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The Cost of Being Reubenville, Now Back to Being Just Coeymans

Embarassed by a Food Chain Sandwich

The Sandwich that Embarassed the TownWe suggest that Albany D.A. P. David Soares Prosecute the Sandwich for Harassing the Town of Coeymans.

The Sandwich that Embarassed the Town
We suggest that
Albany D.A. P. David Soares
Prosecute the Sandwich for Harassing the Town of Coeymans. That’s about his speed.

Town of Coeymans Boardmember Hands Out Sandwich Coupons to About 35 Residents

The small minds of the Coeymans town board fell victim to the petty rewards of the Arby’s marketing plan to rename some idiotic community Reubenville for the month of March. The Coeymans town board offered to do just that in order to get 5000 coupons for free sandwiches. The hitch: You had to live in a community stupid and petty enough to rename itself by proclamation, Reubenville. Then, once you got your prize, you’d have to spend about $10 to get a $3 sandwich. That’s the best example of Coeymans economics we can come up with.

The Arby's Gift Card

The Arby’s Gift Card

By the time you travel to Colonie and back—you’d have to drive to Wolf Road in Colonie to get your sandwich, about an hour traveling 45 miles round-trip—you’ve worked up an appetite again!

So, Coeymans town board member Thomas Boehm (Pronounced: Bum) handed out fewer than 100 of the 5000 sandwich cards to about 35 of the 7,300+ Coeymans residents who showed up to claim their prize. That was a surprisingly optimistic showing for Coeymans, where depression reigns supreme. Wonder why?

man eating fast food

Our guess is that most residents with any self-respect were embarassed to show up to profit from the board’s degrading misuse of public official time. But of course, right there for the free handouts were plenty of public officials, including [unconfirmed!] village justice Harold “Hal” Warner and Ravena village board member [unconfirmed!]William “Bill” Bailey. An unconfirmed report informs us that Coeymans town justice, George Dardiani, absconded with a handful of 8 coupons, a redeemable value of about $48 in merchandise! In addition, Linda Tammy Eissing, Coeymans town court clerk, allegedly walked off with 8 coupons.

We find it amusing to think that when it comes to collaboration the village of Ravena is so adverse to Coeymans but when it comes to free junk food, they’re right there in the food line. No dignity! (We’re waiting for confirmation of other Names-of-Shame and we’ll publish as soon as we get confirmation.) We expect that the Coeymans town clerk is keeping a tally of coupons handed out and to whom, and that list will be public information. It’s only part of good accounting.

We do want to emphasize that these reports are unconfirmed. If anyone has information to the contrary, please let us know so we can make appropriate changes and apologize, if necessary.

Ravena village board member Bill Bailey and Ravena village justice Harold Warner showed up for the freebies.

Ravena village board member Bill Bailey and Ravena village justice Harold “Hal”Warner showed up for the freebies.

In a previous article we suggested that the town of Coeymans make the humanitarian gesture of donating the 5000 coupons to local homeless shelters and food pantries, who could make the trip to redeem 50 or more coupons and make it worthwhile. But NO! Why would Coeymans do something that would reflect positively on the community. Instead, they chose to be greedy and stupid—again, still—and grab what they could (what a fiasco!) and then, maybe then, when they’ve had their fill, give the leftovers away. Now that’s real Coeymans good will!

We have also received reports that Coeymans town board member Thomas E. “Tom” Dolan was handing out coupons as fast as he could after the town meeting on April 8. Do you think he was checking residencies? Was there any accountability for how many he gave out or to whom? The coupons are, after all public property, and there must be accountability for where they’re going and who’s using them. Wouldn’t you think.  We think Dolan was campaigning with your coupons, playing Santa Claus with your property. What do you think?

We think that the town of Coeymans behaved very poorly. We also think that elected officials should have more dignity. Both are a betrayal of the public’s trust. We also continue to feel that the right thing to do is to donate the remaining coupons to regional shelters and food pantries based on the number of persons served. If you agree, dear readers, e-mail Supervisor Stephen Flach or the Coeymans/Reubenville town board and tell them what you think! Here are their contact e-mails:

Coeymans/Reubenville Town Supervisor
Stephen D. Flach

Coeymans/Reubenville Town Council
Thomas A. Boehm
Thomas E. Dolan
Peter E. Masti
Dawn Rogers

Or write or call Coeymans town supervisor, Stephen Flach, at

Stephen Flach
Coeymans Town Supervisor
18 Russell Avenue
Ravena, NY 12143
Phone: (518) 756-6006

And tell him what you think! Residents of Coeymans deserve better but won’t get it if they don’t talk back!

The Terms of Use of the Arby's Coupon

The Terms of Use of the Arby’s Coupon

Editor’s Note: For those of you in especial need of an Arby’s sandwich, please be advised that we have been informed that you can pick up your much-needed fast-food freebie fix at the Coeyman’s town clerk’s office (as if she needed to do this, too). You will need proof of residency in the town of Coeymans. The coupons are redeemable at any “participating'” Arby’s for about $6 in merchandise. Contrary to what you might have heard, there is no Arby’s at the New Baltimore rest stop.

Enjoy your Arby'sEspecially you, Bill and Hal!The Editor

Enjoy your Arby’s
Especially you George Dardiani, Bill Bailey and Hal Warner!
The Editor

 

Sequel to “Land of Goofy”: Thanks Coeymans Town Board!

We Recently Posted an Article about the Stupidity of the Coeymans Town Board Approving a 15-year Exclusive Franchise Award to MidHudson Cable.

The real problem with village idiots is that they get elected to public office!

The real problem with village idiots is that they get elected to public office!

We were astonished that the town of Coeymans town board could do something so stupid and so damaging to the residents of Coeymans and we posted our insights on Ravena-Coeymans: The Land Of Goofy! Screwed Again by Coeymans Town Board! If you haven’t read it yet, click the link.

Of course, the town of Coeymans board members didn’t utter a peep in response. In fact, they should all have been tarred and feathered and run out of town.

Supervisor: Stephen FlachBoardmembers:Peter E. Mast,Thomas E. Dolan, Dawn Rogers,Thomas A. Boehm

Supervisor: Stephen Flach
Boardmembers:Peter E. Mast,Thomas E. Dolan, Dawn Rogers,Thomas A. Boehm

Maybe you should e-mail your town board and let them know what you think about their brilliant deals:

Stephen D. Flack
Supervisor, Town of Coeymans
supervisor@coeymans.org

Peter E. Masti
pmasti@coeymans.org
Current Term Expires December 31, 2015

Thomas E. Dolan
tdolan@coeymans.org
Current Term Expires December 31, 2015
(Dolan was hot for the deal. Why?)

