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Tyner deserves commendation

Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner is a courageous and  compassionate  crusader for justice in our community.  Mr. Tyner is a voice for the voiceless and speaks up for the powerless, the disenfranchised, and the “little guy.”    He supports small businesses, fiscal responsibility, prison reform, free speech, and equality for all.  He opposes cronyism,  corruption, and highly questionable campaign contributions  made to the big players in Dutchess County politics. 

The political establishment (both Republicans and Democrats) are terrified by the truth telling of  Joel Tyner and they have been trying, unsuccessfully,  to silence him for years.  These political hacks fear his honesty and  despise  his integrity.  However,  “we the people”  admire and  respect  Legislator  Tyner.  

Mr.  Tyner deserves  commendation not censure.  Cooperation not criticism.  Celebration not castigation.  And to be cherished and not condemned.  In spite of these spurious and cowardly attacks on him,  Joel Tyner will continue to tell it like it is.  I would urge his detractors to focus on and  debate the  policy issues and cease the character assassination and name calling.

Is Joel Tyner perfect?  Of course not, but he is open,  honest, and real - unlike so many of the other politicians ruling the roost here in Dutchess County.  Thank you Legislator Tyner for your years of public service and tireless devotion to improving  the lives of all.  Please keep up the good work.

Eli Kassirer
Gardiner
(July 17)

 

Wawayanda Six verdict unjust

I witnessed the trial of the Wawayanda Six.  Neither the prosecutor or Town Justice Tim McElduff disputed the testimony presented by world-renowned scientists that CPV’s power plant threatens public health, safety and welfare because it necessitates 150 fracked gas wells for its operation, plus 110 new wells annually to sustain the fuel supply which, means air and water pollution, contamination, and loss of life.  Contrary to the “fake facts” CPV fed Wawayanda’s Planning Board, the plant infrastructure will emit more than 4.7 million tons of CO2, Methane and other toxic, carcinogenic substances annually, more than twice what the Air and Water Permits were based on.  CPV will significantly increase global warming, climate change, catastrophic weather and cause illness, suffering and death to thousands of families costing taxpayers billions of dollars; CPV owners/investors go “Scott-free.”

McElduff based his guilty verdict on a technicality.  In his judgement, the threat posed by CPV is not “imminent.” What is wrong with his “judgement”?

Merriam-Webster defines “imminent” as “ready to take place; hanging threateningly over one's head.”  Given the trial testimony, anyone with an ounce of common sense, understands that the threat posed by CPV is clearly “imminent.”  McElduff’s verdict jails innocent environmental advocates.

Randolph Hurst
Slate Hill 
(July 15)

 

Tyner not anti-Semitic

Progressives were called Communists in the 1950's, whenever the corrupt establishment wanted to shut someone up. It happened to our Pete Seeger, who was blacklisted by the media and the record companies for years. Back then anyone who sang songs against war and racism was a subversive in the eyes of the state, whether he was in the Communist Party or not.

Antisemitism is the new Communism. Our populist reformer, Joel Tyner, has been fighting a campaign against privatizing the city bus system, a move that would destroy jobs as well as eliminate many bus stops in the inner city of Poughkeepsie. Rather than looking at the economic racism of yet another privatization boondoggle, our local media prefers calling Tyner names, this time the amorphous charge of being an antisemite.

There were some heated words exchanged between Joel and some other Democratic members of the Dutchess County Legislator who refused to back him on saving the public bus service. Sad to say, there are Democrats in the county quite content to be junior partners in the Republican machine.

Now our media, as subservient to the establishment as some of our local Democrats, claim that the whole issue is antisemitism, not the rip off of public services from the Black community. It seems like the new era of slanderous innuendo is a lot like the old one, the McCarthy Era.

Joel is not an antisemite, and did not refer to anyone's religion when he criticized local Democrats. The charge is trash.

