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November 01, 2011 04:00:07 what?   Maybe Sidney plans on using some of that \'free\' money. Obama\'s “American Jobs Program” (new TAX bill)consists primarily of spending $450 billion,and eventually probably more than $1 trillion total, on TEMPORARY jobs for UNION (a little tit for tat kickback for the big business Union special interest lobbyists)workers, no money for private business just public TAXpayer funded jobs. President Obama called on taxpayers to send their hard-earned money to the federal government so that Washington can pour that money into public school construction to “modernize 35,000 public schools.” Our public schools in THIS area, and in much of the US have closed after spending millions of tax dollars on construction after declining enrollment! These buildings (all across the U.S not just in this area) are either empty or sold at a loss, after spending millions of tax dollars in improvements. And O plans on doing more of the same.
November 01, 2011 03:48:23 what?   If this is true maybe we should be going to meetings in Sidney to voice our concerns. Lets not wait until afterward, like the millions of dollar renovations and swinging pool fiasco. They do not have anymore schools to close!
October 31, 2011 21:37:57 taxpayer   what is your feeling on the proposed 4,000,000 dollar renovation on the sidney high school and the installation of a synthetic turf field . this is just the beginning. every one should pay attention and ask questions regarding how your taxes are growing.
October 31, 2011 18:42:33 bertimouse   The Day Halloween Was Cancelled! Yah lot's of Powerlines down in Hudson Valley where we currently work. -Poor little Gremlins can't trick or treat in some areas until this Friday! -Now that is certainly a Halloween Trick on them ya'll, eh? ERRRR.
October 31, 2011 18:40:02 bertimouse   TX: Not much, only about 5 inches with no power out, TG! :) Parts of the Hudson Valley; NY & parts of CT and NJ got Clobbered! We feel most sorry about those Folks that got stranded on the JET BLUE PLANES at Hartford CT! -Turns out that the new law regarding the Passengers Bill Of Rights only addresses International Flights sitting on the tarmac over 3 HOURS & EXCLUDES AIRPORTS from any litigation! Can you imagine!
October 31, 2011 18:32:16 bertimouse   Dear what? So err, whats yur point?
October 31, 2011 12:41:16 TX   Much snow up there?
October 30, 2011 16:12:22 crzyflea   ever get the feeling that on the fed level some of the politicians (not naming any names but I bet you can guess one of them I'm thinking of) think of the UN as synonymous with US, and that the rest of the countries in the UN are just pseudo-states? Sorta feels that way with all the 'busy bodying' in other countries business.
October 30, 2011 01:37:27 what?   Saddam Hussein was committing the same atrocities in Iraq that these African countries are guilty of.
October 30, 2011 01:32:43 what?   Your right crzyflea; and Obama upped the anti by sending American troops Oct, 14 2011 in Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Without congressional support AGAIN. We have also been involved with all the other countries we are at war with now in the past, so why does bertimouse write it is Bush's fault? for the wars we are in? And I agree with what? you posted "Its high time the trend of 'war is good for the polls and popularity' to be changed. " I think it is important to note that these people needed help twenty years ago. Where was the U.N.?
October 29, 2011 07:13:05 crzyflea   That was the only other war I could think of on the continent that we'd had any involvement in, but the way your post sounded was like it was something new. So, new troops to and all, but the actual insurgency is from 87 if I'm not mistaken. Its high time the trend of 'war is good for the polls and popularity' to be changed.
October 29, 2011 04:36:03 what?   Lord's Resistance Army, 'LRA' rebels are accused of terrorizing, murdering, raping and kidnapping thousands of people in the four nations, and tens of thousands of people died in their 20-year war with security forces in northern Uganda.President Barack Obama's plan to send 100 military troops to Uganda risks miring the United States in another protracted war, whether we are needed there or not. It is time for the UN to step up to the plate, America is BROKE. I'm not against helping nations in need, even though we have plenty of people here in America who need help. I just can't stand the hypocrites who are still three years after Pres. Bush blaming everything going on today on him and not the one supposedly running the country. I hear so many say "Well Obama can't do anything with a republican house". Yet they conveniently forget Bush had a democrat house AND senate.
October 29, 2011 04:18:05 what?   The mostly special ops units are to deploy in Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of the Congo. "I'm very disappointed ... that the administration has not consulted with members of Congress before taking such action," John McCain told CNN."I worry (that) with the best of intentions we'll somehow get engaged in a commitment that we can't get out of. That's happened before in our history," he told CNN television.
October 29, 2011 03:07:13 crzyflea   Africa is a continent, not a country so which country besides Libya? I'm behind on reading the news with getting costumes made. Still waiting to hear when trick or treating is for the kids. would rather take them out locally than take them on rounds in Oneonta even if they are nattering about the zombie walk.
October 28, 2011 23:36:52 bertimouse   OH YAH! The St. Louis Cardinals KICKED TEXAS *CENSORED*! Long may this Small Funded Team Rule.