Dawn Rogers
drogers@coeymans.org
Current Term expires December 31, 2013

Thomas A. Boehm
tboehm@coeymans.org
Current Term expires December 31, 2013

But it doesn’t stop there. We, at least did some of the research and obtained some really scary numbers for you neighbors in the town of Coeymans to choke on.

With the cooperation of some interested readers, we found out that MidHudson Cablevision does offer an Internet connection service only for customers who don’t want to use MidHudson’s television offerings. But look at the cost:

  • MidHudson Cable television package includs cable TV and Internet: about $78.00/month
  • MidHudson’s stand-alone cable Internet (Internet only, no TV) connection ( repeat: no TV service): about $73.00/month

So, it looks like there’s no savings at all if you just want an Internet connection only, like most other providers like Time Warner provide at reduced cost. MidHudson Cablevision is going to gouge you no matter what you want, they do it because they can. The town boards of Coeymans (and New Baltimore) have seen to that.

But wait! Maybe the brilliant elected Coeymans town board negotiated special substantial discounts for Coeymans residents owing to the extraordinary 15-year contract. Or did the Coeymans town board negotiate to obtain frozen rates for 5 or 10 years so that residents would not have to face constant increases and added service charges. After all, that would be fair. MidHudson gets a 15-years exclusive concession for providing cable and Internet service, and residents get special rates or frozen rates. Do you think that’s what happened?  Let’s ask. You ask and I’ll ask.

But any report would be incomplete if we didn’t look at speed of service. But that’s kinda difficult if you don’t know how to do the number crunching, because the suppliers, especially Midhudson Cablevision, play the misinformation game here, too! Here are some examples (we’ve converted the megas and the kilos for you):

Time Warner offers the same service, 3 Mb for about $29.99. Midhudson Cablevision offers the same thing to us for $72.95!

Here’s an interesting comparison, too: the average cost for equivalent services costs:

  • in the USA: $47.00/month
  • in South Korea: $38.00/month

Ever wonder why that is? Ever wonder why we’re years behind Europe and Asia with our cell phones and Internet services? Ask your elected officials. Ask them why US Corporations are holding back and why the US government is suppressing cleaner faster services! Think it might have something to do with money and greed?

But the insanity of giving one supplier exclusive rights to the community for 15 years is beyond belief! Looks like no other supplier will ever consider coming to Coeymans or New Baltimore and that means we keep our primitive, second-rate services for a real long time. Now that the Coeymans board has handed the gift of a 15-year exclusive franchise to backwoods MidHudson  no real provider is going to make the investment to come into the area and compete with MidHudson, so we’re dead in the water, folks!

Here are some interesting sites you might want to visit to do your own reading:

We deserve better and we're not getting it! Ask them WHY?The Editor

We deserve better and we’re not getting it! Ask them WHY?
The Editor

 
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Waxing Whimsical: Why the US and You Have no $$$ !

We Have Been Following the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District Budget Deliberations and Reading Some of the Local Comments Lamenting Possible Cuts. Why Do We Have To Worry About These Things…?

Ever Hear of USAID?United States Agency for International Development

Ever Hear of USAID?
United States Agency for International Development

We’re getting less and less federal aid and less and less state aid. Superstorm Sandy victims had to wait more than 90 days to get any disaster aid by an act of the United States Congress. Food prices are soaring. Fuel prices are soaring. But we have billions to give away to people who do little or nothing to help themselves, who seem to thrive on war and atrocities, who are more corrupt than the Ravena, New York town hall. And we’re giving it away to people who either steal it from their own people or to people who hate the United States.

And it’s not just about foreign countries and what is going on outside of the USA. By no means. Right here at home we have a POTUS who wants to be King Obama, we have the crown prince Governor of New York, Prince Andrew Cuomo, who acts like corrupt royalty passing unconstitutional laws right under the electorate’s nose. We have a state legislature that is corrupt, indifferent, and self-serving. We have a Supreme Court giving away the People’s rights to the corporations who then turn around to beat us up with the Corporate Greed Gorilla Stick, while they and the federal government reward their immoral practices and incompetence with bailouts. And we have a Congress who rubber stamps on the one hand anything that benefits them and stymies anything that might benefit the man on the street! We pay our potential enemies both inside and outside the country! But we have billions in taxpayer dollars to give away while cutting programs and benefits at home. What a bunch of morons!

They can’t give us a minimum wage but they can take pay raises, accept premium benefits, and enjoy the high-life while we have to acquire a taste for cat food! Times have changed dramatically; the USA is no longer the Oz of the rest of the world, we are in recession, we are suffering, we are having to tighten our belts. We no longer can give generously because we have our own hungry ghosts to feed. We have not managed our own greed well enough to have anything left to share.

foreign_aid_infographic

You might well ask!

You might well ask!
Or we could ask our elected officials!

Yeah. I thought I’d ask that question myself. Here are some very interesting bits of information and some places to go to read more:

Israel got more than $3.075 billion (that’s close enough to $3.1 billion) in 2012.
Israel’s special relationship with the United States pays off when it comes to foreign aid. The Jewish state has long been a top recipient of foreign aid, receiving nearly $3.1 billion in 2012.  We have to ask Why? when its loudmouth leader, Bibi Netanyahu (Wotayahoo) badmouths the US on a regular basis. And, besides, King Obama loathes him (but Obama loathes everyone not Obama) (Source: U.S. Foreign Aid By Country at Huffington Post)

Israel is currently the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign aid since World War II.

To date, the United States has provided Israel $115 billion in bilateral assistance. It is currently the second largest recipient of aid worldwide, with Afghanistan now first.

The fiscal year 2013 budget request “includes $3.1 billion in Foreign Military Financing [FMF] for Israel and $15 million for refugee resettlement. Within the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s FY2013 budget request includes $99.8 million in joint U.S.-Israeli co-development for missile defense.” (Source: U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel: 2012 Congressional Report at Journalists Resource)

You can get an overview of the top 20 countries receiving USAID and the programs receiving money in spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel)  at USAID Where Does The Money Go? (USAID Where Does The Money Go?) But the really troubling part of this story is this is only what the government is making public. It doesn’t even consider the covert programs. And it doesn’t include the operating expenses of the agency nor the wages and salaries or benefits paid to the government employees administering the foreign aid agency!

