News That Matters
Good Thursday Morning,
The good news is that yesterday Caroline Kennedy removed herself from consideration for the US Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton. The bad news is that the Governor has still not called me. This morning, the Albany Times-Union reports that she may be back in.
Tomorrow, being Friday, beings the weekly "Things to Do Edition" of News That Matters and as I look through my files here I don't have anything to post. Unless you send in your weekend events, it's going to be a very short post!
There's a new item over at the blog site. This is a daily post from the EPA offering simple ideas regarding environmental concerns. It changes every day so stop on over there and check it out. There's also a link to a set of photos of the Hudson Valley and several newly posted articles that are not posted here in the daily column. You should read them and post comments. So far activity there has been tilted towards Putnam Valley but there's more to the county than just Putnam Valley, no?
The Putnam County Sheriff's race is getting crowded. Come primary time I'm wondering if there will be anyone left to vote or if we'll all just vote for ourselves and I can't see why so many people want that job. As of now there are candidates from Kent, Southeast, Philipstown and Patterson. We need candidates from Carmel and Putnam Valley but I'm sure, before long, people will step up.
So, it's begun. For lack of anything creative or substantial, reactionary blogs have jumped on the attack bandwagon with the new President is in office barely 24 hours. What is their complaint? (I hope you're sitting down.) They are complaining that Barack Obama is not the President because of the grammatical snafu during the oath of office. If this is the
I'm also currently in discussion at a local radical blog over events in the middle east but we don't want to go there. It's just too silly.
And now, the News:
Barbara Livingston Nackman
A New York Journal News Editorial
By ROBIN POGREBIN
WASHINGTON – The first $350 billion in financial bailout money approved by Congress had no accountability or disclosure requirements so Congress and the American people had no idea how the banks used the money, argues Congressman Maurice Hinchey.
Monday 19 January 2009
The USA's public schools stand to be the biggest winners in Congress's $825 billion economic stimulus plan unveiled last week. Schools are scheduled to receive nearly $142 billion over the next two years - more than health care, energy or infrastructure projects - and the stimulus could bring school advocates closer than ever to a long-sought dream: full funding of the No Child Left Behind law and other huge federal programs.
"The new administration does not want to lose a year on the progress because of the downturn in the economy," says Rep. George Miller (D-California), who chairs the House Education Committee. "So I think these are all things that are clearly doable."
If the news is true that Caroline Kennedy has withdrawn her bid for the Senate, then one of two things has happened. The first possibility is that David Paterson decided some days ago to go with another candidate, and gave Kennedy the opportunity to save face by withdrawing her name from consideration. You know: the old "You Can't Fire Me! I Quit!" shtick.
Could Vermont be on the road to acquiring its first two officially designated Wild and Scenic Rivers? In a public lands bill passed last week, the U.S. House included a study of the Trout and Missisquoi Rivers to conclude whether portions of both should receive a level of federal protection.
“Where these rivers run there are no shopping malls, no big box stores, no multiplexes, no four-lane highways, no gated communities, no stoplights. What’s there, is open spaces of forests and fields, beautiful four-season open space that stretches from Lake Champlain to the Green Mountains and beyond. The defining factor in all that open space is the Missisquoi River, it’s broad flood plain lending itself to agriculture from the time of the Abenakis to the days of Agrimark. In summer it’s a ribbon of green, in winter a frozen white wonder. If you love to hunt or fish, skate or swim, paddle or pedal, you will love where these rivers run.”
By KENNETH CHANG