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Supervisor Flach: On Eliminating the Coeymans P.D.

Finally, Someone in the Double-wide a.k.a. the Coeymans Town Hall Is Waking Up and Listening to Reason and Proposing Sound Economics!

Supervisor Flach: “I want to ensure personal safety while saving taxpayer dollars.”
BRAVO, MR FLACH!

In Early July 2012 We Published Two Articles on The Cost of the Coeymans P.D. and the Good Sense in Eliminating it Outright. After All, Our Tax Dollars Are Paying for Two Other Law Enforcement Organizations That Regularly Serve Coeymans: The Albany County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police. Why Pay and Additional Estimated More Than $2 Million a Year to Have A Local Band of Thugs Who So Far Have Served Mainly As a Long Arm of the Local Coeymanazis, Have Raised Numerous Questions of Corruption, and Have Been the Cause of Innumerable Complaints and Lawsuits, Costing The Taxpayers Dearly!

Coeymans Town Supervisor announced in the Supervisor’s Report printed in the September 7, 2012, Ravena News Herald newspaper, that he has been studying the possibility of eliminating the Coeymans Police Department and asking the Albany County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police to take over law enforcement in the Town of Coeymans. (Read the entire Supervisor’s Report: Supervisor Report-Eliminating the Coeymans Police Department)

We advocated that move back in July in our article Eliminating the Coeymans Police Department, where we argue that more than $2 million could be saved by getting rid of the Coeymans P.D. We also expressed our outrage when the Coeymans town board approved the appointment of officer Kerry Thompson to be police chief Gregory Darlington’s admin assistant at more than $30.00 per hour! We published that gem in our article, One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward: Kerry Thompson gets $30+/hour!

According to Supervisor Flach’s report in the News Herald his “job as…elected official is to manage the town budget, while improving and maintaining services.” It’s nice to hear someone in office talking like that and actually someone having the cojones to actually say it out loud.

Supevisor Flach goes on to say that many local communities are downsizing or eliminating their law enforcement departments to save money and that he wants to “ensure personal safety for our community members while saving taxpayer dollars.” Flach has guts and integrity by even entertaining such a sensible plan and we should stand behind him because he’s really trying to make improvements and do the best for the community.

Surpervisor Flach closes his article with an appeal to the community to let him know what it wants. He asks residents to e-mail him or board members to voice their opinions. Supervisor Flach gives his e-mail as sflach@coeymans.org and asks to hear from you.

We would also suggest as many residents as possible attend the Coeymans town board meeting on Monday, September 10, at 7:00 p.m. at the Coeymans town hall. You can probably expect to see a lot of Coeymans P.D. people there protesting the proposed elimination of the department. That’s why it’s important to have the rest of the community show up in support of Flach’s plan.

Good Things Happen Only If You Support Them!

Please note that even if there are some thugs on the Coeymans force, there are also some very good people on the Coeymans P.D. and every effort should be made to make the transition smoothly and to ensure that there are outplacement efforts made to place qualified people in positions where they can continue supporting themselves…preferably not at Coeymans taxpayer expense.

You should support Supervisor Flach’s plan because there is no real or reasonable need to pay for three law enforcement organizations to serve Coeymans. You already are paying for the Sheriff’s department and State Police services so save yourself at least $2 million a year, and support Flach’s plan.

WE SUPPORT
SUPERVISOR FLACH’S PROPOSAL
AND YOU SHOULD TOO!

THE EDITOR

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James Latter: ‘The Superintendent Does Not Have to Answer Resident’s Questions.’

Board of Education Member James Latter Says in an E-Mail to RCS Superintendent Elizabeth E. Smith that She Works for the Board of Education, Not for the Community. She Doesn’t Have to Run Around Responding to Community Requests!

Mr James Latter Never Learns!
He Should Keep His Cake Hole Shut!

Ever Wonder What Secret Messages Your Elected Officials Send to Each other? Here’s An Example! Straight from RCS Board of Education Member (You Elected Him!) James Latter’s Dirty Little Fingers to Your Screen!

