Friday, March 17, 2017

Just a Thought

We are all still digging out from that monster storm.

Many people are upset about the plowing in the city.

What does the Mayor talk about during his radio broadcast?

He talks about putting in bike paths in the city!!

Uuuuuggggghhh!!

This administration needs to stop worrying about federal immigration issues, bike paths, and so forth.  Between those two things and attempts to raise parking fees and charging for municipal lots, businesses are going to be forced out.

The focus needs to be the nuts and bolts of the city.  Strengthen DPW, give fire and police departments the tools they need to keep our city safe.  Our infrastructure needs repair.

Stop worrying about bike paths and Donald Trump.  Be the mayor of Kingston and put Kingston at the top of the agenda.

I know neither the Mayor nor Council majority will listen, but at least I can rant and feel a little better for a few minutes.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Ridiculous Letter From Democrats

Alderman Scott-Childress wrote a letter to the editor and got a bunch of Democrat committeemen to sign it.  (Of course he lacked the courage to sign it himself).

In this letter, he claimed that Alderwoman Brown and Mills are "sabotaging" the budget by voting no.

First of all, 2 Alderman alone do not have that power.  Seven Aldermen and the Mayor working together cannot be overruled.  As such, his assertion is asinine.

What is the real point of the letter then?  Well, the Democrats tried last city election to primary Alderwoman Mills, but lost.  Obviously, they intend to try again.

Mills is a moderate to conservative Democrat.  This is something the Democrat Committee will not tolerate.  They expect their members to vote left wing only.  The so-called party of tolerance allows no contrary opinion.

The second reason for the letter is to create a scapegoat.  City voters ate extremely unhappy with the Council majority.

So, clearly Democrats intend to try to blame Mills and Brown by falsely claiming they were blocked from their goals.

Think about how ridiculous such an assertion is.  How can 2 Alderman block anything?  Legally, they can block nothing.

This is just another political stunt from intolerant far left wingers who have accomplished nothing and who are hurting our city.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Once Again, Council Will Ignore Their Own Rules

Alderwoman Mills is learning that rules mean nothing to the Council majority.

Mills pointed out that once legislation is defeated at a Council meeting, only someone who voted on the prevailing side may make a motion to reconsider.

I can tell you Noble has enforced this rule in the past.  However, since he wants the legislation to pass, he is now ruling the other way saying that as long as a majority of the Council wants to pass it, it is permitted.

Now, the Corporation Council has issued a ruling backing this nonsense.  He has no choice because if he does not, the Mayor can replace him.

So, now the Council will pass the kiosk legislation even though Council rules do not permit it.    No vote to change the rules.  The rules just get ignored.

This has happened before.  Rules state no debate on a motion to table.  Noble enforced that rule against me when I was on the Council.  However, when democrats recently wanted to do so, he allowed it.

I can list 5 or 6 other examples including one time where a majority wanted to pass something, but Noble did not like it, so he just took it off the calendar announcing he would not allow the Council to pass it.

I am not angry about all of this.  I actually laughed out loud when I read the article about it.  I have known for sometime that liberals do not give a whit about rules, elections, or even fair play.  They just want to advance their agenda no matter what.

This is how government works in Kingston and has for a long time.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Remember in November

The Common Council approved the sanctuary city resolution by a wide margin.

The crowd contained large numbers of people brought in from outside the city who cheered at the slightest sound in favor of the resolution.

I am certain that many passed Kingstonians are flipping in their graves as we speak.

If Kingston has any real future other than being an extension of New Paltz and New York City, we must replace these Aldermen who did not oppose this legislation.

It is either that or we surrender Kingston as we have known it.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Guess I Haven't Lost My Touch

I publish an article criticizing the Freeman for not publishing the Sheriff's press release from some time ago expressing his opposition to the sanctuary city.

What happens?  Within 48 hours, they publish it, though they make it seem like the Sheriff approves.  You have to read 3/4 of the article before it becomes clear that he opposes it.

Glad I still have an effect with my blog, though the Freeman will of course deny it. We all know better though.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Daily Freeman -- Your Bias is Showing

Perhaps I'm old fashioned, but I expect my local paper to be print both sides of a debate and allow the readers to decide for themselves.  Unfortunately, it appears the Daily Freeman does not support this idea.

Just before Christmas, the Freeman posted a story about how Kingston Police Chief Tinti supports the Sanctuary City resolution.  However, they have refused to print the story picked up by the Middletown Record announcing that the chief law enforcement officer in Ulster County, our Sheriff, has come out strongly against the proposal.

Why would you post the Police Chief being in favor, but ignore the Sheriff being against it?  The left wing bias of the Daily Freeman is showing badly.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Sanctuary?? A Call to Arms

I have not posted in quite some time.  However, recent events make it necessary to post again.

Recently, Mayor Noble announced his intention to make Kingston a sanctuary city.  A sanctuary city, for those who do not know, is a city that announces publicly that illegal immigrants will not be arrested or detained for violating federal immigration law.

On January 10th at 7 p.m., there will be a Common Council Meeting where the Mayor's resolution will be discussed and likely voted open.  The public will be allowed to speak on the matter as well.

A few thoughts.  First, the Aldermen and the Mayor took an oath to faithfully defend and protect the laws and Constitution of the United States and State of New York, as well as the laws and Charter of the City of Kingston.  To vote for this resolution is a direct violation of that oath.

Second, President-Elect Trump has announced his intention to deny federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities.  As of January 20th, he will have the power to back that up.  How, pray tell, will the Mayor and Council make up for the loss of federal funds?  There are only 2 ways. Either they lay off firemen, policemen, and/or city employees; or, they raise property taxes.  Either way, we citizens and taxpayers take it in the neck yet again.

Finally, if a person is not held on a federal immigration warrant because of the sanctuary city policy and he or she subsequently commits a crime, what will the Mayor and Council have to say to the victim or the victim's family?  If God forbid, the person not arrested on said warrant commits a murder (it has happened before), how will the Mayor and Council get the victim's blood off their hands?

I know that the overwhelming number of illegal immigrants do not commit crimes and just are seeking a better life.  The number who commit violent crimes are between 2% and 5% which seems like a small number.  However, when you consider that there are supposedly 6 million illegal immigrants currently in the country, then a range of 2% to 5% is 120,000 to 300,000.  That's just too damn many.

I urge Kingstonians to do 2 things.  First, show up at the meeting and express your opposition.  (Know that the Mayor will have numerous plants  ready to speak in favor.)  

Second, tell your Alderman that if he or she votes for this resolution, you will vote against him or her.  Neither the Mayor nor ANY of the Aldermen ran on the idea of making Kingston a sanctuary city.  This is a bad idea and it needs to be defeated.  This is not Democrat versus Republican.  (One Alderwoman from each party has announced opposition).  This is about the future of Kingston.