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November 19, 2012 16:04:20 Observer   As for the deer herds coming back. The first time I ever went deer hunting was in 1954. That year 38,549 deer were taken legally in the entire state. Someone actually getting a deer was such an oddity that people would drive to see it. In 2011 there were 238,359 deer taken legally in the state. That is over 200,00 more than 1954. It is estimated that in excess of 1 million deer are killed on the highways in the US every year. None of this sounds to me like a shrinkage of deer. Since a state high of 308,216 legal takes in 2002 the deer harvest has declined somewhat but the number of permits and licenses has declined as well.
November 19, 2012 15:31:10 Observer   The coyotes are a way nature has of balancing itself. For thousands of years deer have been in the food chain. (Big fish eat smaller fish etc.) Which is better the deer having a fighting chance with the coyotes (which they obviously do as they continue to proliferate the area) or taking their chance against a car or truck on the highway? Too often man has decided he knows better than nature and has stepped in to rescue nature against its will and paid a heavy price for doing so. Shooting off the coyotes is ridiculous as it just leaves the deer to grow in number and starve to death over the winter. The weaker being quickly dispatched and eaten sounds a lot better to me than starving to death. Just the other day I noted heavy crow action in a field near me. I stopped to see what the fuss was. I found a deer carcass in the field with the head and front legs removed. Someone needed a rifle rack I guess. If I were a deer I would much rather take my chances with the coyotes.
November 19, 2012 15:21:48 Old Fa rt   Will have to hunt more Coyotes and less Deers,so that the herd can come back,this ugly dogs have to go.seen more Coyotes droppings than Deers this weekend. something have to be done about this ugly dogs.
November 19, 2012 14:14:09 hunter   hope someone took care of the coyotes, so they do not kill all of the deer when the snow gets deep and it is hard for the deer to run.
November 19, 2012 09:21:15 Old Fa rt   Well,this has been a very slow opening weekend of deer season,not many people in the woods (Shears),I think people are getting tired of hunting or no money to by a license,just saw a few out staters and a very few locals,but no deers,heared some talk about a lot of Coyotes in the area,but not much deer action.
November 18, 2012 12:32:24 checkmate   To who ever cares- You have read my message so wrong. For myself. I do not receive help from Delhi but some people do need temporary help now and then. I also like to spend my money as I see fit. As far as homeowners is concerned you said it was required and I thought it was my choice. For people who don't want to share their wealth it doesn't mean just the rich that includes the middle class as well. No choice now election is over.
November 18, 2012 05:59:21 whoever cares   Checkmate all I said and all you can do is say that insurance is not mandated,and go get services you dont get it I do not want are need help I want to spend my hard earned money myself. I know that I have a responsibilty to pay taxes. how much do we send isreal,and the hamas they are fighting and we pay both sides. Iraqs parlement stated last week to destroy the americans by cutting back their oil. Afganstan is filling our streets with drugs we send these country billions upon billions of dollars a month. the democrats and republicans are working together to destroy and take over the middle class by stealing all thier money and giving it to social services what is the budget for social services in the county this year? chekmate you keep going to delhi and let the working man pay your bills I will work and support my family the same way that my family before me did it is just that our town and county board members feel that the lazy people who refuse to work have bettor access to food, fossil fuels and health care they even pick them up to make sure they spend our money. Check mate what side of the services are you on I choose to work and save to retire.
November 18, 2012 05:59:00 whoever cares   Checkmate all I said and all you can do is say that insurance is not mandated,and go get services you dont get it I do not want are need help I want to spend my hard earned money myself. I know that I have a responsibilty to pay taxes. how much do we send isreal,and the hamas they are fighting and we pay both sides. Iraqs parlement stated last week to destroy the americans by cutting back their oil. Afganstan is filling our streets with drugs we send these country billions upon billions of dollars a month. the democrats and republicans are working together to destroy and take over the middle class by stealing all thier money and giving it to social services what is the budget for social services in the county this year? chekmate you keep going to delhi and let the working man pay your bills I will work and support my family the same way that my family before me did it is just that our town and county board members feel that the lazy people who refuse to work have bettor access to food, fossil fuels and health care they even pick them up to make sure they spend our money. Check mate what side of the services are you on I choose to work and save to retire.
November 17, 2012 16:55:58 checkmate   You stated home owners insurance is mandated by law. Since when, what year? I had never heard if you own your home free and clear that you had to have insurance. Banks no doubt require it if you have a mortgage. For those who cant afford heat they should look into assistance from the county.