We recently published an exchange of emails between a resident and Ms Elizabeth Smith regarding the unlawful and illicit involvement of RCS athletics coaches in the sale by RCS students of unauthorized raffle tickets distributed unlawfully by the RCS Sports Association, in violation of policies, procedures, and the law. We published the emails in our article Raffle, Anyone? In that same article, we raise the question of whether or not the RCS Bottle Blitz has requested permission to use school property and whether the Bottle Blitz is required to pay for that use like other organizations. As usual, Superintendent “Betsy” Smith avoided most of the questions.  It appears Mr Latter doesn’t like the fact that the resident contacted the District offices directly. Too bad!

Seems every time you open your fat cakehole, Latter, it gets you in hotter water! So, you think the Superentendent works for YOU? Is that so, Mr James latter? Is that why she’s such a puppet? Is that why so little information gets out in response to the community, Mr Latter, because Ms Smith works for YOU? Mr Latter, if Ms Smith works for you, can we assume YOU are writing out checks to her? If Ms Smith works for you, Mr Latter, and you are elected by the community, doesn’t that mean that you both work for and are accountable to the community? Sounds like you are a bit confused, Mr Latter. So, tell us, Mr Latter, when’s the last time YOU wrote a check to fund your position and for Ms Smith’s excessive salary? Mr Latter, how dare you write a letter like this (we’re assuming this went to Smith):


Community Emails
James Latter [james.latter@sabic-ip.com]
Sent: Friday, September 07, 2012 8:04 AM

I am concerned about community emails that are demanding information from our Superintendent with deadlines and promises of escalation of [Editors Note: Does Latter mean “if”?] those deadlines are not met. The superintendent works for us not the community and only has an obligation to get back to the community as time permits. School started this week and I would rather the superintendent focus on that than running around gathering detailed info for a community member. I have not seen a response from you [Editor’s Note: meaning Smith?] to this community member, but I think it is the presidents job to remind community members of how things work. If you do not feel comfortable with this task then maybe you could have Mr Robbins help out. Either way I think a response from the BOE needs to go out today addressing this community members email.
Thank you,
Jim

Thank you,
James Latter II
SABIC Innovative Plastics
Engineering Resins
Americas Operations Finance Analyst
T (518) 475-5501
D *233-5501

E james.latter@SABIC-IP.com
1 Noryl Ave.
Selkirk, NNY 12158
Admin Building


If you can get past the poor grammar and spelling errors in Latter’s letter, it looks like Mr Latter did this letter on company time. Anyone wonder if he did it during lunch or charged personal or vacation time to do it? Or is it his habit to take care of personal business on company time. Wonder if his manager is aware of Mr Latter’s theft of company time.

Poor, overworked superintendent! Did you eliminate her staff, Mr Latter? Doesn’t she know how to delegate, Mr Latter? What planet are you on, Mr Latter? Furthermore, if Madam Superintendent does not have to respond to residents, she’s got a mouth, let her use it, and tell residents she does not have to answer their questions, that she works for you!  Say it publicly so we all know.

Mr Latter, we feel very strongly that you need to make this statement at a Board of Education meeting, in public, to the public. The public needs to know what you think, Mr Latter. The public needs YOU to tell THEM that they are paying Ms Elizabeth Smith more than $140,000 a year to work for YOU, that she doen’t have time to answer the community’s questions! Will you do that, Mr Latter? Do you have the balls to make that public statement directly to the public?

How about you, Ms Smith? Did you really have to run around getting detailed information for that community member? Didn’t you have that information immediately available? (You should have, it was current and relevant to a burning issue, Ms Smith!) Do you feel you don’t have to answer the community’s questions? Did YOU know you work for James Latter? Would you like to make that statement publicly? That would save us a lot of money in November, when you retire and start collecting a pension based on the $140,000 you’re collecting from the community to work for James Latter. Save us that money, Ms Smith. Save us that money, Mr Latter!

By the way, is that why the community has to ask the same questions over and over again and still get no answer, despite the fact that Ms Smith repeats her canned response, “I’ll get back to you on that?”

Mr Latter, Ms Smith: If that’s what you actually believe, that you don’t need to respond to the community, you both really need some education and some discipline. Better still, you need to GO! And go without a pension!