October 28, 2011 23:04:43 what?   voter;"who is running"? It would be nice if this info was posted, if not on this forum then at least on the 'Official Masonville' website. Some of the info is towards the back of the Walton reporter and Tri-Town-News, on various town elections. From what I have seen, Supervisor, Town clerk/collector, and Superintendent of highways are all running unopposed. Member of council there is a vote for TWO with FIVE running (with only one incumbent, who wants out?) And keep in mind there are also usually some write in votes. Last election there was quite a few write in votes against unopposed incumbents, hopefully keeping them on their toes!
October 28, 2011 21:55:22 what?   Obama embarrassed us as a Country on his apology tour where he explained to the rest of the world that he was sorry because Americans are a bunch of A-HOLE's.. In less than 100 days, he has apologized on three continents for what he views as the sins of America and his predecessors. The president apologized to the French for our arrogance and dismissiveness as the rest of us wondered whether he had lost all sense of irony. Then he hit Latin American where he sat through Nicaraguan President Danielle Ortega's(Who HATES America) 50-minute diatribe against the United States and issued even more meek apologies.And that was right before he enjoyed some quality time with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez (Who HATES America)and even took home some good ANTI-American reading. bertimouse, try reading some history instead of watching Saturday Night Live for your 'facts'!
October 28, 2011 21:52:36 what?   G.W. Bush made a mistake of getting into wars we couldn't afford. Obama blasted him for this when he campaigned. what? has Obama done about this? Obama expanded the wars,spent billions more and started THREE more wars! These FIVE wars of Obama's are still unfunded. Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya now Africa. Three going on four years Obama has upped the ante and added TRILLIONS of dollars to the deficit. Obama smart, he honors our servicemen by mispronouncing Navy Corpsman on not one but THREE occasions "corpse-man."
October 28, 2011 21:47:05 what?   bertimouse you wrote; "having a President continue reading books to 5-year olds while people are dying!" ,Obama would have been uh, hum, just waiting for his teleprompter to tell him what? to do! bertimouse you also wrote;"G.(Moron)BUSH & got us all into a 10 year War!" berti did you know we are now at war in Africa? Barack Obama wishes to be remembered as the President who launched the biggest number of wars in American history, , Obama has spent multi trillions of borrowed Chinese dollars on his wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt(where rebel soldiers we helped put into power are now killing Christians and the Muslim Brotherhood wants to ‘Prepare Egyptians for war with Israel'). Now Obama has sent troops to four different countries in Africa.
October 28, 2011 20:57:47 bertimouse   Cardinals are gonna beat the PAINTS OFF the Rangers tonight!
October 28, 2011 20:21:59 bertimouse   Dear Grumpy: Isn't it So Nice To See Snow when Viewed From the Eyes Of Youngsters? Take care this winter neighbor. If you ever need any help let us know here. We will always be there for all during any Emergency. PL&H Ya'll from bertimouse. :)
October 28, 2011 20:10:39 bertimouse   Seven Votes Democrat that we count so far. Republicans still don't know exactly who they're voting for; all they know is that "It 'Aint the obvious Democrat"! -Like One comment prior: better to vote for an IDIOT Republican! -Yah right. We've all been there and DONE THAT WITH G.(Moron)BUSH & got us all into a 10 year War! -Please Ya'll let's NOT go there again by having a President continue reading books to 5-year olds while people are dying! When Ya'll actually have a worthier person than the current President to vote for, Please let us know 'cause ya'll just can't get together on anything! WHOM do Ya'll suggest we vote for now? Any CLUES? We should vote for any Republican dealing with such a fractured & dis-functional party right now? NO WAY WE SAY & Nuff Said For a Now until Ya'll get your act together, Get It? Thanks. We'd Love to have a choice but Ya'll HAVE NONE. Why the Debate right now when clearly there's no reason for one yet?
October 28, 2011 19:43:56 voter   who is running for town council and town clerk this year? Will elections be held at the new town hall?
October 28, 2011 09:49:47 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Well, it\'s a snowy white wonderland out there this morning. The little birch grove behind my home looks like a pine tree grove. The still leaved branches are drooping under the weight of the snow! My son-in-law commented on a different venue that he really likes the way it looks now. I told hom: \"Great, now drive on down to Masonville and shovel my walkways!\"
October 28, 2011 08:09:30 crzyflea   When is trick or treating for our kids this year does anyone know? Is there an official day and hours in Masonville, or are we better off planning on taking the little ones to other towns?
October 28, 2011 07:58:32 MV Redneck   To, Tx-1 = DO you think these red necks in MV will re vote that fried chicken eater and fruit punch drinker monkey as a president ? or another Colored A hole again, Nope they would rather vote a tooth less red neck like our selfs here in MV.
October 27, 2011 20:24:27 bertimouse   Observer: So regarding retirement: If we can stay healthy from age 62 collecting SSI until we're 65 WITHOUT any health insurance, then once we're 65 we are as they say "Golden"? So for the 3 years from age 62-65 we basically are Rolling The Dice until we can sign up for (UGH) Medicare & Medicaid? Question: what if we signed up for AFLACK (Duck Insurance)those 3 years? Do you know anything about that Insurance? - BTW Your thoughts are very cool on this subject, Thanks!
