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April 2014

Will the governor’s property tax reform really work?

Our new New York State (NYS) budget includes an interesting section that Gov. Cuomo believes will lessen our local property tax burden. It builds upon the 2% property tax cap enacted back in 2011 that requires local governments to cap annual tax rate increases at 2% or the rate of inflation, whichever was less. It further stipulated that any proposed taxation above the cap needed a 60% supermajority approval by voters. Now, the 2015 state budget calls for a two-year freeze of residential property taxes for homeowners in jurisdictions that keep their tax increase under the 2% tax cap.  Read more

In support of gun ownership

I found the letter to the editor in the April 17-23 issue interesting, and I agree that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. No fallen, sinful person should have a gun. However that includes the police and the military. They, too, are sinful and in a fallen state. It says in Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:3 (speaking of the days when the Messiah, Jesus Christ comes back), “They shall beat their swords into plowshares.” This means the sinful violence related to war and murder will be stopped only when Jesus comes back.  Read more

The changing face of agriculture; Why we need to support it

Agriculture is a foundation of our community, essential to our social, environmental and economic wellbeing, not only historically, but also today.  Read more

Split DV vote OKs new administrators’ pact

SHOHOLA, PA — Following an hour and ten minute executive-session discussion on April 24, the Delaware Valley Board of Education returned to approve a new three-year contract for the district’s top 23 administrators.  Read more

Dollar Store in Hawley raises questions

HAWLEY, PA — Much of this area struggles with the balance between drawing commerce and jobs to the area and maintaining its quiet, rural character. This issue was strongly in evidence at the latest meeting of the Hawley Borough Council, when Jason Raleigh, an engineer representing Dollar General Development, gave a presentation of projected traffic. Raleigh’s job was to analyze the current traffic situation and roads near the proposed location of a Dollar Store, approximately 600 feet south of the Silk Mill off Route 6 East, and advise on the possible impact, problems and solutions.  Read more

Anti fracker wins top environmental award

REGION — Helen Slottje, who with her husband David Slottje has advised numerous municipalities in New York State on how to craft local laws to ban hydraulic fracturing and other high-impact industrial activities, has been named as one of the winners of this year’s Goldman Environmental Award. The award, which comes with a prize of $175,000, was announced on April 28.  Read more

Sullivan West milestones

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The April 22 Sullivan West Central School District board meeting brought to light what everyone involved in the school already knows: spring is about passage, both public and private. Graduation, prom, retirement, tenure, hiring, board elections and budget submission set the stage for transitions that mark chapters in community and personal life.  Read more

‘Wayne Tomorrow’ helps provide food and jobs today

HONESDALE, PA — A county visioning plan for meshing the initiatives of Wayne County’s business, government and cultural communities is expected to produce new jobs for students and outlets for Wayne agricultural products, a county official reported on April 24.  Read more

Casino race is on

LIBERTY, NY — The Foxwoods/Muss Development team is just one of 12 different groups or organizations that have shelled out $1 million each for a chance at getting one of possibly two casino licenses that may be awarded in the Catskills/Hudson Valley region.  Read more

PA Senator vows sit-in over marijuana

HARRISBURG, PA — Sen. Daylin Leach held a news conference on April 28 with Pennsylvanians who Leach said would be directly and negatively impacted by a veto of a medical marijuana bill, Senate Bill (SB) 1182, to announce their plans to assemble in the governor’s reception room until he agrees to meet with them.  Read more