Latter expresses the very attitude that needs to be eliminated in this community: the in-crowd, string-pullers have all the say and the community can take a leap. You, good people, loyal readers, must take steps to change their attitude. The place to start is at the next Board of Education meeting!

James Latter Is In The Wrong Place. He doesn’t know it but we do!
The Editor

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David Soares Has Lost All Dignity

The Saying that “A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words” Is OH! So True!

Kong Made Him Do It!

Albany County District Attorney David Soares Has Lost All Dignity But the Upside of His Downslide is that He’s Finally Found A Level He Can  Relate To Effectively…And He’s Found Something–Other Than Philandering and Mouthing Off and Getting into Hot Water–He’s Found His Political Niche, the “Silly Dance”!

This is the Albany County District Attorney, David Soares, Doing What He Does Best!
What A Jerk!

Soares must be really desperate if this is the way he has to convince voters that he should be re-elected to continue desecrating the law and misadministering law enforcement in Albany County. All Soares has proved is that he has to go, and Lee Kindlon needs to be elected to get things back on track in Albany!

(Actually, when I first saw this picture, I immediately jumped to the 1933 classic, King Kong, the scene where the landing party on Skull Island first see the natives doing the Kong stomp! You can view the clip at King Kong – Stomp Dance. Decide for yourself!)

Seriously, parents, did you really feel comfortable having this lunatic so close to your children? Aren’t you afraid they’ll catch something? But then, stupidity isn’t supposed to be contageous. They may still be safe.

When this imbecile isn’t dipping his pen in company ink (if you get my gist), he’s making some idiotic statement that gets him censured and disciplined, or he’s maliciously prosecuting someone where there’s no case. The man’s a Moron (note the capital)!

Anyone ever ask why Soares spends so much time in Ravena-Coeymans? Must remind him of his primitive African island origins. Yeah. That has to be it. Has to be it. Gregory Darlington, Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca, Tom Dolan, and the rest of the Coeymanazis are conspicuously absent from this degrading performance. Probably afraid Soares would show them up doing the silly dance!

Give Me A Break, Soares!
I’m Begging You! You’re Killing Me!
The Editor

(If you’ve got a strong stomach you can read the full story  in the September 6, 2012, The Ravena News-Herald . It can be read also online at Rockin’ and rollin’ with .. the Albany County DA by Marlene McTigue.)

 

Dirty-Hands Jerry: “We don’t care…”

Dirty-Hands Jerrry Has Resurfaced and Arrogantly Thinks He’s the Spokesperson for the Entire RCS Central School District: “We don’t care what the other schools do!” Well, We Don’t Care What You Care About, Jerry, Either.

Dirty-Hands Jerry Don’t Care!

 According to Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca, the RCS parents and residents shouldn’t care what other districts are doing. That profound bit of lunatic wisdom came during the public statement portion of the September 4, 2012, RCS board of education meeting, when Deluca made a cameo appearance after months of invisibility. Deluca was remarkably understated and gentle when he took the podium, even timid. We can only guess what the effects of his long withdrawal and quiet time might have been (was it imposed by the Ravena-Coeymans godfather, we wonder?). He was getting too mouthy and uppity, anyway. No one missed him or his bottle baglady partner Cathy Deluca  nor his lapdog R.J. D’Esposito. But school’s in session and they’re back so we might as well get used to it.

Damn! Just when the neighborhood started to look good again!

Deluca made the statement, apparently on behalf of the Coeymanazi mob, because all previous speakers were apalled at the article published in the Sunday Times Useless, “Big tab, mixed results. State’s per pupil cost is tops in U.S., but outcomes elusive” (S. Waldman, Sept 1, 2012) (Click here to read the entire article.)

The article reports per pupil expenses for some area school districts for the 2010-2011 school year (the most recent available). RCS is the highest cost per pupil of the entire group! Why is that?

  • Albany: $19,723
  • Ballston Spa: $16,248
  • Bethlehem: $17,026
  • East Greenbush: $17,980
  • Guilderland: $15,906
  • Niskayuna: $17,398
  • Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk: $21,011
  • Saratoga Springs: $14,760
  • Schenectady: $16,519
  • Shenendehowa: $15,014
  • South Colonie: $16,173
  • Troy: $19,792
  • Voorheesville: $18,176

But Dirty-Hands Jerry doesn’t think that’s significant because, Deluca wants us all to know that he’s there  “to remind people is that this school district does so  many good things for kids and wehn I hear people stand up and say we’re not Bethlehem or we’re not Balston Spa. No, we’re not. We’re RCS and we do very good things and we want to do the best we can for our kids. We don’t care what other schools do.”

