Dookies in the Pool

The City of Suffern Revisited

  5 months ago     2306 Views     Leave your thoughts  

The time has come to revisit the City of Suffern initiative that I have previously brought up. A number of years ago I did a tremendous amount of research on this issue. I conferred with then-mayor Trish Abato and former Village of Suffern Attorney Terry Rice. As a full service village, Suffern still has to pay more than $1.5 million each year to the Town of Ramapo and we receive very little in return. As many would agree, we have taxation with little or no representation. I would argue that we have only a single voice advocating for our residents…

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Dookie Alert! Why Do We Take Political Advice From Celebrities?

  6 months ago     174 Views     Leave your thoughts  

Everyone in America is entitled to have and express an opinion. With incredible foresight, this was actually woven into the framework of our constitution by way of the first amendment to the constitution by the founding fathers in 1791.  You don't have to be a citizen, or rich and famous, or have certain religious beliefs, be a member of a particular race and your sexual orientation or gender don't come into play either.  If you'd like to express yourself, go for it! That said, why do we assume that others know better and by extension why allow famous people to…

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If You’re Going to see it, Can You see it at the Lafayette?

  2 years ago     4129 Views     Leave your thoughts  

50 Shades of Grey opens tonight across the country and the movie has caused controversy before it even arrived.  Some are upset that the Town of Ramapo is 'promoting' the movie.  (I can't in good conscience call it a film because the books sucked but more about that later.) Why the outcry?  S&M, BDSM etc. are the dominant themes.  Now I'm not entirely sure what the difference is between the two but this is a love story with a kinky twist.  Big deal.  How many movies or even television shows deal with and portray rape and violence?  Where's the outcry…

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Smokescreens, Nonsense and ‘Lisa Benson’ has Dookies in ‘his or her’ Pool

  2 years ago     3552 Views     Leave your thoughts  

I have always offered equal time and equal space in my publications provided that five simple rules are met: Tell us who you are. Anonymous cowards need not bother. We have in the past withheld names but we have to know who you are and be satisfied that you are who you say you are. Keep it clean. Keep it fair. Keep it honest. Keep subjective, personal attacks to yourself. Attack the issues, not the individual. Despite repeated offers of equal time and space, many would rather spout off on Facebook; that is their prerogative. It never ceases to amaze…

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A Certain Group of People Are Definitely Under Attack in this Country and Should Fear for Their Safety–It’s Just Not Who You Think it is

  2 years ago     8031 Views     Leave your thoughts  

Can we have a real conversation? With real numbers? Using logic and real facts?  The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have thrust 'police brutality' into the limelight with protests, violent protests, rioting and looting taking place in some parts of the country. The other night Bill O'Reilly used numbers to make his point with a guest but his logic was at best, flawed.  He stated that in 2012, 326 white people were killed by the police while only 123 black people were killed by the police during the same period.  Everyone knows that the white population in this…

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An Idea Whose Time Has Come for the East Ramapo Central School District?

  2 years ago     10725 Views     Leave your thoughts  

It’s no secret that the East Ramapo Central School District is broken. Mistrust, disenfranchisement, racism, anti-Semitism, brutal, expletive-laced verbal assaults directed toward parents and a lawyer who allegedly threatened an honor student.  And this just scratches the surface. I listened to the NPR ‘This American Life’ recording on East Ramapo and I thought they did a great job of summarizing the history as well as the turbulent current situation.  It put a lot of things into perspective for a lot of people who aren’t familiar with the entire situation. And then let’s throw in the nonsense that occurred on Election…

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No Dookies to Speak of–Just a Lot to be Thankful For

  2 years ago     1322 Views     Leave your thoughts  

A year ago today I was a bundle of nerves.  It was the day before Thanksgiving and I got up and went to Walmart to buy cleaning supplies.  I wandered around the store aimlessly but somehow managed to buy a mop, bucket, broom, dustpan, sponges, cloths, many other items, Windex, Lysol and almost every other cleaning fluid known to man, and a cleaning caddy to carry everything around in.  The previous sixteen months had been particularly challenging and included among other things two 10-day stays in the hospital and surgery. At 2:00pm that day I arrived in New City and…

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Some See Digust, I See a Teaching and Learning Opportunity

  2 years ago     2721 Views     Leave your thoughts  

A tip of the hat to Bruce Simon for sharing this on Facebook: Friends, neighbors, brothers and sisters, I'm all for free speech and open dialogue, but sometimes, you need to call someone out. XXXX XXXXXXX, thanks for sharing this, so EVERYONE knows who you are and where you're coming from. “The attack on the synagogue in Jerusalem was not a “terror attack” nor were the victims “civilians”. The attack was an act of resistance against a monolithic genocidal entity that seeks to wipe out the Palestinian people and take every last inch of their land." Bruce refers to a…

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Online Polls are Indeed Different, but there are no Dookies to be Found in this Pool

  2 years ago     1778 Views     Leave your thoughts  

Funny thing about polls.  People love them when they support their position and hate them when they don't. On November 7th, we published a poll that asked about the Rockland County Executive's first budget.  The amazing thing is that many of the people who applauded our poll when we first published it, were the same ones to question the veracity of the poll when we published the results. On the other hand, there were those who took exception to the way the questions were posed feeling that it was biased toward the "Ed Day went too far" camp.  When people on…

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Major Disheartening Dookies in Local Elections

  2 years ago     1913 Views     Leave your thoughts  

I generally don't publicly endorse or oppose candidates for elected office.  We offer to publish factual information that is sent to us; some candidates send us something, others choose not to; their choice but we publish what we get and include a disclaimer that clearly states our neutrality.   My stance is that most voters are astute enough to make an informed choice.  Although I do have my opinions and in many instances I know the candidates better than many, you won't see election signs on my lawn and it's my choice to remain neutral on elections in my publications although…

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