Free college tuition for illegal immigrants. The highest property taxes in the nation. Stomping on our Second Amendment rights. Overbearing standardized testing on our children. Giving prisoners a free college education. [Read more…]
BALLSTON – Michael Groves, Chair of the Town of Ballston Republican Committee, announces that candidates are sought for the following positions that will be decided in the November [Read more…]
[Spoiler Alert: I say some positive things at the end.]
It was a short honeymoon.
I listened to Mitch McConnell promise respect and cooperation and like the credulous citizen I am, fell again for the big lie.
Now we get to watch the political paint dry. The President says it’s Monday, and the Republicans bleat that he’s usurping the privilege of the almanac. He says he intends to do what he promised to do on immigration and the Republicans threaten him with — holy mackerel! — opposition and gridlock. No sooner than we reached a modest pollution agreement with China, obviously a very important commercial, industrial and powerful nation (just ask any Walmart shopper) than the chorus of doom began their chant.
We can expect the new congress to move forward with the plan to build the Keystone pipeline, a plan popular with those who will make money from it, such as Republican contributing Koch Brothers, who own much of the oil sands the pipeline will transport. The new congress will spend a great deal of pre-veto time trying to return us to those thrilling days of uninsured yesteryear so the medical insurance industry doesn’t have to cover those people and thus make even more money. And because supporting actual citizens costs money their friends don’t get to keep, the new congress will try to make sure our retirees and elderly get to picturesquely huddle in the dark. We can only hope the climate change deniers in the new congress win out. It’ll be tough on the future, since we won’t be here to see what it holds, but at least we won’t have to listen to those nattering nabobs of negativism any more. (Thanks, Spiro Agnew.)
Now, let me say here that I’m not one to go on about “saving the earth”. The Earth doesn’t need or want saving.
The earth will continue on its merry way without us humans to presume to speak for it. The Earth doesn’t care if its oceans are acid and filled with floating plastic, its air sulfurous, its trees (trees?) bare and its cockroaches flourishing. If WE are the crowns of creation, nobody asked the third planet to wear it. I believe that the ultimate result of “save the earth” activism, without more, will just preserve and prolong the status quo. Without coupling environmental activism with economic and social justice activism, we’ll just be lengthening the countdown to our own extinction. It won’t be the zombie apocalypse, it will the apocalypse of capital greed and human suffering.
The Republicans have the Senate! The Republicans have the House! So? When the Democrats had both houses they accomplished nothing because it was not in their paymasters’ interest to accomplish anything of use to us. Now it will be the Republicans’ turn to pretend greatly, snake oiling the line that it’s in America’s interest to enrich the few at the expense of the many. It’ll just be more of the old less we’ve come to expect from the Republicrat government.
But all is not hopeless. In New York, the Green Party polled well for governor, sending a slap to the cowardly Working Families for endorsing Andrew Cuomo. Where the public got to vote across the country, the minimum wage was raised. In many small very local races, voters voted their own interests, not outsiders’. American politics is a constant reinvention. We will get to vote again, perhaps more of us next time.
The opinions expressed on this blog are not necessarily those of The Ballston Journal.
MALTA – A state appellate court will soon decide the outcome of the Malta supervisor election that rests on whether or not two contested absentee ballots should be counted. [Read more…]
Malta, thrust into the jaws of development with the related pressures to grow and expand in population and worldwide technological prominence, can no longer afford to close its eyes in dealing with the inherent issues with delay tactics while the elected representatives seemingly continue to bury their heads in the sands of political atrophy.
By DAN SABBATINO
As the political implications regarding the allegations and investigation of Milton Supervisor Frank Thompson’s wife unfolds, GOP candidate Dan Lewza formally announced his candidacy for the position Monday, June 13.
Lewza, alongside Councilman Joe Miranda, candidate Barbara Kerr and unopposed Highway Superintendent David Forbes, said he wants to run a “grassroots” campaign focusing on integrity and progress.
“I’m hoping to see some positive changes behind Dan,” said Kerr.
Thompson’s wife Deborah is being investigated for allegedly stealing more than $25,000 from a Maplewood Manor resident.
Frank Thompson’s attorney William Dryer reiterated Thompson had nothing to do with the charges against his wife and said he could not comment specifically on any investigation of his client, Frank Thompson. He said there is “probably an inquiry underway,” but is confident in either case he would be exonerated when all the smoke has cleared.
Frank Thompson told The Ballston Journal in a Monday, May 13 interview, he has “no idea” if he is being investigated and heard through indirect channels he may be the subject of an inquiry. He said he has heard a majority of the details about his wife’s charges through the media and second hand sources as well.
Thompson said the “political motivation” behind some of the information being circulated about him is “worse than the mafia.”
Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira, special prosecutor for Deborah Thompson’s case, said she was transferred an assignment to investigate charges against Deborah Thompson but the file she has in her possession does mention an ongoing investigation of Frank Thompson as well. Sira said she did not want to comment on the case until she can gain more information.
Sira said the case has been adjourned until Thursday, July 28.
Court documents dated from May 18 show Thompson to be named in an ongoing investigation with his wife, although no charges have been brought against him.
Thomson said earlier this month he was not under investigation and his name was retracted from any investigation. The court document requesting Sira take the case to avoid a conflict of interest with Saratoga County District Attorney David Murphy’s office, was dated on May 11 and May 18, with the latter also having Thompson’s name on it.
Sira was unable to confirm if such a retraction existed.
Also, a separate inquiry was placed with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and representative Susan Burns said she could not discuss an individuals tax filings when asked if Thompson was being investigated for having filed a joint tax return with his wife.
Saratoga County GOP Chairman Jasper Nolan said he is confident Lewza has a lot to bring to the table in Milton and said now is a time to “change the destiny of Milton” and “make sure we’re doing the right thing.”
Nolan said Lewza’s family history, which includes relatives who served in the Army and Marines, shows he is the right candidate.
“He comes from a family of integrity. A family of commitment to good government,” Nolan said.
Nolan said Lewza has the support of the GOP committee, and said although Thompson was not voted as the endorsed candidate, it’s anyone’s ballgame.
“Anybody that runs should not be taken lightly,” he said.
Lewza said doing the most with the funding available and trimming waste are priorities for him if he were to be elected. Transparency, integrity and prudent planning are also important goals, he said. He said making sure everyone in town has an equal opportunity to be hired to a position in town and he wants to “represent everybody.”
“We can do a better job handling the town’s finances and using taxpayer dollars more efficiently and wisely,” said Lewza in a statement. “We must remain competitive with surrounding towns while maintaining the rural integrity of our suburban character. Otherwise, we fall victim to poor planning. I want to use my background and experience in developing strong town policies that will move us in the right direction by balancing our needs with growth opportunities.”
Miranda said he was happy to be a part of the campaign and was glad to be making his formal announcements in historic Ballston Spa. He said the village is undergoing a revival, and the Republican Party is looking to follow suit, citing the “new vision for town Republicans.”
One spectator, Ann Bullington, said she was out supporting the Republican Party and Kerr, a personal friend. Several other attendees came out in support of the party was well, rounding out a small crowd in front of Coffee Planet on the corner of Milton Avenue and Malta Avenue in Ballston Spa.
Lisa Lewza, Dan’s wife, said she is glad for her husband to have the opportunity to run and 100 percent behind his bid.