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December 02, 2011 23:26:42 bertimouse   So whats Your Point Here, Betty?
December 02, 2011 23:25:34 bertimouse   So what's Your Point Here, Betty?
December 02, 2011 23:12:12 bertimouse   Dear Neighbor Betty Scott: The Last Superintendent of SCCD was NOT an Idiot as you say. To Be The Super of The SCSD is a Big Job. We would authorize no more than $120K.
December 02, 2011 17:55:39 what?   Great post Betty! Sidney School has used the excuse that many of their students who scored low on the state tests score high on their class tests and are high honor students. Like the state tests were not a example of how smart the students are. There are 431 schools that can say the same, it doesn't change the fact that academically Sidney ranks 43 from the BOTTOM.
December 02, 2011 17:40:10 voter   Very well put Betty !!! Hope you can make it to one of the informational meetings and tell it the way it is. I really feel many people would back you, If they decide to attend the meeting. Could you write a letter to the editor of the Star or Tri Town news? The way this message if written would be perfect, maybe you could put some shame into the board,( but probably not.)
December 02, 2011 14:09:00 Betty Scott   December 12, 2011 Sidney Central School District residents can vote on a proposal to allow the upgrade of the athletic fields and auditorium. The last building project had called for a drainage system for the athletic fields but the superintendent at the time felt this was unnecessary basically because he was an idiot. Anyone living and working the land here knows how poor the drainage is and would never have cut something like that to save a few dollars, unfortunately what would have been a small expense then is a huge expense now. The auditorium was never addressed in the last building project although it should have been. That is in the past. The question now is do we need this? The answer is NO. Can we afford this? Again the answer is NO. The money will come from the state. How? The state doesn’t have any money. They continue to cut state aid for schools, lay off employees, freeze or cut the salaries of the employees they have left but yet they can give the Sidney School district 2 million dollars. This is the very problem with our state. Foolish spending on projects we don’t need and cutting spending for services and programs we do need. Voting no for this project is not just a vote no for a project we don’t need and can’t afford but also a vote no for the ridiculous way Albany wastes money. This project is a luxury and all of us have had to give up luxuries in favor of necessities. That is exactly what the school board needs to do. In 2006-2007 Sidney elementary was in the top 89% of elementary schools now 6 years after the closing of Masonville and Sidney Center elementary school Sidney elementary is now ranked at 31% of all schools in New York State. This board which contains 4 of the original 7 (a voting majority) who voted to close those schools and who were responsible for oversight of the last building project are still there. In addition 2 of the other board members vocally and publicly supported the closing of the schools 6 years. Are you really going to trust this board to do better with this project than the last. Why not take that 2 million the board has sacked away in a reserve fund for this project and spend it on academics and improving our schools so that our students are not in the bottom 1/3 of the state.
December 02, 2011 13:09:09 voter   Sounds like everyone is interested in the school vote,so maybe we can have a good turnout Mon. at the meeting and at least show them that we do care and will be voting NO!!! This is very important to all of us, even if we rent our homes, if the taxes go up so will the cost to rent. See you all at the meetings Mon and Tues night.
December 02, 2011 11:50:11 JOKER   Todays kids are so delicate,that they can not touch mud,rocks or roots. they need artificial grass,they are been rised as mamas boys,the future doesnt look good!!
December 01, 2011 22:56:36 what?   bertimouse; I was with you and agreeing with you up until the mention of Occupy Wallstreet. Don't you know what SCSD is trying to do is what? the protestors want from our Govt. and our tax payers. They (OWS) have laid out some demands, pay for our education, and charge it to the taxpayer because we (OWS) shouldn't have to. They (OWS) protestors should get a job , work 5-10-15-20 years to get on their feet and be proud of what they have done like the rest of us who have been working hard to be successful, and do not expect a hand out from mommy and daddy and the Govt. nanny state. Bleeding the taxpayer (no matter how 'rich' they are) is not going to help these protestors or Sidney School.