October 27, 2011 20:15:31 bertimouse   Hi Observer: Comment on How to Save TOM Money: 1. Turn OFF 50% of the street lights in the Village. 2. Freeze all wages for TOM employees for the next 3 years just like the Governor did. 3.Find a cheaper health-care provider for TOM employees & increase employee contributions - do they contribute at all? 4.We Assume that TOM does not have a pension plan for TOM employees. If there is a 401K plan then increase what employee contributions. -Like it or Not; Everyone Else has to do this & You Are Lucky if you even have a pension plan these days: THAT will be History in the future for everyone. -Dental Insurance? What's That? Delete Dental Insurance. Everyone has no teeth anyway because no one can afford to take the time off work to see a dentist anyway! 5. Any Surplus that the TOM Hwy. Dept. has Sell! 6. Raise Salaries for TOM workers because of the proposed insurance benefit cuts because in the Long Run That's Fair. 7. Raise the Fees for building permits. 8. Increase the FINE RATES for Folks that are doing stuff like: oh, say, dumping illegally, yadayadayada according to TOM's local laws; and then go out & enforce them promptly. OK Nuff said.
October 27, 2011 16:24:04 Observer   There is going to be a budget/council meeting at 7:30 P.M. Nov. 9, 2011 here in Masonville. I urge you to attend it. Not to complain and gripe (although that is your right)but rather, to see the difficulty this town, along with a lot of others, is in. Most of the expense that will be discussed will be, I am sure, mandated costs that the council has no control over. They will undoubtedly discuss ways of saving money from other departments. Where do you suggest they start? Laying off Road workers? Stop plowing and maintaining the roads around town? Those are the basic services supplied by the town of Masonville. The other services are but a drop in the bucket. Maybe we can stop servicing the town trucks and vehicles? Stop heating the town garage or offices? You see Masonville cannot have deficit spending like the state and federal government. We have to pay up front for what we do and get. Will we see a raise in the taxes next year? I am sure we will but remember blame the ones who are at fault and not the few members of the board who are at as much of a loss as you are. Their taxes will go up as well you know?
October 27, 2011 16:05:58 Observer   This government was founded on the principle that there would be a separation of power and that the representative body could overrule the executive branch. But now we are seeing Nobama by-passing the representative body and using so-called executive privilege. Our founders never never never intended the executive branch of our government to have such power. Recently we are seeing the executive branch spending money, using the Supreme Court to pass laws, declare unlawful incursions into foreign countries. We see the executive branch shoving our form of government down the throats of nations that in NO WAY are ready or able to handle it. Our form of government was conceived by Americans for Americans and it has rarely worked in other nations. We have stopped being a nation of people rule and become a nation of mandates. The federal government mandates to the states. (Seems we fought a war over that matter) The states mandates to the counties and municipalities. New York State mandates to the local municipalities and then removes the way for the local municipalities to fulfill those mandates. We here on the bottom (the taxpayer) has no redress and our town boards and town councils have no recourse but to follow the mandates. WHEN IN THE H E L L IS ALL THIS MADNESS GOING TO STOP? At another revolution?
October 27, 2011 15:54:12 Observer   Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence 4 were, or had been, preachers. 8 were from families where the father was a preacher. 32 were Episcopalian/Anglican; 13 were Congregationalist; 12 were Presbyterian; 2 were Quakers; 2 were Deist (Universalist/Unitarian; 1 Roman Catholic. Of the 55 men taking part in the Constitutional Convention (of which 39 actually signed the document of the Constitution of the US). 30 were Episcopalian/Anglican; while 16 were Presbyterian; 1 Deist; 8 Congregationalists; 3 Quakers; 2 Roman Catholic; 2 Methodists; 2 Lutherans; 2 Dutch Reformed.None of the signers of the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution claimed to unbelievers or atheistic. Today educators keep shoving down the throats of our youth that the founding fathers were not religious men. They are told they were all Deists or Humanists. History does not bear that out in any fashion. Interestingly enough the one Deist who signed the Constitution (Benjamin Franklin) spoke of God more often during the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia than any other representative.
October 27, 2011 13:34:13 what?   Did you know we are now at war in Africa? Barack Obama wishes to be remembered as the President who launched the biggest number of wars in American history, he has all the right to proceed with widening military presence in Uganda and elsewhere.
October 27, 2011 13:17:51 what?   After three years of Obama things have went from bad to worse. Unemployment continues, after a trillion dollar Obama 'stimulus'. Obama has spent multi trillions of borrowed Chinese dollars on his wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt(where rebel soldiers we helped put into power are now killing Christians and the Muslim Brotherhood wants to ‘Prepare Egyptians for war with Israel'). Now Obama has sent troops to four different countries in Africa. Obama will not have my vote. NOBAMA!
