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Monthly Archives: October, 2013

ASSEMBLYWOMAN DIDI BARRETT RE: WHY CAMPAIGN FINANCE IS IMPORTANT AND HOW IT COULD WORK

Written by Didi Barrett A lot of column inches in Albany blogs and daily newspapers have been expended in the last few months, taking the daily temperature of the recently formed Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption. Based on its name alone, the commission has a worthy purpose — there is no question that Albany …

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Report on Germantown Natural Resources SAT, DEC 7TH 10AM

Dear friends,   Here is a teriffic event for everyone who is interested and has a stake in protecting Germanrown’s natural resources.  Knowing about our natural resources  leads to a strong sense that they must be protected. This is an outstanding program and German town is lucky to have been the target of this research. It seems …

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THE FARM BILL AND FOOD STAMPS: WHAT HAPPENED AND WHY?

The Farm Bill is probably more important to voters around Columbia County than the Food Stamp Program now know as SNAP.  These two concepts were always legislatively together, and farmers were happy to have it so.  Why did this partnership dissolve?  Elizabeth Drew’s article covers the history and the downfall of this combination with a …

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ARSENIC IN YOUR WATER?

A few days ago one of our members wrote and was concerned about an interview with Sam Pratt that raised the concern for the presence of arsenic in the local ground water.   I spoke with Ellen Epstein about it and she consulted with the New York Rural Water Association for some information. The basic …

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Billionaires’ Row and Welfare Lines

From the New York Times, October 25, 2013 Opinion piece by Charles Blow, Columnist   Bank profits have reached theirhighest levels in years. The market for luxury goods is rebounding. Bloomberg News reported in August, “Sales of homes priced at more than $1 million jumped an average 37 percent in 2013’s first half from a year earlier to the …

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