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Letter to the Editor: Town of Coeymans Should Merge Ravena and Coeymans Hamlet!

On occasion, some readers’ comments are just so good and so on-topic that we think they should be published on their own as free-standing articles. With this in mind, we’ll be publishing what we call “Letters to the Editor,” similar to those you’d read in any of the local rags, but much more informative and honest, of course. It’s so much better to have readers themselves do the writing, since that frees us up to do more research and uncover more facts for you.

This letter-to-the-editor is the second letter of a two-part series that we think you’ll really enjoy, especially in this pre-election run-up period in Ravena. When reading these letters, you may want to ask you why these commonsense actions haven’t been taken already by the residents of Ravena and Coeymans and the town of Coeymans. After all, Ravena and the Hamlet of Coeymans were once one single municipality. They’ve had several decades to make the division work but to date the split of Ravena and the Hamlet of Coeymans has caused only problems and bitterness. Why not go back to the merged community and have some peace and save some money? So here goes!

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Dear Editor, Dear Neighbors:

As we know, some things and some things remain the same. However, at some point, change is necessary, needed and valuable.

With this in mind, I offer the following:

The Hamlet of Coeymans seems to be in a stagnant situation, both  with a population that is not increasing and with a lack of services that its residents should have. The residents pay higher fees for both Village of Ravena drinking water and Sewer District Tax.

In contrast to what is perceived as a modern move to consolidation, I propose that the Hamlet of Coeymans petition the Village of Ravena for Annexation-that is, the residents of the Hamlet actually become ‘residents’ of the Village of Ravena with all the privileges afforded the current residents of the Village.

I offer there must be a number of caveats to this Annexation (and there are more I am sure):

1.  Coeymans Fire Company maintains its current structure and coverage area along with the current taxing authority to maintain its equipment and continue to be able to protect its area in the exemplary manner it always has.

2. The ‘new’ residents continue to have and use the current Post Office, Zip Code and address-much like Colonie and Menands residents do with regard to and with their relationships to Albany. The idea of mail delivery to those who wish to take advantage should also be investigated

 By the Annexation, users of the Village of Ravena water supply and the Sewer Customers of the District would all be under the auspices of the Village of Ravena, who would be responsible for the entire systems. Of course this would take additional resources but we can get to that later.  Additionally, all the customers of the Water and Sewer Distrcts would pay the same rates, in contrast to the current system-this means the former Hamlet residents would see a sharp drop in both rates which may equate to the now payable Village of Ravena tax!

 The new residents would also be able to take advantage of services formerly available to only the original Village residents, like brush pickup, street cleaning, Holiday Decorations, a second vendor for Cable TV Services, stump removal and the like.
 
With regard to staffing, workload and duties: I offer that the Current Village Building Department be responsible not only for the expanded Village but also for the rest of the Town of Coeymans and staff from Coeymans be moved to accommodate this. It would make sense too as Coeymans Building Department needs would go down and the Village up. I would think the same issues might be in line for the Clerk Offices, Highway Department and Court Offices too. We may even have a chance for some building/office consolidation and economic savings to boot!

 At the same time, the Annexation would allow the Town of Coeymans to explore the possibility of having it’s own municipal water and sewer systems to encourage community growth and maybe enjoy some prosperity because of it. Just imagine municipal water and sewers ‘out back’, on the northern Route9W and northern 144 ends of Town!!

 Seeing as the current Route 144  ‘home’ for the Town Highway Employees (the former Coeymans Firehouse) will not be needed any longer, it can go back to taxable property and maybe a Stewart’s or the like will show up!  The former Town occupants will have less to do as the park would be now on Village property, so the remaining employees can either move to the Town Office Building or the Highway Department as their new workstation. [Editor’s Note: Once the Town of Coeymans makes the right choice and eliminates the Coeymans police department, the space in the basement of the Town Hall can accommodate both a Sheriff’s satellite office and the highway department staff! Actually, it might make a great RC Youth and Teen Activities Center!]

 I know there is more to this than I have outlined but the idea may just have merit and is worth discussing. Why not talk about it?

