Solidarity despite the chilly winds.
This information just came to me via email form Patrick and Lisa Cunningham.
In an effort to stay organized for Wednesday night we would like to propose a high level agenda for the meeting.
- Overview of current efforts (just to name a few)
- Letter to residents and business owners
- Pine Island Chamber of Commerce support
- Pine Island Fire Department support
- PLAV Post 16 support
- Blogs and other postings
- John Ruszkiewicz, for WVCSD School Board member (from the 1980s), and president of the Drowned Lands Historical Society will be joining us for the meeting on Wed. He has very valuable insight into the current environment, which parallels the conditions of the early 1980s, when John served on the BOE.
- Discussion and Ideas
- Set Strategy
Bring the kids – 4 WVHS students have volunteered to watch the kids while the parents meet. (Thanks to Sondra, Tara, and Nancy for coordinating.)
Also, here’s the link to the article about this issue in today’s Times Herald-Record. It was cold out, but we looked good in the picture!
I grow my own eggs and they taste great! I know what my birds eat and none of it is scary. I have never gotten sick once. Would I enjoy raw milk? Sure! Should I worry about it being safe? The FDA says I should. They say it can kill me! But that’s what we refer to here at Progressive Warwick as booo-sheeit! So why does the FDA want to scare Americans from buying raw milk and paying directly to the producer? Hmmm. I wonder.
Great diary today I found at DailyKos today by a fellow named Jud Lounsbury about the plight of dairy farmers and how the FDA seems to be working against them. I know there are dairy farmers in Warwick that are feeling the pain of this game which is intentionally stacked against them. Read Jud’s diary here.
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A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on the rumors surrounding plans to close Pine Island Elementary School. Since then, I have received a good deal of interest in what we can do to keep that myopic plan from becoming a reality. So I am launching a Save PIE Demonstration Plan. I have created a new page here (and also available through the top navigation bar) with all the info on what we can do and how you can help. Please take a minute to read it and leave us your contact info so we can mobilize together to save this gem of a school.
Click on image to see animation showing spill's spread through gulf
I have been sickened over the past 10 days watching the slow motion environmental armageddon play out in the Gulf of Mexico. The “drill baby drill” set has been deafeningly silent on this realization of their opponent’s arguments against allowing offshore drilling on our coasts. Well, almost silent. Rush Limbaugh barfed forth the idiotic notion that the rig had been sabotaged by radical environmentalists to make the point that offshore drilling is dangerous and an unsustainable energy practice. At any rate, it occured to me that the same kind of perfunctory regard for environmental planning that allows for dangerous drilling in pristine environments is at work on a local level with the Warwick Views development project. Follow me over the fold for the correlation and discussion on whether we can avoid reproducing here in Warwick the same myopic, profit-driven ethics that have likely destroyed the entire Gulf of Mexico. Continue reading
Will the sun set on Pine Island Elementary After This Year?
My child starts kindergarten at Pine Island Elementary in September. I bought my home in Warwick six years ago, specifically to start a family and to have my child attend what my research indicated was among the best public elementary schools in the state of New York. So you can imagine how distraught I was to hear that Pine Island Elementary school was going to be shuttered. I heard this from several friends who are teachers and service employees at the school. So I wrote to Ray Bryant, the Warwick school’s superintendent to ask what could be done to avoid the closure. Mr. Bryant responded quickly to assure me that what I had heard was not true and that no plans were in the offing to close Pine Island Elementary. Follow me over the fold for the content of my correspondence with Mr. Bryant, more evidence that seems to contradict his claims and for a case study into the devastating effects of school closures on small communities such as Pine Island. Continue reading
I attended the School Budget meeting last week at the middle school and was distressed to hear one woman say that the Route 94 development project was going to build affordable housing units that could bring as many as 300 new students to the district. I didn’t believe that she had her facts straight as I had not heard that mentioned previously. However, an article in this week’s Warwick Advertiser seems to verify her claim. What is not in the article is that each child that lives in this would be new development would only bring $1000 in annual tax revenue paid into the school district. It costs many times more than that per student per year to educate Warwick’s youth. So this would add an unbelievable burden atop the already heavily stressed school budget. People, we need to alert all our friends and relatives and get them involved with the campaign to shut this project down. Time to say, “enough” to development focused more on profits for developers than better quality of life for Warwickians. Follow past the jump for the artist’s rendering of what the new 94 development might look like. Continue reading
The following list was posted on Huffington Post by Congressman John B. Larson, Connecticut Democrat:
As soon as health care passes, the American people will see immediate benefits. The legislation will:
- Prohibit pre-existing condition exclusions for children in all new plans;
- Provide immediate access to insurance for uninsured Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition through a temporary high-risk pool;
- Prohibit dropping people from coverage when they get sick in all individual plans;
- Lower seniors’ prescription drug prices by beginning to close the donut hole;
- Offer tax credits to small businesses to purchase coverage;
- Eliminate lifetime limits and restrictive annual limits on benefits in all plans;
- Require plans to cover an enrollee’s dependent children until age 26;
- Require new plans to cover preventive services and immunizations without cost-sharing;
- Ensure consumers have access to an effective internal and external appeals process to appeal new insurance plan decisions;
- Require premium rebates to enrollees from insurers with high administrative expenditures and require public disclosure of the percent of premiums applied to overhead costs.
By enacting these provisions right away, and others over time, we will be able to lower costs for everyone and give all Americans and small businesses more control over their health care choices.
Crossposted on the House Democrat’s blog