December 01, 2011 22:41:36 what?   Craig, and Lynn; Wasn't thinking of it that way, just thinking we could get more votes NO if we pushed. At the same time we could be getting MORE votes against the TAXPAYER, by non-TAXPAYERS, what? . Craig DuMond wrote "To think that one is eligible to vote without being a property tax payer breaks the basic law of common sense. The district 'may' check drivers licenses for residency is another joke. God knows who will vote and if they are actually residents. The district controlling the entire voting process without any independent inspectors is another mind-blowing aspect of the entire situation." and now I agree, it is common sense.
December 01, 2011 20:16:24 taxpayer 2   A few years ago many of us and more than others praticed evry day in and sometimes played in the \"pit\" rocks, roots, and MUD\" and had better much stats!. Life is too much too easy now! That field was never right way back in the eighties when the National Guard was in there and did us a favor Great field - Yea / Not!, rocks root and Mud but we played and enjoyed anyway.The attitued of the curent board appear to be to just the throwing money at and maybe it will be alright!, I think not. Lost again is to common sense. Everyone even County the baragining units have been threatened with lay-off\'s. What is the board thinking of?. There is no common sense being applied here at all! Look we\'re at now; begging for more money from the taxpayer!. Time to say no! The Towns of Masonvillle and Sidney were sucked in once, Never again!!!!!!!!!!! Vote No!!!!!!
December 01, 2011 19:02:35 Lynn   "The whole voter eligibility is another topic that needs to be addressed on the State-level. For what it is worth I will be addressing this issue (AGAIN) with our State Representatives. To think that one is eligible to vote without being a property tax payer breaks the basic law of common sense. The district 'may' check drivers licenses for residency is another joke. God knows who will vote and if they are actually residents" Let's add taxation without representation! Why shouldn't all taxpayers be eligible to vote? As a seasonal resident I do not get a break on taxes, I should be able to have a vote. Personally I would say no to a ball field and yes to the communtiy, town hall idea. I would also suggest possible senior housing in the area. As young people leave to find employment elsewhere many elderly members would be well served by an easier way of life.
November 30, 2011 21:27:18 bertimouse   Hi Old Man: Yah the SCSD promised us Voters during the last $40 million improvements that "We won't have to pay a Dime-it will all be funded by the State Ed. Dept." What they forgot to tell us about was the extra cost in School Maintenance & Insurance Fee costs for the Additions to all four schools & the High School Pool[which was an added referendum approved by a majority of 143 out of 500 that voted out of approx. 900 resident voters that could have. Everyone Complained about that Pool Addition at the Time; yet not many voted against it...too bad. We wonder how much additional Insurance the school will have to pay for an artificial turf? We wonder if they've even CONSULTED their Insurance Agents about this project? -Good question to raise at the BOE Mtg. because History seems to be repeating itself here. It's a Sad Day when our own Educators have yet to learn about their own History! Do you know that when the bldg. project was completed, NYSEG charged the SCSD $1200 just to turn on the Football field lights on for ONE event? Why don't they invest that project money in Solar & Wind Power to CUT COSTS for the District? Our experience with BOE mtgs. at the SCSD is that most of their decisions are made behind "closed doors" before, where they all get their stories straight before The Official Boe mtg. They all consider the SCSD BOE mtgs. as just a "dog & pony show" for whomever shows up which is generally no one. So, just like the Folks at "occupy Wall Street", We need to "occupy" our next SCSD BOE mtg. on December 5th & 6th - to make them earn their living for once by actually hearing & listening to us...for once. And BTW? We think that 139K plus all the multiple benefits PLUS a retirement salary is WAY TOO MUCH to give to the Sidney H.S. Principal who is in charge of maybe 800 students overall in our district that graduates maybe 100 Seniors per year with marginal test grades & what? Only 40% continuing on to College now? It's Disgraceful considering all the money we spend NOW. Tough Nuggies because 40 players can't play on Artificial Turf. The athletic Dept. will want better equipment after that, too. Enough! Vote NO on December 12th for no other reason because no one has explained nor cared about how the field will be drained, Again. There's an Elder Residence Apartment Complex right next door, remember? We don't want to disturb them Again. We ALL Need to Tell SCSD to Wake Up & Stop! NOW!