November 17, 2012 12:01:47 whoever cares!   Masonville town board all republicans over rides the 2% cap on taxes. Peoples taxes go up. Delaware county board of supervisors majority republicans over ride 2% tax increase mandated by law people will pay more taxes. People it does not matter our elected officals platform was not to raise taxes and here we are no new jobs towns giving out pay raises people cant afford fuel,heat, healthcare, a vacation, christmas presents for their young children. Cant afford a movie, car insurance is out of control home insurance is out of control both mandated by law. school taxes taxes on top of everything the republicans and democrates fight on tv but sleep together to screw the working families. And we all are scared by they statements at election time but they all raise your taxes. Do not trust any of them all their words are self serving. Have a happy holiday yea right just pay your taxes and freeze and starve. If you go to social services the first thing they do is register you to vote. This way they can keep their jobs.
November 17, 2012 10:32:24 Observer   What? Socialism=Everyone shares alike. Communism=Everyone gets what the government thinks they need. Obama Care=Communism.
November 17, 2012 00:35:27 what?   The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust report that between 2010 and 2011, family premiums increased by 9 percent and for individual premiums by 8 percent. Provisions of the law that have already gone into effect are driving up the cost of premiums, including requiring insurance plans to cover children up the age of 26 on their parents’ policies and requiring government-approved preventive care measures to be covered with zero cost sharing by all plans.The bad news is that Americans can expect costs to go even higher. The full force of the law won’t even kick in until 2014. Obamacare’s damage continues unabated. Families, individuals, and businesses are paying higher costs for health care. New regulations are exacting a heavy toll on job growth. And there are more regulations to come. King Obama is pushing for total Govt. run Socialism. Berti, how would you like to rely on a low paying job of 39 hrs a week to pay your bills, and then Obamacare requires healthcare coverage after 30hrs, your employer lowers you ten hrs to 29 hrs! This is what our small businesses in America said they have to do in order to keep the doors open, some are going to close their doors because of Obamacare!!!,,still no jobs and no hope for them!!!
November 16, 2012 22:59:04 bertimouse   Warning!This is long and political speak,sorry. So now after the Election 1.The(first)Big Cliff for our country=Budget Vote.Repeal the Real Ghost: antiquated bush tax cuts for the wealthy.It expires in 6 wks.and sorely needs to be out of here!Like our local SCSD,scare tactics no longer have any effect on us. We all voted and are ready and willing to "Jump off your supposed cliffs" now. 2.Health Care=many Republican State Governors are currently doing nothing towards this Law and in fact actually ignoring it!At this moment,instead of following the Federal Law,by trying to help their own states get their health policies in line with this law?They choose to do Nothing but Delay in Congress...yet ruin the health of their own states citizens by their Congressional bickering and stalling. Currently there are 16 States that have chosen to do the work for their own Health Care Choices. The Feds give the states their own choices on that. If they dont get started then Yes, the Feds will take over. 3.Seems to me that all of the Rep states are just too Lazy to do their own health care work.With the Obama HP, All states have to have their own plans in place by 2014 and if they don't then the Feds take over with their plan...they have extended it 3 Freaking times because the republicans have refused to even talk about it in Congress! 3.If the Romney & Ryan republican campaign was so big on non-gov't involvement regarding the Health Care Reform system and "the Economy & getting people back to work" and if I were such a great businessman & millionaire & a former governor of the state of Massachusetts & cared as much as he said about "this great spirit of our country" right now? Then Holey Cow where the L is he now in NYS. The republican party needs to Oh Forget it. Too many words,never here,especially not now. Sorry yall for the wind here. Peace.
November 16, 2012 21:40:58 bertimouse   Dear Confused: Most likely because you got it fixed the next day the Judge will take Note of that & also your past great driving record. Hopefully your ticket should be no more than $75 bucks but let us know how it turns out for you eh? Thanks and Good Luck!
November 16, 2012 17:21:47 Me too   It looks like you can not ask questions about how Mr. Smith is running the highway dept you get beat up. I wonder why?
November 16, 2012 14:33:48 me   everyone needs to ask questions, not all of us get answers. Does any one know what really got done?
November 16, 2012 04:59:22 whatever   dam i was just asking a question just wondering sorry if I open a bee hive.
November 15, 2012 07:25:28 Old Fa rt   OK!that means Shears will be paved soon.
November 14, 2012 18:55:30 what?   WOW. I passed the same loaded dump truck while hunting State Land. Just a guess but I bet it came from the shale quarry just off Zion.(red shale,some of the best road building material). I bet it was headed to a different TOM road to fix or patch it. The TOM crew gets caught working and it makes the town 'news'!
November 14, 2012 13:09:13 Just wondering   Where is the dirt being dumped?
November 14, 2012 13:04:49 resident of masonville   What kind of emergency causes them to dump dirt?
November 14, 2012 13:00:20 Old Man   What ever? Maybe you need your glasses checked, I saw the same crew and it was only 1 truck.