So, before you start badmouthing the local board of education or bitching about your property taxes, you might want to ask your legislators: Where does the money go?

Lost our homes, no disaster relief, can't afford food, no healthcare.The New American Reality!

Losting our jobs, losing  our homes, no disaster relief, can’t afford food, no healthcare.
The New American Reality!

We can and should ask our state and local elected officials Why? are we seeing our rates go up Up UP and our local, state, federal, and unions putting the overspending on the 99% of taxpayers who are carrying the burden. Why?

Do you wonder now why they want to take away your guns?

Maybe we should keep some for ourselves, at home?The Editor

Maybe we should keep some for ourselves, at home?
The Editor

 

Stupidity, Denial, Coeymanazis and Silly String

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Greed, Corruption, Denial, Coeymanazis…Actually, Simplemindedness May Be the Real Key to RCS’s Decline.

Claudia Verga “Sillystringed”
Model of Adult Behavior
A.W. Becker Elementary School Principal

Are You Still Wondering That Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Is a Losers Club as a Community and as a District? Read on…

In my day, the school principal was a person who represented authority, was an important role model for students and even teachers, was a source of socialization. But that was before everyone and anyone could do anything and everything because everyone and anyone is his or her own person. And if it feels good you can do it. Look where that bullshit has gotten us as persons, families, communities, as a nation. Right down the crapper!

Note the Principal’s Defensive Posture!
Note the Aggression in the Children!
A Great Lesson…

So, I wasn’t all that surprised to have learned and read of the local principal who made a mockery of herself and became the incarnation of the stupid adult we have today. Where was that? At RCS A.W. Becker where principal Claudia Verga made herself the object of elementary school pupil’s disrespect and aggression by allowing herself to be publicly… SILLYSTRINGED!

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Posted by on October 27, 2012 in A.W. Becker Elementary School, A.W. Becker PTA, Abuse, Accountability, Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families, Albany, Albany County District Attorney, Albany Schenectady BOCES, Alice Whalen, B'ezrat Hashem, Bad Ideas, Bad Role Model, Besiyata Dishmaya, Betsy Smith, BOCES, Bray Engel, Cathy Deluca, Child Abuse, Children of Dysfunctional Families, Claudia Verga, Clowns, Coeymans, Coeymans Circus, Coeymans Losers Club, Department of Environmental Conservation, Diane Hughes, Diane Malecki, Donna Leput Hommel, Dumb Ass Award, Ecology, Edward "Teddy" Reville, Edward Reville, Elizabeth Smith, Endangering a Minor, Failing Schools, Fundraising, Gerald Deluca, Greene County, Greg Teresi, Hudson Valley, Ignorance, Incompetent School Principal, indifference to the safety and welfare of a child, Investigation, Irresponsibility, James Latter, James Latter II, Jerry "Dirty-Hands" Deluca, Jerry Deluca, John B. King, Lorraine Misuraca, Marlene McTigue, Melanie Lekocevic, Mike Varney, Monitoring, Moose Misuraca, Negligent Parents, New Baltimore, New York, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State, New York State Education Department, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, NYSED, Office of the Attorney General, Parent Negligence, Parent Teachers Organization, PTO, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, RCS Central School District, Role Model, Role Models, Scary Clowns, Schools, Selkirk, Shame On You, Silly String, Smalbany, Small Town, Student Abuse, Student Health, Student Supervision, Teacher Negligence, Teddy Reville, Thomas E. Dolan, Tom Dolan

 

No Public Inputs or Notice! Village Board Minutes Confirm!

We’ve Just Received The Village of Ravena’s Response to our Demand for Documents and It Appears that The Village of Ravena is Pulling Another Fast-One on Residents!

Village of Ravena Retaliating Against the RCS Community Library?

We Were Very Specific in Our Demand for Copies of Public Notices, Hearings, and Minutes and Public Comments, Both For and Against the Ravena Fitness Center, and the Names of Trustees Who Voted For and Against Spending $50-100,000 on Used Fitness Equipment.The Village of Ravena Provided only the Minutes of the Village board meeting of September 18, 2012, and was unable to provide any other documents relating to our request. What does this mean? It means that the Village of Ravena was given the opportunity to save its butt and show that it acted in good faith with the public’s trust and that it did its business in an open and transparent way, safeguaring the common good. But did the elected village trustees do that? NO!In fact, the only documents that the Village of Ravena was able to provide in response to the clearly worded request for documents was, as mentioned above, the minutes of the September 18, 2012, Ravena village board meeting, and an excuse for not being able to produce any public notices, minutes of hearings, public comments, etc. The excuse reads, “Denied: Public Notice, Hearings, Votes” Why? “Record of which this agency (the Village of Ravena) is legal custodian cannot be found.” Translation: The village of Ravena would normally have those documents but they don’t exist. What this means: The village of Ravena, the trustees of the Village of Ravena, never made any Public Notices, never held any Hearings, and never opened the question of the Fitness Center or the Spending of $50-100,000 on used fitness equipment. The trustees and mayor of Ravena apparently didn’t think the public, the voters had to know anything about the secret meetings held behind closed doors.

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More Child Abuse: “Get out and push the bus!”

A Bus Breaks Down on the NYS Thruway on Thursday and Students are Told to “Get Out And Push The Bus”
You heard me right:
ON THE NYS THRUWAY!!!

[ UPDATE: Unofficial Information Received Today (Oct. 6, 2012) Reports that the Offending Busdriver Has Been Suspended. There is no news yet on the busdrivers involved in the abandonment of the other two students. We should expect that the two busdrivers involved in the abandonment will be suspended, and that Dawn Hunter, transportation dispatcher, be disciplined.
RCS Parents Should Demand Nothing Less!]

School Bus Rear-Ended
What if kids were pushing it?

All we can say is that busdriver made a very, very bad decision! When we put someone in charge of a vehicle and fill that vehicle up with school children, can’t we reasonably expect that that busdriver gets some screening, some training, is trained with some knowledge of emergency procedures? Well, obviously, this busdriver didn’t have the brains to know what to do and when. But to have students get out of the bus and push it off the NYS Thruway is really an extreme example of idiocy and abuse to the max!

