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October 23, 2008 14:37:25 Far Right   PBS is left wing junk.
October 21, 2008 23:04:20 bertimouse   Has anyone seen the PBS "Frontline" broadcast tonight of their show called "Heat"?!? --WOW. This is another NOT TO BE MISSED & you can watch it again on-line (so they say) at "pbs dot org". Peace for our whole planet yall.
October 21, 2008 22:04:16 bertimouse   Yes Craig, I agree. We all(or should have)voted for the bond issue that allowed our School district to build those renovations to the 5 schools & the darn separate vote for the $2 million pool which is not[by the way]olympic sized;just large enough to compete with B&G school district's brand new pool,& every other district that jumped into the "pool"&fancy new athletic fields bandwagon. (That pool bond-vote passed by something like 230 yes votes to 175 no votes; out of something like 900 people that could have voted?)-It was pathetic. I remember thinking at the time that there were about 700 children [700x2=1,200 voting parents?] that were directly affected at the time. It was a crying shame that the voter turnout was so low on such an important issue. But what can you do? -So the Sidney H.S. pool got built & now everyone is stuck with it & complains. -This is just another example of how people really need to understand what their one vote means first locally. Everyone should vote whenever & wherever they can. Why? -Because we can. Because we are Americans & this is our duty. Yes.
October 21, 2008 20:31:45 Craig DuMond   In my humble opinion, The Sidney Central School Board has been frivolously wasting the taxpayers money for years, starting with investing 4.8 million of our taxpayer dollars into 2 schools they closed less that a year and a half after completion. Remember this moved was supposed to make our property taxes lower!. This last budget was over 5% and that was with laying off over 20 teachers!!! What a travesty...all to build an expanded empire complete with Olympic size swimming pool disparately need for our declining enrollment! Looks like the chickens are coming home to roost just as the citizen's group that opposed the closings predicted. At this frivolous spending is just the tip of the iceberg. The citizen's group uncovered MANY irregularities within the District's finances, however, most fell on deaf ears. If we dont learn from history...... Pay attention, get involved and ask critical questions. School taxes are the single most crippling burden on NYS households and something needs to be done to reign these school Boards in.
October 21, 2008 20:09:42 bertimouse   Hi Shocked. Yup. Saw it on-line at the daily star dot com.****The article reported about the NYS comptroller's annual audit on school districts & was one-sided without any comment from the schools that the reporter quoted. Too bad. We also noted that the Comptroller is the sole trustee of the NYS Pension fund which is also in deep do-do, so we understand his comment that "legislation is needed to allow school districts to use the excess EBALR funds to potentially lower property taxes or to avoid expensive borrowing by paying for one-time expenses." He's trying to save money while still seeming to know what he's doing, eh?
October 21, 2008 16:09:54 Shocked   Has anyone seen The Daily Star yet today? The online article is called "Millions locked in school accounts". This is a must read. Sidney has $1,357,332 locked in employee benefits accrued liability reserve (EBALR).
October 16, 2008 17:51:16 Craig DuMond   Town Historian, Jeri Brayman, can be contacted at 265-3769
October 16, 2008 15:12:40 LOL   Mr. Keidal - Thank you. I am sure I will run into her at some time.
October 16, 2008 14:10:56 Grumpy Ernst Keidel The Masonville Historian is Jeri Brayman. She herself, does not have a phone listing.
October 16, 2008 11:38:44 LOL   Anyone have a contact for the Masonville historian? Thanks
October 16, 2008 01:44:55 bertimouse   We vote to include Kendal Craig's husband for an award. He worked months on this monumental project which initially was non-paying. He re-finished, painted, & performed most of the electrical wiring & the back-breaking jobs to get the General Store opened & looking the way it does today, which yes still needs work as they will tell you. It would be a great thing if all of us would support their place, eh?
October 15, 2008 07:00:51 George Denys I can see no harm in that at all. Grumpy, it's your site, what do you think?
October 14, 2008 10:14:12 Old Time thinker   I think a person of the year is a good idea, but how do you pick just one person? Would it be okay to just ask for people to pick someone and list it here on this site and why they pick that person. This way no one will be left out.
October 12, 2008 10:37:45 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Whereas we may or may not have a MASONVILLE PERSON of the YEAR selection, one person of which I can think is Kendal Craig! She is the one who provides our town with the definitive cultural center in the form of the MASONVILLE GENERAL STORE and CRESCENT WRENCH CAFE! She oversees her store on most days and is responsible for "selling" Masonville's old-time historical charm and character. There is great coffee and great ambiance, and strangers who are just driving through town and happen to stop in order to scope out the store and/or have some coffee, leave with a very positive impression of Masonville and oft vow to be back!
October 11, 2008 07:50:56 George Denys Thanks Bertimouse, I respect your opinion. I was also just thinking "outside the box" I am trying to get us moved in a more positive direction. The grant you speak of was brought up at, I belive, the August meeting. We did not dwell on it as we are waiting to compleate and adopt the Master plan before applying for any grants. The plan in place gives us an edge over towns that do not yet have one. I am curious as to the use of "we" in your posts. Are you the rep for an organization in town?