November 14, 2012 11:26:01 Whatever?   I saw the whole highway crew working on morman hollow road this morning. That road is in good shape does anyone know what they were doing dumping dirt over there was there a road emergency on the road.
November 12, 2012 17:55:19 Observer   And somewhere there are at least one hundred paper copies of each of those regulations.
November 12, 2012 17:47:24 what?   6,124 regulations and notices have been posted on the federal government's regulations.gov website in the past 90 days. President Barack Obama's administration withheld some of the most controversial environmental and healthcare regulations during October so as not to jeopardize his reelection chances. However, the federal government has still posted an average of 68 regulations and notices a day for the last three months.NO JOBS!
November 12, 2012 16:24:52 Observer   Confused take heart!! You will probably not receive a fine for your violation. Instead of a fine you will be assessed an "administration fee". That should make you feel a lot better. Instead of a $100 fine it will be a $100 Administration fee. Equipment failures. Guilt by association.
November 12, 2012 13:56:36 love to pay the state.   Confussed just walkin habd the court clerk all your cash youare as guilty as anbody i have heard wine like this. Confused you will defintly get points on your licence proberly 6 to 8 but that will be the least of your worries wait until you insurance finds out plus motor vechile assessement on top of ot all your screwed should have fixed it and you would not be in this mess bring a lawyer.
November 12, 2012 12:00:34 Confused   Has anyone had the opportunity to appear before the Masonville Justice Court? I am wondering if it is advisable to obtain legal representation before appearing before the court? I am scheduled to appear on a warrant for a non-working brake light. The last time I had to appear in a court to answer for a traffic crime I was about 24 years old and that was a long time ago; and as I remember I was fined $25 for not stopping at a stop sign. While I sent information that the brake light had been repaired within 24 hours of the crime I am still summoned before the court. I presume to pay a fine. I know these things today do not amount to a $25 fine but rather add points to ones license and incur driver responsibility fees each year and cause ones insurance to go up along with a very hefty fine and court costs and surcharges. I know town justice courts are established to generate revenue for the town; so what are my chances of getting out of there with my pockets empty?
November 12, 2012 08:23:21 also a Masonville homeowner   Beautiful day for remembering all of our veterans, and a big thank you to all.
November 11, 2012 23:40:54 what?   I don't remember who or where it was or what party affiliation, when the Obama stimulus money was doled out one state refused it. When asked why? you are going to hurt your chances of re-election with your constituents in your state, he replied, "I work for my state but we are all Americans" does anybody remember who or what state this was, Google isn't helping, it is biased.
November 11, 2012 23:31:14 what?   I second that bertimouse, we agree well said. I don't care what? 'they' say about grants. That's how $millions$ was wasted on Masonville and Sidney Center schools. "It was just 'grants', "if we don't use them we lose them",.IT IS STILL OUR HARD WORKING TAXPAYER MONEY$$!
November 11, 2012 22:08:07 bertimouse   Thanks What. Lets all Vote NO again to SCSD. Having read all the details about the proposed supposed "building project"? Theres no reason they cant deal with all that themselves with their OWN budget AND without scaring us all about a higher budget. The SCSD maintenance dept. just needs to get off their butts and develop a Regular building maintenance program, which includes their Boilers, their MHs, their Valves, their Electrical systems AND their Athletic Fields;DUH. When was the last time a member of the public ever even ASKED to see the SCSDs Regular Maintenance Program at a BOE mtg? Never. Nuff Said. Vote NO AGAIN Yall.
November 11, 2012 10:07:38 what?   With Obama's re-election good luck finding a job. Today, almost one in six Americans is on food stamps. Median household income is down $3,000.Forty seven million people living in poverty and an estimated 23 million either without jobs or underemployed. The National Association of Manufacturers and National Federation of Independent Business, 69% said the current president’s policies have hurt their business. Thousands of new regulations, that were put off until after the election are going to be hitting us all hard.Some of these regulations will increase gasoline prices, which the Obama administration did not want to do in the months leading up to the election.
November 11, 2012 05:12:26 work wanted   Above average salary.
November 11, 2012 05:10:45 work wanted   Does anyone know if the highway supertendent position is up for election this November.I need a job been laid off and I am qualified and need benfits.The position also has a above average salry for this area.
November 10, 2012 21:37:07 what?   The Sidney Board of Education has decided to bring back the capital project for a vote on January 15, 2013. The vote will take place from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm in the High School Lobby outside of the Auditorium.
November 10, 2012 15:16:31 Another voter   Speaking of voting! What ever happened to the school vote that was canceled due to "Sandy"?