October 27, 2011 10:40:47 watching MV   Jeri Brayman is a good choice????? From past posts I remember that she wasn't very nice to someone during the Bicentennial. Making threats is a good thing? There are other people running but it isn't listed anywhere else. Why the big secret?
October 27, 2011 10:37:49 Observer   I would not vote for him if someone held a gun to my head.
October 27, 2011 10:35:05 Masonville Resident   YES...absolutely!
October 27, 2011 07:32:41 TX-1   Little poll: If elections were held today,would you vote for obama? first vote:NO
October 27, 2011 07:23:09 Craig DuMond   The is no legal conflict with Jeri serving as a Town Councilwoman. If elected, she will not serve on the highway committee as a matter of fairness for all concerned. Personally, I feel this would be a positive addition to the Board. She is a life-long resident and farmer. I have known Jeri my entire life and I have met few individuals with a stronger work ethic and sense of community. She took our Historical Society (unpaid position) and turned it around 100%.
October 26, 2011 23:23:40 what?   bertimouse; WOW a post with some facts!October 26, 2011 18:36:59 . Except for \"We Think that the Pres. is just trying to LOWER the RAISES in costs every year.\" I personally do not believe this to be true. Too many facts support the opposite. Most of the rest of your post though is defiantly not how Occupy Wallstreet Protesters think! But more the tea party! The problem with our good America isn\'t private industry. Its our Govt. and Washington! And this is part of why our local Govt. and school systems suffer too! State mandates and federal mandates.
October 26, 2011 23:11:00 what?   Mormon Hollow Farm; The employment of your son, and I believe (could be wrong) your husband is part time, should be a asset not detrimental to your chances for election. As far as a conflict of interest, what? how.
October 26, 2011 21:17:43 Mormon Hollow Farm   Concerned--There are a lot more committees that need attention than just the highway committee. Jeri
October 26, 2011 21:12:24 Observer   Bertimouse - While I am certainly NO expert on retirement or finances, I am told that while persons born in the depression era such as myself can predict to a degree our mortality based on family history; this does not hold so true for those born later. This is because people of a later generation tend to take better care of themselves physically. Also the trends and advancements in medical and long term care have made tremendous strides in the past 25-40 years. If one sits down and charts out their SS income based on a 15 year span they will find there is no difference in retiring at 62 or 65. It all averages out. The only difference being a larger cash flow monthly at 65. The negative side of retirement at 62 is the non-eligibility for medicare until the age of 65. I retired at 67 due to health issues. I could have stayed at what I was doing until death had I so chose. My view of it would be if one can swing the extra expense of medical costs and have their finances in order at 62 with a paid off or near paid off mortgage; go for the retirement. With the economy of this country being what it is at the moment one is going to be restricted in what they can do in retirement at any age. If you are the stay at home and enjoy what you have worked for type then retirement, in this economy, at 62 makes sense. If you are the globe trotting type then probably the extra cash flow at 65 would make sense. I am speaking, of course, of those who have managed to put away a little each year. Even 10% well invested will make a big difference in the gross income each year. Probably the major reason most middle class people work beyond the 62 cut off is insurance and medical costs. So I would say at 62 one should be sure they have enough reserve to pay for insurance and medical until they are eligible for medicare etc.
October 26, 2011 20:56:57 bertimouse   Yah we're thinking that may cause a ruckus.
October 26, 2011 20:00:22 concerned   Jeri lots of luck .question ,will employment of both your son and husband in the masonville highway dept cause a conflict of intrest . did you check it out yet
October 26, 2011 19:01:29 bertimouse   Observer: Err, if you'd like to change the subject here a little bit good neighbor, since you are at the age where you would know about this stuff? [My elder's are all gone now which is why I ask; just wondering] Could you give us some advice on how to decide about When To Retire? The reason I personally ask you is because me & my other half both want to retire at 62 asap so we can LOL get on with our Lives & Split the scene whenever & wherever we like. We both do not expect to live past 78 based on our Family Histories & we live cheap anyway. We hear all kinds of scary stories about Folks that save all their lives for retirement & then DIE either before or right after they retire. That Will NOT be us! Sorry this is so long Observer but what are your thoughts on this? Thanks.
October 26, 2011 18:36:59 bertimouse   Hi what. Our health insurance goes up every year no matter who sits in office. We think that no matter WHO is in office it will always go up every year. We Think that the Pres. is just trying to LOWER the RAISES in costs every year. Also, as we currently understand the situation; the whole proposed system has not fully kicked in yet for allot of complicated & different reasons, yes? What we DO KNOW FOR A FACT, is that Govt. is Govt. & Good Proposals that are voted on Always gets stalled & delayed & revised by so many Politicians from so many different Towns, Counties & States in Govt. that it's a Freaking Wonder Anything gets Done in Washington D.C.! We Know that Ya'll Know This What. We also know how Frustrating it can be at our Local Level of Govt.(are you listening Craig?)to be able to Also Make A Difference In A Good Way That Helps Most People! It Takes So Many, Many HOURS of time ARGH! -Who was it that said: "You can Please Some of the People Some of the Time but never All of the People All of The Time?" Wise words there. Brain Freeze on that quote, LOL.
