[The following letter was sent to Sullivan County Legislature Chairman Luis Alvarez and the Sullivan County Legislature.]
Thomas Paine’s words, “These are the times that try men’s souls,” are very fitting for what we are now experiencing with this President-elect. Since I started voting in the 1960s I cannot remember a presidential election that has traumatized me and over half the country more than this one.
The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) over provisions in the 2016 Ethics Reform Law that was passed in the last hours of the legislative session that ended in June.
There is a scene in the 1968 horror film “Rosemary’s Baby” where Rosemary Woodhouse cries out, “This is no dream, this is really happening!” It’s the gut-wrenching moment that she regains consciousness from a drug-induced stupor and realizes she is—at that moment—being raped by Satan.
Shalom Lamm and his alleged co-conspirators deserve their day in court; an indictment isn’t a finding of guilt. If FBI charges against them prove true, however, the real losers won’t be those charged.
With the arrests of developer Shalom Lamm and two of his associates on December 14, [see news story on page 4] it seems that some of the residents in and around Bloomingburg may finally see a bit of justice. But it may be coming too late to make any real difference on the ground.
The November 24 letter from writer Denise Connolly about her concern, in part, of having people telling her of her WSP (white skin privilege), needs some clarification. I feel her on the issues she and her spouse have had to live with, which are common ground shared by people of all hues.
In his capacity as the chair of the Sullivan County Public Works Committee, legislator Joe Perrello threw down the gauntlet at a meeting on December 8. He said there would be no negotiation over the future of the Interim Western Sullivan Transfer Station in Cochecton.
One in three Americans lives in rural areas where getting urgent medical care for events like cardiac emergencies, stroke and trauma are extremely difficult due to the distance of appropriate medical facilities. Since 1990, over 22% of America’s hospitals have closed.
Obamacare mandate comes from Romneycare