Wouldn’t it have been smarter to get the kids to safety on the grass, out of harm’s way, put on the flashers, screw the traffic?!? Wouldn’t a normally functioning mind in such a position of responsibility prioritize what needed to be done? Let’s see: FIRST GET THE KIDS TO SAFETY! NEXT: Everything else…. But it didn’t happen that way. Why?

THIS is WHY!!!

How is it possible that not only were the kids not moved to a safe area they were actually told to get out of the bus and to push the bus! I’m at a loss for words!

One parent wants an explanation and writes to the Superintendent, Elizabeth R. Smith, Brian Bailey, principal of the high school, and the the RCS board of education:

My son [name redacted] was bused from BOCES this afternoon, when his bus broke down on the NYS Thruway he was asked to push the bus out of the road along with several other students before the police arrived. I feel as though this is a huge safety concern. Is this legal? What is being done about this? When I go to work I have to feel that RCS is protecting my son. I do not feel that right now.”

“A little over two weeks ago my son was left to walk home down Route 9W because of the confusion with the buses. When will this stop?”

[Name Withheld by Request]

What are the other parents doing about this, I wonder? Will the Coeymanazis have something to say when the board of education starts chopping heads? Where are all the loudmouths in the RCS central school district now or ever when it comes right down to disciplining school personnel who are pervs or perps or just plain stupid?

Parents!
If You Don’t Stand Up NOW and Shout,
You’re Just As NEGLIGENT!

We’ve reported in one single week the facts that a bus aide abuses a special needs child and nothing’s done about it. A child is left behind, refused bus transportation home because of an obscure policy that hadn’t even gone into effect yet. And another child who is left abandoned when he gets confused as to which bus to board, and ends up walking home on Route 9W!

THIS or WORSE

The challenge: O.K. Brian Bailey, Jennifer Houck , Elizabeth R. Smith, Whalen, Edward “Teddy” Reville, Howard “Bray” Engel, James Latter, Deluca (Cathy and Dirty-Hands Jerry), Traver, Donna Leput-Hommel (maybe you can shed a tear or two about this at the next BoE meeting?), Josephinie O’Connor (forget about your weight, maybe your father can visit the busdriver and make a false claim), R.J. D’Esposito, Misuraca, Tom Dolan, Gary Vanderzee, and the rest of you loudmouths, “It’s for the kids!” chanters, anything to say? What now, loudmouths? Maybe you can discuss the real problems on your FaceBook garbage dumps?

What are we paying these idiots for?
To kill our kids?

Isn’t it time you parents stepped up to the plate and stopped gold plating turds and admit that someone in the school system, a principal, a superintendent, a director of transportation, a busdriver SOMEONE has to be held accountable.

Isn’t it time you parents and taxpayers came to your senses and realize that it’s the Coeymanazi’s lie that makes you believe that the Board of Education has any power to discipline without an outcry from the public! YOU have to start doing something before YOUR reps on the BoE can do anything.

Isn’t it time that you learn the difference between TRUTH and lies! As long as you get your information from FaceBook sites like RCS Friends and More or the Cathy’s Coeymanazi Clucks Club, or from the tabloid rags you read, you’re DOOMED to continue to be their stoogies! Wake up, people!

 Or are you waiting to be called by the police to come and identify a body? Your choice, parents!

Drugs Kill? So Does Stupidity!
The Editor

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The RCS District RFP Is an Embarassment and a Sham!

Warning: If you are a student or a minor, please leave this blog NOW!

When I See a Request for Proposals that is So Poorly Written or Fails To Attract Qualified Applicants Three Thoughts Come to Mind:

1) Either the writer has no idea what s/he’s doing and hasn’t a clue how to write an RFP.
(But what about the business manager the district is paying, shouldn’t she know how to write an effective RFP?)

Or
2) The writer has no intention of attracting qualified applicants and is simply complicating the application process to discourage qualified applicants.
or
3) Both 1) and 2).

Something I’d Expect to Find in the RCS Concessions RFP!

We’ve Received A Copy of A Reader’s Message to the entire RCS board of education and to both the RCS Superintendent of Schools Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith and the RCS CSD business manager, Ms Diane Malecki. Rather than discuss it, it’s actually worth publishing in its entirety. The reader says it all:

Ladies, Gentlemen:
 
 I am forwarding this message to all members of the board with the exception of Howard “Bray” Engel,Edward “Teddy” Reville, and Judy Sylvester, whose e-mail links do not work on the RCS CSD BoE webpage.
 
I have read through the RFP that is available from the RCS CSD website and find it to be a completely substandard document in terms of clarity, composition, wording, pitiful grammar, incorrect terms, vagueness and ambiguousness, and general content.
 
The author appears not to have any knowledge of the purpose and intent of an RFP nor the difference between an RFP and a contract.
 
The document is entirely an amateurish embarassment to the district and anyone who had a hand in its drawing!
 
Quite frankly, the fact that it was released on or about August 9, 2012, and requires receipt of proposals by an express deadline of August 16, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. is absoulutely unrealistic by any standard! Notwithstanding the delays in mailing and returning the proposal by the bidder, the materials could not possibly be properly read and digested, not to mention discussed and questions formulated, in that time. It is ridiculous to expect that all of the required documentation could be assembled and submitted in that short period.
 
The general impression made by the document is that it was ostensibly drawn in haste, and with an with an express purpose of discouraging or rendering impossible any good faith response by any conscientious bidder. I also question whether this was in fact the sole intention of this RFP in order to satisfy one sector of the community while favoring another. This question will likely be brought up at the next BoE meeting.
 
Another troubling aspect of the release of this RFP document is the obvious fact that it was not written by a competent writer and quite clearly was not reviewed by a competent reviewer, much less by a competent business administrator or legal professional or paraprofessional. That fact notwithstanding, it is a gross violation of protocol and of the prerogatives of the board of edcuation that the document was written and released without apparently consulting the BoE. It is my understanding that the BoE should have reviewed the document before its release to the public and, further, that the BoE had final approval or rejection authority over the document. It seems that that protocol was egregiously and perhaps speciously abused and violated. That is another question that will likely be addressed to Mme Superintendent at the next BoE meeting.
Under no circumstances should this call for public bids be considered licit or even legal under the circumstances, and the entire process should be declared null and void, and the RFP recalled until it can be properly done.
 
I am attaching a copy of the RFP that I reviewed. I have included comments in the first 6 pages of the document but the overall quality of the writing and of the document content was so abominable that a thorough or complete commentary on it would have been prohibitive in terms of time and effort. The comments I have made in the first 6 pages are generally characteristic for the rest of the document, however.
 
