Tehran, and from Kyoto to Darfur.
If we want peace, let's remember that Jesus is the Prince
of Peace who told us to love our enemies and to pray for those
who persecute us. This is the most powerful weapon to combat
Johann Christoph Arnold, Pastor
I must inquire as to why the Olive Press prints letters that
have no foundation in fact and/or have not been researched
as to valid sources such as documents or media. [Just a rhetorical
Jill Paperno does a disservice to our young [or old] students
in her comments by letter to the Press of May 25, 2006. She
or anyone else in presenting their case for or against whatever
point begins by attacking the president of the United States
for being "selected" loses by default before discussion.
A presidential candidate might be selected if the election
goes into the House of Representatives as provided for by
the Constitution. But even then it would be a legal election
process [Art II].
There is ample proof that George W. Bush whom I have attacked
a number of times won the election of 2000 according to the
U.S. Constitution and the laws of the state of Florida.
Ms. Paperno declares that "Choice Point" is the
company that will be gathering data from our phone conversations
and eMails. I believe the NSA has an "understanding"
with a couple [not all] phone companies to receive phone records
with NSA paying for the cost of collection. Then Ms. Paperno
really goes beyond the truth with her charge that "Choice
Point" gathered data for the state of Florida [brother
JEB's state] during the 2000 election campaign.
She is absolutely correct! It was indeed a "no bid"
contract for $4 million to list felons with the election officials.
Now this is where a person with hate in their heart and damage
on her mind goes overboard; the election officials were democrats
and they spent the money as was legal. These same officials
designed and produced the famous "punch" ballots
that caused "cross-eyeism" which is a "scrambling"
of the mind and facilitates illiteracy. The Florida Democrats
must be dumb cousins.
This fiasco was duly celebrated by the wire services and you
can do a Nexus on CNN's Bill Schneider. The felons listed
were not found to be "actually legally qualified citizens"
after all nor were they a black majority with Al Gore in mind.
Ms. Paperno says the President Select stated that when a communication
is monitored, "one end of the communication must be out
of the US". She then goes on to confirm the above as
regards the phone call records from AT&T, Verizon and
BellSouth and adds her own brand of humor about us being in
a coal mine or on a submarine. Good logic Ms. Paperno. Accuse
us all of being on Mars during the "News Hour" and
you're the only one that speaks to any issue with authority
The last [and only] time the NSA tapped a phone it was with
the blessing of "Prince" Willie [der schlickmeister]
on whose watch the law(s) was signed [Cong Record]. Lets play
the "blame game" fair and square. Geprge W. has
enough on his negative plate without piling on.
And certainly the mean old government of any stripe is going
to use IRS, SS and Medicare records to "getcha".
They did it with Gotti and others of his ilk. Well, let's
hear it, Jill. "Not fair"!
Gen. Hayden didn't change the 4th Ammendment; he and other
[police] officials have and will continue to "use"
it. Ball's in your court Ms. Paperno.
And why is the CIA not supposed to be [specifically] under
the military? The CIA has its Genesis in the military when
I was about 18 years old [during WWII as the OSS]. And you
say erroneously that our government was "set up"
to be a democracy. Wrong!! We are a republic. So said Ben
Franklin upon exiting Independence Hall when asked what kind
of government have you given us? His reply was, "a republic,
madam; if you can keep it". And that's why Mr. Gore lost
even with a national majority in 2000. Because of a republic
where the small states have a somewhat level playing field.
As far as living under a different form of government Ms.
Paperno; we have been doing that for 218 years [1788, adoption
of the 1787 constitution]. Don't pray or wish too seriously.
You may get it.
And cutting back on phone calls or eMail is a good idea for
You might reconsider letters to the editor also unless they
are supported by documented source rather than hate or hallucination.
May as well inform Mr. Thomas R. Siblo-Landsman that he left
out the fact that the oil companies own the "show",
the market is playing "catch-up" [$5-8 in Europe]
and you do nothing to rid us of George W. other than "liar,
liar; pants on fire" to maintain the status quo. Personally
I love the rich and "crafty". When was the last
time a local mendicant gave you a job Mr. Siblo-Landsman?