November 10, 2012 13:32:02 just another voter   Nice to see all the candidates have taken signs down and the streets and roads are once again clear. Glad this year of voting is done and there is once again peace in our town.
November 10, 2012 08:43:13 Grumpy Ernst Keidel CDR.Keidel@gmail.com Thank you all for the well-wishes! Someone must have noticed my absence at the last board meeting. I have been suffering from an iron deficiency and that required weekly trips to the Albany VA Hospital for infusions. Add to that an eye operation on Wednesday and you can see that I have been an outpatient in Albany often. Naturally that requires four hours of driving time for each visit. Last time they said I seem to be getting my iron resolve back and won\'t have to come up again until March. My right eye is still a little tender but is improving. Thanks for caring!
November 10, 2012 08:34:43 resident of masonville   Is there nothing going on in the town of Masonville since election day?
November 09, 2012 15:18:31 what?   OHH! OK, berti was just borrowing my what?. I guess I'm wrong again, (maybe).
November 09, 2012 12:08:24 Observer   What? Read it again. I do not think Berti is referring to you. I think it is meant as an Exclamation!
November 09, 2012 10:03:49 voter   would you not think that someone from Masonville 1st would have shown for the board meeting? Guess the fun is over and they are really showing their concern for our town.
November 08, 2012 21:48:21 tommy klehr tklehr@yahoo.com bertimouse & Observer, Thank you both for your comments on the word \"pulchritude.\" Thank you also for taking the time to read what I posted. I know it is difficult to read lengthy posts here due to the lack of formatting.
November 08, 2012 21:17:46 what?   Come on Berti!,"What?After all the poison youve spread?" Name specifics if you want to be credible. I try to deal with plain simple facts, and my opinion as stated. The only time that I can remember being 'off' I apologized for my 'shooting off at the mouth' without the facts and Tony-CR-20 accepted my apology and invited me to a drink, which I hope to someday take him up on.
November 08, 2012 21:01:07 Observer   Raaaly now I felt the use of the word pulchritude was a very precocious and beguiling application of the English language :) LOL
November 08, 2012 20:40:46 bertimouse   Dear tommy K: Agree with your post on 11-6-12 at 9:50:47 but seriously Dude? To use the word "pulchritude" to describe the TOM's Beauty? Who the L do you think you R speaking to us here on this bulletin board with that er, term? Cant u just say A Beautiful Place To Live? Dear Observer: Regarding your post on 11-6-12 at 21:14:54:Hear Here! To John Galt: You say:"Lets let bygones be bygones and get back to the friendly culture that makes our town wonderful."-What?After all the poison youve spread? Dear Upset: we"Locals"have been living here with you sharing many of the same backgrounds and frustrations. Every year we watch our town and every year some try to gain political strength.It takes Everyone to Make Us Strong. Wish after this Election the Reps & the Dems would remember that but sadly - theyre back to their same old same old. To Conspiracy Theory: Love to see you be a Volunteer to help the Folks down on Staten Island right now.LOL. Grumpy: GET WELL SOON! :)
November 08, 2012 17:36:18 what?   Grumpy, I like what stand up comedian Demitry Martin said "I don't like 'Get Well Soon' cards. Forget THAT! How about 'Get well NOW!!!!!' " and thanks again for this site, it seems to be unique to Masonville, I've Googled other local towns to find something similar, and have found none.
November 08, 2012 11:05:20 Elaine Bradish   Hope you are doing better and can attend meetings again soon, I have missed several meetings myself because of an injury but hope to get going again soon.
November 08, 2012 10:57:13 Mormon Hollow Farm   Grumpy, hope you are feeling well soon, miss you at the meetings.
November 08, 2012 10:16:34 Observer   By the way. The owner of this board. A disabled American Veteran is not doing well health wise. Lets all post a get well message to "Grumpy". Hey Grumpy I am praying for your swift and complete recovery from whatever :)
November 08, 2012 10:13:37 Observer   Went to Town Board Meeting last evening. Arrived late but after the meeting I overheard a discussion concerning the "negative" effect of manufactured homes on the tax base. I was wondering just how long that would take to rear its head here in Masonville. Driving around the town one would have to wonder just what would happen to the tax base in the town if manufactured homes were removed from the mix? People tend to live in what they can afford. Not everyone can come here and build the million dollar dream estate. Or even the hundred thousand dollar estate. Within 3/4 miles of me in any direction one can count at least 15 manufactured homes of different ages. I lived in an area that severely restricted manufactured homes and I did not see that it improved the tax base any, nor the quality of housing for that matter. Oh well, to each his own I suppose.