October 10, 2008 22:55:25 bertimouse   We're glad you mentioned this George.We would like to commend all the folks that sold those tomato seedlings at the fire dept. to raise funds for their youth group. We bought ten $1.00 plants raised by those kids & they were the best/biggest tomatoes we've grown in 10 years! :) We also wanted to let you & Craig know about an ad placed in the local "County Shopper" free newspaper about the "Local Government Efficiency Grant Program now available" offered by the New York State Department of State.-The article is too long for us to quote but this sounds exciting & Masonville should definitely apply for this grant.-It's all about getting money for "projects that promote shared services, cooperative agreements, consolidations, mergers & dissolutions." Assemblyman Crouch says that "this is a great opportunity to help government efficiency & cost savings on many levels..."-"All of these grants[there are many town departments that can apply individually] are now available & can be found at the NYS Dept. of State website or copies can be obtained by calling the Division of Local Government Services at (518)473-3355." Please, check this out George/Craig if you've not already heard about it. You asked, we responded. -And WE VOTE NO to a "Masonville person of the year" award. Bad idea in our view. Maybe someday when we have a proper Town Hall or Park that the whole Town could show up & really celebrate something like that. How about an Organization of the year?-Oh we forgot-we already congratulate the Highway & Fire Departments every chance we get anyways at the Town Meetings,so why do they need more than what that now? Just thinking outside the box out-loud here;don't mean any disrespect...please check out & comment on that LOCAL GRANT $$ soon. Have you heard of it? What do you think? Can we apply for it?
October 10, 2008 21:49:10 George Denys Just a thought, Let's put some of this boards energy into making Masonville a better place. What do you think the Town Board should be doing better or different? How can the Fire District encourage more membership? How about nominating a "Masonville person of the year" for those who, every day, make this a better, safer place to live. I'll start. Pastor Rob, Carol Bowker, The entire highway crew. I know many more but thats a start. Let's get POSITIVE.
October 10, 2008 21:31:17 George Denys I would like to take this time to again invite all interested people to look at the Masonville Master Plan. It can be found at We will also have copies at the next Town Board meeting for all to take home. I urge you to provide feedback if you wish as I include everyones opinion in the discussion process. Most of the publics comments so far have made it into the plan in one form or another. George
October 10, 2008 09:50:53 Far Right   The Truth.
October 10, 2008 09:49:04 LOL   I recall an incident many years ago when I was in high school. There was a football game between the school I attended and our arch rival. During the game someone from our school damaged a bus belonging to the visiting team. The next day it was announced that our school, as a result of our poor sportmanship, had forfeited all the rest of the games of the season and there would be no more games that year. Solved the problem. There was a furor over it but the ruling stuck and a valuable lesson was learned I think.
October 09, 2008 23:02:22 bertimouse   We quote this from tonight out of Binghamton: "The Vestal and Horseheads school districts agree there was an aggressive game between their JV girls soccer teams. They disagree about whether there shouts of were slurs or cheers." *************1)Doesn't anyone know how to spell anymore? 2)What, they don't teach grammar anymore either? 3)We saw the original WBNG-TV newscast on this issue. The Horseheads soccer team forfeited the game & walked off the field because of this! -The Vestal School Superintendent quickly responded with a statement saying that it was a all a misunderstanding because one member of the team had the nickname of "Neager" & another had the nickname of "Meuw" so some of the fans may have "mis-heard" them saying the "N" word & the "J" word. -"Yah, right" is basically what the Horseheads Superintendent said. (Why would a whole team of top athletes walk off the field for "mis-hearing" something, eh?) -Shame, shame on you Vestal & give Horseheads a break. Why would any other team want to play on your tainted, racist field? -We've heard rumors on how you think 'yall are better than everyone else because(you think)you're more "well off" than the rest of us. Now we are LOL. Personally(?)we hope all of your so-called competitive athletic department-in all sports-gets soundly whipped this year. 4)Anyone with a video of that soccer game would make a fortune right now & we hope it's someone from Horseheads. ERR nuff said.
October 08, 2008 22:40:27 bertimouse   To lol&far right: What kind of depressed words/messages/attitudes do you teach your/our children/grandchildren here now? No one in this country is born without some kind of small hope,eh? Again we say PEACE!
October 08, 2008 21:32:11 Far Right   LOL, I agree. It's all gone.
October 08, 2008 16:32:40 LOL   I sometimes am thankful I am an old man and will probably not witness the final agonies of this once great and noble country. I do shed a tear to think of what we are leaving our children and grandchildren. -- U.S.A. the words that once spelled hope to a world without hope. A haven for those who would seek a better life for themselves and their children. A land of opportunity. A country of freedom and liberty founded on the premise and promise of an Almighty God. -- The scum being sent to our government has sold us out to the highest bidder. We cannot even see an honest election in this country. What is the point in an election on a national scale? The scumbags the fat cats wants in there will be in there. Everyone talks about "cleaning house" in DC but even with the entire House of Representatives and one third of the Senate up for re-election the same self-serving, self-involved greedy cockroaches will return to the seat of government come January. Several trillion to wage a war for no reason. A trillion or more to bail out the blood sucking banks and Wall Street but not one farthing for those who are truly in need. My only regret is that I will not live to see each politician in DC led to the gallows and hanged for treason. Secret Police and Secret courts in the U.S.A. What has it come to?