And you should praise the "well to do" with their
SUV's who continue to pay high prices at the pump thus generating
tax revenue which abets "class warfare".
Your favorite physicist, Eric J. Learner's "No Big Bang"
theory is challenged by a number of physicists, scientists
and "pointy headed" agnostics. Even the Catholic
theologians declare that if there was a "Big Bang"
it was by divine guidance; cool!
Learner's work on fusion under Clinton was dropped by G.W.
as a result of the liberal's opposition to what might be the
end result. Nuclear power plants are sitting unused on open,
un maintained properties while professor Learner is ahead
of his time. One must expire prior to becoming notoriously
famous whether it's a physicist or an artist. I still admire
George Washington who said, "I cannot tell a lie";
Richard Nixon who said, "I can always tell a lie";
and Willie who said, I can't tell the difference".
Glenn T. Anderson
To date, 93 journalists have died in Iraq. To repay them for
sacrificing their lives, our government is criminalizing them.
This must be because it's just too hard to track down terrorists.
It's way easier to find the NY Times "criminals"
- just look at their masthead.
Here's what the top lawyer in the U.S., Attorney General Gonzales
said about seeking to bring the NY Times up on charges for
leaking "classified" information. (The classified
information being the fact that the NSA is spying on all of
our phone calls and internet actions, and informing "We,
the People" about it.)
On ABC this Sunday, he said that he believes journalists can
be prosecuted for publishing classified information, due to
an obligation to national security. Huh?
As soon as General Hayden, (the leader that helped to put
this program into action) is made the head of the CIA, and
Gonzales proves that the President is not subject to the law,
they will be able to use this information to put journalists
in jail, or at least shut them down. As a reminder, the First
Amendment states that: "Congress shall make no law ......
abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press". Bye,
bye, freedom of the Press.
Here's the funny part. By present law, the people who leak
the information are breaking the law (that is presently on
the books) and not the journalists that report what they were
told. It was how we found out that Richard Nixon was indeed
a "crook". However, our laws are now being changed.
Now, if you don't mind having "crooks" at the helm,
then ok. Just sit back and watch. Hey, who needs newspapers?
The government doesn't, because they are too hard to track
anyhow. It's easier to track what you scan on the internet,
or for that matter, on the tv, which doesn't matter anyhow,
cause it's by and large owned and operated by the same folks,
who report what they're told to report by the Administration.
And isn't it easier to listen to propaganda?
It's so easy to believe that Saddam Hussein brought down the
towers, and that he had WMD's, and that he was a bad man who
we had to send our kids to get. Well, we got him. Now what?
Why are our kids still dying and losing uncounted limbs over
in Iraq? Maybe we don't even care about that.
If you want to learn more about the spying, look up ATT's
whistleblower Mark Klein on the internet and find out about
the secret room installed in their San Francisco switching
center - a Defense Dept. project that scoured databases across
the country, scanning our email, and our internet traffic,
using AT&T and Sun Microsystems servers with traffic analysis
software from Narus. Klein also noted that only persons with
a clearance from the NSA could enter this room.
The New York Times revealed that the spying program is vastly
bigger and was directly authorized by President Bush, as he
himself has now admitted, in violation of the Constitution,
but which Gonzales has given the OK to do.
Klein showed up at the Electronic Frontier Foundation unannounced
in January with his documents in hand. The EFF was preparing
a class-action lawsuit against AT&T for allegedly turning
over customer phone-record data to the NSA . It had l.88 trillion
entries. It appears doubtful that this investigation will
be able to proceed. Could your information be in their hands?
Perhpas you don't care, because you're not a radical leftie.
But what about the phone calls to your mistress? What about
your stock trades based on inside information? More to the
point, what about Democracy? Wasn't it great? Don't you want
to pass it on to your kids? Do we want to include Freedom
of the Press to commemorate this weekend, along with the young
men and women who have already lost their lives for us? Let's
come together and save Democracy.