As a candidate for the Kingston Library District Board of Trustees, I was invited to attend a public forum May 19 on the proposed library budget. I was, however, gravely disappointed the event was sparsely attended. It was a great opportunity to meet the current members of the board and candidates running for seats on the board. A PowerPoint presentation on the library’s services was given by Library Director Margie Menard. To her credit, the overview was very informative.
The library’s election of four trustees and budget vote will be held Tuesday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the library. There are three seats for three years; and one seat for two years to be filled. Currently, two incumbents (Dr. Edwin Pell and Dr. Susan Simek) are running for re-election and three new candidates (Lisa Terwilliger, Rita Worthington and myself) are seeking seats on the Library’s Board of Trustees.
My hope is more voters will turn out for the election this year. There are 12,902 registered voters in the City of Kingston; a mere 214 city residents voted in the library budget and trustee election last year.
A budget of $723,367 may not seem exorbitant compared to the school district budget of $141,017,676, but it is still important to vote in this election when your tax dollars are supporting the library’s personnel, materials, and educational/recreational/health programming for teens and adults.
Good luck to all the candidates running and remember to cast your vote on Tuesday, June 7.
Who is running this country
Robert Bea is an engineer and former rig worker who has studied systems failures and is most familiar with drilling disasters. In an article in the July 3, 2010, issue of Science News he reviews categories of high-consequence accidents. He explains, “I’ve worked on an Indonesian deepwater development, 10,000 feet deep. That operator, after two years of intense study of the risk involved, said that the reserve remains underdeveloped today because the technology is not there to prevent failures or to mitigate them.”
We are aware of the environmental hazards that accompany drilling options such as deepwater exploration and horizontal hydraulic fracturing. In spite of their risks the powerful oil and gas industry charges forward without concern for the environment or public health. What about a Congressional bill such as H.R. 1229: Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act or H.R. 1231: Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act? Don’t even ask about H.R. 1230.
Exactly who is running this country? The powerful oil and gas industry with their lobbyists, the politicians or us? It’s definitely not us. The only way to prevent being fracked is by creatively using our strong and informed voices to take back our power. Remember democracy is not a spectator sport. Become part of the growing environmental movement.
I was surprised to read that Alderman Senor was involved in a car accident and the city police did not issue a ticket?
Considering someone in the other car was hurt, “although not seriously” and a witness was present, and both insurance companies will want to know who was at fault.
The next day, I read that Police Chief Keller decided that a ticket should be issued, good call but in my opinion this was a no-brainer, so why is it that our elected officials are not held to the same standards and rules and regulations as all us regular Joes are? When in all actuality they should be held to a higher standard of conduct being elected officials working on behalf of the people.
This is not the first time in recent years that this kind of preferential treatment has been displayed in Kingston. A couple of years ago, an alderwoman hit a house with her car in the wee hours of the morning and left the scene of the crime. No arrest was made and no news was ever reported about the outcome of that case?
More recently another alderwoman’s son was arrested for selling drugs and again no outcome/no final verdict?
I used to be amazed that every year after the mayor’s booze cruise that the police were not lined up waiting to arrest and issue DUI’s [to] all the drunk politicians trying to get home after the event?
In retrospect, a bank president was caught a couple years ago in a sting operation involving prostitutes and johns and he was on the front page of our local newspapers for weeks. Just goes to show not everyone is equal in the eyes of the law or in the local media.
Don’t miss it
I would like to congratulate the young cast of The Jungle Book, the musical that opened Friday night at Backstage Studio Productions. This vigorous, tuneful Disney romp is presented by Stages in the Arts, also known as the Woodstock Youth Theater. Dot Penz, director, has created a bright jungle set that even includes a swinging “vine.” With lots of dancing and singing, the play has great appeal for young and young-at-heart audiences.
Woodstock Youth Theater, now known as Stages in the Arts, was founded more than 28 years ago by Beth Lipton. Throughout the years, it has provided an excellent theater experience for young people in the Hudson Valley, serving youth from ages 8 to 25. This cast ranges in age from 4 to 13.
The Jungle Book will be performed this weekend also: Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at 323 Wall Street, Kingston. Reservations are recommended but not required. Call 338-8700 for more information. Don’t miss this one!
Bury gang stuff
What, more front page stuff about a rotten element? Violent young men with guns? Bury that stuff, please: if we really want to read about it, we’ll find it.
And who cares? Really, who is your audience. Who needs to know, and what purpose does it serve. Are you trying to boost your circulation with the gangs? I put this in the column of careerism: stuff that’s good for the paper and/or the writer who can strut their stuff (your writing is good!) but there is so much other stuff to write about: what citizens need to know gets displaced by blood and guts, detailed reporting about lowlife scum that you are drawing attention to. If you want to couch your front page crime coverage in terms of a public service, then tell us about your intentions in your editorials.
I buy your paper when it has good news articles ... but the gangsta stuff: nah, I don’t need that in my house.
The citizens of Kingston suffer in comparison to what the Saugerties, Woodstock, New Paltz readers get in their local Times.
Volunteers, we salute you
The Friends of Historic Kingston salute the nearly 200 volunteers who pitched in to pick up litter and yard waste for the Second Annual Kingston Clean Sweep on Saturday, April 30. Two tons of litter and nearly nine tons of yard waste were collected in just three hours along the city’s main corridors from the Uptown business district to the waterfront and along a section of the former Ulster and Delaware rail bed. The Academy Green, Forsyth Park, Hasbrouck Park, Loughran Park and Rotary Park at Kingston Point were also “swept clean.”
In addition to many individuals, volunteers were provided by the Business Alliance of Kingston, Cub Scout Pack 103, Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston Boys and Girls Club, Kingston Kiwanis Club, Kingston Land Trust, Kingston Lions Club, Kingston Neighborhood Watch, Kingston Opera House Office Building, Kingston Rotary Club, Kingston Sunrise Rotary Club, Kingston Uptown Business Association, Kingston Uptown Residents Association, LGBTQ Center, Project Forsyth Park, Ulster Corps, Ulster Garden Club and Ward Nine Care Group.
We say “thank you” to Herzog’s True Value Home Center and Hannaford’s for donating trash and yard waste bags, and to the City of Kingston for collecting the bags from the curbs immediately after the event and “clean sweeping” the gutters.
We cannot recall another instance when so many organizations and individuals joined hands to support a single event in the City of Kingston. It was an impressive display of what can be accomplished when we work in unison.
Friends of Historic Kingston