October 26, 2011 18:12:35 bertimouse   Not sure the entire health insurance program has kicked in yet? Observer: We're talking about the one that actually "Makes" everyone who doesn't have insurance have to buy it, not the Medicare & medicaid changes which will always change no matter Who is the Pres., ARGH! -Think lots of understandable lawsuits have stalled the "insurance for all" plans, yes? We do not know the actual facts. Anyway, tonight's news polls say 80% of the Reps hate the Pres., 50% of the Dems love him., yet overall 56% say he should be re-elected so go figure. We don't think that bouncing from Pres. to Pres. every 4 years helps much, either whomever is in office. I personally will give the guy another 4 years but me thinks my other half won't. So there you have it...the best of today's politics within our own house-America. Yah gotta Love Her, eh? -Get Ready For SNOW! :)
October 26, 2011 11:14:45 Observer   Bertimouse - Let me see. I am over 75 years of age on S.S. Most of my siblings (still living) are over the age of 65. My mother-in-law (bless her heart) at over 90 lives on S.S. and help from her children. My spouse has been involved in medicine for over 40 years as both a RN and Director of nursing in hospitals and at this time in a large Senior Care Facility.So yes, one might say I have someone who has been affected by "nobama care".
October 26, 2011 08:41:16 Mormon Hollow Farm   Masonville Residents-- I am running for a position on the town board. I am a life time resident and third generation farmer of Mormon Hollow Rd.. The best interest of Masonville\'s present and future are my concerns. Vote Nov. 8 for your choice. Jeri Brayman
October 26, 2011 01:42:14 what?   President Barack Obama has promised Americans on multiple occasions that his health care plan would not cut benefits for Medicare enrollees. He LIED. The head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Elmendorf, told senators that seniors in Medicare’s managed care plans would see reduced benefits under Obamacare.The bill would cut payments to the Medicare Advantage plans by more than $100 billion over 10 years.
October 26, 2011 01:36:15 what?   Drank legally for FIVE years, sorry about the double post.
October 26, 2011 01:34:33 what?   My health insurance has went up a couple hundred dollars a month to help cover what Obama calls \'children\' at 26yrs old. At 26 they could have been in war for eight yrs, drank leagaly for four, smoked legally for eight yrs and legally had a job for ten yrs.Yet Obama says they are still children! I know a senior citizen that is not happy with what? Obamcare has already done to his medicare coverage. He waits in line at Wal-Mart to buy his diabetes supplies out of pocket because it is cheaper than what? Obamacare covers!
October 26, 2011 01:31:40 what?   My health insurance has went up a couple hundred dollars a month to help cover what Obama calls 'children' at 26yrs old. At 26 they could have been in war for eight yrs, drank leagaly for four, smoked legally for eight yrs and legally had a job for ten yrs.Yet Obama says they are still children! I know a senior citizen that is not happy with what? Obamcare has already done to his medicare coverage. He waits in line at Wal-Mart to buy his diabetes supplies out of pocket because it is cheaper than what? Obamacare covers!
October 26, 2011 01:14:54 what?   Observer; for those that HAVE seen the changes brought to us by 'Obamacare', we have seen it will cost us more money, less coverage! And that is just another fact that I would like to see Bertimouse try to disprove with some facts not opinion! Bertimouse already failed the last time I asked this.
October 25, 2011 21:33:29 bertimouse   Observer: Sorry I forgot to insert the correct spelling of Ya'll. Thanks.
October 25, 2011 20:53:06 bertimouse   Dear Observer: Do actually have any Folks affected by the plan? Just Wondering while your so vocally observing...
October 25, 2011 20:50:59 bertimouse   And BTW Reader? We both work very demanding 40-60 hr. a week jobs in our household. We support all those "on the dole" as it were right now. We will work as long & hard as we can until we think we can Retire. We know that in a heart-beat, in any disaster, our neighbors will be there for us. This Is Why we personally don't mind paying taxes. -We will Always Remember Being Dirt Poor. Do You Really Know what "Dirt Poor" really means? PLEASE, Please let's NOT ALL US GO THERE with stories about "I WAS SO POOR" Ha Ha. -You gotta either CRY OR LAUGH,Reader: We/My Daddy taught us/to choose LAUGHTER a LONG TIME AGO. AMEN, eh? Welcome to Heaven on Earth, eh? :)
October 25, 2011 20:31:32 bertimouse   Hey What: "try posting some facts instead of opinion and maybe we can take you seriously...Try to disprove the facts I have posted." =Our Response is: 1. Are You Freaking For Real Serious About This Post of Yours? 2. We Thinks, Hey What, that yall are just one Folk who likes to Fish. 3. When yall have something seriously interesting to talk about, we will seriously bite. Peace Neighbor. Hope Yall will be Warm & Well This Winter. :)
October 25, 2011 20:20:53 Observer   Yep that nobama health plan certainly works!! Cut services to those who can least afford it. Nursing homes, elderly care and social programs for the elderly. Yep it is working!!!
