Pride Coalition march and more

Letters to the editor, May 5 to 11

Posted 5/5/22

Climate change calls for education, accepting responsibility

Congratulations on the recent major promotion of sustainability in the River Reporter. Here at Apple Pond Farm and Renewable Energy …

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Pride Coalition march and more

Letters to the editor, May 5 to 11

Posted

Climate change calls for education, accepting responsibility

Congratulations on the recent major promotion of sustainability in the River Reporter. Here at Apple Pond Farm and Renewable Energy Education Center, our 16-foot mural in the driveway has one of our guiding principles woven throughout the illustrations—From Less, More, For Longer.

One of the greatest but neglected opportunities is to educate the general public that there is a program for everyone and every building to be powered by renewable energy and energy savings products and technology. Renewable energy and energy-efficiency technology and measures are also less expensive and last for decades.

Meanwhile, this magnificent planet is cooking as a result of human-induced extreme natural events that threaten to overwhelm our far too meager measures to greatly curtail the use of carbon-based and other toxic products. The effects on air, soil, all bodies of water as well as human and all other non-human forms of life are ghastly but largely preventable.

The horrific character of the Ukraine war shows that almost every major event, from very significant challenges to democracy to planetary capacity for humanity’s future, means that having assumed the preposterous role of becoming a co-evolution driving force, we have become a homicidal and suicidal species.

Thanks for hosting Carol Roig’s columns, coverage of SEEDS activities and other information on this greatest of all issues for the human future and our daily struggle to come to terms with our responsibility for this assault on Earth’s health.

Dick Riseling

Callicoon Center, NY

Pride Coalition march in New Paltz

Please save the date, Sunday, June 5, for the Hudson Valley Pride Coalition march and festival.

The march will step off at 12 noon at the New Paltz Middle School, and will be followed by a festival in Hasbrouck Park until 5 p.m.

This year, the event is being organized differently than in years past. The newly-formed Hudson Valley Pride Coalition consists of various local organizations, community groups, government entities, elected officials and individuals. I am serving as this coalition’s point-person and invite one and all to attend.

Our work has just begun; we are only two meetings deep at the time of this writing. If you or your organization wants to join the coalition, please fill out this form: https://bit.ly/HVPrideCoalitionMarchFestival

Organizations, performers, businesses and day-of volunteers who wish to be a part of the HV Pride Coalition march and festival are asked to fill out the same form.

With LGBTQ+ rights under attack, and trans life in particular in imminent danger on the national level, it’s more imperative than ever we come together this Pride Month. What better place to do so than where same-sex marriage was first catapulted into the spotlight and history was made?

Alex(andria) Wojcik

Deputy mayor, Village of New Paltz

Lighter side

Because sometimes we just need to laugh

A guy is bragging to a friend about his new hearing aid.

The friend asks, “What kind is it?”

The guy answers, “12:30.”

     

An old guy returns to his audiologist a week after getting hearing aids.

The doc asks, “How do you like the hearing aids?”

The guy answers, “They’re really good. I can hear much better.”

The doc: “Is your family pleased, too?”

The guy: “Oh, I haven’t told them yet. I’ve changed my will twice this week.”

Steve Johnston

Callicoon, NY

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