November 30, 2011 20:46:24 Craig DuMond   The whole voter eligibility is another topic that needs to be addressed on the State-level. For what it is worth I will be addressing this issue (AGAIN) with our State Representatives. To think that one is eligible to vote without being a property tax payer breaks the basic law of common sense. The district 'may' check drivers licenses for residency is another joke. God knows who will vote and if they are actually residents. The district controlling the entire voting process without any independent inspectors is another mind-blowing aspect of the entire situation. Call your State representatives and let your voice be heard!!! School districts controlling without oversight and/or independent inspectors is equal to the fox guarding the hen house. Until something systematic is changed with the process we are all beholden to the mercy of the Board of Education. And please....VOTE
November 30, 2011 18:49:46 voter   Now that word is out on what is going on, let's all make a point of going to Sidney and voting. Don't forget there are absentee ballots and they do make a difference. Maybe we can offer a ride to someone and show the board that we alive and fighting in Masonville!
November 30, 2011 17:36:06 what?   Good point The Old Man, "artificial turf will need replacing in about 12 years for $600,000.00" what? who pays for it, the taxpayers pay for it ALL! According to the Oct. 25 school board minutes; "$2,550,000 of such sum shall be raised by a tax levy." Has anything changed? No tax increase? Sounds like there will be one according to SCSD Oct. 25 minutes.
November 30, 2011 17:18:41 what?   Qualifications of Voters; :Eighteen years of age: :A citizen of the United States: :A resident within the District for a period of 30 days prior to the election: You do not have to be a registered voter or own property in order to vote. The District may require proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or a voter registration card prior to signing the poll list. Lets get the vote out, NO!
November 30, 2011 14:02:27 The Old Man   Well, fellow voters and taxpayers--Attended the school\'s informational meeting last night with the school superintendent (no board members)! 7 people showed up- not many concerned tax payers! Selling point-- no tax increase, not going to cost us anything- state aid will pay, must be state aid comes from the gods! The academic level of our school is very low- I\'m sure a new football field will help this situation!! Perhaps our educators should spend more time on education than trying to figure out how to weasel money for sports. Two more meetings , on Dec.5 and Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Get to them and find out the facts for yourself. If you want your school taxes to continue to increase faster than your land taxes, DON\'T VOTE on DEC..12---let the village people in Sidney carry the majority and pass this ridiculous spending project. P.S. artificial turf will need replacing in about 12 years for $600,000.00 ---Good Ideal don\'t you think ????
November 29, 2011 21:05:21 Craig DuMond   It warms my heart to read about many of you keeping track of the Sidney Central School District. Its hard to comprehend the arrogance of the school board in asking for another building project when the debt service from the last blunder hasnt been paid yet. We invest over eight million of our hard-earned money into two schools that are closed 14 months after project completion and they want more??? Now we take a significant hit on the sidney center school (sold for 50k) and we act as subsidized landlords for the Masonville building. It actually costs us money each year to lease to Broome Developmental. I asked for the Town's rightful place in receiving the building for a new Town Hall and Community center, however, the Board was not interested in dealing with me and the citizens who exposed their last blundered project. I am with everyone else and will be voting "No" to any new projects at the school.
November 29, 2011 16:12:08 TX   Did we passed the test?
November 29, 2011 07:32:20 test   test
November 28, 2011 20:12:06 resident   Use your spell check, some comments are very hard to read. And yes, we need to teach our children to read,write and do math they already know how to play games!! VOTE NO!!!!!!
November 28, 2011 15:00:12 JOKER-2   I even saw a hunter in a spaceman suit in the woods yesterday,for real,it was neon green from head to toe,HEY i dont drink.it was so freaking funy,i know someone that played a joke on him.
November 28, 2011 12:37:24 JOKER   This been the worse huntibg season in a long time,no hunters in the woods,HOT!!,deers not moving,neigborts with kids running ATV,Dirt Bikes,someone shooting @ 9:00pm. the worse,hopefully next weekend will be better.
November 28, 2011 09:19:44 RCL   Sports are more important than academics? If they want more money to spend then it should be put into education not a field to play games on. Music, art and other classes are cut, but the sport programs are not. The Auditorium needs to be updated, so to get that done they lump in something that is wanted not needed. VOTE NO!!!!
November 28, 2011 07:23:10 TX-1   HEY!! where are those deers?