Outsider

Now isn’t this what our elected town board and village board should be thinking about and proposing, instead of acting like grinning idiots every time someone wants to create a dump or a transfer station in residents’ back yards? Isn’t this what our elected officials should be envisioning instead of bickering like a coven of old hags and creating discord and anxiety, while resident’s basements are filling with water and sewerage, 100-year-old water mains are failing, village and town are hemorrhaging residents, tax base, and businesses? Come on, people, listen to the Voice of Reason and make some changes!

Get rid of Bruno and his gang-bangers, and kick the Town of Coeymans’ board in the ass and get some action!

Outsider is a frequent commenter and reader. We think he’s been in local government in the past because he knows an awful lot about the people and events. He also thinks like a good administrator should think. But we’d like to hear what YOU think about Outsider’s letter. Please leave a comment.

Stay Tuned: In the Days Leading Up to the Ravena Elections,
We’ll Be Running the Series,

10 Reasons Why You Should Vote NO!
for Bruno-Case-Persico!

(Get the latest Election Poll Results at: RESULTS!)

“Qui tacet consentire videtur ubi loqui debuit ac potuit.”
“Silence is admission when when the accused ought to have spoken and was able to.”

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Letter to the Editor: Ravena Damage Control

On occasion, some readers’ comments are just so good and so on-topic that we think they should be published on their own as free-standing articles. With this in mind, we’ll be publishing what we call “Letters to the Editor,” similar to those you’d read in any of the local rags, but much more informative and honest, of course.

This letter-to-the-editor is one of a two-part series that we think you’ll really enjoy, especially in this pre-election run-up period in Ravena. When reading these letters, you may want to ask you why these commonsense actions haven’t been taken already by the incumbent Bruno gang. They’ve had several decades to to it but haven’t done a damned thing. So here goes!

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To the Editor:


In response to your email, following you will find the two postings I finally posted today. Hopefully people will take a look.
I had also recently posted two others. Thanks for what you do.
A Concerned ‘Outsider’


Hi Again and Thanks for the opportunity to post here.
 
I am happy to see a contested race for Mayor of Ravena-the residents deserve it.
I am writing this-long overdue-as a possible hot potato in the current Mayoral and Village Board races.

No matter where we live, it would be great to see municipal property be returned to the tax rolls, minimize governmental use of property, see some good old fashioned common sense applied to the way our governments are run-they are ours, after all!

Close to home, I suggest the following:

 1.         The Village of Ravena Public Works Department relocate from the West Shore Street location to the area near the former landfill at the end of, I believe, Edna Avenue, where the Village maintains ownership of the property. Of course they would need to erect a building to house the equipment but that would be a small price to pay to have such desirable Rail Road siding property put back on the tax rolls and offer business a chance to have at it. Location-wise, there probably is not that much difference in miles traveled and the Edna Avenue property would be put to good use, that is, being occupied.
 
2.         The Town of Coeymans should approach the Village of Ravena petitioning for the Village to contract with the Town. Residents outside the Village could receive services already afforded Village residents, like grass and brush pickup, stump removal along the right of way and the like. The Village could use the income and the residents could use the service. The Village already has the equipment so the cost should not be too much.
 
3.         The Village should divest itself of the property on the corner of Main Street and Pulver Avenue and return it to the tax roll. The assumption here is that the property ‘belongs’ to the Village and if it does not, then the grotto-like structure there seems to indicate it does and should be removed. Nothing else need be said here.
 
4.         Both the Village and the Town should have a ‘must bid’ local law on the books for all products and services to assure the residents are getting the best value for the least money.
 
5.         The Village and the Town need to work with the County and/or the State to find a solution to the necessary for business heavy truck traffic on Main Street—nothing is being done by the Village or the Town, and it is only a matter of time before the unthinkable happens. The current Village parking lots on Central Avenue and on Main Street at least give those who have to walk the last mile to their destination a chance but a more basic idea is needed. As mentioned, the truck traffic is necessary for business, but it is surely not suited for a very narrow and curvy Main Street.
 