October 08, 2008 11:51:20 LOL   Far-Right, I think if you take time to Google Obama's birth certificate you will find any number of independent groups who have authenticated his citizenship in various ways. -- Of course I am aware of the "conspiracy" theory which "proves" his birth certificate and his middle name is false. But think of it as a common sense issue. How would a senator conspire to cover up something like that for years? It would take an enormous amount of work,not to mention money and bribes. Including, but not limited too, the co-operation of officials in Hawaii, the hospital where he was born,the doctor who delivered him, neighbors, friends, officials in Illinois where he was married, the U.S. government, passport officials, the State Department and numerous others. His birth certificate has been compared to others issued in Hawaii at the time of his birth and they are identical. -- I know Americans love a good juicy conspiracy theory. Witness Kennedy, Area 51, even after all these years Lincoln and numerous others. They are fun but that is all they are. While nothing is impossible sneaking a non-citizen into a presidental election is so remote as to say it falls into the realm of impossible. I think all this nonsense came about because the man has the unfortunate circumstance of having a name that at this time conjours up the worst in peoples minds; not any "facts" as such. -- I think there are a lot of ligitmate reasons for NOT electing Obama as President of the U.S. without resorting to nonsensical conspiracy theories. Even J.R. Corsi in his book "Obama Nation" ( and he is no fan of Obams) does not claim Obama is not a U.S. Citizen. And, Corsi has probably made some of the wildest, outlandish claims about many in public life, that has ever appeared in print.
October 08, 2008 11:07:41 Far Right   Then why has he refused to produce his birth certificate? If someone questioned me about it then I would produce the documents to shut them up. He has never done so.
October 07, 2008 16:20:07 LOL   While I am no fan of Obama it is ridiculus to say he is not a natural born U.S. Citizen. Barack Hussian Obama II was born on August 4th 1961 to Barack Hussian Obama I (a naturalized citizen of the U.S. from Kenya) and Ann Dunham Stanley a natural born citizen of the U.S. He was born in the State of Hawaii. (Yes, Hawaii is a state and was one at the time of his birth.) Yes, he spent a great deal of his life outside the continental U.S. But to say he is not a U.S. citizen fitting the requirments of being the president of the U.S. is just rumor mongering. As I said I am not a fan of his nor will I vote for him but by the same token I am not going to say things about him that are not true or based on nonsense.
October 07, 2008 10:18:01 LOL   Who was our last statesman president? Eisenhower perhaps? Kennedy a rich spoiled womanizer. Johnson one of the "good old backroom boys." Nixon a shamed crook. Ford a bumbling idiot. Carter a well-meaning but inept peanut farmer. Reagan? Well, had the best interest of the country at heart but lousy advisers. King Bush the First. Oil immersed king of a dynasty. Clinton, HUMMM!! Have to ask one of the many female interns during his administration I guess. They had the most "personal" contact with him. King George the Second. Oil immersed king of a dynasty going down the tubes. --- Present selection. GOD HELP THE COUNTRY!!
October 07, 2008 09:50:21 Far right   Anyone who votes for Obama should be tried and hung for treason. He is not even a US citizen as far as we know. Kenyan national I think.
October 07, 2008 07:32:45 Grumpy Ernst Keidel "criticize a little less here on this message board" - well spoken, Bertimouse, but let me remind you that it appears that it was YOU who started this. I refer to your post of 4 October, bashing Sarah Palin.
October 06, 2008 21:41:11 RangerDanger   Hi LOL. Are you who I think you are? Haha.
October 06, 2008 21:32:25 bertimouse   It always amazes us how the folks currently dedicated to the McCain/Palin side never seem to want to talk about facts. We are struggling to keep an open mind for both sides, as both sides have good ideas. It's amazing to us that people have to resort to insults & rudeness to get their point across. (Guilty too,I apologize to you Country Boy if I insulted you.) -We all have much more in common than differences in this country. Like the "TV media" is saying how this campaign is now getting uglier.*******With Palin now telling folks that "Shucks y'all,Obama hangs out with terrorists" all of her beauty & good looks can't hide the inner ugliness she's so willing & capable of doing just as any man. Too bad. We thought she was above that nastiness that yes both parties do.******* Both parties have websites where you can learn about their views & true facts. -In our opinion these are the best places to get the real election story not the 5-minute blurb ads on TV nor even the debates.*******We think the youth of this country will decide this election-the college kids that are on the internet everyday. They are the real(silent)heartbeat that is our future. Let them decide. :) ****** We-thinks that Country Boy,Grumpy & all the other registered voters in Masonville should strive to listen to their young,learn more about each candidate,criticize a little less here on this message board & by all means Calmly Debate & Discuss More on our Own Important Issues in peace. Peace! Peace! :)
October 05, 2008 09:52:58 LOL   SHEESH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
October 05, 2008 09:23:43 Grumpy Ernst Keidel I guess we all now know where Countryboy stands on this issue; -right beside me! Besides: Friends don't let friends vote Dumbocrat!
