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July 2011

MARINO VOTES FOR CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE ACT

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, PA-10, voted in favor of The Cut, Cap, and Balance Act Tuesday night and said he holds out hope that Senate Democrats will “do what the American people want.”  Read more

Slow down, you move too fast

Years ago, my husband concocted the notion of instituting a weekly, day-long moratorium on driving. He called it a “No-Car Day.” We would do all our chores and errands on weekdays, after work. Then, on either Saturday or Sunday, we religiously refrained from driving, taking a kind of automotive Sabbath we honored and kept holy.  Read more

Time to enact terms of office for IDA

Last week, a discussion ensued at the personnel committee of the Sullivan County Legislature regarding whether or not the legislature should set term limits for the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), an important player in the economic wellbeing of the county.

Our IDA was created by an act of the New York State Legislature in 1970, and its board helps to advance economic development projects by granting tax abatements to companies looking to or doing business in Sullivan County.  Read more

The park is for all

I am a member of the Callicoon Creek Park Association (CCPA) and we have put on a concert series in the park for the last couple of years. The latest event featured MazMyth and AvanteGorz, two local and excellent “rock fusion” groups. Unfortunately the event was very sparsely attended because of many other events happening that evening. Also comments were made by some supporters of the park that they were disappointed because it wasn’t their genre of music. We are truly sorry for the disappointment, but we chose the groups to reach out to the younger crowd, which we haven’t done in the past.  Read more

Relinquishing their authority

It’s hard not to be impressed with the community organization prowess of the Lumberland Concerned Citizens. However, when an unelected organization like this begins to usurp and unduly influence the actions and responsibilities of the persons elected by the community, it’s hard not to become concerned.

It appears that the elected and appointed representatives of Lumberland have relinquished their authority to a non-elected, non-accountable highly partisan community group that has one stated goal: ban natural gas drilling at all costs.  Read more

Hidden dangers of hydrofracking

The state is admittedly in desperate financial shape. Nevertheless, I challenge the recent, it-won’t-happen-here declaration out of Albany, regarding natural gas hydrofracking: “We are going to do this safely.”

The costly dangers of hydrofracking already have been well documented.

Moreover, accidents happen, and always will, regardless of how stringent the High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Panel strives to make the rules. Just look at the disaster caused by the Yellowstone pipeline, let alone what befell the Gulf of Mexico.  Read more

Wrong on the Holbert Quarry

Your editorial regarding the Holbert Blue Stone Quarry is a tragic example of misinformation circulated with a claim of authority, and under the guise of fact.

You may have read the River Management Plan (RMP), but you clearly are not familiar with the topography, or the intent of the statute. You are not versed in the law, or sadly, the facts involving the Holbert application.  Read more

Why ‘wrongful taking’ does not apply

One of the biggest bugbears that has haunted the efforts of local towns to craft ordinances restricting high-impact industrial uses within their borders is the threat of lawsuits. Specifically, opponents of such ordinances maintain that if a town zones some property owners’ land so that industrial operations like hydro-fracking are not permitted, it amounts to a “wrongful taking:” that is, a government action has deprived property owners of the value of their land, and they must be compensated accordingly.  Read more

‘Narcoonah’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present “Narcoonah,” a two-person show featuring the work of Joni Wehrli and Dana Duke, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, from Saturday, July 23 to August 28. There will be an artist’s talk at 3 p.m. on July 23.  Read more

Great Beer Expo in Rock Hill

ROCK HILL, NY — The Rock Hill Fire Department’s Great Beer Expo will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 for a beer tasting and fundraising event. It will feature more than 25 international breweries from across the globe presenting more than 50 of their finest brews for sampling. The event will help raise funds for the Rock Hill Fire Department.  Read more