There’s more but later.
Again, Thanks for the posting space.
Pundit

We have to ask what the John T. Bruno and his flying monkeys have been doing all these years. We know and you know, so what’s the use of asking a question we all know the answer to? Bruno’s been in office for more than 20 years and his rat-pack in the last decade or so have done NOTHING except intimidate, tax, retaliate, drive out residents and businesses, and pad their friends’ pockets with plum jobs (like Cathy Deluca and the Ravena Health and Fitness Center a.k.a. Cathy’s Playpen) at your expense. Up until now, the town of Coeymans board has been almost as bad but the Coeymanazi police department has taken up the slack, and has been draining the town of Coeymans for a bundle, and then the crooks retire and get pensions you pay for; the Coeymanazi p.d. has even collaborated with the Bruno mob. Ravena can’t take much more without dropping into the river. That’s why Ravena voters have to put a stop to the stupidity and put Bruno, Case and Persico on the street. Next year voters can make housekeeping complete by dumping Nancy Warner and Bill Bailey. Only when you fumigate the house and get all the vermin out will there be any chance at all of revitalizing Ravena. One of the first steps to be taken by the new Ravena administration is to close that money pit, the Ravena Health and Fitness Center! and send Cathy Deluca packing or to jail (she’s still got to answer for civil rights violations and falsely reporting an incident)! That $100,000 plus can be better spent elsewhere!

Pundit is a frequent commenter and reader. We think he’s been in local government in the past because he knows an awful lot about the people and events. He also thinks like a good administrator should think. But we’d like to hear what YOU think about Pundit’s letter. Please leave a comment.

Stay Tuned: In the Days Leading Up to the Ravena Elections,
We’ll Be Running the Series,

10 Reasons Why You Should Vote NO!
for Bruno-Case-Persico!

(Get the latest Election Poll Results at: RESULTS!)

“Qui tacet consentire videtur ubi loqui debuit ac potuit.”
“Silence is admission when when the accused ought to have spoken and was able to.”

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Just A Friendly Reminder

Always Keep in Mind that this Blog is Intended to Bring About
Positive Change

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While it may sometimes seem that examples and language style used in our articles is insensitive, sometimes harsh, it is not the words that count but the meaning behind them. Language is used for communication. Style is used to grab attention. True facts are important for establishing credibility. And readers are essential for mobilization, realization, and implementation of the change.

If I’ve learned anything from my professional experience it’s that most people really and sincerly want the best for themselves, their loved ones, and for their community. Very few, and we know pretty much who they are, are self-serving, insensitive, and indifferent to the common good. We’ve identified many of those maladjusted souls on this blog and we intend to continue that work.

What Kind of Listener are You?

What Kind of Listener are You?

But this article is for the rest of our readers, the innocent who are constantly getting disappointed. Please keep in mind that no one likes to be told they’re wrong in so many blunt words. No one likes to be told that they’re making stupid choices. No one likes to be told that they are investing their emotional capital in losing enterprises. In other words, no one likes to get their noses rubbed in their own crappola.

But we also have to avoid becoming grateful to or sympathetic of our oppressors. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as the Stockholm syndrome, or capture–bonding. It’s a psychological phenomenon in which the oppressed [hostages, victims] express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors or oppressors, sometimes to the point of defending them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk experienced by the oppressed person, the victim or the hostage, who essentially misinterpret a lack of abuse from their oppressors for an act of kindness. The FBI’s Hostage Barricade Database System shows that roughly 27% of victims show evidence of this so-called Stockholm syndrome.

Stop Being Hostages!!!

Stop Being Hostages!!!

Stockholm syndrome can be seen as a form of traumatic bonding, which does not necessarily require a hostage scenario, but which describes “strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where one person intermittently harasses, beats, threatens, abuses, or intimidates the other.” One commonly used hypothesis to explain the effect of Stockholm syndrome is based on Freudian theory. It suggests that the bonding is the individual’s response to trauma in becoming a victim. Identifying with the aggressor is one way that the ego defends itself. When a victim thinks he or she believes or shares the same values as the oppressor/aggressor, they no longer become a threat; they’re no longer a hostage, no longer a victim. They become one of their oppressors! Or so they rationalize.