October 05, 2008 08:06:12 Good ol' Country Boy THATS IT!!!!!! the beauty queen remark!!!!You are mad that she is good looking. Dems hate good looking women!! I finaly figured it out. You resent her good looks and take it out on her. Alas I see the light. Eh????????
October 05, 2008 08:02:37 Good ol' Country Boy The CEO of Amphenol is much more able to count money than Obama.How is Obama more qualified? Please explain what he has done to deserve my vote. Please tell me, because he won't, what his stance is on most anything. He is a nothing, a nobody who has cast his first real vote in the senate just days ago. Talk about playing catch up. Palen is miles ahead of Obama and she only wants to be Vice-Pres!!!!!!!! There goes the rest of Social Security. Down the tubes with all our rights as proud americans to the lefty liberal idia of their new world order. A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take it all away. A vote for Obama is a vote to end our way of life as we know it. A cowardly uneducated vote. A vote that waves a white flag to the idiots that crash airplanes into buildings and kill our sons and daughters. I guess you would invite them in for tea and try to talk out our problems, eh?
October 04, 2008 19:26:07 bertimouse   Hi Country Boy; -Pull-ease - this cute, bright-eyed, perky, former beauty-queen is no way Qualified for the 2nd most Powerful Position on this Planet & we don't care what sex she is.-Didn't everyone get their fill of incompetence the last two times around? Look what it's done to our beloved Country? -If McCain thinks voters are so stupid as to vote for him just because his VP is a woman;well we were on the fence but that lost our votes flat out.***** We prefer a dynamic young leader with a wise VP on the team, not the same (old)leadership with a lame-duck VP that has to play catch-up on important world issues-[i.e.unknown, un-voted for people behind the scenes showing her the ropes]-'cause she's been a soccer mom for the last 20 years, Please. There is no comparison here who's best qualified. This is not an election for the local CEO of Amphinol...this is serious stuff during a serious time & we need qualified people who care, understand & promise to fight for the middle class. Nuff said.
October 04, 2008 09:35:59 Interested   I urge the users of this site to download the Masonville Master Plan from and read it and then pass on your thoughts and comments to Councilman Denys. It is your community and your community's future so you should take a personal interest in it. Your participation is the engine that will make the plan go.
October 03, 2008 20:21:20 Good ol' Country Boy Are we going to have the courage to elect a woman vice pres or are we going to continue to be a sexist country? Or is this woman not the N.O.W. gangs type. If not then what would be?? Perhaps they (N.O.W.)are more sexist than the rest of the country. The time to crack the glass ceiling is NOW. Pun intended.
October 02, 2008 23:45:18 bertimouse LHW8S FYI: "Maverick" means: "n.1.An unbranded range calf or colt. 2.An independent person,esp. in politics." -J.M. is not a registered independent voter:republican all his life.***(personally?)We don't care for any unbranded yearling's running around our place running wild nor someone who calls themselves something they're not. It's just not good neighborly policy, eh?
October 02, 2008 20:02:15 George Denys Yes we will survive, at least I hope we do. Back to the Victory Gardens.
October 02, 2008 19:53:36 bertimouse   So,PBS report tonight on the economy was again very enlightening: 4 speakers with various opinions;but they all agree that basically the middle class is in deep do-do no matter what. Recommended by all:1)Close the insolvent banks. 2)No one knows the final cost this is going to be.3)Only 3 agreed that "the panic" has to be stopped to restore confidence. (4)All agreed that it's just a "holding measure".(5)All agreed that this bill will have to be refined in the future(yah good luck with that). Some facts: the new bill goes from 700 to 810 BILLION adding mostly pork-barrel stuff for the Republicans so they will vote for it;some things are good:raising the bank insurance limit to $250K for retirees & small businesses; increasing tax credits for solar/wind/alternative energy businesses, but allot of them are wacky "sweeteners" like those wooden bowen-arrows made for kids in Oregon!********Yah gotta laugh or cry & we here chose to laugh. Peace & calm to 'yall, folks. This is NOT the end of our world, & yes we will all survive this. Yes we will.
October 02, 2008 19:22:16 bertimouse   A (Biased)Poem to offer here: "Obama/Biden: No more lying, hiding & riding the middle class & an end to the fighting. McCain/Palin: More bailing, failing, jailing & whaling fear more years! [pardon any spelling errors] Hope 'yall watch the VP debate tonight for the 2nd most important job in this WORLD, eh?
October 01, 2008 21:37:36 Cemetery Photographer   Over the past couple of years I have been photographing and indexing the stones in the cemetery on Route 20 and the one on Route 206. If anyone needs photos of any stones in these cemeteries I probably have them in my files. Let me know and I will be happy to send copies to you.
September 29, 2008 19:36:12 Amazed   There is going to be a lot of restless heads on Wall Street tonight as they see their golden parachutes blowing away in the wind. But folks hang on your hats as things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.