November 07, 2012 21:32:36 Craig DuMond   I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the Town voters who came out to support me as well as our Supervisor, Mike Spaccaforno, and Councilman, Steve Roff. Your support was an overwhelming and humbling experience and we look forward to continue to represent you, as well as the traditions, values and freedoms we all hold so dear. Very Respectfully, Craig
November 07, 2012 18:29:13 resident   board meeting TOM at 7:30 town hall tonight
November 07, 2012 16:59:50 Observer   HEY! Whoever is using my nom de plume stop it or I will send Guido out and he will break your texting thumbs. Or at least if you are going to use it capitalize the first letter. But I will tell you what IS scary on here. The abuse of the English language.
November 07, 2012 16:36:37 observer   Yeh,they are a scary bunch alright. About as scary as late night pizza dream.lol
November 07, 2012 16:02:47 upset   John: You obviously missunderstood me. I dont think the masonville party was saying anything bad about anyone personally on this chat. Its the other guys who dont sign their names and say awful things that are scarry. Now you go and do the same thing. I would sign my name, but I am afraid of these crazy people. How could your friend no way know how people make money around here? People he doesnt know? If that's even what they do whats the harm? My wife used to buy avon bottles at garage sales and clean them up an sell them on the computer. Nothing bad about that. I know people that do it with clothes and a friend who does that with old tools. They do good. By you sayin what you just said, youre guilty of the same stuff you said should stop. Do what you say.
November 07, 2012 13:17:59 John Galt   Upset, you make a great point. One of my college friends from Cobleskill was looking at that big spread on Clark Road. He was a bit concerned about Masonville 1st and their greater interest in auctioning things on EBay that they snipe from local rummage sales than in being friendly members of the community. I hope he moves here. I have known him since FFA.
November 07, 2012 12:21:20 Observer   According to the earthquake map Guatemala just suffered a major earthquake of 7.4.
November 07, 2012 10:42:18 upset   Thanks John. I checked the reults from delhi. Its on their website. Took me forever to find it. Hey, just another voter, I dont know why everyone is picking on the Masonville party people and people who moved here from out of town. I know lots of families here from new jersey and from further down in New york. That doesn\'t make them enemies or bad people. Most people up here are from somewhere else. everyone is entitled to their voice and it should be respected not with personal attacks.. I dont see the incumbants thanking everyone. Dennis is the only one who said anything. He\'s got good points. I am paying more attention from now on where my tax money is being spent. Hope all this bad talk stops. I would be embarrassed if someone who is looking to move here sees this.
November 07, 2012 10:32:32 Observer   Well, the people have spoken. I may not be happy with the results of the presidential election but one thing I am certain of. God is still on the throne. Congratulations to all who won their seats in the local election. Looking forward to a productive year here in Masonville.
November 07, 2012 10:18:07 John Galt   Upset has a good point. The election is over and our property rights (at least on a local level) have been upheld. Let's let bygones be bygones and get back to the friendly culture that makes our town wonderful. Peace be with you all.
November 07, 2012 07:51:20 upset   wow you guys stuff your saying here is really nasty . Seems like its all from the same little group . I hope I don't know any of you because I would hate to think you are someone I know an like. The election is over now and I think you should stop saying this bad stuff. I looked at this so I could see the news and now Im upset.
November 07, 2012 07:38:35 just another voter   Now we need to hear from Masonville 1st and have them say thank you for the votes and good luck to the winners! Do you really think this will happen?
November 07, 2012 04:36:48 Denis   I would like to thank everyone for voting for me on election day. Liken Isaid this has been a very interesting journey. I knew that as write in it was along shot next year I will request debate. Please pay attention as the year goes on to see if the issues that I have mentioned are still a thorn next November or the year after that. I t was nice to see yesterday that the highway dept had some truck bodies and other parts to flip a couple of trucks this year people please I am not making this up pay attention ask question this is your money and you will be giving out more pay raises please again pay attention It is all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Good luck to the board in the coming year. Everyone happy holidays good luck and God Bless.
November 07, 2012 00:57:54 Lenin   Congrats to everyone who got out and voted. Democracy is the real winner.
November 06, 2012 22:56:56 what?   Results are in for TOM, Delaware County Board Of Elections, election night reporting, the majority has spoken.
November 06, 2012 21:28:20 Conspiracy Theory   Youre right Observer. I recant. I was just down at Z Z's having some fun here on election night. Sorry.
November 06, 2012 21:26:46 TOM Webmaster   Mr. Grumpy - May I suggest you have your webmaster add a disclaimer to this site to protect yourself? Cheers
November 06, 2012 21:14:54 Observer   Whom ever "Conspiracy Theory" is such statements are not only unnecessary but libelous. You do not have to agree with Mr. Beards nor even like him. But, to make a statement such as you did should not appear on this or any other forum. If you want to libel him at least be man enough to use your real name.