We can see in our own community, in the RCS and in the New Baltimore community how his has happened. Just think about it for a minute.

art of deep listeningWe will bring most people to our side if we gently nudge them rather than pushing them. They’ll listen more readily and willingly if we hear what they say and engage them in alternative dialogue, by mirroring what they say with what we hear them saying, inviting that all-important dialogue to take place. We’ll earn their trust and confidence if we first acknowledge that we all have a common objective: the good of the community. We just think we know how to achieve it but many times we may be heading down the wrong street.

What I’d like to see our crusaders do is go gently. Be a good listener. Be well informed and offer alternatives not outright criticism or opposition. Good listening to is what many of our neighbors need; not criticism or opposition. Once our neighbors realize someone is listening to what they have to say, they’ll be ready to listen, too. This blog is living proof of that statement: we hear what people have to say, listen to what they mean, and read their communications empathetically. Then we respond.

In ethics we have big words to describe the personal dignity that each person has and their sense of being an individual, their own right to personhood. We teach that people should not do for people what they can do for themselves–this is called the principle of subsidiarity. We also teach the principle of doing no harm and that no evil (= bad) act should be the means to even a good result. Keeping those few ethical principles in mind can take us a long way to positive outcomes in this community.

In the Divine ImageIntellect, Free Will, Responsibility

In the Divine Image
Intellect, Free Will, Responsibility

While I don’t want to get too intellectual at this point, I would like to share with our readers something that St Thomas Aquinas had to say about “rational” creatures: First, the rational creature naturally moves toward the ultimate Good. St Thomas goes on to say that “Man is made in the image of God in so far as men and women are patterned after God through intellectualityfreedom of will, and self-determination.”  Humankind, you and I and our neighbors, are in His image, in so far as through our free will we are the main cause of our own works. In other words, we have been created with intelligence and freedom of will, and we should use that intelligence for making the best (=good) choices because we are the cause of the results and we bear the responsibility. Key to responsibility is the response part, we have to respond for what we do.

While it’s true some people among us misuse and abuse those gifts of intelligence and free will, the rest of us can do our best to use our gifts wisely and, perhaps, with charity and perseverence, bring them back to the Good.

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Community Starts
with
People Connecting
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People

I’d like to remind you also, that you can make a big difference by talking about what you read on this blog, by sharing its content with relatives and friends by sending an email link to the blog, by commenting on what you read, by distributing a printout or two of your favorite blog articles to people who may not be fortunate to have a computer or, if they do, don’t really know how to use it. I’ll do the research and the writing, you do the distribution. Now that’s a deal you shouldn’t refuse.

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Then come back and
do another one!

It’s habit forming…
The Editor

 

Asskissers: No Answers, Just Censorship

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

It Seems That Getting Answers Or Even Getting To Speak In This So-Called Community Is Getting More And More Difficult

Asked Several Times About How $$$ Much the so-called RCS Bottle Blitz Made at the First Collection on July 10, Cathy Deluca Avoids Answering and Tells Her Following, “Just Ignore Him!” Why, Cathy, is it Such a Big Secret?

They just love the fresh taste
and keep comin’ back for
more of the same!

Then the poop really hits the fan when Cathy Deluca is asked why she and Chubby Chubby-Chaser Hubby, Dirty Hands Jerry, don’t use some of their political connections to get some fundraisers, like ARANY, Deluca Public Affairs, Main Street Small Business Coalition, any of the local businesses (if any are left in RCS)–Yeah, the same ones the Coeymanazies like to punish–might organize something. Then the cat fur really started flying! That was getting “political.” The Deluca herd of moos really got their bovine knickers in a twist!

Do The Belong To You?
Don’t get these big mommas in a twist!