Fred Nagel
Rhinebeck
(July 15)

 

Supports Tyner

Keep up with the good work, Joel Tyner, and remember what Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author said:

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root."

Keith Greeney
Rhinebeck
(July 15)

 

Indian Point still safe

A culture of unfailing vigilance; a team devoted to safety first and foremost; and a plant operator that empowers its professionals to act to prevent the slightest risk to the public.

For all of us who live and work in the Hudson Valley, these are the virtues proven by the recent voluntary shutdown of Indian Point’s Unit 2 (Indian Point 2 shut down , June 27) in response to a water pump malfunction. Thanks to the team’s immediate action, the water pump was repaired and the plant went back online promptly.

It’s no surprise that Indian Point has consistently received the highest safety ratings from Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the most demanding such body in the world. And the plant receives those ratings while remaining up and running 24/7, nearly every day of the year, providing abundant and affordable baseload electricity while emitting no carbon or other pollutants into our environment.

What the team at Indian Point does is the definition of reliable. The plant is categorically and unequivocally safe, and the integrity of its culture and its professionals assures that we can trust it to stay that way.

Rob DiFrancesco
Executive Director - New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance (New York AREA)
New York NY
(July 3)

 

Censure the system

Censuring Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner over remarks about curtailment of Poughkeepsie bus service is as cynical, hypocritical, and disingenuous as local politics gets.

Joel has fought the good fight for the environment, the poor, dispossessed, and middle class for decades. He could well be considered the 'Bernie Sanders of the Hudson Valley', and has earned the ire of Republicans and corporate Democrats alike.

Tyner's Real Majority Project has organized rallies, forums, vigils, and radio shows opposing costly jail expansion, utility rate hikes, high voltage power lines, pipelines, polluting trash incinerators, fracking, nuclear power, GMO's, oil wars, and privatization of vital public services. Tyner supports single payer healthcare, recycling, zero waste, Solarize programs, homeless shelters, youth programs, and more.

These issues have two things in common:  They are generally supported by a majority, and they threaten the power and profits of the uber-rich, 20 of whom own as much as the bottom 50% nationally. Billionaires buy politicians of both parties who maintain that inequality.

Mussolini defined "fascism" as "corporatism", the melding of political and corporate power.  By that definition, we are well on the way, and Tyner's use of the term was highly appropriate.

And just how does a reference to "following orders like the Germans ..." make Joel, who has been subjected to Republican name calling, and whose family is partly Jewish, anti-Semitic?   Intellectual dishonesty approaching Trumpian levels!  Censure the system, not one of our few non-corrupt politicians.

Edmund Haffmans
Accord
(June 18)

 

Faso favors billionaires

On June 8, something truly ironic happened in Washington, courtesy of my congressman, John Faso. As Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi of California used her allotted time to comment on the floor of the House of Representatives—discussing pending legislation designed to ease rules on banks and weaken consumer financial protections—Faso tried to shout her down.  

The irony is that Faso clearly likes to think of himself as a person who places a high value on decorum. After all, that’s the reason he has offered for his failure over the last six months to hold a single open town hall meeting with constituents anywhere in his district. Because those meetings might involve interruptions from the public, Faso says they’re not productive and he won’t engage in them. How does he square this position with his own incongruent behavior toward his much senior colleague?

Pelosi kept her cool as Faso interrupted her not once, not twice, but four times, even as the House Speaker pro tempore Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-OK) repeatedly reminded Faso that Pelosi controlled the time and was under no obligation to yield.

Was Faso's nasty treatment of his colleague just about the legislation under discussion? I suspect a different reason. Perhaps Faso went after Pelosi because of her announcement earlier in the week, alongside Governor Cuomo, that she and Cuomo plan to work together to unseat upstate Republicans, like Faso, whose votes have betrayed New Yorkers. There’s no irony or surprise there: Faso’s favoring of billionaires over constituents is well established by his voting record.

Paige Smith Orloff
Spencertown
(June 18)


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