November 06, 2012 20:59:46 Observer   I see election day has brought out the inmates.
November 06, 2012 20:41:18 what?   I'm 100% against drilling near my property, and also 100% against taking away people's property rights. I don't vote for one issue, my votes go for those who represent the majority of my concerns, while Masonville first strikes a good argument, my votes went for "The Team".
November 06, 2012 20:37:37 Well Hung Peter   Have a good Erection Day everyone!
November 06, 2012 20:31:23 Conspiracy Theory   Maybe I am nuts, but I think Masonville 1st just wants us to be sheep so they can take our property rights and get themselves their own sweet payoff from the oil and gas companies. No thanks, greedy liars, I'll make my own decisions. I heard Beards torched his own apartment in NYC and then tried to sue his landlord. Loser.
November 06, 2012 20:21:40 what?   Observer, "deliberate act", why are these 'news' stations reporting one instance when complaints have come in Nevada, North Carolina, Texas and Ohio when they tried to select Mitt Romney, the machine indicated they had chosen President Obama. The voters in question realized the error and were able to cast ballots for their actual choice. How many didn't realize it? Why aren't these 'news' reporting on voter intimidation? The New Black Panthers are, once again, outside of a polling place — the same location they stood at, batons in hand, back in 2008, the same ones who the Obama administration Department of Justice refused to prosecute after they were filmed on Election Day 2008 wearing paramilitary uniforms, carrying a nightstick and blocking a doorway to a polling location to intimidate voters. The same ones who said “I hate white people – all of them! Every last iota of a cracker, I hate ‘em,”“I’m about the total destruction of white people. I’m about the total liberation of black people. I hate white people. I hate my enemy. …”“You want freedom? You’re gonna have to kill some crackers! You’re gonna have to kill some of their babies!” Why aren't these 'news' reporting on the Obama mural at Philly polling station? It violated state election law that prohibits soliciting votes at any polling place. A judged ruled to cover it up,"in its entirety" they did,slapped up a few pieces of paper that only partially covered his image -- while leaving the Obama campaign logo and a quote from the current president in full view for voters.
November 06, 2012 20:15:12 Sick of City Slickers   And that Sorka lady is just an annoying witch. She almost ran over my pig last week because she was speeding and texting on her phone.
November 06, 2012 20:07:21 checkmate   You better add the New Jersey transplants to the list.
November 06, 2012 19:47:43 Concerned citizen of the U.S.A.   I agree @wow and @NRA, having been a proud constituent in these parts for more than 4 generations I am unnerved by NYC transplants bringing their socialism here. Red, White and Blue....no Pinkos please !
November 06, 2012 19:31:20 Lenin   Hey Masonville 1st.....I hope you are the ones who get drilled. Up the A-hole. By the way, I did vote for Obama because he is a good communist like me.
November 06, 2012 19:29:08 Foxy Country Gal   Hey Beards....what else do you want us to do? Give up our rights to decide our children's education too? What do you give a *CENSORED*? You home school your kids. Good luck trying to get them into college. "Individuals First"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
November 06, 2012 19:22:47 John Galt   This Beards guy is a crackpot. Give up our property rights? I'd like to see him try. He'll leave my front door with a fat lip.
November 06, 2012 18:09:35 Observer   Just caught a bit of CNN (which I rarely watch)and they reported that there had been a voting glitch on two machines in PA. Seems if you cast a ballot for Obama it gave it to Romney. Wolf Blitzer insinuated that it was deliberate act. He should have been immediately pulled from the set and not allowed back on. Of course he is one of the few "news reporters" around who made his debut by hiding under a desk and dirtying his pants.
November 06, 2012 15:38:04 Observer   Lisa - You state that it is obvious the contributors to this board have already made up their minds as to whom they will vote. This may well be true. But, it does not mean the end of the issue but rather just the beginning regardless of who is elected to the council. You also state that it is obvious the present board supports "unregulated drilling". Why would you say that? At no time have I heard anyone on the present board say they supported "unregulated drilling". In fact those I have talked with stated just the opposite. I think the present board DOES support regulated drilling; but at the right time and in the right way. I do not think the town board or anyone else wants to see the things come to pass that you so well stated in your posting. I also believe that many in the town fear a moratorium from the point of view it will lead to uncontrolled zoning in other facets of their lives. While it may be true the town through its police powers can declare a moratorium on drilling it has not been tested in the courts. Are we opening a can of worms? Years of litigation in the courts? As I have stated before on this board (not that anyone read it). Why not deliver a referendum to the town board, whoever is elected today, to get moving on regulations on drilling that is satisfactory to as many as possible while at the same time preserving our way of life without interference from government? But thank you for your well stated and well thought out message.