September 28, 2008 17:31:57 George Denys You bet it is Grumpy, whom is not so grumpy at all!
September 28, 2008 15:48:32 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Those of you have accessed the Shepstone Masonville site or who have obtained the hard copy of the proposed Comprehensive Plan at the last meeting, will have noticed a lot of familiar photographs. With the exception of the cover shot and the photo of the wind turbines on page 4-3; all photos can be found on THIS website and were taken by me! I am happy that my work is being appreciated and used to paint Masonville in a favorable light.
September 27, 2008 21:21:50 Chester   Bertimouse - My thank you to the Planning Board was in no way meant as a slight to those from the community who may have put time and effort into the Master Plan. I am sure there were a number who gave of their time and talent to make it come to fruaition. I would have no way of knowing who, what or where these people worked; thus I chose to thank the Planning Board as they were most directly involved. I am sure that board has passed on the gratitude of the community to those who were involved in a non-board capacity. So, you see I was not insulting or ignoring the efforts of anyone.
September 27, 2008 20:26:20 Craig DuMond   The Town Board will most likely decide on the Master Plan at the December 3rd Town Board meeting. It will not be considered prior to that time to allow time for all to digest and provide feedback/opinion. George and the Comp Plan steering committee have put a lot of work into the draft document. The Town Board is very grateful for their work! Please continue to provide your comments and feedback to George as we move forward toward adoption...we value public opinion and will consider every piece of information provided.
September 27, 2008 20:02:08 bertimouse   Hi George & Chester! :) Chester, you should know that allot of residents here participated in this Master Plan too. & Here's to you George for hearing & talking to all of us "outside the box" eh? -When is the master plan scheduled to be voted on to be adopted by the town? -Can we please have until November 5th to download & review it--'cause the October 1st. meeting is TOO SOON in our opinion for all of us to have time to review & comment on it, you know? What do you think? & hey thanks for your tea party comments on the state of credit in this country-give it up, yall!!
September 27, 2008 15:00:36 Chester   Downloaded and read the Master Plan and Site Review. Of course I have not had time to read as closely as I like. I stated that I would refrain from commenting on anything pertaining to Masonville and I will not comment one way or the other. I only want to say "Thank You" to the Planning Board (Especially) Councilman Denys) for the time and effort put into this endeavor.
September 27, 2008 10:45:52 George Denys Masonville NY now has a Master plan to be presented to the Board for adoption, revision as nessesary or disapproval. Drafts of this plan are available on for anyone to see. ALOT of hard work went into this plan. Not everyone agreed on everything but it does reflect what we feel is the general outlook of the Town. The surveys were crutial to this process and I thank everyone who took the time to fill one out. All comments are welcome and may be directed to me at my e-mail address. As I expect many comments, please understand that I may not be able to answer each one individualy. This plan will now allow us to move forward with more grant applications as well as including and excluding items in our budget that you felt were important or not. Thank you all again, George
September 26, 2008 08:10:00 George Denys I'm in on the tea party. Maybe a depression is what we need to remind people how it can be. Credit Cards are a virus infecting our country. BAD Real BAD. Berti, You are on the mark as far as I see. Don't matter a bit what party you are from when it comes to $$$ ya cant get 10 from 9.
September 25, 2008 19:21:00 bertimouse   NEWS FLASH; PBS reports no deal yet after the President met today with the party reps, the chairman of the banking committee & both Presidential candidates. -Senator Richard Shelby, the ranking republican on the committee came out of the meeting saying "NO DEAL". Looks like Congress will spend the weekend in Washington earning their keep for once. Tonight PBS interviewed the CEO of Federal Express; Frederick Smith & he said it was the "Financial sector vs. the Industrial Sector"-The Industrial sector depends on credit which they can still get if they have a strong cash flow. Another of his comments were that "energy prices were allot of the cause of this problem, now" -DUH. And no-one saw this coming?*********************************************PLEASE send a letter to your elected legislators about this a.s.a.p. by going to -it's easy & free. So far they've received 100,000 letters from folks like us just trying to let them hear us NOW before it's too late! p.s.-Most of the stock-market made money today 'cause they all thought "the deal" was going to be approved today. It will be very interesting to see how it does tomorrow, err.
September 25, 2008 17:56:57 bertimouse   Yah, we could have used a trillion to "shore up" the social security system which by the way no one is talking about 'cause it'll all be gone soon; none left for me or anyone's children - HA-You gotta laugh or cry here! We're gonna be totally up spit's creek without a paddle come retirement(what's that?)time,err.Change the subject, please! :) Enjoy the rain this weekend, all.Seems fitting.
September 25, 2008 17:35:19 NearApolexy   Bail out the banks!! For God's Sake YES!! CEO's, Presidents and VP'S gotta make their millions. Our Presidential Candidates, Frick and Frake, make the most of it as the country goes down the drain. Hopefully no one will vote for either of you. -- Small struggling areas such as Masonville are squeezing nickels until Jefferson's face turns red and still cannot make ends meet. No one is bailing us out. That is OK as long as the Fat Cats continue to get their portion. Just how to "H" long does this country think it can continue to bail out these greedy stupid and fraudelent banks, mortgage companies and finance companies? Bailing out every Fat Cat company in the world plus fighting two wars that we should have never gotten into, plus paying every illegal alien who swims, crawls, climbs into the US while the ordinary working stiff will lose his home, his job and his savings. On top of this the government will keep track of us with "enhanced" licenses and passports. Soon we will need "papers" to cross the state line. --- FOLKS IT IS TIME FOR ANOTHER BOSTON TEA PARTY!!!!!!