November 24, 2011 18:46:57 concerned   What? not bad you did pay attention it looks like Mrs Parsons hired another boy for 139,000 a year to mislead people to get their mistakes cleaned up. I wonder if he will retire to the some Florida community as the last one on our money.
November 24, 2011 13:29:34 resident and tax payer   They count on people like \"vote yes\" to help them do more stupid things than ever. Please think twice before you vote.
November 24, 2011 13:00:55 vote YES   I will be voting YES! Unfortunately we have to spend more money to fix the mess the past superintendent an school board left us in.
November 24, 2011 12:35:07 voter   Very well put!!! NOW LET US VOTE NO !!!!!!!!!
November 24, 2011 09:14:58 what?   The 36 million dollar project to improve five schools closed two. Part of the $36 million project was to improve the athletic fields.One school was sold for $50,000. I believe it costs $50,000 a year maintenance on the $3 million swimming pool that cannot be used for meets because isn't the right size. It is time to stop Sidney idiots from wasting taxpayer dollars!
November 24, 2011 08:36:05 what?   Superintendent William Christensen said; \"The building project would require no increase in taxes if approved by voters Dec. 12. The money will come from state EXCEL funding provided for this type of work and building aid, the school debt reserve, and funds already budgeted for capital projects, Christensen said.\" Where does he think this money has come from? Hardworking TAXPAYER money! Project won\'t require a tax increase? \"$2,550,000 of such sum shall be raised by a tax levy\" according to the Sidney minutes. The $4,050,000 comes from tax money, $2,550,00 coming from Sidney taxpayers and the rest covered by everybody\'s TAXES!
November 23, 2011 17:14:54 voter   Everyone should make a point of going to one of the public meetings about the building project that Sidney School District is planning. And yes, more of us should make a point of attending the regular board meetings so they do not "put one over on us again!" Please VOTE NO!!
November 22, 2011 21:17:35 bertimouse   Dear Concerned & TOM Folks regarding the SCSD Dec. 12th Budget Vote: Err. There is NO reason why they need any improvements to the 2.1 million we spent on the fields? Why an artificial turf for Sidney & why now? What are they going to do with the Automatic Grass-Sprinkler that they made the contractor purchase for the district for an extra cost of over $4,000 now eh? -Has the maintenance department of the SCSD EVER used it? We thinks Not. Enough is Enough. Yall need to 1)Attend the Monthly SCS Board Meetings to voice your opinions up front & personal more often & 2)Vote NO on December 12th.
November 22, 2011 19:29:35 Observer   You might try looking along any of the roads; especially Interstate 88. There seems to be a lot of them sleeping along the roads.
November 22, 2011 10:27:40 Joker   They all took a bus out of Deposit,went to NY,NY,no hunting there.LOL LOL LOL
November 22, 2011 08:28:36 TX-1   No bucks,where in the hell are they.saw them in summer,now they are gone
November 21, 2011 20:24:34 mike c   Very disappointing opening day/days. Only saw a few does and knocked down 1 coyote.
November 21, 2011 18:37:28 FYI   Sidney School will have OPEN MEETINGS (questions & answers) prior to the vote.. 6:00pm Nov.29, Dec.5, Dec.8. HS Auditorium. subject: Capital Project; that includes renovation of the auditorium and the athletic fields....
November 21, 2011 17:42:08 concerned   What? do you think. The project has been in legal notices Daily Star
November 21, 2011 13:36:36 what?   Thanks Charles. I tried downloading it but it didn't want to finish and I gave up, I'll try again. Everybody remember any Sidney School district resident can vote on this, you do not have to be a registered voter, even renters who don't pay school tax can vote on this, and school budget etc. You just have to be a resident.
November 21, 2011 12:57:12 Charles   You can download and learn about the project from the school's website. On the main page you will see this: PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW SUPERINTENDENT'S PRESENTATION ON CAPITAL PROJECT. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A BIG FILE AND MAY TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO DOWNLOAD. I clicked on it to view it...said it would take around 15 minutes to download. This project was also discussed at a recent School Board meeting.
