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Just When You Start to Think that the Coeymans Town Council has the Opportunity to Shine…
Town of Coeymans Sitting Board Member, Peter Masti, Likes to Write Letters to the Editor. Unfortunately for Masti, They Get Published.
You have four church-goin’ members of the Coeymans Town Council assailing Coeymans Republican Committee chairwoman Barbara Cumm in her own home—after she manages to get them elected to the board—; then you have Mr George Langdon, newly elected to the Coeymans Town Board but not satisfied with being elected, he has his greedy eye on the Coeymans Republican Committee chairmanship besides (that’s not going to happen)—and he doesn’t seem to want to wait until the present long-time chairwoman Mrs Barbara Cumm hands over the baton—; and then you have dear Kenny Burns who seems to think that Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca is a “father figure.” Is there any hope for Coeymans?
And just when you start to think that some of the worst parasites have been voted off the Coeymans Town Council—Yes, we’re referring to Tom Boehm and Dawn Rogers; Tom Dolan’s next, of course—Mr Peter Masti, sitting member of the Coeymans Town Council, pens another idiotic letter to the editor, which the even more idiotic Ravena News Herald prints.
Mr Masti Insists on Publishing His Pitiful Ignorance…
Please, dear readers, don’t jump to conclusions. We are not proposing censorship nor curtailing free speech. What we are proposing is that a sitting elected official should be especially responsible, prudent and careful when publishing his opinion in the local media. We are proposing that he should have his facts straight and correct, at the very least. We must hold our elected officials to a higher standard than we do the woman- or man-on-the-street. When our elected officials publish something in the public media, it is not just simply “opinion” but it takes on an entirely different character, it becomes public information, public education.
We read the letters to the editor and we have read Mr Masti’s occasional diatribes. For example, last December 19th (2013), Mr Masti penned a letter-to-the-editor of the Ravena News Herald. We read that letter and it raised our eyebrows as it should have done for many others. In that letter, Mr Masti rants about Santa Claus, “‘X-ing” out Christ in Christmas and Mr Masti’s own “faith in Christ.” Here’s some of what Masti writes:
“The very holiday of Christmas proclaims Christ in its name and very existence. I laugh when I see Xmas instead of Christmas. How can you X” out Christ and still have Christmas?…I do not force my faith in Christ on others. I do not think that Christians should ever do that, but neither should we be afraid to share that faith with others.”
So what’s the problem? You may well ask. Mr Masti is proclaiming his pitiful ignorance in published letter-to-the-editor, and by so doing is making a mockery of his “faith in Christ,” and his own Christian education. Had Mr Masti done any homework at all, he would have quickly found out that the “X” in Xmas is not “X”-ing out, or deleting, or removing Christ from Christmas. Not at all! Mr Masti’s pitiful ignorance shines brightly, as does his ignorance of Christian tradition. In fact, the “X” in Xmas represents a long Christian tradition of abbreviating sacred names in manuscripts and writing. In fact, the “X” in Xmas has its origins in Biblical Greek, and is actually the Greek letter χ (chi), the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, Christós, meaning ‘anointed’. The translation of the Hebrew word Mašíaḥ (messiah) as Χριστός (Christós) in the Greek Septuagint became the accepted Christian designation and title of Jesus of Nazareth. Similarly, in many Christian manuscripts we find the name Christ represented by a “†” (a cross), as in †mas. Mr Masti is absolutely incorrect in his News Herald rant and merely exposes his ignorance of Christian tradition.
Mr Masti apparently has too much time on his hands. Obviously, his nursing job is not keeping him busy, nor is the work of being a town of Coeymans town board member, either. In this past week’s Ravena News Herald we again had the amusement and questionable pleasure of more of Mr Masti’s ignorance. In the Ravena News Herald of February 6, 2014, in a letter to the editor, Mr Masti writes:
“In talking with some people this past week, I was told that some of my decision making was being influenced by the “Smallbany blogger”. I quite curtly informed them that it was not.
“When I first got into office I was exposed to this “information source”. I use the word ‘exposed’ because that is what I felt. It read like an X-rated small town soap opera and I never even finished what I saw before me due to its format and language! When I write my letters I give the facts as best I know them, where I received these facts, and then I sign what I have written. This “Smallbany” person does not sign and leaves one unable to find out where he gets his information. I also try to share my information in a civil form and not in some vile and vulgar format that would turn myself and I am sure many others away.”
Now the initial problem we have with this snippet from Mr Masti’s letter-to-the-editor is that Mr Masti contradicts himself. Furthermore, Mr Masti gives us reason to believe he is ignorant of what was and is going on in Coeymans town hall. Shouldn’t he know what’s going on there?
Mr Masti also reveals his mediocre mental processing when he needs to know who is writing this blog. Mr Masti seems to loose sight of the fact that this blog’s title is “Smallbany” not “About Me.” Mr Masti does not seem to recognize the fact that it is the factual content of this blog that matters, not the author or authors. Masti gets stuck on the format, the language and doesn’t even address the content. But the events and facts reported in this blog are right under Masti’s nose! (Isn’t Mr Masti aware that the Coeymanazi money-pit police department is just downstairs? Isn’t Masti aware of the Notices of Claim filed against the Coeymans Police Department? Doesn’t Masti sign off on the Coeymans police department budget?)