September 23, 2008 22:00:42 bertimouse   Sorry to all my message was so long - Just had to get all that stuff out. Thanks & say NO to this stupid extra to the national deficit, err. Nuff said.
September 23, 2008 21:58:58 bertimouse   OK now Chester what's all this we're reading about you feeling sorry for yourself & nobody loves you(sniff)? Listen here,you(& a few others)are the only ones in this here town that are probably FUMING about the 1- trillion dollar "incredible power grab & a terrible plan" [quoted on PBS tonight by Princeton Economy Professor Paul Krugman]is what this administration's treasury secy Paulson is proposing. "a vote that must move with haste" - before the end of this week!?! -What is UP with that??? Allen Melzer, also of Princeton & an old timer, said he doesn't think we should do anything; that the private interest companies should "pay down their debt before paying their stockholders". Hello just like the rest of us should do. And by the way? We of the middle class are already in a recession. Let Wall Street & all those making collecting "dividends"(51%attendance at the rep. convention surveyed make over $500K,btw) should take the same hit we are,eh?-EH?**************************************** We suspect that the "bailout" is just to save the republican large $$stockholders before the election to save face with them & the rest of the world they've made secret deals with. We are sticking with the most knowledgeable opinion we've heard so far about this new (screwy by all accounts)plan who says; "I don't believe it for a minute." [PBS broadcast tonight by Allen Melzer from Princeton.] It was a very good PBS broadcast& we came away from it after hearing from 3-sides of the issue thinking this: 1)The recession is already here for the middle class 2)It's time the recession hit Wall Street&all people who haven't been minding their own financial shops; i.e. throw out the darn credit cards&live on cash like we used to! 3)Everyone needs to be responsible for what they buy. 4)The sky will not fall for the middle class if Congress doesn't give in to another bailout. 4)Will the current administration convince the U.S. Congress to fall for another "Chicken Little-The Sky is Falling" routine again? Even the conservative Republicans from Texas are saying hold on there now! 5)We believe that this is just more "spin" to distract the American public from focusing on the real issues at hand - electing the best candidate for our messed up future. We do not believe that you, Chester will be a "signing off forever" type from this site.Take a break to enjoy the fall leaves & recharge your batteries. Everyone needs a break from the internet, you know? It sometimes gets to be all consuming sometimes,but never say never Chester & come back someday 'cause this country is going to "L" in a hand-basket fast & we all need each-other to talk about this stuff. It's scary nowadays. For Everyone. Everyone. Never give up Chester,just change your mind knowing that there are people here that like to talk to you & be kind to yourself always by taking breaks like now. -From what we're reading you will always have a voice here & at the town mtgs dude...chin up, eh? The town-folk's opinion's of this town are always good no matter where we all live & no matter how "outside of the box" we may be. The last I knew this is still a free country, eh? Peace. :)
September 23, 2008 21:34:37 The Philosopher   THOUGHT FOR THE DAY --- Never sent a child to do a man's work -- Unless you can pay him less than minimum wage.
September 23, 2008 18:31:49 George Denys Good evening Mr. Chester. Please reconsider. I have never heard any board member saying that someone was not welcome at a meeting. You are always welcome.
September 23, 2008 09:47:25 HOPETHISHELPS   RangerDanger I noticed no one answered your question concerning the appearance of the minutes posted on this site. What you are referring to is caused by the fact that whoever types the minutes uses a character for a delineator (probably dashes or dots) and when the minutes are scanned into the site the OCR software does not recognize the character thus it just interprets it as you see it. One could "teach" the OCR software to recognize the character but it probably is not worth the time as it does not affect the overall document.
September 22, 2008 21:09:36 Tony CR-20   Chester...I, like many others wish you would reconsider your decision and continue to do what you do best...provide information and discussion to those in need. Being a "downstater" and needing information or just to rag have provided both when needed. Since I have been posting on this board...and BTW there were never any rules laid out that I can find (Grumpy - correct me if I'm wrong), people have been open and informative in as many ways possible. I've even met a few and continued to have enlightening conversations. Only recently the name calling and finger pointing has been a problem but I guess that comes with everything else once a board grows and becomes popular. From what I noticed in the past, there can be conversations going on but once someone else posts a message for information or what not, it is ALWAYS answered and then they get back to their topic of discussion. Additionally, I find that once the towns meeting minutes are posted, topics of discussion appear and many postings follow. always provide interesting and informative points any time you chime in and that would be missed by many. I'm sure many others feel the same way and believe that we should not take this so seriously. And one more thing...people have to get over the "downstater" garbage and get on with their lives! I live part time up there for now and pay my taxes like the rest of you! All the best - Tony
September 22, 2008 15:46:12 RangerDanger   Chester, I hope you reconsider your decision to leave. You are a valuable part of this message board.