It’s always the ones who are spewing the rhetoric about community and doing what’s good and what’s right. Actually, it’s a gaggle of ass kissers who are sucking up to their Coeymanazi leaders, or a bunch of sociopathic obese humanoids who don’t dare appear in public, and so spend their waking hours worshipping the Bottle Blitz and its big momma, Cathy Deluca, on another censored FaceBook site.

One of our regular contributors, following a lead, joined one of the many RCS happy-happy FaceBook groups, “RCS Friends and More,” and tried to contribute some sense and insight to the bunch there. Well, try to convince a herd of cows it’s not milking time and prepare to get trampled by the stupid moos! Here’s an exchange relating to the RCS Bottle Blitz, where the contributor simply asked, one week after the first collection efforts, how much money was collected:

On June 23, 2012, Cathy DeLuca posted an announcement about her RCS Bottle Blitz project on the RCS Friends and More Facebook Site:

RCS Bottle Blitz for Field Trips!
Please consider donating your REDEEMABLE bottles and cans
100% of the proceeds will go to Field Trips for RCS Students
Drop Off Dates:
July 10 (1pm – 8pm) & 11(10am – 4pm)
August 14 & 15, September 8 & 9
High School Cafeteria
Volunteers are needed to help sort. Large Group Pick-Ups may be arranged.
To Volunteer or for further information please email us at
RCS.BottleBlitz4Field Trips@gmail.com
PLEASE PASS IT ALONG!!

Then, on July 11, the day after the first day of the Bottle Blitz, Deluca the announcement:

Now on a positive note. The turnout for the RCS Bottle Blitz was a great success! The community participation was awesome and we are looking forward to an even bigger truck load in August. We had 72 cases of glass bottles and 47 LARGE bags of plastic and cans. I will let everyone know what the final $$ is as soon as I’m notified. I Huge Thank you to EVERYONE that helped sort and to the Staff at RCS for all their help and encouragement. So save us your bottles and cans, the next dates are August 14 & 15. And again THANK YOU EVERYONE!!

Then the fun begings when our contributor, HWV, asks on July 17th:

HWV: OK, Cathy, it’s been almost a week. How much was realized by the first day of the Bottle Blitz? How much $$$, Cathy???

[Editor’s Note: You will recall that Cathy Deluca’s advice to members on the RCS Friends and More site was, “Just ignore him.” Well, she’s good at following her own advice, managed to avoid answering the question at all. Starting to sound like the RCS Athletic Association’s transparency under James Latters’ “leadership?” This community had better demand accountability if Deluca’s asking for public support! There are legalities, you know! Are you listening superintendant of schools Elizabeth Smith?]

Debbie Oatman:  What is your problem? No matter how much they raised, it will be more than they had. Geez…why not try to be a team player rather than attempt to “stir the pot”. It’s time to heal. Do you not see what’s happening in your district? Come on, grow up, be the role model your kids need to see. Don’t you see how all of this crap is affecting your students?

HWV: Ms Oatman, of course I see what’s happening around here! How can you be so naïve? I’ve been watching, listening, analyzing for some time now. What have you been doing?

Michelle Waldenmaier Koeppel: Mr [redacted] I am going to ask you one more time to stop this on this page or I will remove you.

Jamie Cabiati Guntert: Love this! If there is any other way we can help raise money for this cause, please keep us posted.

HWV: Yes. Ask the Delucas if they can use some of their “political” connections through ARANY, Deluca Public Affairs, the Main Street Small Business Coalition, the NYS Assembly, the DEC to get some support. May be more effective than picking up bottles.

Debbie Oatman: Great job Cathy! Sounds like a great way to try to build up some much needed morale and comradery in a district torn. One small step at a time…

HWV: We all have to use the resources at our disposal, don’t we? Even when we have to do it out of the limelight. Corporeal acts of mercy are most valuable when they are done unseen! Remember the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector?

Debbie Oatman: At least she’d doing something constructive and trying to take a small step at fixing a very broken district. You seem to want this mess to continue. Drama king maybe?

