Once again the Mideast peace talks are heading to the scrap bin of history because of a dispute over settlements. May I offer a suggestion?
In 1947 the United Nations drew a line in the sand and created the state of Israel on one side and Palestine on the other. Now might be the time to redraw that line in the sand and declare this side is yours, this side in theirs. That line must be drawn by an independent third-party entity and put an end to all the political posturing from both sides of the ocean.
In my mind it’s the same as living in our country. We have borders between us and Canada and Mexico and when we travel across those borders we respect their teriritorial rights and abide by their rules, regulations and customs. If drawing that “new” line we have Israelis living on the Palestine side and vice-versa, residents are allowed to stay or abide by the rules and regulations or move to the other side of the border.
Lobbing rockets and tanks blowing up places will never bring stability to the region. Why not say this is my side of the line, this is yours, my rules on my side yours on yours, let’s trade across the border to benefit human beings on each side?
Ronald E. Dietl
An independent view
One of the benefits of being registered to vote but non-affiliated with a political party is being spared the wrenching pain of choosing in primaries a boss’s Tweedle-Dee or Tweedle-Dum.
That said, and acknowledging apparent monster steps under way to decimate the county government employment rolls (to help lift us, as I’ve oft suggested, from an ignominious 14th “most productive” out of 20 counties with a charter and executive), yesterday I got a primary reminder in the mail from you good people.
As a “non-Roach Motel’, Hugh Reynolds-anointed pure independent citizen, I can’t for the life of me figure what to do with the postcard from the county Borad of Elections. It’s not large enough to make a paper airplane. There’s no space on which to compose even a haiku. I suppose I got carried away reading and believed it really contained “important information, please read.” You do admit “if applicable,” but then you don’t say what that means except that “you must be enrolled in the political party having a primary.”
A few moments ago I checked the State Board of Electrocutions and saw that as of April 1 there were 37,292 registered but non-enrolled dummies (call us “blanks,” will they?).
The postal rates keep rising so fast I can’t keep up with them. The county probably gets a postage discount; but, still, labor goes into card prep, paper and ink cost money, as does addressing; and then there’s the postage.
Would the Board of Elections please let me know how much the county will save annually by avoiding sending these action-effete postcards?
Beware of mortgage scams
Please warn consumers about loan-modification scams and encourage consumers to seek out free, HUD-approved housing counselors for help with their mortgages. Scammers are taking advantage of people in a difficult situation, people who are trying to modify their home mortgages or those who are trying to avoid foreclosure.
New York State law prohibits a “property consultant” or loan-modification company from doing the following: performing consulting services without a written, fully executed consulting contract with a homeowner; charging for or accepting any payment for consulting services before the full completion of all such services, including a payment to be placed in escrow pending the completion of such services; taking a power of attorney from a homeowner; or finally retaining any original loan document or other original document related to the distressed home loan, the property or the potential loss of the home for nonpayment of taxes.
If anyone offers unsolicited loan modification services over the phone or by personal visit, please call Ulster County Consumer Fraud at 340-3260 or the state attorney general’s office in Poughkeepsie at 485-3900. Complaint forms are available at www.ag.ny.gov under “forms.”
County legislator, District 7