September 22, 2008 14:04:04 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Chester! If you do indeed mean to absent yourself from this venue, you will be missed! Your comments and observations often often triggered lively interaction. Personally, I am pleased to have met you in person, as I introduced myself to you at one of the meetings. I hope you'll reconsider your proposed defection from this board.
September 22, 2008 13:58:58 Grumpy Ernst Keidel "I would suggest that if you do not like what is being posted that the host of this site censor what is said." Actually, there is a censor mechanism in the program this message board uses, preventing downright obscenities. This is why you often see "CENSORED" on this site. Of course, some people find clever ways to get around this, such as inserting * between the letters, but that only really reflects badly on the poster. "If that is practiced you would be able to control the site and allow only those you agree with to post." That, I think, would defeat the purpose of having a PUBLIC message board!
September 22, 2008 11:53:15 Chester   Well folks, the time has arrived. While I have enjoyed the banter back and forth between myself and other posters on this site, it has become obvious that I do not "fit" in this forum. Therefore, as of today, I retire my keyboard from this excellent forum that Mr Kiedel is supplying to the citizens of Masonville. - It was pointed out to me quite graphically, on this site, that I was not welcome here or anywhere else in Masonsville. Word also got to me that I am not welcome at Town Board or any other meetings of the town. While, I am aware that legally I cannot be prevented from attending town meetings, I feel the best solutions is avoid involving myself or my opinions in the affairs of Masonville. I would like the town board to know (Especially Mr Denys) that while we have disagreed on different subjects I, in no way, dislike anyone on the board. Really I do not know them. As a group and as a board the Masonville Town Board does a great job. It was pointed out recently, on this forum, that it should be a site for information and not personal opinions. Perhaps this IS the best idea. - So folks I do thank you for your input to my remarks and wish the residents of Masonville the very best and perhaps one day I will actually meet you and get to know you.
September 22, 2008 10:22:26 Observer   Unfortunatly when a website is an open site you have to put up with or ignore all sorts of comments and observations. I would suggest that if you do not like what is being posted that the host of this site censor what is said. If that is practiced you would be able to control the site and allow only those you agree with to post.
September 22, 2008 09:35:23 Observer   Grumpy you should be commended for your efforts in supply a public forum for Masonville. Due to the abuse of forums there are very few "open" forums on the internet. Most are controlled or censored in some fashion by the owner/s. So, we do thank you for your efforts and we users should be contributing monotarily to your effort actually.
September 22, 2008 07:20:15 Grumpy Ernst Keidel “Don't call our message board a joke, we will use it how we please.” Thank you, RangerDanger for defending “our” message board. Technically though, it is “my” board, seeing how I am paying a professional webmaster for maintaining it. I created it because I wanted to establish a venue for us Masonvillains to be able to ask questions of local interest and to get valuable information. It is also for “outsiders” to get a feel for our local color and social climate. As such, I believe it has been largely successful. But of course, there are always those who would abuse a venue such as this, much as some folks like to scrawl graffiti in public places and then hide behind their anonymity. Should this get out of hand, I can shut down this whole shooting match with just one phone call! As to the suggestion that we “compartmentalize” this board; I am not for that. This is a “public” message board and should be available and of interest to all. For those who wish to get very specific and personal, there is always the email option. Please continue to keep this venue interesting and civil. Thanks, -Grumpy
September 21, 2008 22:34:19 Good ol' Country Boy Dr. Capote, I have searched the net high and low and do not find you there at all. Where is your practice? Are you a United States MD or something else?? The last Doc we had up there on that road was arrested for not really being a Doc. That's not you is it??
September 21, 2008 22:12:49 bertimouse   P.S. to "All Grown Up" - No, I will never grow up. :) :)
September 21, 2008 21:59:50 bertimouse   Kudos to both "all grown up"(not)& "ranger danger" (missed the point)..."agu" criticizes & was rude without any praise & "rd" didn't acknowledge the(rather lately) un-inspiring comments "agu" was referring to eh?. Nuff said. -We wish you Peace y'all. Have a great week, eh? Think only good thoughts everyday, eh? :)
September 21, 2008 21:25:13 RangerDanger   Well "all grown up", if you don't like how personal things often come up on the message board it's simple. Don't go on it. It's not all our faults that things get said that shouldn't. Don't call our message board a joke, we will use it how we please. You do not need to go here if you do not like that fact.
September 21, 2008 20:46:45 Confused   HUH !!
September 21, 2008 20:28:24 all grown up   This hole thing is a joke people really need to get a life.This should be used for info only not the personal feelings of each individual person writing. the language is really bad and as i have read any kid or child can read this. Grow up.
September 21, 2008 17:06:35 Tower Answerer   Mike- I would imagine that a cell tower could be put anywhere that the property owner would allow. Probably the tower owner would have to go through some legal things with the local government but beyond that if a person is willing to allow the tower and the tower company is willing to pay and put it there; then it would be possible.