Should you have any questions regarding this communication, I shall be more than happy to address them on request.
 
One final note: I have communicated on at least two occasions with Mme Superintendant Elizabeth Smith with specific requests and questions. The lead time for her responses is unacceptable. I have not received a single response yet to two previous inquiries.
Sincerely,
[Name Withheld by Request]
 
[Click here to read the Marked Up RFP]
 
So what’s the reason you put out such a piece of garbage, Ms Betsy Smith. Is it that you cant write an effective Request for Proposals, or is it more accurate that you intentionally made the process so unwieldy, so complicated, and so burdensome specifically to discourage local businesses from applying. That sounds more like an RCS tactic, doesn’t it. Make it so complicated and burdensome or expensive an no outside buinesses will apply. Then you won’t get any flack whey you simply say no one applied and so now we have to give the concessions to the “new” RCS Athletic Association. Right? Is that it, Betsy?
 
Another reader raises the interesting question of why it would be necessary for a local business to surrender anything to the District. After all, the local business is paying considerable amounts of tax to the benefit of the District and town, is providing a needed and desirable service for the spectators of sports (note: not “sporting”) and athletics events, in virtue of the bidding process are the best value for the money, and in contrast with the RCS Sports Association, are legal and authentic. And on top of that the District wants a cut of the gross proceeds from the concession. Give us all a break and dispense with the greed, Missy!
 
And are we correct in assuming that the “new” RCS Sports/Athletics Association will be held to the same standards as any other bidder? One would reasonably expect so, of course. And that their documents will be available for public inspection.
 
Note also, that this doesn’t let the “old” RCS Sports/Athletics Association off the hook, does it? Or does it, Mme Superintendant? That investigation should be and is ongoing, we would reasonably expect.
 
 
Well, we’ve seen through the trickery and it wasn’t hard at all to do. Are we paying more than $140,000 a year for an amateur? No, two amateurs: the Superintendant and the RCS district school business manager (Diane Malecki)! How much taxpayer money does that add up to?
 

We agree with the recommendation made by the reader: The present RPF is a sham and must be recalled without prejudice, and be reviewed by competent individuals, submitted to the board of education for review, comment, and ultimate approval, and then, ONLY then, be released to the public in a form that is clear, unambiguous, correct, and which makes it possible to respond professionally and in good faith.

Cup Seen on
Superintendent Smith’s Desk.

Ms Smith, Ms Malecki: You both should be embarassed, chagrined and personally shamed for allowing such a piece of rubbish to have gone out to the public in the first place. We shall discuss the technical apects in an upcoming article which we recommend you read and study for your own benefit. We shall be examining the possible motivations and purposes in sending out the RFP in it’s shameful form in yet another article. 

Is this in the budget?
The Editor

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Thomas E. DUH-lan…Or is it Dolan…for Senate?!?!?

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If You Just Take A Short Minute To Actually Look Around Your Town, Take A Close Look At Some Of the Real Clowns You Have Running Things, You Really Have to Ask Yourself: “Where’d We Get These Scary Clowns?”–They’re Absolutely Delusional!

No! Tom. We don’t think you’re up to it!
Some things are just out of your league.

And Tom DUH-lon is no exception, that’s for certain! We have raised some questions, Tom, and we’d love to hear from you with your responses.

First of all, we’re assuming that you’re running on a platform that addresses issues of importance to the newly created District 46. But we also note that your focus is on…FRACKING?!? We know you’re a leftover from the Woodstock era but are you still toking on whacky weed or something? You are aware that you are running in New York state, aren’t you? Not in Pennsylvania or somewhere like that? So, can you tell us where in the newly created senate district 46 there is any likelihood of fracking? But you’ve made it your central issue, Tommy-boy DUH-lan, as if that’s the most pressing issue on the residents of district 46. Is that what you really think, Tommy? Is that how really close you are to the hearts, minds, concerns of the locals? Take another toke, Tommy, you’ll probably see space cadets riding asteroids next!

Tom “DUH!” Dolan

So, let’s look at a local record we can all be proud of, Thomas E. DUH-lan. NOT! Are you ready? Here goes…

David Soares. Word is, Tom, that you’ve announced your support for the incumbent derelict Albany county district attorney, P. David Soares. Isn’t that the same David Soares who has been censured by the New York state disciplinary commissions for his loose lips and stupid remarks on pending cases? Isn’t that the same David Soares whose office was found to be in serious violation of accounting practices in a recent audit? Is it the same loose-morals David Soares who dips his pen in company ink and was recently lambasted for dating one of his secretaries, who later goes on leave, and ends up with a cushy county job elsewhere? And is that the same David Soares who is soon to go on trial in federal court for libel? Now, Tommy DUH-lan, is that an example of your people knowledge that you’ve gained over the years? Is that the people skills that you’ll be using in the best interests of your community. If it is, Tommy, don’t bother. No thanks! Soares is a sore spot loser and so are you!

Sewerage in Storm Drains. Coeymans. Back in 1998-1999 the so-called Sewer-Water Joint Committee was formed with 2 members from the Village of Ravena and 2 members from the Town of Coeymans, you, Tommy, were the 5th member. People complained about their sewer/water bills were too high.  By the time you were done, sewer/water bills for the Town of Coeymans had TRIPLED.  Despite hundreds of signatures , 40-50 homes were still tied into the storm drains, emptying raw sewerage into the river. Even today that problem has not been resolved. Now, Tom Dolan, your campaign slogan is “No Fracking.” But right here at home, ours isNo Raw Sewerage.”  Now, Tom, very honestly (Am I using a word that’s foreign to you, Tom. If I am, just tell me.): If that’s how you handled a local problem over the past 14 years, what exactly do you think we can expect from you when you’re working your magic from the state capital? Quite frankly, Coeymans still has raw sewerage on its lawns, and raw sewerage is all we can expect from you, Tom DUL-lan!

Much Closer to Home. Quite in joking, we mentioned Woodstock and toking on whacky weed above. But getting very serious now. Word is your son Neil has had quite a bit of contact with law enforcement because of some, let’s just say some “inhalation” problems. Problem is, you’re Town of Coeymans police liaison and you’ve been doing an awful lot of favors for the Coeymans police and, as liaison, have learned to cover not only sonny-boy’s but  your boys’ rear ends in the department, too. How is it that these problems just sort of vaporize for Neil? Your wife works for the Albany County Child Protection Service, right? How is it that she can tell people how to raise their kids but your own son is a wild thing? And you, Tom, run Choices in Ravena. Right? You are supposed to be helping low-income families with their problems, including parenting. Well, we’re sure you can see where we’re having some problems with this picture, right? What we see here is a problem of double standards, favoritism, conflicts of interest. Do you get that, Tom? If you do that here in Coeymans, what will you manage from Albany? I’m not willing to take the chance and I don’t think my fellow residents should be, either.

