Breaking news. The cops in Nyack have arrested the only person legally armed with a licensed weapon for bringing it on school property. Kind of ironic when one looks at the recent history of other people bringing guns onto school property. Instead of investigating how she, a new employee, was able to do this or if any one in the school staff knew that she possessed a weapon legally and told her explicitly the law pertaining to guns on school property. She was probably the only one who could have stopped a new attack. I sent a note to Governor Andrew Cuomo to review this school board screw up. It will be ignored.
There is probably one law for every criminal or business offense per each of the 350 million Americans. We have jaywalking, drunk driving, rolling through stop signs, burglary, littering, and libel. For every item of human behavior, some overpaid nitwit elected by their own kind has passed a law allowing or forbidding that behavior.
Now we have the new mini governments under the guise of saving the world wanting to pass another useless piece of legislation to show they know better than the great unwashed, my brothers and sisters. Are we going to issue badges to each checkout clerk because, in fact, this law will technically make them peace officers? Will we add an addendum to this law guaranteeing them their jobs if, heaven forbid, they let some customer get by without paying for that fish killing implement and the store is fined $250?
Please don’t tell us the executives or the owners of these stores are in favor of this action. They are not on the front lines putting up with the customers, most of them nice people, and the others who would steal the pennies from under a corpse eyes or a bunch of plastic bags from a busy clerk.
A writer wrote that people in other countries have lived with the no plastic laws for years and it works for them. Does not this same writer remember we are a nation of immigrants and most of our forebears came from those same countries when they chose not to live under laws passed by small groups of big-mouthed bullies.
I read where 1,550 citizens and many of the merchants signed the petition asking for this law. Now with a town population of well over 32,000 citizens, it is so typically 21st century America to see the majority doing nothing.
Look at the results of most of our elections and you will see, as a nation, a democratic constitutional republic, one-man (oops, one person) rule. We are leaving our children nothing compared to the government that was left to us.
Another Putinesque type election has come and gone in the Village of Warwick and no editorials from the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, etc., denouncing our lack of viable opponents to the incumbents running unopposed.
I wonder, though. We have so many little activist groups in the Village promoting their version of what rules and regulations most of us Warwickians should live by. How come none of their leaders have attempted to run for elective offices and really see how their beliefs are seen by this total electorate?
Yet none of these people want to face the electorate and go for a mayor or trustee position by promoting their versions of a Warwickian utopia. Perhaps once a year as the president of the Warwick Merchants Guild announces, the new businesses that have arrived in Town, while omitting the names of those businesses that have gone belly up he could also announce the names of those current citizens to be hung in effigy and sell rag dolls with cute little nooses around their necks for the new and current activists (non-electable) to parade through our cracked and potholed decorated streets and roads.
Heck, name a local, state or federal election where the majority of voices of the total electorate has been heard. Almost all of our elections have been decided by a miniscule section of the electorate. This last mayoral/trustee election was decided by 300 who showed up to vote in this uncontested Village election. Two other candidates for the trustee positions picked up 94 votes. This is disgusting.
According to the 2010 census, there are 6,731 residents in the Village of Warwick and only 396 decided who would be our mayor and picked the trustees.
I go to ShopRite and I see lots of people using their own shopping bags instead of the plastic bags and that is good. They are true believers and please, Lord, they will convince other shoppers by their example to forgo plastics.
I prefer the plastic bags. I use them for things other than hauling groceries. They don’t get wasted and do not wind up strangling sea creatures. Why can’t we just continue to do it this way? Some people, very sincerely, want to save the world and stop using plastic bags and others want to save a few cents and have more than one use for those shopping bags.
We do not need more laws, just people respecting other peoples different opinions on non-life altering matters. The only hang up here is the “super activists.” It is either their way or the highway. There is a group of people around Elm St. willing to have the entire area labeled another Love Canal because of years of lead seepage. I am sure Mr. C. can survive this hit but if the feds get involved, what happens to all that land and those homes abutting the site the judge has stopped the building? They may win this battle, but really, what did they win?
I think that if you walk past any veterans’ cemetery and listen closely, you will hear our departed warriors spinning in their graves. This apathetic citizenry turnout for our elections and protecting majority rights is not why these Americans made the supreme sacrifices.