What’s even worse is that Mr Masti appears to be saying he is familiar with this blog and its contents enough to make certain decisions about it. But Wait! Doesn’t he seem to be saying in his letter to the editor that he read only one article on this blog and didn’t even finish that one? Mr Masti appears to be double-talking us.
Does Mr Masti sweat such bullets when he reads a Albany Times Union or a Ravena News Herald article that is “unsigned” or if he doesn’t know where they obtained their biased and generally inaccurate information?
What’s worse is that Masti writes that the blog “leaves one unable to find out where he gets his information.” That’s absolutely stupid of Masti because we provide quotes, sources, pictures. We reproduced the source documents and provide them for reading and download. We frequently state that the information is obtained directly from the town of Coeymans or village Ravena, or elsewhere under the provisions of the New York State Freedom of Information Law (F.O.I.L.). If Mast were even half-aware of what’s going on in Coeymans town hall, he’d at least recognize some of the information we publish! It comes straight from Coeymans town board minutes or documents! Wake up Masti!
Masti’s ignorance is further documented when he writes: “I also try to share my information in a civil form and not in some vile and vulgar format that would turn myself and I am sure many others away.” The information Mr Masti has so far shared has been “civil,” that we admit. But it has been incorrect or wrong. Mr Masti’s mediocrity is underscored when he writes that the information provided on this blog is “vile and vulgar.” That statement would make the impression that Mr Masti is familiar with this blog and its contents to be able to make such a sweeping statement. But how can that be if Mr Masti also writes: “I never even finished what I saw before me due to its format and language,” when Masti describes his first experience of the blog. He never finished but he has an opinion. Is that the kind of person Coeymans needs or wants on the town of Coeymans town council?
The most glaringly stupid statement Masti makes is that the “vile and vulgar format would turn myself [Masti] and I [Masti] am sure man others away.” Quite the contrary, Mr Masti, this blog is “vile and vulgar” only in your petty bigoted little mind. In fact, the information provided on this blog is lauded as very important to the community, your own Ravena-Coeymans community, by the many readers in the Ravena-Coeymans community and even worldwide! We have attracted almost 200,000 readers, Mr Masti! Almost everyone with a computer, a tablet, a smartphone in the town of Coeymans reads this blog, Mr Masti! Even YOU, Mr Masti!
Mr Peter Masti, you are an ignorant so-called Christian, and we can forgive that. We have no intention of tearing your personal religious beliefs or faith tradition apart. Nor do we intend to enter into a theological presentation, either. But you are, like so many like you, ignorant even of your own declared faith tradition. You should not publicize that; it makes most Christians look bad.
What’s worse, though, is that you are a hypocrite, Mr Masti. And it appears that you are a liar, too. Put all of that together and we have a very nasty mess: An ignorant, hypocritical liar who calls himself a Christian. Shame on you! That’s not our opinion, Mr Masti. That conclusion comes directly from a fair analysis of your letter-to-the-editor, and anyone with a third-grade reading ability can determine that fact for him or herself.
In conclusion, Mr Masti: The fact that to “some people” with whom you were chatting felt that your decision making was influenced by this blog speaks volumes. Firstly, for all the negative statements you make about this blog, it seems that your decisions have a lot in common with what we write on this blog. Why else would “some people” feel that your decision making was influenced by this blog? How do you explain that Mr Masti?
Furthermore, you write that you didn’t get past your initial contact with this blog; in fact, you write, “I never even finished what I saw before me due to its format and language!” So, Mr Masti, how can you say with certainty that your decision making wasn’t influenced by the “Smallbany blogger?” Either you know for certain or you don’t know. Which is it, Mr Masti? And if you know for certain that your decision making was not influenced by the blog, you’d have to know which decisions and which blog information. Right? That would mean that you’d have to know what’s on this blog. If you don’t know what’s on this blog, it’s impossible for you to “curtly inform them” that your decision making was not influenced by this blog. You can’t have it both ways, Mr Masti. You do see where we’re having some problems with your credibility, Mr Masti, don’t you?
Finally, you claim that you are “unable to find out where he [the blogger] gets his information.” Well, Mr Masti, if you are in the privileged position as an elected public official in the capacity of a Coeymans town council member, you should be expected to know where the information came from. You do read your town documents, publications, the local media, etc., don’t you, Mr Masti? You do know what a F.O.I.L. is, don’t you, Mr Masti. Certainly, Mr Masti, when we publish information on the town of Coeymans you must recognize it, don’t you Mr Masti?
Mr Masti: After all is said and done we have a question: What in hell are you doing when you’re sitting in executive session, during a town of Coeymans board meeting, or as a town board member? It seems our readers are better informed than you are!
What’s worse, though, is that you are a hypocrite, Mr Masti. And it appears that you are a liar, too. Put all of that together and we have a very nasty mess: An ignorant, hypocritical liar. Our advice to you, Mr Masti: Stop writing letters to the editor. They only confirm our opinion of you.
The truth is: Peter Masti got caught with his pants down around his ankles when “some people” recognized that his decision making is influenced by this blog. Masti was apparently embarassed when he got called on that fact and now is trying to distance himself from us. Peter Masti admits in his own letter to the editor that “some people” somehow thought his decision making was very similar to this blog and simply asked him about it. Now Peter Masti is peeing all over himself trying to claim that we don’t influence him. Even if he were to be truthful and say that he reads this blog and gets some information from it. What harm would that do? Shows he’d be up to snuff on what’s going on in his community, doesn’t it? We know you read this blog, Petey. Why lie about it, Petey?