November 21, 2011 10:07:49 what?   concerned; I hope you are being sarcastic? 4.2 million dollar project on a almost new (didn't they just build the football field not to long ago)? I'm more concerned about our kids education! Sidney middle school was just added to the persistently dangerous schools list! No other local schools are on this list, how embarrassing! Sidney School ranks 388 out of 431 upstate schools! 43 from the BOTTOM of 431 schools! Sidney Central School Superintendent William Christensen said “Our school needs to improve,” Voters should be more concerned about the kids education and not raising our taxes to tear up a almost new football field and waste more hardworking taxpayer money.
November 21, 2011 09:20:43 what?   Dec. 12 vote? I can't find any info about this, is it a secret vote? Please eleborate anyone that knows more about it. Nothing is posted anywhere on any of the SCSD websites.
November 21, 2011 07:54:57 TX-1   Only saw a big doe and a whole lot of outstate hunters.went to my spot on Friday,cleaned,got it ready for Sat.when got up there on Sat.morning there were to hunters seating right there,just waved and kept on going,lets find a new spot.OH well!!!!
November 21, 2011 07:50:49 TX-1   Well,how opening weekend went? any luck.
November 20, 2011 21:25:52 bertimouse   December 12th Vote for Sidney CSD. Thanks for Reminding Us Voter.
November 19, 2011 14:53:29 voter   Everyone seemed to make it to vote for the Town of Masonville election, which was important, we sure hope all of Masonville voters will make it to vote on what seems a lot more important and expensive, the budget for the Sidney School District. This could cost all of us a lot of money!! We lost out once when we let them improve our school in Masonville and then close it, what do they think we are , fools??? Please vote.
November 19, 2011 07:23:59 concerned   I hope everyone is getting into the holiday spirit as the season fasely approaches.As you are out and about on December 12 dont forget to vote for the four point two million doller school building project. I know the kids are eager to play on the new atifical field that we will be buying.Please dont foget to votethe varsity football team is looking to play there 4 home games every year on this neww field.Do not look at this as a tax increase but our duty to all the children of Sidney School. Enjoy your holidays and dont forget to vote.
November 19, 2011 00:06:43 bertmouse   RARE IS NOT, MY NEIGHBORS. Serve I will from wherever u are. RSVP? I WILL NOT. Thanks.
November 18, 2011 23:40:14 bertimouse   Bear with FOUR(4)Cubs run across our road last week! Very cool & the DEC Folk told us we should have recorded it 'cause that is RARE in these parts. :)
November 18, 2011 00:22:39 what?   Ed Bliss; There is alot of stuff to search through, but give www.dcnyhistory.org/ a try. Also www.dcnyhistory.org/queryb.html gives you local (here) names in history that start with the letter b (what ever name you want to research add the letter after query ). Alot of old history there.
November 17, 2011 21:33:59 Mormon Hollow Farm   A BIG "THANK YOU " to the voters of Masonville that supported me - Let's move forward together! Jeri Brayman
November 17, 2011 13:26:12 Ed Bliss mridgeelk@paonia.com I am seeking information about my great great grandparents Boyd who drowned about 1880 in the river at Downsville. His name was possibly Reuben.Other ancestors' names from the Masonville area are Stoddard, Dibble, Van Buskirk and Lyon. Thank you forany clues that someone may have. Ed Bliss, Crawford, Colorado
November 15, 2011 12:34:48 Part - Timer   IMG!!!Saw this bear this morning,I was on the dirt rd going towars the end of this rd,from rt8 up Shears to jct ,go left,about 2 miles in. this bear was not your everday bear,this think looked like a Mack truck on crack,for real!it was mad at something,I just made a u-turn and headed to the state park and took a break in one of the portable toilets they have there.WOW am not going back in there.havent been up here in a while,this place is wilder than before.going back to the Island.
November 14, 2011 11:56:29 JR   Seen Bunch of Turkeys. glazing thru the State Lands on shears rd. They are waiting for the World Famous NorthEast Reaper to harvest them.
November 14, 2011 10:11:55 TX-1   Saw a bunch of hunters this weekend,everybody looking for their spots for Saturday opening.good luck to all!! was passing by the jct on Shears and saw this big bear dump right in the middle of rd,it looked like a cows dump.