HWV: Look, as soon as we open our eyes and admit that there are not only good times but bad times, too, and admit that perhaps we may have something to learn even from the bad, there will be growth. If the name-calling continues, as you’re doing, suggestively rather than objectively, this area will continue to be broken. Look around you, read the blogs, synthesize, think, reflect (look within yourself) and we may get somewhere. As long as you’re focused externally, you’re missing what’s going on inside yourself. That can be a big mistake! Drama king? Not at all! Wounded healer, pastoral servant, perhaps. Interested observer, definitely.

Ashley Anne Irwin:  [Redacted], I thought you wanted these “discussions” to happen on your blog? So, why continue to start them in this group? If people want to see your opinion about things, they know where to look.

HWV: I don’t know what you’re talking about, Ms Irwin. Do you? The original question related to a community action inaugurated by Cathy Deluca, who, with her husband, Jerry Deluca, apparently have quite a number of “political” contacts, and are… involved in a number of business enterprises. Historically, such people are golden for fundraisers, and, if curried, may do a lot for a community or organization. Are you following this line of thought. One contributor can send a whole class on a field trip that might require tens of thousands of 5-cent deposit or 10-cent deposit bottles or cans. I would ask where the local businesses stand on this but there aren’t very many left, are there? I hope you can follow this train of thought. If not, I’ll explain it more simply by private e-mail, or on my own FaceBook account. Just request to be friended.

Ashley Anne Irwin: Her original post had nothing to do with anything political, you brought that up. And last night, one of the administrators asked that nothing “political” be brought to this group to respect the numerous members of this group that do not want to see it. So, stop.

HWV: Are you now deciding what’s political and not political? I mentioned “political” contacts nothing “political.” I’m wondering if you are reading challenged? The adjective “political” as used above has noting to do with making a “political” statement. You’re wasting my time; are you a product of the RCS schools?

Ashley Anne Irwin: Yes, sir, and I’m very proud of that. I’m proud to be part of an amazing community and district.

Debbie Oatman: If she’s wasting your time, then why bother to respond? Ashley…actions speak so much louder than words. So far, all we’ve seen/heard from Mr. [redacted] is alot of rhetoric. He seems to thrive on dysfuntion. I think we should not feed into him anymore. Let him go to his blog and spew his venom. He doesn’t seen to have much support anyway.

They’re at it again!
Got any gum, Michelle, Cathy, Ann?

HWV: I don’t know how much support I personally have, but when I visit the Smalbany blog I see they have more than 43,000 visitors and it seems to be growing by a couple of hundred each day. If you visit the blog, you can see for yourself. What are you afraid of? Anyway. You are boring me so you don’t have to read any more of my “rhetoric.”‘ Peace!

Michelle Waldenmaier Koeppel:  I really thought that this was going to be a site where we could share good news and catch up on old friends. Dan Gonyea set this site up for people to get together and share good times. I had the fortune of being an administrator of this page and I think that this is a disgrace and I am going to delete all the posts.

Jena Misuraca: Michelle I have been the PTO VP for the past 5 years and this year was forced to delete our entire PBC PTO page due to the arguing. It is sad. Good luck managing this page.

[Editor’s Note: Misuraca is probably referring to the Pieter B. Coeymans PTO  site that was dominated by Donna Leput-Hommel, and several other Coeymanazis, who, during the budget campaigning, tried to punish local businesses for not supporting the 2012-2013 school budget.]

 Michelle Waldenmaier Koeppel:  [Redacted] obviously you did not see my post below about the disgrace that is going on here. If you do not have anything nice to say please do not say a thing. As an administrator I will remove you from this site your drama continues when people are posting positive things. This site is for the “Friends and children of RCS” Please stop this non sense. Anne Irwin likes this.