October 25, 2011 20:05:41 bertimouse   Thanks Craig for your info. Folks would know more if they attended & asked questions at the TOM Board Mtgs. eh? -Nice to hear your Chirp up once in awhile. Again Thanks from us who actually Pay Attention to what you & the TOMB Members are doing. Great Job. We know how hard everyone works; we wish everyone here did. :)
October 25, 2011 19:59:55 bertimouse   Dear Reader: Huh? We don\'t get your Comment. Why don\'t we see how the National Health Plan Works First Before It Starts Up, eh? It promises to HELP; NOT HURT so why don\'t we all at least give it a chance? If it Actually Hurts We\'ll All Learn About It in a Heart-beat, eh? :) -The Health Insurance Industry is Currently Raping This of the Wall street Occupiers Topics If Anyone Cares About That Here. Nuff Said.
October 25, 2011 18:14:31 Reader   Seems like health insurance will be the death of us yet, but who can live without it unless we are supported by Delaware County and need not work !
October 25, 2011 08:43:53 voter   Craig, thank you very much for your comment on what is going on at a local level with our budget.
October 24, 2011 21:58:43 Craig DuMond   One other thing that may be helpful, being that we have the smallest budget in Delaware County it does not take much (percent change) to throw our budget out of whack. For example, as I said earlier, two percent only allows us about eleven thousand dollars to play with. Larger Towns (Most) have double or even triple that amount. To put it into prospective, even if we did raise the budget 18 percent (Which we are NOT doing) this would equate to about an eighty-one cent raise per thousand of assessed value or about an eighty-one dollar increase for a typical 100k property. Seeing that we will come in (even with the difficulty we are facing) no where near 18 percent, our budget should be acceptable for most of us.
October 24, 2011 21:49:31 Craig DuMond   The meeting for November has been changed to allow time for a local law to exceed the two percent tax cap. As I have stated in the past, two percent for the smallest budget in Delaware county is impossible with the significant raises in health insurance and retirement, which are mandatory. The Board has no control over these costs. The Board is making every possible cut to this years budget in an attempt to make up for these expenses, however, two percent only gives us about eleven thousand dollars to work with. The rates are up THIRTY THOUSAND dollars, three times over the two percent cap. This does not include to regular expenses going up; electricity, fuel, diesel, materials, etc. The Board is working hard and, I can assure you, the increase will not even be in the twenty percent ball-park. Let's all hope the economy starts to improve, as well as our revenues, for the future. I have been speaking about all of this for years (since I have been Supervisor) as the STATE is killing us very slowly>
October 24, 2011 21:17:13 voter   This is a one time change in the date of meetings.
October 24, 2011 20:04:31 Observer   Sorry I had not heard that the meetings had been changed from the first Wed of the month to the second Wed. --- With the 2% Cap on taxes how can they hope to pass an 18% increase. This will be interesting!
October 24, 2011 18:57:35 voter   The next town meeting is the second Wednesday of the month, which does make it Nov. 9 at 7:30. There is a proposed tax rate increase of 18% , please attend this very important meeting.
October 24, 2011 17:54:31 Observer   Quoted from the October 2011 Town Board Meeting --- "Craig reminded the Board of the Budget workshop to be held on October 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Church. Craig said the Board will have its work cut out dealing with the 2% cap. We have reserves to make up the difference this year but what about next year." NOTE 2% Cap on tax raises. ---- My understanding is that under the Cap Law it would be impossible to raise land taxes another 20% in any one year.
October 24, 2011 17:47:51 Observer   PS Next Town Board meeting should be the 2nd (a Wed) not the 9th unless it has been changed.
October 24, 2011 17:43:01 Observer   TX Eye wanna no whut is wrung with are spelin? We all tooked hoked on fonics!!!
October 24, 2011 17:40:39 Observer   Taxpayer - My I inquire as to where you got this information? Was it official or some talk going around town? 20% is a very large increase for anyplace especially a small town that has not seen increases in the double figures.
October 24, 2011 17:05:15 TAXPAYER   the town board has proposed a 20% (approx)tax rate proposal for 2012 land taxes. this does not include any county increases .next town board meeting is nov 9(day after election ) pay attention who you vote for.all taxpayers should make a effort to be at this important meeting either to approve or disapprove .this is just the beginning of a very expensive future for the town of masonville ,be smart be there.
October 24, 2011 08:04:18 TX   OGM!! Where are the spelling teachers? is this New York or Missisippi?
