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“The clock was turned back during the last 16 years; Clinton and Bush didn’t do much for the environment, but now I think things will change if we get out and work,” - Pete Seeger
Good Monday Morning,
Radio commentator Paul Harvey has died. Rush Limbaugh has not. There is little justice in this world.
A reader once wrote to say she was offended each time I posted a review of an event by writing, 'you should have been there.' She said I was trying to make her feel guilty. Well, tough noogies. You should have been there! The "there" in this instance refers to the Blue Horse Repertory Shakespeare Slam held at the Lake Carmel Cultural Center this past Saturday night.
The cultural center's normal floor plan was turned into a Theater in the Round configuration so that New York acting coach Roger Simon could take full use of the unique space to present sections from more than a dozen plays, creatively interwoven into a single, non-stop dialogue. It was, to steal a phrase, a rollicking good time.
Biting the Hand That Funds You: The Hudson River Estuary program is working out of time, so to speak. In a contractual struggle with the State of New York, Cornell University has sent lay-off notices to program workers whose salaries are paid for by the State. The state, Cornell says, is slow in paying their bills and so to pressure them into paying up faster they have taken this approach. The ironic thing is that many of the programs Cornell manages are paid for almost entirely through state funding and without those funds the University's outreach programs would find themselves um, out of business. I'm sure there was another way Cornell could have handled this.
Lastly this Monday morning: As I was reading through the Putnam Times this weekend I noticed, again, that there seems to be page after page of legal notices for residential foreclosure sales. It makes me wonder how we allowed Congress, and both presidents Bush and Obama, to send a trillion dollars to the industry who largely caused this problem in the first place and yet have sent nothing to those victimized by it.
It would be too broad a generalization to claim each foreclosure was caused by the mortgage and banking industries since, let's be honest, many of us are living beyond our means, cooed by marketing and the American Myth that we can have - and deserve to have - everything and anything we want. But many are losing their homes due to deceptive marketing, interest rates that would make a Shylock jealous and a government which allowed the industry to write the rules.
Based on the phone book, "Jeff" is the 172nd most popular first name, wedged between Peggy (#171) and Phyllis (#173). Green, is the 40th most popular last name sided by Perez (#39) and Campbell (#41). The combination, Jeff Green ranks #40,955 besting Jeffrey Warner at #40,956.
And now, The News:
PATTERSON — A proposed budget-to-budget increase of 2.8 percent in the Carmel School District is not good enough in these trying economic times.
CARMEL — Consolidation of local school districts and competitive bidding were on the minds of the Putnam Commission on Fiscal Vision and Accountability.
BEACON – Congressman John Hall (D-Dover Plains) Friday announced that solar panels will soon be installed on the roof of Beacon City Hall as part of a larger effort to help promote alternative energy, bring more jobs to the region, and, ultimately, reduce our nation’s independence on oil.
By ROSE GEORGE
Sick mammals found in Denville, Rockaway Twp.; no human risk
GRAND VIEW, N.Y. (AP) -- A suburban New York doctor is lobbying government officials to let him treat poor people for free.
Dr. Lloyd Hamilton of Grand View, in Rockland County, has formed a not-for-profit group [LoHud] called Doctors Within Borders.
The Harvard-educated doctor also hopes to interest other health-care professionals to donate their time to take care of the area's needy.
Hamilton worked for years in a clinic run by the Rockland County Department of Health. But it has been closed for financial reasons.
Hamilton wants to use that site for a new clinic.
Some of the oldest words in English have been identified, scientists say.
On the floor of the Colorado state senate on Monday, Republican Sen. Scott Renfroe equated “homosexuality as a sin with murder” during a debate on a bill that would allow same-sex partners of state employees to be covered by health care benefits. “I’m not saying this (homosexuality) is the only sin that’s out there,” said Renfroe. “We have murder. We have all sorts of sin. We have adultery. And we don’t make laws making those legal, and we would never think to make murder legal.” ProgressNow Colorado posted the audio.