November 14, 2011 07:22:52 new reader   sorry--I forget that not all of us are able to attend the meetings and the minutes being posted are a great help. Glad the voting is over and the town has settled down to all being friends again.
November 13, 2011 23:19:25 what?   Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized the Occupy Wall Street protesters in October for negatively impacting local businesses and said they are "trying to destroy jobs." Marc Epstein, owner of the Milk Street Cafe at 40 Wall St., said he had no choice but to let nearly a quarter of his staff go last Friday after he saw his sales drop by 30 percent in the six weeks since the protests started. Many businesses near these protests have been negatively affected.
November 13, 2011 23:17:19 what?   Dear Berimouse; I got my info from the liberal media,CBS,NBC,and ABC. Drugs, death ra pe and injuries plague the Occupy protesters.These 'kids' are not principled advocates of fiscal responsibility. They are professional freeloaders. The cost to already struggling municipalities, which must protect and clean up after the protesters, is soaring. As of Oct 27, 2011 in ONE MONTH New York City, overtime costs are $3.4 million. In Minneapolis, the sheriff’s department reports spending $200,000, $100,000 a week.And in Boston, the tally is $2 million and counting.“We know for a fact we’ve crossed the $300,000 threshold in terms of money spent so far for this operation,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.In San Francisco, the bill is more than $100,000.
November 13, 2011 22:04:41 long time reader   Not all of us can make the meetings. Job requirements and family obligations are more important to us. The minutes are a nice benefit of this site,and the official site. If we have a major complaint or problem with the goings on of our local govt. we agree, a visit to a town meeting will give us better info and input than the town gossip.
November 13, 2011 21:45:07 new reader   more people really need to make it to the board meetings so they can get all of the facts first hand and not wait for the minutes to be posted.
November 13, 2011 19:16:15 wondering   How far did TOM exceed the 2% tax CAP? I see no minutes posted as of yet.
November 13, 2011 19:13:38 bertimouse   masonville resident: How about hunting season next week? :)
November 13, 2011 19:11:14 bertimouse   Dear What: "these protests have cost taxpayers MULTI MILLIONS across the country to date." -How So? WHY are you so ticked off about Young Folks Demonstrating Their Points? It is a Free Country allowing Free Speech in Free Spaces, Aint it? You demonstrate here, Allot. Let them Stay & Speak as Long As They Are Able. No one is spreading any Dis-ease in Occupy NY except for folks posting frightened comments such as yours Neighbor. Relax. All Will Be Well.
November 13, 2011 17:18:36 masonville resident   election results are in and the budget is settled, now what is there to write about?
November 11, 2011 22:53:11 what?   'Occupy Wall Street' protesters are defecating in the streets creating unsanitary and filthy conditions.Disrupting traffic,and pedestrian travel and scaring civilians with their unruly mob.Occupy protests becoming health hazard as conditions become breeding grounds for infectious disease Protesters living in makeshift campsites across the country are putting themselves at risk for deadly diseases like drug-resistant tuberculosis.Public health officials are concerned that the living conditions inside the make-shift tent cities are a breeding ground for disease. According to CBS Atlanta, the protesters there have been exposed to a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis. Meanwhile NBC, is reporting that norovirus is starting to spread around Zuccottti Park and people living there call it "Zuccoti lung." Health officials blame the unsanitary conditions for the spread of the disease and warn it could get worse as the weather gets colder. NBC describes just how bad these conditions are: "Damp laundry and cardboard signs, left in the rain, have provided fertile ground for mold," the Times describes the conditions at Zuccotti Park. "Some protesters urinate in bottles, or occasionally a water-cooler jug, to avoid the lines at public restrooms. Food, from orange peels to scrambled eggs, is often discarded outside tents." These conditions can be a breeding ground for disease and could easily spread across the confined campsites. The parasites are getting parasites. A lice outbreak was announced at the Occupy Portland squatters camp this weekend. Head AND Body lice. It’s a safe house from the sex fiends. Zuccotti Park has become so overrun by sexual predators attacking women in the night that organizers felt compelled to set up a female-only sleeping tent yesterday to keep the sickos away. The safety measure comes amid a terrifying spree of sexual assaults -- including an alleged *CENSORED* -- in the Zuccotti Park squatters camp.These protests have cost taxpayers MULTI MILLIONS across the country to date.
