How well do you keep a secret? When your best friend tells you something in confidence, do you tell your husband and no-one else? Do you tell a small circle of friends and hope they’ll keep it in the circle? In my experience, keeping a secret that doesn’t involve our personal safety is rare and difficult. Read more
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported me this past year in my unsuccessful bid for the 42nd state senate seat. I am proud of my efforts and the important issues I brought to the forefront. More importantly, I am proud that I finally followed my heart and embraced the Democratic Party and its principles. Read more
In the late spring of 2009, I received a notice from the former Town of Tusten Code Enforcement Officer, David Sparling, regarding a sign that did not comply with Section 5.4 of the town’s zoning regulations. The notice spoke to the sign’s unusual size and dimensions and gave clear guidance as to how to submit drawings, apply for a permit, and come before the zoning board for further discussions. We were unaware that such restrictions existed, and after receiving the notice we immediately removed the sign. Read more
The trustees of the Western Sullivan Public Library have grave concerns about the New York State Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget cuts. These cutbacks arrive on top of five reductions in the past three years. If enacted, the governor’s budget would reduce library funding to levels not known since 1994. Read more
In response to last week’s letter “Time for a Change in Shohola,” regarding our town’s recent struggles with self-serving politicians and intimidating bullies, I would say that “ignorance is easier than admitting when one is wrong.” Ms. Eisenhauer and her handful of loud and disruptive associates, who call themselves Citizens for Open Government (CFOG), have been digging for a way to blame George Fluhr and Greg Hoeper for the unrest and distrust that has infiltrated our peaceful little town of Shohola for the last year and a half. Read more
The Upper Delaware River is rightfully recognized as a National Scenic and Recreational River by the U.S. Congress. Commercial gas drilling, as practiced here so far, would degrade the scenic and recreational quality of this river. There is no way it could do anything else. Therefore, gas drilling needs to be prohibited within the designated boundary of the scenic and recreational river if that designation is to have any significance. Read more
The table of compatible uses on page 134 of the River Management Plan (RMP) lists “gas/oil fields” as a permitted conditional use in the Delaware River corridor. But whether that phrase, written in 1986, can be taken to refer to modern horizontal hydro-fracking operations is a matter of controversy. In thrashing out the issue, we have heard both proponents and opponents of drilling in the corridor make varying assertions as to the RMP’s “original intent” on the subject. Read more
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