November 06, 2012 13:50:47 Lisa   Message board censored F A N N I E, as in F Mae, the lending organization. Really?
November 06, 2012 13:48:59 Lisa   It's obvious from this message board that those contributing have already made up their mind with regard to voting. As a concerned Masonvile homeowner I would only ask that you ponder these issues with regard to property values as a result of unregulated gas drilling, which the Masonville Town Board obviously supports, exhibited by their lack of action. Result of a study done by Washington County, PA: "they found that proximity to a well has a fairly large effect on nearby property values. A property on a drilling pad gets a 10.7 percent boost, on average--presumably reflecting the benefit of those lease payments from gas companies. But the story didn't end there. Properties that depend on groundwater, take a large home-value hit--24%--if they're within 2000 meters of a new well...The downsides of groundwater risk may currently outweigh the upsides from having a well nearby: 'To the extent that the net effect of drilling on groundwater-dependent properties might even be negative, we are seeing an increase in foreclosures in areas experiencing rapid growth of hydraulic fracturing.'" Tompkins County, NY has produced a guide with regard to real estate transactions and drilling. Their information is reiterated in detail in a federal government guide. To summarize, fearful of contaminated water, among other results of fracking, mortgage companies and banks, including Freddie Mac and *CENSORED* Mae, are now reluctant to grant mortgages for properties that have or are near drilling. The new mortgage regulations are now making it almost impossible to sell/buy a property for a reasonable value that is or is near a gas drilling site, causing property values to plummet. This also affects home improvement loans. Also, potential buyers are now weighing the risks. They "worry that their dream of a serene retreat could turn into a nightmare of water wells contaminated by drilling chemicals, country roads choked by truck traffic and views blighted by noisy industrial activity." And this is evident in the numbers, which are fact. The NY Assn of Realtors has reported that while residential sales in the entire state have been up 6%, in the counties of Delaware, Sullivan...etc. (potential drilling counties), they are significantly down, directly related to the gas issue. Insurance companies, as well, are now reluctant to provide homeowner's insurance to those with a lease or in the proximity of gas drilling. And, for anyone that thinks drilling will bring a boon to the local economy, that's all it will be. Any uptick in local revenue or in housing which accommodated the traveling gas workers (yes, they bring their own) will create surplus housing, thus adding to the glut and depressing housing values after they leave. And that's after they leave, at minimum, our roads & bridges in shambles. Let's also not forget the huge issue of "compulsory integration." A regulation that will impact almost everyone in/near drilling. To review (for all you folks out there who think that a moratorium on ONLY the drilling permits, NOT any other of your property rights, is such an open door to rampant zoning) if 60% of a "unit" is leased, then the remaining 40% of land CAN BE TAKEN AND DRILLED, even if you haven't signed a lease and even if you don't want it. That's 100% legal, people! Yes, that 40% would receive a small amount of money from drilling underneath your land, but that land is also devalued, considered damaged goods by the banks and the insurance and lending companies. Well, as a property/home owner, I certainly prefer the prudent one year moratorium, which WE have control over, and which is ONLY a suspension of issuing gas drilling permits for one year, having nothing to do with anything else regulating our property except setbacks, drawing up contracts w/ the gas contractors for damages to roads, bridges...etc., as well as any other safety precautions to protect OUR Town and it's people, than having the gas companies having control over OUR land and Town. "The gas companies like to say they are bringing us a windfall, but if you look at where they've already been, it looks like a tornado has blown through. The banks and insurance companies know this and that's why they are now often considering gas-leased and nearby land/homes too risky to finance." Even the US Geological Survey has said NY's draft plan fails to protect drinking water supplies. Let's learn form others' irreversible mistakes, and take the time to stop and figure this out, together.
November 06, 2012 13:17:21 Observer   607) 746-2315 Board of elections
November 06, 2012 13:05:17 Chris grrrl_56@yahoo.com What number can I call to confirm I am registered before I head over to Town Hall?
November 06, 2012 13:01:23 Masonviller   just a check...my message isn't posting
November 06, 2012 11:04:58 Observer   Tom - Thank you for the information. You must think I live on this site? Actually I work most days on the computer and I have multiple displays and I keep this site on one display. I enjoy the banter and discussion and it is a good way of knowing what topics of the town are.
November 06, 2012 10:56:44 tommy klehr tklehr@yahoo.com Observer, the gas leases to which i refer are much more recent than that.
November 06, 2012 10:32:17 Observer   While I have not researched it I think one will find that sometime back in the 50's and 60's most of the land in this area and surrounding area was leased for mineral rights. I remember back in the 50's my father leasing land to some company. I would imagine those leases have long been dormant and of no value anymore.