HWV: I’m afraid this side is a bit too closed-minded to make any significant contribution to anything. You have made your statements rejecting every possible attempt I have made to offer alternative viewpoints and to foster some sort of openmindedness. Your subscribers appear to be dyslexic or aphasic, or lexically challenged; as a result, they continue to march off the cliff despite charitable warnings that the bridge is burning! It’s very difficult to communicate intelligently with a hoard of depressed lemmings hell-bent on suicide. So, dear censor, please “remove” me from this site. I am personally requesting that action for the above reasons. That way I won’t be disturbed in my important work by bored matrons’ pessimistic whining, and Mrs Deluca’s impoverished attempts to look clean. Thank you for complying with my request as soon as possible.
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And so it went. Cathy Deluca ignores the question. Her bovine followers follow suit. The aphasia, dyslexia of the lexically challenged friends and graduates of the progressive RCS schools system continue with the status quoThey can’t read, and if they do they don’t understand what they’re reading. They retaliate by name-calling and ignorance. When that fails, their watchdogs come in with the censorship. We don’t understand what you’re saying so bye-bye! Nazis!

So, if you ever consider joining one of the so-called RCS “friends” groups, just be aware that you might have to memorize the very simple language script, to say just the right thing, to stock up on asskisser’s gum, and you’ll need to really like kissing cow-ass!

My Advice To
“RCS Friends And More”
The Editor

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Readers Corner: A Readers’ Contribution…

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A Reader Writes…

Mr Laszlo Polyak of Ravena submitted this article:

I guess I will be the advocate for the children, and RCS  High School seniors, who have commented on this blog and try to present it in a  way that both sides can understand.  First off, I have a business teaching degree so I have my bias too.  Second, there are good teachers all around not just greedy ones. [Editor’s Note: While I am still adamant that the seniors who commented in the way they commented were uncivil and inappropriate, I would be the last to overgeneralize and condemn an entire group, teachers or students.]

Let’s start from some carved in stone facts that are beyond the control of this community.  Two million people have moved out of NY in the last 10 years.  Locally this means there are 2,000 fewer people in our school district.  Fewer students means fewer teachers needed.  Example – sixty kids in third grade in any district. – six third- grade teachers.  Obviously at least of 3 teachers have to go.  That is beyond our control. There’s also the loss of two million dollars so there is even less money to support the situation. Less money from government sources (state and federal). Thank you! Governor Cuomo! The state legislators and the governor of the Empire State don’t seem to give a damn whether your schools sink or float! They just push it on to local governments and pass the ole buck! [Editor’s Note: Mr Polyak makes some good points here.]

The recent concert at the high school the principal said it best — everyone will be receiving some information and facts at home.  I really urge you all to read it carefully.  Do your homework and make a reasonable, informed decision when you vote.

If you want one fine example of a truly great teacher, you have Mr Wamsley.  As a music teacher he has done an excellent job with the kids in band and drama.  He entertains us with high school plays that are Broadway  quality.   He has been here only a few years.  There was talk when budget cuts were needed to let him go. The public stood up and backed him. [Editor’s Note: Music and language/literature are foundations of our culture. I would agree with Mr Polyak that a gifted teacher in the humanities is a must in any school.]

Perhaps I can explain some of the issues this way.  There are residents on fixed incomes  such as social security and retirement pensions.  Perhaps your grandma or grandpa.  They have not received an increase in their check for two years straight.  And yet their taxes have gone up and up and up.  Of course, they want the best education for their grandchildren, great grandchildren and children [But do they have to forego medicine or nutritious food to make that possible? There’s a moral dilemma here. The ed.].  But they are down to eating cat food.  How do you expect them to afford a 6.8% increase? Some of them, simply frustrated, are a portion of the two million who have left New York state. 

Take a walk down Main Street.  Again you’ll see fewer people there, fewer businesses than you did last year: this means less of a tax base and more of a burden on those still here.  Then we have three big industries.  plastics, railroad and the cement company.  The reason why we have this short fall is because they went to court and got their property values dropped 10 yrs ago and will do it again. [Editor’s Note: Excellent point! They’re paying almost no tax and yet you jump up and down with glee when they make a pitiable gift or donation! See thru the smokescreen!]  And they can afford to go to court.  Or just close their doors and move out.