September 21, 2008 12:52:05 Mike I was wondering if anyone knows if the cell tower can go on residental property?
September 20, 2008 23:39:31 DR. C J Capote MD Thanks for all the comments,. on the Shear Rd. Pavement Project.. will try to talk to town and see what happens,. anyways does anybody know any one who plows in the area,. Please let me know so I can contact him and agree on payment and services. Thanks
September 20, 2008 13:41:35 RangerDanger   Sorry to post so much, but when I went to check the minutes for the September meeting there was a bunch of little squares that say "FF/PD" on them. Anyone else getting this?
September 20, 2008 11:05:45 RangerDanger   Chester I couldn't help but smile at the last part, that's cute about your granddaughter.
September 20, 2008 11:04:17 RangerDanger   You post fast. If you are just a kid, then learn to be more responsible for your actions. You will be an adult someday. I can only ask that you keep your comments to yourself, and don't meddle. What you did was wrong, you need to learn that. Being a kid is no excuse for what you posted. I too am a "kid" and I have never posted that way.
September 20, 2008 11:01:57 Chester   As I maintain a couple of web sites myself I am aware that in an open forum on an open site anyone can post under any name. That is the reason I use my real name as I have nothing to hide. Yes, I can be off the wall with some things but I like playing the devils advocate. I have discovered over the years that anyone who speaks their mind and does not follow the herd is often disliked. I accept that because I do not dislike anyone. I like the banter back and forth as long as it does not get too personal. Even Mossy-Jim. I bet. I could like! He stated that "no one likes me" I have to take exception to that statement. I checked with my two and half year old grand daughter and she said she "loves poppa"; so there. - The biggest problem I see with what I write is too many people take it personally rather that attacking the subject they attack the sender.
September 20, 2008 11:00:05 The person who posted   i am just a kid i did not kno what i was doing i am sorry plz dont sue me
September 20, 2008 10:58:24 RangerDanger   To get onto a less volatile subject, I think that dividing the message board into categories would be a good idea, as posted by Tommy Klehr. That would be less like a message board and more like a forum though. But then there could be topics such as discussing the town, chit-chat, events, and any other ones. This way, you could look back much easier on past posts than you can now. And what's up with the authentication? I've failed it 4 times in a row now, but I have the exact characters typed.
September 20, 2008 10:51:48 RangerDanger   Chester, I think all you can get is the actual IP of the person who posted.
September 20, 2008 10:50:56 The person who posted.   Chester, I am extreamly sorry as to doing that. I would also like to say that it was not meant to harm you, but to show that anyone could post as someone else. I am extremely sorry for that.
September 20, 2008 10:47:56 Chester   I have asked the webmaster of this site to trace the address of the person who sent the message and then that person and I will have some words through an attorney.
September 20, 2008 10:42:42 Camo Jane   That's just wrong if someone did that to Chester. I do not think this is funny either. It was childish and you lowered yourself down many levels in my book.
September 20, 2008 10:41:16 RangerDanger   Any ideas as to who it was, Chester? I can tell from the anger in how you just typed that it wasn't you.
September 20, 2008 10:31:52 Chester   Notice to who ever used my name on this board. I have never used the "F" word nor will I ever use it. If I find out who you are you will be a very sorry individual. This IS NOT funny. You might not agree with me nor even like me; that is O.K. but when you start using my name to talk filthy you and I will have a real problem.
September 20, 2008 10:25:07 camo jane   see Chester you're a mean, angry ole' man
September 20, 2008 10:19:41 RangerDanger   Did he really just say that? I'm in shock.
September 20, 2008 10:14:42 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Come on, Chester! Play nice!
September 20, 2008 10:01:05 Chester   Get the f*u*c*k off the message board Jim. You hick! LOL
September 20, 2008 09:59:40 Mossy Jim   Actually Chester, a wench can also mean (and is often taken to mean) a very promiscuous woman, who provides a "service" to many men. And I guess if you wanted to classify me as "hick" then you could. No need for name calling though. :)
September 19, 2008 18:49:31 Chester   Camo-Jane Now me. I am proud to be a hick!!
September 19, 2008 18:41:33 Camo jane   If you don't care than why'd you respond ? Guess you cared after all. Is that hick or old fuddy duddy ? He sounds red neckish to me. But that's cool right?
September 18, 2008 20:40:01 Chester   Mossy Jim - Yep you sound like a hick!! Wench is a perfectly acceptable Middle English word meaning a female server or what we call a waitress. As to not liking me guess what? Don't read what I write !! You sound like an old fuddy duddy to me. And please don't ID yourself as I do not care who you are.
September 18, 2008 19:01:01 Mossy Jim   Oh, and before you whip out the broken record of "identify yourself." I've lived in Masonville since I was born, in the same house. My family has been there for generations. I feel no need to "identify" myself to you.
September 18, 2008 18:55:30 Mossy Jim   Chester, you probably didn't get that cemetery idea passed through the board because no one likes you. And really, wenches? Kids could be reading this message board. I agree with heck. Your too "over the top" in quite a few of your posts. Not to mention "LOL" at the end of most of them gets quite annoying.
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