Well, Mr Deluca, some of us do care what other districts are doing. We’re not into this isolation thing you seem to worship. We live in a world where we need to be aware of what’s going on around us. We need to compare and, by comparing, learn from others. We’re not as wise and all-knowing as you seem to think you are, Jerry. If this district is the most expensive out of some 13 districts surveyed, there’s really something wrong here. When Bethlehem and Ballston Spa and Albany can do it for less, there’s something really wrong in this district and we’d better hurry up and find out what it is. Any ideas, Jerry?

And we’d better care what the other districts are doing because the state and federal education authorities have a silly little thing they call comparisons. They tend to like to compare things, especially, school performances (and RCS’s performance, despite the hype, is pretty mediocre) costs per pupil, and they tend to ask some very sticky questions when things start to look a little odd, like in the RCS district. Didn’t you know that, Jerry? But you’re special, aren’t you? You don’t have to care. Well the rest of us do, Jerry, so Shut up and disappear, Jerry!

Jerry Deluca and his mob crammed the 2012-13 RCS school budget down your throats, now you’re seeing where that great advice got you all! What about all you Yes! voters who are now screaming bloody murder that you’re going to have to pay more to use school facilities? How do you all feel now that the teachers clique and the Deluca mob has led you down the rosey path to oblivion? Maybe now you’ll start listening to the real people, the business persons on the board of education and stop pointing the finger!

(Has anyone bothered to ask what the RCS school district is charging Cathy Deluca and her gang for the use of the school property for the so-called RCS Bottle Blitz? That’s not an official program of the RCS school district, either. The RCS Bottle Blitz is an entirely privately organized activity that has nothing to do with the RCS Central School District. So Cathy Deluca and Loraine Misuraca, you have to make a request, the request must be discussed by the BoE, and you have to pay for the use of the facilities. O.K.? Are you thinking about that, Superintentent Elizabeth R. Smith?)

Residents and Property Owners, You’d Better Start Asking Some Very Serious Questions Why the RCS CSD is Costing Property Owners more than $21,000 per pupil! There’s A Big Hole Somewhere and Your Money’s Leaking Into a Big Pit (a.k.a. a cesspool of corruption). (New Baltimore Residents had Better Start Doing Some Investigation, Too, Because You’re the Heaviest Taxed of Any of the RCS Locales! You need to consider why this is so when thinking about whether to re-elect your current town board mafia members. New Baltimore, you need to wake up, too! You’re being snookered.)

Jerry Deluca Doesn’t Care
The RCS CSD Is A Money Pit!
The Editor

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Raffle, Anyone?

The RCS Sports Association and the Maverick RCS Coaches Appear to Be Mooning the RCS Central School District Superintendent, Business Manager, and the Board of Education and Ignoring Policies and Procedures, Not to Mention the Law.

Is the RCS Sports Association Raffle Illegal?

Several weeks ago the RCS Sports Association was told in no uncertain terms by the Board of Education and residents of the RCS school district that they’d better cough up the registrations, tax information, insurance policies, etc. and comply with district polices and proceedures to operate on school property and to conduct any business on public property.  The RCS Sports Association is not an official school organization and appears to be inappropriately abusing the concept of implied endorsement by using the “RCS” in its name.  So far, nothing’s happened; the RCS Sports Association hasn’t produced a single sheet of meaningful paper…if they have, the RCS Central School District Superintendent and Business Manager have kept the community and the Board of Education in complete darkness. Our bet is that they’re telling the Superintendent to kiss their ass (and she’s complying), and they’re doing what they please.

No Way José!

We now have information that the RCS athletics coaches are allegedly passing out raffle tickets to students with instructions to sell them on behalf of the RCS Sports Association for a raffle allegedly to take place in October. The purpose and nature of the raffle has not been disclosed.