Choices. Choices is a program of the Cornell Cooperative Extension programs. The information is on the Internet but we’re kind of unclear what exactly you do. For example, how many local families do you actually help? Any figures? (Yeah! I know figure happen to be a really sensitive subject in the RCS community but I really had to ask.). We understand that Choices administers a HEAP program, and we also understand that the number of successful applications is really dismally, embarrassingly low. Is that an indicator of your effectiveness? What about the other programs, like the parenting skills programs? Are they dismal, embarassing, too, Tom? If you can’t perform in a minor league, how can you expect to perform on a major league team?

As regards, Choices, you’re the director, right? But we have received reports that you have numerous meetings in your Choices office with the local Democrat party deputy chairperson, Ralph B. Using Choices premises to further your political career? Furthering your political activities on Choices time? We also have information that you take care of other political business from that office. Is that also on the Cooperative Extension, Choices’ dime? Isn’t that, well, dishonest, Tom? Is that an example of how you might be prone to misuse your senate office, too, if by some incredible stroke of bad judgment by voters you’re actually lawfully elected?

A couple of years back, your were caught with your hands in the cookie jar, so-to-speak, when you were filling in absentee ballots for the local poor. That was an embarassing moment for you, wan’t it? Should have been. Because we’re pretty sure that there was, and still is a very serious conflict of interest between the Choices programs and your political ambitions. Was filling out absentee ballots part of your job description back then…we mean your Choices job description, Tom? Will you be filling out any ballots for local residents if you have the chance to run for state senate? Just how much political influence are you exerting on Choices participants, Tom? Do the Choices benefits (if any) get you Democrat cronies votes and you influence and brownie points with the party?

You can understand our concern that we don’t need another crooked politician in the state legislature. And we don’t need another one who’s going to abuse the poor and marginalized…especially in the one privilege they might still have left, their vote.

Back to the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Gee! With all your political connections in the Town of Coeymans. You’re also buddy-buddy with the Breslins, too, aren’t you? And being on the Coeymans town board you can certainly make your voice heard, right? We also understand that the Cooperative Exension supports the development of local historical sites. Right? Well, here’s where we get just a little confused. In Coeymans recently, wasn’t there a controversy about saving a local historical building from demolition. Wasn’t the building something of an historical heritage that went back quite a way in local history, and had some importance as an heritage site? And you as a Coeymans councilman, with all of your “connections,” didn’t bother to save it? Word is, it’s been torn down. Right? Well, if that’s the extent of your interest and your influence right in your own back yard, what can the good people of this community expect from you when you’re out of sight? Our guess is probably about next to nothing, the very same we have learned to expect from you right here and now.

Tom Dolan’s New Campain Slogan

And finally, the Coeymans Farmers’ Market. Back to the Cooperative Extension and developing our community’s resources, especially local culture and agriculture. Every week we read in the local press about the New Baltimore Farmers’ Market and the Coxsackie Farmers’ Market. But the Coeymans Farmers’ Market has vanished. Why exactly is that, Tom. Just another failure, Tom. And is that the kind of performance we should expect from someone who claims to have the local community at heart? Is that the best example of what you can do, Tom? Well, it’s pretty miserable, dude.

You just don’t get it, do you Tom?
The Editor

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Tom Dolan for State Senator? Are you serious?!?

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Talk About Arrogance and Very Big [Bald] Heads! Tom Dolan Must Have Trouble Getting Into His Garage With A Head That Big! But We Think He’s Biting Off A Lot More Than His Mealy Mouth Can Chew.

Keep This Wisdom In Mind, Tommy-Boy!
Get Real! If You Can’t Walk in Coeymans
You Can’t Run for Senate!

We have an idea: Why don’t we all just sign a bunch of blank ballots and hand them to the party bosses. That will take care of citizens having to make choices.

Oh! And speaking of Choices, Tom. We’ve heard there may be  a bit of conflict of interest and vote manipulation going on. Isn’t Choices supposed to assist the marginalized and the underserved? Not to take advantage of them in the tradition of the Albany County Democratic machine. We’ve also heard that you, Tom Dolan, know a lot about getting the vote from the marginalized and underserved, that you  know all about filling out absentee ballots, don’t you, Tom? You’ve done it before and got your fingers burnt. Right?

So now the proverbial shit has hit the fan. According to the Daily Mail:

“As a town councilman in Coeymans, Dolan said that local lawmakers “get immediate feedback from people, which makes you think twice about the laws you pass. You see an immediate effect on people’s lives. It’s not so theoretical.”

“Dolan said that is a lesson he would take with him to the State Senate.

“Describing himself, Dolan said he is “deliberate. I look at all sides of an issue.” He also said he is “approachable. I listen. I am willing to take in new information.”

Can you believe this Dolan character? Does he think we’ve all come down with the last shower? Does he really think he can continue peeing down our legs and telling us it’s just ice water? No way! Tommy boy!

Well, in this series of articles we’re going to expose how Thomas E. Dolan has practiced what he preaches. It ain’t pretty.

Maybe instead of the campaign gimme-yer-vote trash-talk Tommy Dolan can answer just a couple of questions that need a local perspective, a good understanding of local conditions to give a convincing answer. No high-brow bullshit, just plain language explanations why things are the way they are right in his own back yard, and why he hasn’t stepped out to fix them as Coeymans town board member? Here are just a few items for rat-boy to gnaw on:

The Coeymans Police Department. Are we, the citizens and residents of this community, of the new District 46, to believe that you, Thomas E. Dolan, are not politics as usual, when, in a time when everyone is scraping and struggling, you vote to give the Coeymanazis in the Coeymans P.D., $1000 of taxpayer money as petty cash? Aren’t you aware what petty cash is? It’s a maximum of about $100 for small items, small expenses. They already had $300 in petty cash. Is that how you’re going to handle finances and economies in the state Senate?