November 11, 2011 20:08:57 bertimouse   Just a comment about a comment here: "objectivism is not at the fore of philosophy these days..." This Is Not A True Statement Today. Young Folks Everywhere NOW are currently occupying cities Everywhere Because of their Objectivism at the fore of philosophy. It would be nice if ya'll would notice that our Children are trying to make a difference for the next 50-100 years, eh? Thanks. :)
November 11, 2011 19:15:02 Observer   "It was a woman who drove me to drink. I never had the courtesy to thank her." W.C. Fields "Some scoundrel stole the cork out of my lunch." W.C Fields
November 10, 2011 23:14:15 what?   "Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake." W. C. Fields
November 10, 2011 23:09:27 what?   \"A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.\" W. C. Fields
November 10, 2011 17:35:20 Observer   My Dear "John Galt" I am flattered that you responded to my "corny" statements referring to "Atlas Shrugged". As to my short explanation of your non-de-plume; it was merely an explaination to those who did not seem to be familiar with "John Galt" and I wanted to be sure you received your due credit and attention. I am sure that Ms. Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosebaum (Connor) would be duly impressed with your taking the name of "John Galt" as your personna. While the philosophy of "Objecttivism" is not at the fore of philosophy these days it seems to have had a rebirth in the Tea Party Movement. For me it is a way too depressing view of life. At my age I tend to lean more to the W.C. Fields philosophy of life. Perhaps I would be more at home in "Dogpatch" than in "Galts Gulch". Looking forward to more interaction with Mr. John Galt.
November 10, 2011 14:53:20 what?   John Gault; Tired to the policies of redistribution of wealth? Want to oppose the spread of socialism? From SUPERVISORS REPORT October 5, 2011: "Craig said that he is trying to get the Board of supervisors to take a stand against unfounded mandates. Craig said we should get other counties to join us in standing up and telling the State we are not going to fund unfounded entitlement programs anymore. Craig would also like to see background checks, proof or citizenship and urine screenings for all individuals receiving public assistance." THANKS Craig!
November 10, 2011 13:17:26 John Galt   Wow. What an insightful and thorough synopsis of Ayn Rand, Objectivism and John Galt. Were you trying to give the readers context on my nom de plume, or just give a self-serving explanation so everyone would laugh at your corny references to Atlas Shrugged? Why don\'t you just board the Taggart Transcontinental and keep going until you pass Wyatt\'s Torch.
November 10, 2011 12:24:02 Observer   Folks- "John Galt" is a fictional character in Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged". The book starts out with the words, "Who is John Galt?" The Character is a person who rebels against the wrongs he sees in the political and business world. I would assume that the writer on this board was making a play on that character when he signed his note with the name "John Galt." To say one has gone "John Galt" is say the person is rebeling agaist something in society. The novel "Atlas Shrugged" is required reading in a lot of universities and as far as this person is concerned it is a rather depressing view of the world. But then again Ayn Rand was rather depressing as well. Ayn Rand viewed the character "John Galt" as the ideal person. She viewed herself as a philosopher and advocated what she called "Objectivism" as a philosopher. While she wrote several things she is best known for the novels "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged". While her brand of philosophy has largly been dismissed by most scholars it still has a following and has some influence on conservetive and libertarian philosophy.
November 10, 2011 11:10:48 masonville resident   The new town hall is so beautiful and will be a huge asset to our town. Knowing we have done this with the knowledge of Mr. Spacaforno and the members of the highway crew makes it even nicer. Election day was like a mini open house.
November 10, 2011 08:32:27 TX-1   It is going to be TOO HOT on opening day,upper 50. will be hunting in shorts and T shirt.blazed orange.