We just received a copy of a message sent to the RCS CSD Superintendent of Schools, Elizabeth R. Smith, and to the RCS CSD business manager, Diane Malecki, that contains the following text (the sender has requested anonymity):


Dear Ms Smith, Ms Malecki:

 Can you please a.s.a.p.:

  1.  Inform me of the current policy regarding students selling raffle tickets on behalf of organizations not affiliated with the RCS CSD
  2. Inform me whether or not the RCS Sports Association has filed with the District their articles of association, their business registrations, their list of officers, their NYS and federal tax registration status and their tax identification number, proof of insurance. Please itemize each of these with a yes or a no response.
  3. Inform me of the role of the RCS athletics coaches and their authorization to have RCS CSD students selling raffle tickets on behalf of the RCS Sports Association
  4. Inform me of the type and substance of disclosure of the event for which the raffle tickets are being sold
  5. The date such request was made to the RCS CSD to permit the sale of said raffle tickets
  6. The date and vote by the RCS CSD Board of Education deliberating, discussing, voting and approving/disapproving such request by the RCS Sports Association

Unless I hear from you by 12:00 p.m. on September 6, 2012 with the answers to the above questions I shall, without prejudice, notify the appropriate tax and finance authorities of the RCS Sports Association’s illicit activities, the NYSED office of counsel and the relevant administrative authorities at the SED, and the FBI and State Law Enforcement entities charged with the enforcement of the tax codes and the investigation of public corruption.
 
Furthermore, unless I have answers to the above questions I intend, without prejudice, to file formal notices of claim and demands for investigation of the operation of the RCS Sports Association, its officers, members, and associates, naming also the Superintendent and the Business Manager of the RCS CSD as accessories in any illegal transactions by the RCS Sports Association.
 
Furthermore, unless I have answers to the above questions by the time indicated, I intend to file without prejudice, notices of claim and demands for investigation and inquiry with the relevant state and federal child welfare authorities, naming the RCS Sports Association, its officers, members, and associates, naming also the Superintendent and the Business Manager of the RCS CSD as accessories in any illegal transactions by the RCS Sports Association.
 
Furthermore, unless I receive your response to the above questions, said responses being immediately at hand in the normal and regular conduct of RCS CSD business, I shall file a grievance and demand for investigation with the RCS CSD board of education to fully investigate the complicity and involvement of the RCS CSD with the allegedly and facially illicit activities of the RCS Sports Association improperly operated in virtue of the implied endorsement of the RCS CSD Superintendent and Business Manager, and with their implicit cooperation and acquiescence, and furthermore, to demand that any processes, proceedings or actions in progress or to be inaugurated with regard to the Superinendent’s activities, including but not by limitation retirement, resignation, pension, retirement benefits, etc., be stayed until the completion of all inquiries, investigations, or prosecutions associated with the activities of the so-called RCS Sports Association, its officers, members, and associates, naming also the Superintendent and the Business Manager of the RCS CSD as accessories in any illegal transactions by the RCS Sports Association.
 
I urge you, Mme Superintendent and Business Manager, to respond to the above questions 1-6 by or before the time indicated above.
 
Assuring you of my sincere intentions,

[Name Redacted]


Apparently, Superintendent E.R. Smith, saw the wisdom and the prudence in responding immediately, albeit defensively, to the resident’s demand submitted earlier today. Here’s her response:


[Name Redacted], I do not appreciate your threat made against me. I will however, answer your questions with a statement. John Vadney brought to my attention within the last hour, the fact that a student sold him a raffle ticket sponsored by the RCS Sports Association. An organization not affiliated with the RCS Central School District cannot ask students to sell tickets or be involved in any form of fund raising. The Sports Association has been notified this evening of this. No permission was granted by RCS School District for the selling of a Daytona 500 Ticket.

Elisabeth R. Smith
Superintendent Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District
15 Mountain Road
Ravena, NY 12143
518 756-5200, x 6003


Just in, the response to Smith’s response…OUCH!

Did that hurt, Betsy?


Dear Ms Smith:

Thank you very much for your prompt response, Ms Smith.

Paranoia and defensiveness is a pitiful state indeed; there was no explicit or implict threat “against” you in the demand. The steps enumerated in the demand were reasonable and prosecutable under the circumstances.

