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August 2011

What happens when government ‘gets out of the way’

Last week, the federal agency that regulates air travel (the FAA) was, because of congressional inaction, temporarily out of action. It was unable to levy or collect taxes from airline tickets, so the major air carriers “compensated,” they said, by raising prices enough to match the fares with taxes. In other words, instead of allowing fares to fall, increasing ridership, hiring more help, encouraging commerce and growing the economy, the air carriers gouged as much as they could out of the situation.  Read more

Artists around us

By ROCKY PINCIOTTI

I believe that inquisitiveness, creativity and the need to communicate are basic human qualities. They are qualities that separate us from all other forms of life on earth. These are also qualities that truly define the role of an artist in the development of mankind. If you look at history, art is the pivotal marker that defines the centuries of mankind.  Read more

Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’

The ethics controversy that has erupted recently in the Sullivan County Legislature centers around the concepts of conflict of interest and appearance of impropriety, and an unusual county ethics rule that requires that an abstention on the basis of apparent improprieties that do not meet the technical standard of “conflict of interest” be recorded as a “yes” vote.  Read more

Sen. Toomey To Oppose Debt Deal

Monday, Aug 1 WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced that he will be voting against the Budget Control Act and issued the following statement:  Read more

Casey on Compromise Passage Urges a Renewed Focus to Jump Start Job Creation

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement after the Senate passed a bipartisan compromise to avoid default and cut government spending:  Read more

GILLIBRAND STATEMENT ON SENATE VOTE

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today after casting her vote in the Senate against the Budget Control Act:  Read more

Marino votes for debt ceiling deal

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, PA-10, on Monday voted in favor of a budget resolution that begins to address the debt crisis and set the stage for job creation by cutting federal spending, placing caps on future spending, and advancing the cause of a balanced budget amendment without raising taxes.  Read more

Hinchey Statement on Debt Ceiling Deal

Washington, DC -- Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today released the following statement in opposition to the debt ceiling deal.  Read more

Shabbat dinner

August 20, 2011

Home-cooked dinner & expanded Kiddush following Shabbat services at Temple Beth-El. RSVP: 518/393-0139.

Ice cream Oneg

August 12, 2011

Meal immediately following Kabbalat Shabbat at Temple Beth-El, 8pm, free. Public welcome. RSVP: 518/393-0139.