November 10, 2011 06:33:14 FYI Library NOW Open   AIR QUALITY TESTS-PASS Now Open! Masonville New Branch Hours MONDAY & WEDNESDAY: 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm TUESDAY, THURSDAY & SATURDAY: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm CLOSED FRIDAY & SUNDAY
November 09, 2011 22:35:13 bertimouse   Dear voter2: Our comment about Spitting On Your Neighbors was directed to Just Saying, which was an older post. It was not directed towards John Galt. J.G. comments didn't bother us at all. On-line Disrespect To Your Neighbors Should Not Be Tolerated Here. Thanks for your support. :)
November 09, 2011 21:45:43 voter2   I wholeheartedly agree with you Bertimouse...watch what you say Galt, you never know who your neighbors are. By being bigoted and disrespectful is showing just how ignorant you are.
November 09, 2011 21:32:45 bertimouse   Dear John Gault: Check out dcnyhistory.org for the TOM History, because NYU, liberal, city folk, carpetbaggers coming up here & trying to run our town has been going on since 1811. This is America remember? :)
November 09, 2011 21:09:54 bertimouse   Dear Just Saying: Your comment to us was Rude, Very Hurtful & had No Point. Y'all need to Get A Better Life than us for sure. Our Point? Do Not Spit On Your Neighbors! Nuff Said. Glad the Voting went well in our New Town Hall! -The Place looks Great! Kudos to All the Folks building it...we are So Proud! :)
November 09, 2011 20:56:53 Observer   I understand there is going to be a strike to rename Masonville to "Galt's Gulch" ?
November 09, 2011 20:35:17 Observer   Yeh John moved here because the Twentieth Century Motor Company is opening a production plant here.
November 09, 2011 17:50:56 what?   John Gault, you live in Masonville! Welcome to the TOM!
November 09, 2011 17:23:55 John Galt   A Republican clean sweep. As it should be. We don't need those NYU, liberal, city folk, carpetbaggers coming up here and trying to run our town.
November 09, 2011 16:39:13 JOKER   Same people all the time.
November 09, 2011 14:43:41 what?   Council was for two; Looks like Jeri Brayman (R) and Michael Spaccaforno (R)
November 09, 2011 14:40:18 what?   Masonville SUPERVISOR Craig Dumond (R) 158 COUNCIL *Jeri Brayman (R) 94* *Michael Spaccaforno (R) 95* Denis Burpoe 82 Steven Davis 39 Marie Sroka 93 CLERK/ COLLECTOR Pamela Walker (R) 138 HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT Charlie Smith II (R) 177
November 09, 2011 12:05:30 masonville resident and voter.   Why hasn't the town clerk posted the voting results from yesterday?
November 09, 2011 12:01:50 voter   town board meeting tonight at 7:30 at the church, also budget meeting.
November 09, 2011 09:49:18 taxpayer   it is very important for all who are tax payers in town to attend the town meeting tonite . the town board will have a hearing to raise the tax levey above 2% . everyone should ask questions if the do not understand why this is necessary.this may be just the beginning please attend ,be smart.
November 09, 2011 08:57:33 JOKER   HEY!!! did anyone voted to have Shears paved? LOL LOL LOL.
November 09, 2011 07:59:26 voter   How did the votes turn out yesterday?
November 08, 2011 19:54:27 what?   Can't complain if you don't vote!
November 08, 2011 19:52:28 what?   @ Makes you think!; Your a little off in your info. You have posted current working pay for govt. , not retired. Though I agree, govt. makes too much money off the taxpayer.,,,, "When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." -- Benjamin Franklin
November 08, 2011 19:40:05 Grumpy Ernst Keidel CDR.Keidel@gmail.com The new Masonville Town Hall is looking good! Went there tonight to vote. If you didn't, shame on you!
November 08, 2011 10:54:13 Makes you think!   Wages Salary of retired US Presidents ..............$450,000 FOR LIFE Salary of House/Senate members ............$174,000 FOR LIFE Salary of Speaker of the House .............$223,500 FOR LIFE Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders .....$193,400 FOR LIFE Average salary of a soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN - $38 ,000 Average income for seniors on SOCIAL SECURITY - $12,000 I think we found where the cuts should be made!
November 08, 2011 10:53:41 Masonville General Store masonvillegeneralstore@frontiernet.net Hey ya'll, voting till 9pm at the (new) Masonville town hall
November 08, 2011 09:45:40 TX   Any way,thats their problem ,I was just putting my 2 cents on it.
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