I am still at a loss that you, the principal of the high school and his many minions had to be notified by the president of the BoE of the illicit misconduct of your high school coaches right under your noses!

  • Where was principal Bailey when his coaches and staff were pandering to the RCS Sports Association?
  • Will the District be notifying those who paid for the illegal tickets that their money will be refunded?
  • What steps does the District intend to take against the offending coaches?
  • What steps does the District intend to take against the high school prinicpal?
  • What steps does the District intend to take against the RCS Sports Association?
  • Will the RCS Sports Association be banned from any activity on school property for a reasonable period of time by way of disciplinary action?
  • What, exactly, does the District intend to do to discourage such misconduct in future and to heal the damage done by those miscreants at the RCS Sports Association?

Please be assured that I intend to request that this correspondence be appropriately published for the community to read and evaluate.

It is my considered personal and professional opinion, Ms Smith, that you were derelict in your responsibilities, as was principal Bailey, and that you both would benefit form censure or discipline. This community should be grievously offended by your negligence, your lack of candor, and your indifference to misconduct in this school district.

My demand and the recourse set forth in that demand were explicitly “without prejudice,” and I reserve the option to file formal complaints and charges as the result of this continuing dereliction! That, Madam, is not a threat but an assurance.

Sincerely,
[Name Redacted]


Superintendent Smith’s Favorite Fix-It
Or Just Ignore It

Why is it that Mr John Vadney, the president of the RCS board of education, diligent and commited as he is, had to be the one to inform you, Ms Smith, of the RCS coaches illegal activity on behalf of the RCS Sports Association. Where was Mr Bailey when all of this was going on right under his nose?!?! And you mention solely “that a student sold him [Mr Vadney] a raffle ticket sponsored by the RCS Sports Association” and that Mr Vadney informed you of that fact. Where, Ms Smith, did the student get the ticket(s)? Who provided the student with the ticket(s)? That, Ms Smith, is the operative question here (you really need to ask that question, you know); not that the student was selling tickets nor that Mr Vadney bought a ticket and then informed you of the fact (which you or your principal should already have known) that the high school athletics coaches were distributing the tickets to students with instructions to flog them to residents! Facts, Ms Smith, facts! How is it that the RCS Sports Association can get away with such misconduct in broad daylight…what would a drug dealer get away with? Oh, the questions do arise, Ms Smith!

Can we reasonably expect that the offending coaches will face some disciplinary action for their misconduct? One would reasonably hope so!

Thank you Ms Smith, on behalf of all of us, for your prompt response, even though it is only partial. I suppose we should be grateful that you responded at all to the resident. But it seems to me that you, Ms Smith, are a bit paranoid, or at least suspiciously defensive, since there is no threat against you to be read in the alternatives to any non-response, simply that reasonable steps would be taken to ensure the best interests of the tax-paying public, something you don’t seem to have been able to ensure in the year or so you’ve been collecting your salary as superintendent.

(Has anyone bothered to ask what the RCS school district is charging Cathy Deluca and her gang for the use of the school property for the so-called RCS Bottle Blitz? That’s not an official program of the RCS school district, either. The RCS Bottle Blitz is an entirely privately organized activity that has nothing to do with the RCS Central School District. How about that, Ms Smith?)

Does this mean that the RCS CSD is going to face another investigation, audit, claim, lawsuit? Why not just enforce the policies and procedures and keep the Board of Education in the loop?!? Why do everything from behind the smoke screens? What in hell is the RCS CSD Superintendent of Schools, Elizabeth R. Smith, and the RCS CSD Business Manager, Diane Malecki, doing all day long? Planning the anticipated retirement party?

If readers have any further information on this incident, please leave a comment with further details.

Is it A Scam ?
Is it Legal?
The Editor

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This Article is Different from Most You Will Read On This Blog. It’s Angry and It’s a Morality Lesson, Too!

When’s the Last Time You Looked at Yourself, Deeply?

WHY???