When you voted to hand the Coeymans police $1000 to play with, did you also hand them a procedure for accountability? We don’t think you did, did you? No. Just hand them $1000 for petty cash and ask no questions. Is that how you’re going to get accountability in state office? Is that your idea of accountability for the public’s money? That really sucks, Tom. It’s really irresponsible and we don’t need another someone that irresponsible in the legislature.

Kerry Thompson. Kerry Thompson has a full-time position with the Albany County Sheriff’s Department. Kerry Thompson works part-time as a Coeymans police officer. Kerry Tompson is married to Coeymans’police chief Gregory Darlington’s sister. You, Tom Dolan, are the Coeymans town board liaison person to the Coeymans police department. The Coeymans pays Darlington more than $91,000 a year plus benefits to fill the administrative position of police chief. You, Tom Dolan, voted on July 23rd to make Kerry Thompson a lieutenant in the Coeymans P.D., an administrative position and assistant to Gregory Darlington, and to pay Thompson more than $31 an hour for less-than-part-time employment (Thompson’s not going to give up his Sheriff’s department job so it had to be part-time in Coeymans). If that is the way you are going to represent financial responsibility in the state Senate, forget it, Tommy! Your record of corruption in Coeymans is enough for us!

Now that you’re padding your friends’ wallets with wages 4x the minimum wage in this state, what have you done for the struggling families in the RCS community? Got any jobs for them? What about the unemployed in the RCS community, got any $30/hour jobs for them?

Still on the subject of the Coeymans Police Department. When asked recently about the town of Coeymans policy and procedure for processing citizens’ complaints against employees of the Coeymans P.D., you stated explicitly that you didn’t think one existed. Well, one does exist, and we foiled it and what a surprise. Not only does one exist, and not only is it not enforced, it is going to subject the Coeymans P.D. to lawsuits and prosecution because it’s a mess! Even your little goon Kerry Thompson, you know, the one you just voted to be Darlingtons administrative assistant at more than $30 an hour, violated it and he’s the one you’ve made the 2nd in command at the Coeymans P.D. Is that an example of how you stay informed? Is that an example of how you’re going to look out for the citizens and residents of the new District 46? So far, your record sucks, Tom!

Well, if your performance as Coeymans town board liaison to the Coeymans P.D. is anything we can go on, it looks pretty bad, Tom. Is that how you’re going to stay on top of important issues affecting your community, your consitutents? Is that how you stay informed, Tom? If you can’t stay informed in the town of Coeymans how in hell do you expect to do it in the state senate?

Now, back to the community, you’ve been involved in the RCS community for how long? What exactly have you done? Have you actually walked down Main Street in Ravena lately? Noticed anything bizarre about how quiet it is? That’s because most of the businesses are closed. You’re talking about infrastructure, Mr Dolan! So let’s talk about infrastructure. We’ve already given two very good examples of how you manage financial crises and the public’s interests. What have you done, really, to keep the businesses in the village and town? Have you supported the business organizations like the GREATER COEYMANS RAVENA COMMUNITY BUSINESS GROUP? What exactly have you done as a sitting member of the Coeymans town board to promote local businesses? You’ve played a lot of political games, we know, but what exactly have you done to benefit the business infrastructure in the town of Coeymans? Let us help you with the answer, Tom: NOTHING!

You and your kind serve yourselves. You and your connections have done nothing to serve the community and everything to help your political cronies.

We can also see through the crude tactic of trying to ride your dark horse into the state senate on the coattails of an emotional issue like hydrofracking. Yes, we read the item in the News Herald rag and we’re not as stupid as you’d like to think we are. So you “host” a picnic and feed a bunch of freeloaders…the way to their vote is through their stomachs, is that what you think, Tom. Not through their heads, through their stomachs. Like a bunch of dogs, right Tom? Well, the truth is, we don’t need to vote for Tom Dolan to get the issue on the ballot. Let’s just separate the two, for a moment. If you’re really interested in banning hydrofracking for the public good, you don’t need to pin it to your campaign. Just do it because it’s right. Let’s keep the two separate and honest. You’re playing a political game, Tom, and the RCS community, the 46th district won’t like becoming your pawns, your tools. You have a record, a pattern, and that’s what’s going to do your talking for you, and it’s what’s going to keep you out of the state senate, too!

We’re assembling a list of your sordid connections throughout the county and we’ll be publishing them in future articles covering your misguided attempt at spreading your putrid corruption.

This article will be continued. Please stay tuned, it gets better.

You stink, Tom Dolan!
You’ve Been Outed!
The Editor

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Hidden Costs of the RCS Bottle Blitz

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RCS Bottle Blitz
Ill-Conceived, Ignorant, and Destructive!

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — Kathy DeLuca and Lorraine Misuraca (left to right) next to the countless bottles donated last Thursday at the RCS High School cafeteria. Photo by Tom Tucker (Source: News Herald 138/22, July 19, 2012)

When asked several times on the RCS Friends and More Facebook site, Cathy Deluca refused to respond to the question, “How much money did the Bottle Blitz make?” Her response was, “Just ignore him.” Apparently it’s a big secret (like so much else surrounding her activities. See our article, Asskissers: No Answers, Just Censorship.). She wasn’t asked what the cost of the RCS Bottle Blitz might be. So we’re providing an estimate of the devastating cost of Deluca’s RCS Bottle Blitz.

In a recent CNN report Soft drinks: Public enemy No.1 in obesity fight? (CNN Fri April 27, 2012) Caleb Helleman writes:”Meanwhile, about 1 in 4 Americans gets at least 200 calories a day from sugary drinks. These numbers, along with work like Stanhope’s, gives ammunition to doctors and public health officials who say soda should be treated as public health enemy No. 1.”

Of course, CocaCola, the world’s largest soft-drink manufacturer takes a different view, saying: “There is no scientific evidence that connects sugary beverages to obesity,” says Katie Bayne, Coca-Cola’s president of sparkling beverages in North America, in an exclusive interview.” While Samantha Levine, spokesperson for New York mayor Bloomberg, says “Coke’s numbers have more fizz than fact. “The fact remains,” she says, “sugary beverages are a key driver of the obesity crisis that is killing 5,800 New Yorkers and costing the city $4 billion annually.”

According to an article published in the New York Times, “Soda: A Sin We Sip Instead of Smoke?” (Mark Bittman, February 13, 2012): “The problem is that at roughly 50 gallons per person per year, our consumption of soda, not to mention other sugar-sweetened beverages, is far from moderate, and appears to be an important factor in the rise in childhood obesity.

