I like my town. I liked it better when we moved here almost 50 years ago. All we needed back then was bagels and pizza. Richie, the postman, fixed the pizza problem and bagels came a while later and a family pizza dynasty was created that has been in business for almost half a century.
We weren’t so angry back then. There were anti-war parades back where we came from, but Warwick was a place where most local problems got fixed over time and back in the cities, they took care of their own problems. Today, here in our vanishing Eden, so many of you are angry, in my own opinion, angry over the wrong stuff.
Can you pronounce the word “mesothelioma” when you walk down any street or road inhaling all the beautiful fresh air? Do you realize how much automotive asbestos you are breathing in? Yeah, that stuff is still not illegal. How about second hand, third hand smoke. Yep, tobacco is a proven killer but, my gosh, the tax income to the politicians is enormous.
There won’t be any laws to kill that golden goose. Don’t ‘cha just love the smell of melting blacktop in the hot summer sun. Those are petroleum fumes. Do you know what they are doing to your body very slowly, inevitably?
Most candles that people burn in their homes to purify, clear, de-stink the air are also petroleum products and the air is filled with basically the same chemicals that many people find objectionable when released by the new power plant in Wawayanda.
Funny thing, recently O&R signed a contract with Tesla to build huge batteries in the area to cover for shortfalls in energy supplies during periods of high usage. Weird? And the people who pushed for the shutdown of the nuclear power plant brag that they have figured ways to cover for most of the power being lost. Brilliant!
We, as a nation, are being inundated with petroleum fumes and people are marching to eliminate the usage of plastic shopping bags in the market place because sea animals are being killed. Did ‘ja ever buy farmed salmons grown outside of the US of A? Did you know that chickens are raised over some of the salmon farms? Yep, they feed the chickens who walk on the screens over the salmon farms and viola, the chicken poop feeds the salmon.
And you anti tree huggers want plastic bags banned, removed, whatever. Well, if you’re agin’ plastic bags, one other choice is paper bags and making paper bags requires killing trees.
We have re-elected our Town and Village officials since the beginning of the 21st century. Neither of them has affected me personally by passing laws or variances at all but have you looked at our roads, streets, lanes, and streams? So many of roads are in such bad shape with cracks and pot holes when you consider the taxes we pay. The Town fathers have decreed – fill the pot holes with dry patch. We all know that dry patch lasts as long as a politician’s campaign promises to lower taxes. It looks like we’re living in a third world country, but we have those fish-killing plastic bags to deal with.
Regarding banning plastic bags, check out these two local news flashes. “WARWICK NY— As another budget season dawns, the Warwick Valley Central School District Board opened its regular meeting on Monday night with the warning that the district anticipates a funding gap of some $870,000 on a projected budget of $3.4 million for the 2018-19 school year.” – (Article titled, “WVSD Board Warns of Projected $870,000 Shortfall,” published in the Feb. 16 issue of the Warwick Advertiser).
“And the solar project begins generating electricity. Superintendent Leach said that the District’s solar power project on Sanfordville Rd. began generating electricity on Feb. 6, when inspectors from Orange & Rockland brought it on-line. Power from the project will feed into O&R’s grid and will give the district a per/megawatt monetary credit: the district stands to save about $300,000 a year.” – (Article titled, “Warwick Valley School District Solar Power Project Nearing Completion,” published on Nov. 16, 2017 on the Warwick Advertiser’s website).
What am I missing here? Where’d that $300,000 savings go? Or does it mean that without the $300,000 savings each year, the District would be looking at a $1,170,000 shortfall this year? Under which shell can you find the pea?
So please tell me, dear citizens, with such a plethora of problems facing this once serene, peaceful valley located far from many of the countries trouble spots, why have so many of you chosen to bring dissension here?
By the way Mr. C., congrats on getting full approval to continue doing what you’ve done in Warwick for over 30 years, providing good food and hospitality to the people in Warwick. One more hurdle to jump over and another tempest in a teapot is over.
Ooops, for those of us who drink bottled water, bottled water may contain tiny particles of plastic, a study reveals. Some other problem to march in the streets and protest against.
I read where some citizens advise dumping cat feces into the little paper lunch bags where they can biodegrade and foul landfills and leach into the water tables rather then being placed into indestructible plastic bags and, if properly sealed, never allow environmental contamination. Do some research on the health threats you can be exposed to from those delightful little pussy cats.
If you’re agin’ plastic. don’t use ‘em. If you don’t care one way or the other, use ‘em or don’t. I will continue to use ‘em.