Morality and ethics are things we used to learn at home from grandparents and parents, on the street from public servant role models (police, firemen, etc.), at school, in church. Now we pack our grandparents off to the nursing home, our public servants are thugs, sluts and thieves and our teachers aren’t much better, and who, really, goes to church anymore and who can really say they know anything about their religion or denomination, too? We’re in a very pitiful state as far as our morality and character are concerned, and our ethics is even worse, and our culture toxic.

So the theme of this blog is a quote from a beloved teacher, model, human being, St. Francis of Assisi, who is said to have taught, “If you have people who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have people who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” (Patron Saint of Ecology, 1181-1226) If you think about that statement, it should switch on some lights…somewhere.

It’s very true, though, when you think about it. If you tend to treat things, animate or inanimate, sensate or insensate, traditions or customs, without respect, love, compassion, sensitivity you’re very likely to treat other people and other living things the same way. And you know what? Generally, that disrespect and lack of compassion is just how you feel about yourself, we are told. Low self-esteem, low self-respect is usually reflected outward onto others, the world, people, creatures of all types.

This weekend, I visited the Iroquois festival at the Iroquois Museum in Cobleskill. There I enoyed demonstrations of Native American survival techniques, examined artifacts, viewed artworks, and learned a lot about the culture of the Iroquois Confederacy a “republic” of six nations.  The Iroquois call themselves the “Haudenosaunee“, which means “People of the Longhouse,” or more accurately, “They Are Building a Long House.” They were politically sophisticated and tolerant, had a highly developed culture and religious system. They were matriarchal, a woman was head of the clan and picked the chief, and they were matrilineal, you took your mothers clan name and belonged to her clan.

What’s a North American native culture to do with a 13th century Italian saint? Well, they both stressed oneness with nature and creation, respect of others, the necessity of a positive compassionate relationship with all of creation for survival. Something we have lost touch with today and are so much the poorer as human beings and as members of creation.

 After that elevating exhilarating experience, I found myself traveling down Rt 9W, just a mile or so before the entrance to the NYS Thruway when I saw something that was simultaneously horrific, saddening, ugly, and overall upsetting. In fact, it pissed me off really badly; it made me very regretful of humanity with its many flaws! It was the very image of what human beings have become today, and I decided I would share the sight and my thoughts with you on this blog.

Was this YOU, or someone you know?
It’s plain SICKO!

There they were, three beautiful animals, less than perhaps 50-100 feet from each other, along the roadside, DEAD! Not killed weeks or even days apart but merely hours, judging by the condition of the corpses. (The picture shows only one; the other two are just down the road where the cars are.) Now I’ve seen death in so many ways in my career and just wandering the world but sometimes the way it happens to be presented just hits you in a certain way. This was a revelation, a shocking revelation of what human beings have become: Humanity has become a cosmic-plague, a malignancy injuring, maiming and killing creation. But we’re worse than a mindless virus, because we claim to have a spark of divinity, freedom of will, intelligence, gifts that should make us a force for good, not a dark cloud of evil. These creatures, all of them young and healthy before being killed, were killed by humans in their machines and apparently by humans who had not a whit of concern or sense of responsibility for their actions nor any sense of compassion or responsibility. Like so many of you out there.

Yes, you are a restless bunch. Can’t stand still for long, have to move, gotta rush to get nowhere, gotta have that new toy but can’t reason Why? The commercials tell us to rush, we need IT now! And you respond by rushing and buying it. How’s that make you feel? A bit depersonalized, taken advantage of? Less than the person you’d like to be. Does it make you feel angry to be abused by businesses, industry, government, others? Are you angry? Are you taking it out on the world. I’d guess yes, from where I’m observing. And it’s happened to you so insidiously, that you haven’t even noticed, have you?

Now take a step back and look at yourself. Now look at your children, if you’ve taken the time to produce any, or ever had the notion of sharing your life with anyone but your iPhone and your Twitter or FaceBook cyberfriends. Are you constantly checking whether someone wants to message you, needs you to exist? Have you tried leaving the cellphone or the iPhone home and taking a walk…alone? What do you see? Do you like it? (Probably not.)