October 24, 2011 01:19:03 what?   This from Defeat The Debt; "Soak the rich to pay down our debt? There aren’t enough of them. One-point-four million Americans make up the top 1 percent of taxpayers in this country; close to 139 million make up the remaining 99 percent. One percent of the country can’t realistically pay for the needs of remaining 99 percent—especially when they’re already paying nearly 40 percent of all income taxes. If we’re going to pay for our debt through higher taxes, tax rates at all levels will have to increase and those who currently pay no income tax (over 51 million people in 2008, according to the Tax Foundation) may have to pay a modest rate as well. "
October 24, 2011 00:55:45 what?   Hey,bertimouse; try posting some facts instead of opinion and maybe we can take you seriously. Try to disprove the facts I have posted.
October 23, 2011 22:44:50 bertimouse   Hey What, yall should get more Educated about the Topics Yall Like to Rant About. U R clueless & OMG, T.G. our kids are Not being Educated by the likes Of U. Thanks for ur err, other thoughts tho.
October 23, 2011 12:10:01 town resisdent   beautiful day outside and it sure seems nice to be able to winterize without freezing to death. Enjoy the sun and have a great day.
October 23, 2011 11:37:12 what?   F annie mae should be censored! LOL
October 23, 2011 11:33:25 what?   "Congressman Barney Frank says he wants some of those responsible for our current financial meltdown to be prosecuted. And we couldn't agree more. First up in the court dock: Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. It was *CENSORED* Mae and Freddie Mac, the two so-called Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs), that lay behind the crisis. After regulatory changes made to the Community Reinvestment Act by President Clinton in 1995, *CENSORED* and Freddie, channeling literally trillions of dollars into the housing markets, using leverage and implicit taxpayers' guarantees.Barney Frank: Starting in the early 1990s, he (and other Democrats) stood athwart efforts by regulators, Congress and the White House to get the runaway housing market under control. He opposed reform as early as 1992. And, in response to another attempt bring *CENSORED*-Freddie to heel in 2000, Frank responded it wasn't needed because there was "no federal liability there whatsoever." Federal regulators discovered in 2003 that *CENSORED* and Freddie executives had overstated earnings by as much as $10.6 billion in order to boost bonuses. President Bush pushed for what the New York Times then called "the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago." If it had passed, the housing crisis likely would have never boiled over, at least not the extent it did, taking the economy with it. Instead, led by Frank, Democrats stood as a bloc against any changes. "*CENSORED* Mae and Freddie Mac are not facing any kind of financial crisis," Frank, then the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee, said. "The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing."" Now look at the mess America is in.
October 23, 2011 11:32:52 what?   One problem with the fall of our economy that would bring some closure to these protesters is nobody was prosecuted for the crimes committed leading to this recession. There should been arrests following the collapse, then the protesters would know who is to blame.
October 23, 2011 11:29:47 what?   There is a big difference between the 'Occupy Wall Street' protesters and the tea party. '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. New York City police say about 700 protesters have been arrested after they swarmed the Brooklyn Bridge and shut down a lane of traffic for several hours. Tea party protesters sing God bless America and wave the American flag. The Tea party knows the problem is in Washington not in the private district.
October 23, 2011 11:28:21 what?   Will our next President lay blame on Bush after they inherit Obama's mess. Obama spent a trillion dollars on his 'stimulus' AND the unemployment rate has grown after three years of Obama's policy's, and things aren't looking any better, and now he wants to do it again! Bertimouse will blame Obama's failures on republican house, even though there is a democrat controlled senate and president. Bertimouse fails to recognize there was a democrat controlled house AND senate during Bush's presidency.
October 22, 2011 21:09:10 wall street   Do you understand that the top 10% of wage earners are responsible for 70% of the taxes? The top 10% is represented by folks who earn 115k per year or more. Tell a small business man or farmer that 115k is a lot of money and they should pay more! We are now at a point where 50% of wage earners pay NO income taxes! And meanwhile, we hand out "Earned Income Credit" to all of the these people every year at tax season when they dont even pay any taxes! Just another form of welfare. No one answered my a poor person who ever created a job or gave a job to anyone? I am not saying wall street should go unchecked and I am just as mad as anyone else regarding the BS bailouts, etc. BUT, lets keep in mind that pour liberal friends running *CENSORED* and freddie were an major part of this as well.
October 22, 2011 13:25:25 crzyflea   *screech of a cb* kettle this is pot, do you read me? *click* *click* loud and clear pot, kettle is reading you loud and clear, over *click*
October 22, 2011 07:33:58 Reader   By the looks of the last few comments on the message board there are two people that really need to get a life, maybe with all of the spare time you have you could help someone with a little work instead of writing on this message board to yourself. Have a nice day.
October 22, 2011 04:07:07 crzyflea   Take an actual census of the people protesting in the park and you'll find doctors, lawyers, union representatives, teachers, students, retirees, veterans, writers, actors, politicians, city planners, social workers, nurses, filmmakers, web and graphic designers, and many more just like you and I. NOT just unemployed people but people who are concerned about the state of things. Not everyone is the most educated snowflake but they know they're making a difference and they're making history. They're organized about keeping everyone healthy, fed and keeping their occupied area clean. Look for Joe the Peacock's blog post about going to see for himself what was going on. Also be on the lookout for Jesse LaGreca. He's articulate, intelligent and making the rounds. Fine smackdown to fox news recently by him as well.