Fat in a Can!

This increase is at least partly responsible for a rise in what can no longer be called “adult onset” diabetes — because more and more children are now developing it.” The article continues, “Last week, the Obama administration announced a plan to ban candy and sweetened beverages from schools. A campaign against childhood obesity will be led by the first lady, Michelle Obama. And a growing number of public health advocates are pushing for even more aggressive actions, urging that soda be treated like tobacco: with taxes, warning labels and a massive public health marketing campaign, all to discourage consumption.”

Agendas like the RCS Bottle Blitz are in direct contravention and opposition to the White House, especially First Lady Michelle Obama’s focused campaign on health and nutrition, the National Institutes of Health, and public health efforts to stem the epidemic of obesity and related  health problems, and alcohol related morbidity and mortality, especially in young persons!

What about beer cans and bottles? Alcohol consumption can affect the individual, family, community in many ways, ranging from relatively minor consequences to incapacitation and even death, and the consumption doesn’t have to be extreme nor does it have to be “alcoholism.” The disease potentially affects everything in a person’s life, as the consequences of drinking snowball into bigger and bigger problems. There is a definite sense of progression with the effects that alcoholism has on an individual. Over the long run, things always get worse….never better.

Brewing for Trouble!
Potential Corpses in a Can!

To get some idea of the cost of alcohol abuse, the National Institutes of Health NIH released a report “Economic Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Estimated at $246 Billion in The United States,”  which states that: “The new study reports that alcohol abuse and alcoholism generated about 60 percent of the estimated costs ($148 billion), while drug abuse and dependence accounted for the remaining 40 percent ($98 billion).” Here’s the real sock-it-to-me: Those figures were for 1998! Imagine what they in today’s figures! (Here’s a hint: The update calculations indicate that costs of alcohol abuse grew from $148 billion in 1992 to $185 billion in 1998, approximately a 25 percent increase, for an average annual increase of 3.8 percent. Source: Economic Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (2002))

Alcohol abuse produces its evil effects mentally, physically, socially, spiritually. The overall cost to our society from alcoholism:

1) Lost time and money
2) Lost lives
3) Broken homes and families
4) Lost productivity (missed days of work, lost jobs, etc.)
5) Litigation and criminal costs

And don’t you wonder: How many of those cans and bottles were drained by underage kids? How much dangerous sex occurred after downing a couple of brews? How many jumped behind the wheel to drive?

About 5000 teenagers die every year due to alcohol use. In 2008, 11,773 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (32%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. (Source: SADD Underage Drinking).

Teens who are drinking are more likely to have unprotected sex, which can lead to potentially fatal sexually transmitted diseases, as well as unwanted pregnancies. (For more information on teenager alcohol related deaths see Teen Alcohol Abuse).

Headlines like the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Teenage Drinking a U.S. Epidemic” [2/26/02] and the New York Post’s “Boozed-Up Teens In Dangerous Liaisons,” [2/7/02] shout along with the advocates’ PR campaigns, often including hyped-up quotes from people like the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA)’s head Joe Califano, such as “Alcohol is the fatal attraction for many teens.”

So, for those of you who come up with the stock response, “personal,” “political,” “private vendetta,” or some similar stupidity to anything that anyone says against the idiotic and poorly planned projects some misguided adults in this community come up with to raise money for the district’s children, we’d like to point out that national and well-established statistics point to the fact that soft drinks and alcohol are time bombs.

This raises the question, then, of the appropriateness and the ethics of collecting empty containers that once contained the dangerous substances to raise money for programs for children! Here’s the logic: To get empty cans and bottles, the cans and bottles first have to be purchased. They then have to be transported. Then their contents are consumed by adults or by minors. Once they’re in the body, they work their evil magic: obesity, diabetes, drunkenness, death, etc.

BUT:

All those pretty cans and bottles are given positive value by the program organizers, especially in the children’s innocent eyes, because those emptied containers are associated with field trips, fun,  friends! You are, in fact, positively reinforcing a misinformed positive image for the causes of major public health problems!

In other words, the RCS Bottle Blitz is sending the WRONG MESSAGE! It’s providing negative education and working against all public health efforts to curb soft-drink and alcohol consumption based on solid scientific evidence! It’s teaching those innocent vulnerable minds that soft drinks and alcohol are good, and they should be purchased and consumed, because the empty containers make happy things happen. What are you people thinking!!!!

What are you morons thinking?

In the July 19th News Herald, a newspaper that provides information and, Yes! education, features a large color photograph of Ms Cathy Deluca, the “inspired” organizer of the RCS Bottle Blitz, together with Lorraine Misuraca (not to be confused with Jenafer “Jena”Misuraca, who has served as the VP on  one of the RCS school PTO’s. Jena had to shut down the PBC PTO’s FaceBook page because of the arguing), posing stupidly self-satisfied in front of what are described as “47 bags of bottles and cans and 74 cases.” You don’t need a magnifying glass to make out the beer labels and the soda cans. And the title reads, “Bottle Blitz is huge success.” Not for your children’s health, not for the mortality statistics, not for the public’s health. But maybe for the misguided public image of a couple of ignorant residents and the bottom line of the beer brewers and the soda manufacturers, the manufacturers of corn syrups, and retailers.

The RCS Bottle Blitz is irresponsible and misleading in many ways and does not represent good education nor the interests of the children it’s publicized to benefit!

Now, our scathing question is not what was going on in the editor’s pinhead, nor what Cathy Deluca was thinking (that’s scary in itself), but where are the educators, the teachers in all of this. Shouldn’t those highly paid, highly educated, highly paid morons have come out with some facts and figures, some options, some alternatives? Oh! Excuse me! They have the summer off, don’t they.

You Are Accidents
Looking for A Place to Happen!
The Editor

Challenge: Ms Cathy Deluca, Lorraine Misuraca, Superintendent Elizabeth Smith, Melanie Lekocevic we and our readers would like to hear your response to this article. Please send us your comments. Warning: And, given the atmosphere in the RCS school district, please don’t point a finger at the RCS board of education for not having stepped up to prevent this ill-conceived fiasco. You know as well as we do that if any BoE member, other than the teacher’s clique (by the way, where was Whalen, Engel, the teachers when this was being proposed? Teddy Reville, James Latter?)  lifted so much as a finger to point out the risks of the Bottle Blitz, he or she would have been lynched by the Coeymanazis. So don’t try to pull that one on us, Deluca and friends.

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