You hide the elderly and deny the naturalness of aging, you hasten the dying process in the ill but deny death, enjoy wanton and unprotected lust and then spread disease or kill the unborn and then preach chastity (for a frank discussion of abortion and the culture of death see my article: OPINION: Abortion Issues), you hurry to get nowhere special and when you get there you can’t wait to get to the next stop, you do most of what you do not knowing (or caring) why we’re doing it and just do it to get it off the list, you rush through every minute of the day without appreciating it or being in the moment even once and then whine that the day’s gone by already (whose fault is that?), you complicate your life with concrete things and lose the connection with the mysteries of life and can’t even visualize much less think in terms of concepts or the abstract. You eat three times more than you should, weigh at least 25% more than you should, but then complain that portions are small and that you’re overweight and unhappy with your body image. And you’re angry, fuming. Anger is ugly and does ugly things! Worse still, you deny you’re angry!

One of the ugly things your anger causes you to do is harm the helpless and the innocent, including the weak, the poor, the elderly, the young, and you do it verbally, physically, socially, psychologicaly, because it makes you feel powerful, empowered. But you’re just a common bully. And that’s where my concern for the morality of these developments comes into the discussion. The more you do a behaviour, the more it becomes habit, the more habitual it becomes, the more it becomes your character; your inner voice, your conscience, is a product of all of that. Your good-bad, right-wrong decisions are your morality, and what you do, how you live is your ethics. You are how you live. Are you afraid yet? You should be.

Our entire culture has become toxic.

Back to the Iroquois and the once great Native Americans. Look at what the European-now-American culture has done to them and how we’ve accomplished it: Invasion, cheating and dishonesty, eradication by the use of superior weapons and technology, importation of disease, import of an alien culture that is incompatible with centuries of tradition, disrespect for the native culture, forcing alien forms of government on the people, robbing them of their culture, their ethnic pride, their values, and then abandoning them to decline, disease, social degradation, and ultimately disappearance. In other words, we strip them of their dignity just as we strip all of creation of its dignity. And we do this for the worst of reasons and for short-term satisfaction and gain, imposing permanent damage and destruction, and move on to the next victims. Just like locusts devouring one field after another; simply destruction to feed our own perverse drives. Nothing’s changed over the past 300 years; we’re still doing it in other parts of the world. Admit itl, fix it, stop denying it!

BEFORE

Look at that face! You buy stuffed toys for your children because it’s so, well, cute, actually beatiful. Then you load your bloated or emaciated body into your gas-guzzler and run down two or three of the real things! What does that tell you about you? The three dead young raccoons were symbolic of what you’ve become: insensitive, self-serving, unrepentent, uncaring, black holes sucking up everything, destroying it and giving nothing in return. It’s sad, isn’t it?

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What really makes me kind of giddy in a sense is that most of you have no connection with anything really, you’ve created a world of dualities for yourself: you and everyone else, America and the rest of the world, the 1% and the 99%, the good people and the Jews and Muslims, the church-going Christian in church and the church-going Christian out of church. That’s just to name a few of the dualities you’ve set up to make yourself acceptable. You’re so one-dimensional you need to create dimensions outside of yourself. And still you pray, you attend worship, you read the bible, etc. and you learn nothing, your life is still…emptyness. You’ve become what you say you hate: hypocrites. Too bad!

People, there’s got to be an Aha! moment somewhere in all of this. That moment where you have that certain revelation, that conversion moment where you say to yourself, “What the f**k am I doing? Where the f**k am I? Where the f**k am I going?” Are you getting closer to climaxing in this orgiastic frenzy of, for lack of a better expression, sin against nature?

Take a moment and look in the mirror. What do you see? Now, peel away that surface and what’s under there? Can you really live with that? Do you want to continue living with that zombie under your skin?

The World Is Your Mirror.

Yes! The world is your mirror. It’s what you’ve become and what reflects back on you. You are individually and collectively responsible. We used to talk about duties and obligations but nobody liked that; those words sounded like someone else was pulling the strings and you were all simply being told by big brother what to do (it’s still happening but you’ve convinced yourself it’s not–still living the lie): Do this! Don’t do that! You must…! Now we talk about responsibility and following your conscience…what conscience? How responsible are you for what’s going on around you? If you feel you’re responsible have you done anything to correct the wrongs and the evil around you? Or are you irresponsible?

Stop Hurting US! Please!
The Editor

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