Have you forgotten that we are in a depression, and I will call it that. We are in a depression its over the place.  I wrote a letter to the blogger questioning their motives about the kids blogs. I told the blogger that these are children/young adults. And they are trying to express their opinions.  In a week some people will go and vote Yes! and some will vote No!  And we will cross that bridge when we get there.  But we need to remind ourselves that it is OK to be conservative, it is OK to be liberal.  And we need to express ourselves without bitterness, frustration and hatred. The young people tried but sadly, their teachers were laughing and not explain to them the truth  The kids don’t lose  we do!  [Editor’s Note: I disagree. The young people were cheated of a very valuable lesson and experience; the teachers lost nothing. The community lost something, too!]  Are we name calling just because we have different viewpoints? Are we the children or the adults, the educators?  Every community has at least two viewpoints, and they can co-exist in harmony.  A healthy community might have hundreds of viewpoints and solutions, too, but can pull it all together and get the job done .

Perhaps when you write to the blogger, you should show some examples of solutions for the current situations and problems that we face. [Editor’s Note: Great advice, Mr Polyak!]  As I showed my leg brace for my cerebral palsy at the RCS board of Ed meeting, I did not bother to show my ID showing that I was a walker or I had to walk over a mile each way to my junior high and high schools.  I even attempted to link and show different school districts for comparisons and email sites too. There were NYS dept of Ed individuals who were present and willing to assist us to find solutions.  Some of them even came down and sat in the audience and took notes but to their disappointment.  If they have to take control it wont be the kids who will be hurt; it will be half the teachers and the Administrator. They noted that no one really placed the kids first.  And some of those followers of the blog are the Dept of Ed officials, as it is part of their job to monitor the situation.

I also set out examples of the YMCA taking over the pool.  It doesn’t matter whether the teacher’s contracts were handed in weeks before or 5 minutes before.  The teachers’ unions are not as powerful as you think they are, and they give nothing back. Some good teachers are struggling to make ends meet, too, and are not greedy at all!  They answer to a much more powerful organization, the NYSED who certify and license them; they can’t teach if their license is revoked. And NYSED answers to “us, the People”.  They are just sitting back, waiting to see what the district votes . You haven’t read about Rhode Island, where the state fired all their teachers.  And then a few months later all the teachers begged for their jobs back at 80% of what they had.

We are in depression; deal with it  people! Don’t believe me, please go on the internet and check.  There are people who have worked in the RCS school district for 10, 15, 20 years who are not teachers.  And they still make under $20,000 per year. [Editor’s Note: In the RCS central school district the teachers average out at about $63,000, up to over $70,000. You don’t want to know what Superintendant Elizabeth Smith is pulling out of the district!]  Some of them would have a better life living on welfare!

Again If anyone wants I will personally bring them to the Dept of Ed  personal so they can hear it straight from NYSED If its a No! votes them teachers and staff are gone and the kids still have sports and music. If it’s a Yes! vote the Dept of Ed  brings in its auditor line by line and the waste goes! This is what the Governor wants to see happen across the state because he does not want to see another 2 million residents leave the state!  The kids will not lose they will have music and sports at the bad or not so good teachers’expense! [Editor’s Note: Thank you! Mr Polyak! That’s a very important point you’ve just driven home. I hope the readers pick up on it. Teachers beware!]

On of the main  issues here is the inequity of employment.  Where and how we are going to fund programs.  And avoid another 2,000 people moving out of our community or a major company from shutting down or moving out.  So what is your solution?  I will always be out in the open. All are always welcome to knock on my door to discuss any issue and I will present them with the government records so they can draw their own conclusions.

Just stop dragging the kids in the middle they enough problems growing and finding their own identity; they don’t need to be made pawns in the battles waged by the adults!

Editor’s Comment: Thank you Mr Lazlo Polyak for a very reasonable and balanced article. We may not have agreed with everything you write but we do appreciate the time and effort you put into this. We are pleased to publish it with minor edits. Note: Mr Polyak is solely responsible for the content of his article; we have not checked the facts but are assured that Mr Polyak has done so.

Our position is and remains that the residents of the RCS Central School District should vote NO! on the budget and all other issues on the ballot on May 15, 2012.

Vote NO! on May 15th

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