News That Matters
Good Thursday Morning,
Scott Talbott, senior vice president of government affairs at the Financial Services Roundtable complained about the President's new rules for corporations that feed at the public trough. He says that $500,000 isn't a lot of money for a Wall Street Executive and that pay scales there are different than they are elsewhere and finally, that Wall Street will have a tough time finding people to take these jobs in the future. What he's really saying is that Wall Street got hit square in the face with a dose of reality and they doesn't like it one bit.
Plant Putnam - Putnam County Seedling Sale
And with that, comes sprucing up the yard, and making decisions about plant materials for your property. The Putnam County Soil & Water Conservation District is once again offering a variety of trees and shrubs to assist landowners in providing food and shelter for wildlife, groundcover for erosion control, and natural native beautification. Every year we try and offer a variety, but if you’ve been holding out, just waiting for something different to come along, this is your year! Sure, we have the old stand-bys, but who would have ever thought, ferns, and yes, even blueberries and raspberries! Now we still have our low cost transplants of Eastern White Pine, White Spruce, and Colorado Blue Spruce but we also have a variety of seedlings and shrubs such as Butternut, Buttonbush, Washington Hawthorne, Red Bud, Sargent Crabapple, Strawberry-bush, and Swamp Rose Mallow are just several of the trees and shrubs available. The tried and true Myrtle and Pachysandra are there as well as five different ferns, Trumpet Vine and Daylilies. Trees are sold bare root, and are hand dipped in a moisture protection gel, wrapped and bagged. Orders need to be placed by March 25th. Call 845-878-7918 or go to www.putnamcountyny.com for an Order Form.
We've always been told that there is a three year plan to make the Tilly Foster Farm self sufficient and I've been asking for a copy of it to see just how that's going to be accomplished. The document, "Plan to Save Tilly Foster Farm: Three Years to Self Sufficiency" arrived yesterday and I read it with great anticipation.
Well, it took about 60 seconds. You read that right: 60 seconds to read through its scant four paragraphs. Basically, it says this:
While everyone is following the race for Sheriff, in Kent there's a council seat up for grabs and Supervisor Doherty is also up for re-election. Rumors have it that Karl Rhode will try to keep his seat and that Pat Madigan will make yet another comeback appearance on the political stage. Scuttlebutt also has it that Bill Heustis might take on Supervisor Doherty. Rumors! It's all just rumors! But this could be my year at a go (finally! as some have said) for that council seat. What's going on in your town this year?
Sarah Palin is back in the news. Um, Sarah who?
I'm always hearing that everyone is moving away from Putnam County for one reason or another. High taxes, a lousy singles-scene, too long a drive to your job downstate. Well, here's some help for you. Free Cardboard Boxes is a website where you can offer your old, or seek out new cardboard boxes, much like FreeCycle. Now you don't have to worry about finding a box to hold your Van Halen records.
Tomorrow brings the weekly Things to Do Edition of News That Matters so if your club or organization has something neat going on, please let me know by this afternoon.
And now, the News:
Newburgh - The Lincoln Bicentennial Memorial Committee of Newburgh, N.Y. is proud to announce the unveiling and dedication of a new monument honoring the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The stone monument bears a 27" x 22" bronze plaque featuring a bas relief of Lincoln’s profile and the entire text of his Gettysburg Address.
By Kathleen M. Howley
By KATE GALBRAITH
Keeping track of the civil rights opinions of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Brought to you by Bergstein & Ullrich, LLP.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Retaliation: we know it when we see it
It's a little easier to prove retaliation claims because the sequence of events often tells the story. The plaintiff engages in protected activity (such as free speech, or a complaint about discrimination) and her termination takes place shortly thereafter, permitting an inference of retaliation. You know it when you see it, and the Courts deal with these cases one by one. Here's another one.
Eric Bland, Discovery News
Feb. 4, 2009
Judges condemn secrecy over files detailing treatment of suspect by CIA