October 22, 2011 01:07:18 bertimouse   deer wall street: Yur comment reflects all the Arrogance that NOBODY wants to deal with. Hope Yall intended to only upset your Kinfolks with your comments, otherwise u r outta Line Here Sir. -Fill in as Many Blanks As Yall Want, Eh? NOT.
October 22, 2011 00:39:33 bertimouse   Oh Yah That's Right The Republicans Wrecked Our Economy To Begin With: Starting in 2003. -REMEMBER Yah? LOL How NO ONE REMEMBERS NOW! The Dem President had a SURPLUS then & The Rep President spent all of it & how when 9/11/01 Happened HE WAS CLUE-LESS! The Dems Inherited Everything After That. The Reps in the U.S. Senate SPENT ALL the SURPLUS U.S. Funds before 1-1/2 years. WHY DO YOU THINK Folks Now Occupy A Park in NYC Now? We are Not Gonna Say. We'd Just LOVE To Hear From Yall's opinions.
October 21, 2011 23:12:25 wall street   If the wall street protested worked as hard at taking baths and finding jobs they could actually assist the rest of us who shoulder most of the taxes. Most of this nuts dont even know why they are there. When is the last time a poor person offered employment to anyone or created a job? Oh thats right, Obama with his socialist utopia will save us all....
October 21, 2011 21:18:51 bertimouse   Observer: Well Ex-cuussee Us for spelling Y'all like YALL! LOL! Have a nice weekend Neighbor & can you all Please Stop Sweating about the Small Stuff? How about Commenting About the Big stuff Like: 1) Kaddafi being Killed in his Home Town by his Own People. 2) 48,500 Troops Out Forever For This Christmas, Eh? -One Promise that President Obama is keeping even though certain Republicans want to keep 25K troop still there-NO!!! 3)Comments on the Wall Street Occupation? Don't You All Care about How Wall Street has *CENSORED* America? -Bernie has received 150 years in JAIL NOW but the reason Protesters are there is because Hello? This Country's Politicians seem to think that IT IS STILL THE STATUS QUO. -Wake UP! It Is NOT! We Are All Still Reeling because the Senate & Congress of the U.S.A. ARE NOT DOING THEIR JOBS that We The People elected them for. LOL you can't make this stuff up Yall. You gotta either Laugh or Cry. We choose to Laugh & keep on posting about what really matters in the Long Run. Forgive Us Folks; our Neighbors if we've offended you tonight...just trying to say something that really matters for once. Thanks again.
October 21, 2011 17:57:42 Observer   CJR there are plenty of turkeys in D.C.
October 21, 2011 17:25:46 wshbown   does any one have any property they want to sell
October 21, 2011 16:58:42 CJR   Y'all Whats going on with the bow hunting and turkey ?? Anybody ?? to Brag ???
October 21, 2011 13:23:14 resident   traveled up Mormon Hollow Rd yesterday, some change, no more pot holes on rt. 206 end, nice job highway dept.!
October 20, 2011 16:02:42 Observer   I see the term "Yall" used on here. Just what is being referred too? The computer store in NYC named "Yall" or the musical group named "Yall"? I believe there is also a sports paper named "Yall". Plus there is an Arabic word pronounced "Yall". But if you are referring to the Southern slang term for "You All" it is "Ya'll".
October 20, 2011 07:21:54 Whats up with that?   Question for town officials,how come the upper section of Shears rd is not paved or improved,there are about 6 properties up there,which pay taxes like everyone else,but dont get the full benefits of a tax payer.I know thats State Forest and all that,but their taxes are not any cheaper.
October 19, 2011 21:47:47 Pamela Walker Thank you everyone for your support I have been Town Clerk for 21 years and it has not been for the money it has been for the public. I am an Elected Offical and do the best job I can open before I go to work also till 10:00 at night if need be. Thank you again for all your support and look forward for your vote.
October 19, 2011 19:59:18 bertimouse   OK Listen Yall: the TOM Clerk has an answering machine, which BTW we know from past experience is answered very promptly. The TOM Clerk is a Part Time Job with set hours that pays SQUAT when you consider the amount of work that needs to be done there for that position. The financial info regarding payment for this position is available at the TOM board mtgs. anytime if anyone ever cares to go. Yall do need to give this person a Major Break. We've called there & have been there several times to do such things as: register our dogs for licenses, pay our taxes, etc. Small Town Equals Small Taxes Equals Small Services which suit us Just Fine. GET OVER IT we say! We know that Yall don't wanna pay higher taxes for someone with excellent Spelling & a 40-hour per week paycheck which frankly, this Town Does Not Need nor can Afford! We will vote the Same. Thanks TOM Clerk for your continued dedication & Please don't stress this small stuff eh? Thanks for all you do for us, Neighbor.
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