News That Matters
High on a hill was a lonely goatherd,
Good Monday Morning,
Tonight begins the festival of Purim. It is traditional to be so happy that we escaped annihilation (again) that one will imbibe so much that we temporarily forget the difference between Haman (kind of like a Valdemort with a bad accent) and Mordechai (the good guy) all the while making as much joyous noise as possible! I've posted a recipe for Hamentaschen (pronounced as "hoo' men-ta-shen" (oo as in hoof, not roof)) at the blog. Check it out. Make a couple dozen and get the slivovitz ready! If your neighbors complain, invite them in. They can't hear the noise from your house when they're in it.
A reader mentioned the other day that she had some trouble logging into our website at http://www.planputnam.org If you are also having a problem, please let me know and what sort of internet connect you have and who your carrier is.
Late last week we had some fun with a crime claimed by the Assemblyman Who Shall Not Be Named and as the weekend progressed I found it difficult to find anyone who believed the events took place as described. Community opinion was pretty unanimous: This was just another publicity stunt. Maybe. Maybe not. A police investigation is proceeding and I would hope the police will check out every lead - and every possibility.
As the story develops and works its way around the nation's news services there are all kinds of comments, posts and diatribes. One remarks that M-13 is to blame when The Assemblyman himself backed off that assumption in a different media interview. Another claims the message said "F*CK AMERICA" while another claims the message referred to him as either a Gay Prostitute or an American Prostitute. Since I have yet to find a direct image of the alleged message or a transcript from the police, I'm not sure how anyone can know for certain. We don't even know how the goat died. 'It appeared to be dragged' the Assemblyman said... was that a police perspective or one from the Assemblyman himself? Moreover, the Assemblyman's staff, rather than focus on the work of being an Assemblyman, spent untold hours photographing the goat and sending out press releases to every news organization in the English speaking world.
In all seriousness, I've been the victim of such threats in the past and the Kent PD was well aware of the situation as it developed and in the end resolved it - for a while at least. In the beginning, few believed that what I had been witnessing and experiencing was genuine. Many thought it my imagination or a creeping psychosis. But the fear was real as were the events as described in numerous police reports and in the end the perpetrator was tracked down, charged, spent a little time as a guest of Sheriff Donald Smith, stood before Judge Peter Collins and was sentenced. But he wasn't sentenced for long enough as he is free to walk the streets and terrorize others at will - as an event last week demonstrated. A psychopath will always be a psychopath.
And now, the News:
Sun Mar 8, 2009 6:26pm EDT
by Rebecca Wodder, American Rivers
Each year, an appalling amount of trash finds its way into our nation’s rivers and streams. These pollutants rob a river of its natural beauty and negatively affect the health of the river and surrounding communities.
Written by Dave Tyler
Are we destined to see offshore wind farms cropping up all over the Great Lakes?
Mandelstam also said the Great Lakes offer no significant water use conflicts and accessible transmission and ports. There’s also little opposition from the public if the turbines are built more than 10 miles from shore, he said.
Growth threatens undiscovered layers of an empire that stretched from the Nile Valley to the Caucusus.
by: RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer
Thursday, March 5, 2009