November 06, 2012 09:50:47 tommy klehr tklehr@yahoo.com Dear Mr. DuMond, I am writing to clarify something which has come to my attention. During my information gathering and investigation of gas leases in the town of Masonville, I discovered that there were 30 leases. However, given the current moratorium in NYS, I am not entirely sure if the 30 leases to which I referred earlier are still active. While I can not, in fact, state exactly how many lease agreements currently exist, according to catskillcitizens.org/learnmore/mapgas_leases.jpg, as of January 2012 there did exist some. I apologize if my statements regarding the Masonville leases caused any confusion, however, I continue to stand firm in my position: gas leases have both currently and previously existed in Masonville. Regarding Truthland, the he/she “mistake” which you made is just one part of the misrepresentation-at-large. The fact is that the filmmaker’s (DePue) farm currently had one well and was hoping to drill nine more. They were not investigating to see if they should lease their land—they already had! Further, Truthland was paid for by the gas industry! Let me be clear—everything I have written has been the result of seeking the truth and should not be construed as coming from any of your opponents, Mr. DuMond. You’re completely correct in assuming that I have an agenda. I do—and it’s simply to bring to light the truth. As I have previously stated, I care deeply about the town of Masonville, its citizens, visitors and its pulchritude. I am especially concerned for my daughters and their futures. We are all stewards of this earth. Finally, there are better ways to get money into the town without selling out to the gas industry. The town board, in whatever form it takes, should look to the residents. "Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.
November 06, 2012 08:39:54 Denis   yes column 11 very last column all the way down at the bottom it say write in please write in Denis Burpoe as member of council
November 06, 2012 08:03:18 voter   I went to the county clerks office like Mr kerhl because I did not beleive him he was right go to the clerks office you will be voting for one of them today.
November 06, 2012 07:05:21 Just Asking   Dear Voter - Who are the board members with leases? I cannot seem to find them.
November 06, 2012 06:09:43 voter   Mr klehr is right there are 2 board members who have leases.
November 06, 2012 05:53:28 Mr. Burpoe Supporter   When you vote today, write in Denis Burpoe. I have known Denis for years and you will not find someone better to represent this town. He is a man who will ask the difficult questions and take on tough situations with enthusiasm and integrity. Over the years I have watched Denis help our community. From when he ran a basketball clinic at the masonville school for the local children to helping with cooking of the chicken for our memorial day parade. Residents of this town keep calling for a change, don\'t be afraid to take the next step towards creating a town board that will listen to the people without pushing their agendas. Someone who will help the efficiency of our highway department, to make sure that we have an effiecient plan when taking on the work of the town. We all know our town budget is tight, and creating efficiency in our highway department is crucial. Denis is the guy who can make this happen. When push comes to shove over drilling, Denis will ask/answer the tough questions while making sure that everyone is heard. Step back from the computer, step back from the TV, step back from your party affililation, or the masonville \"group\" you support and ask yourself: Do I want to make a decision where I will be just another person tagging behind an agenda driven group, or will I take that chance on a man who has taken a stand to run on his own platform? Denis consistantly stands for his own ideas and he will be there for us, the people of Masonville, when we most need it. Write in Denis Burpoe today, its a move that you won\'t regret.
November 06, 2012 05:40:57 Denis   Grumy we need spell check I have big fingers.
November 06, 2012 05:33:13 Denis Burpoe   Good morning Nasonville today as we make mour way to the ballots we will be thinking about the future of Masonville. I do beleive that when you vote on who can pull us out of the controvercy that surrounds our town. We have Masonville First who is preaching that if you vote anyone but them we will be over run with rift raft. well this is not true. The people who drill (if this happens) are hard working family men who like myself could not find work in their towns and county and have to travel and be away from their families.And are responsibly and caring men who provide for thier families They also will hire a lot of local labor and trucking. Masonville First may stop fracking but the rest of the town will suffer at the town and county level. I am asking for your vote, I will be willing to stand up for what is right and against what is wrong with no affilation to any business or group. I a a citizen of Masonville and could not be more proud to say this is where I chose to live and raise my four son's with the help from my community. Please write in Denis Burpoe as member of council column 11 for the 1 year posistion. I will work hard to make sure the people of Masonville are represented at all levels of town county and state levels. Thank you again this has been a very interesting process God Bless and good luck to all today.
November 05, 2012 20:25:07 Observer   Until Obama took office I always considered John Kennedy the most dangerous president we ever had in the office. But, John Kennedy was dangerous because he was a spoiled rich brat playing at politics and was dangerous out of stupidity. Obama is a man with an agenda and he will stop at nothing to attain his goals. Cost to the country means nothing as long as he gets what he and his cabal have started out to attain. He has managed in 4 years to turn most of the world against us except those who "fit" into his plans.
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