MARCH 2017 ARCHIVES

  What's Good for the Goose....                                      3-2-2017


                It's that time of year again. Everyone you talk to is sick, has been sick, or has a family member that's sick. With weather swinging from summer to winter in less than 24 hours, it's not surprising. 

                My household has been sharing some crazy germs for over a week, and I was bragging about how I escaped it all. Famous last words. LOL!!  My turn has arrived!  So take your vitamins, get lots of sleep, and stay away from the coughers and sneezers. 

                 I've been trying to pay a little less attention to the news lately, mostly because I have too much to get done and my patience level is not up to par as it is. With the old guy's addiction to TV AND refusing to wear his hearing-aids, it's hard to NOT hear what's happening in D.C, so it manages to creep in. So far, I've been able to take most of it with a grain of salt and a sense of humor. Seriously, what isn't funny about grown Liberals who cannot get over their election loss and resort to desperate accusations against the New Regime? 

                  This week's victim is Jeff Sessions, probably the most decent and honest politician Trump has appointed. As a Senator, part of his job was to speak with dignitaries from other countries, but Heaven Forbid he spoke to a Russian or two while performing his duties. This whole Russian Election-Intervention crap is getting tiring. The most amusing part of all this Sore-Loser revenge game of the Dems, is that they fail to remember or admit what THEIR  administration did for 8 straight years!

                 By NO MEANS am I suggesting that ANY Official should get away with serious mis-conduct, you all know where I stand on that. Party is immaterial when it comes to corruption. Yet I have clear recollections of Barack Obama violating Constitutional Law at will more times than I can count, and NOTHING being said by the Democrats at ALL. I remember many cases of out and out TREASON, Secret Emails, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, False Flag Ops, and outright lies about Taxes, Social Security, and Healthcare, not to mention Climate Change. 

                 Hillary sold American Uranium to Putin. Obama was caught on video during his second campaign, telling the Russian Ambassador  that,   "I will have more flexibility after I'm re-elected ". We ALL saw that, HEARD that, and still, nothing was done or even SAID by the Dems. Yet here the crybabies are, throwing accusations at newly-appointed Republicans based on rumor and little else. Double-Standard, anyone?  

                There are a lot of horrible traits among Liberals, but their one-sided enforcement of Constitutional Law is the worst one. IF one of Trump's appointees is proven without a doubt  to have been in collusion with the Russians, he or she deserves the ultimate punishment. Um, but doesn't Hillary, Holder, Reid, and Obama deserve their ultimate punishments as well?  I gotta tell ya, I would be the first to back-up those calling for accountability IF  they called for it equally. IF they were on the attack due to REAL crimes or violations, and not based on bad sportsmanship and a hunger for revenge. That's all this is, immature brats that cannot bear their loss. 

                  I hope Trump simply flips them off and gets on with the business of trying to repair 8 years of Socialist rule. Here's another one for you, when in the history of America, did you ever see a President call his cabinet members, CZARS? When did you ever see the White House brimming with Muslim officials in positions that made them privy to Top-Secret information, following the worst attack on our soil by Islamic Terrorists? When did you see people arrested for praying in front of the White House while there exists a Muslim Prayer Room INSIDE the Pentagon?  You saw all of that under Obama. Imagine if Bush or Reagan had run guns to the Mexican Cartels that resulted in the death of hundreds of innocent Mexican citizens,including Police Officers, and at least one, American Border Guard ?  Libs don't talk about that. Nor do they recognize the PROOF that Fast and Furious was all an effort to further demonize guns in America.

                  Libs don't talk about the trail of dead bodies that the Clintons have left behind them, or that Obama directed Eric Holder to investigate himself  in the Fast and Furious disaster. Libs never asked why the President's closest advisor was a Muslim, Iranian woman whose father was a Communist. Hell, they voted for a president whose father and grandparents were card-carrying Commies and whose mother posed in the nude for smut magazines. Yet they tear Melania Trump apart and try to disqualify Canadian-Born, American candidates. They have even tried to accuse the little, 10-year-old boy, Barron Trump, of being autistic and a future Serial Killer! Does it get any lower?

                  What if George W. Bush had ordered our rescue teams to Stand Down while our Seals were being attacked in Benghazi and begging for help? The blow-back would have been heard around the world! What if Jeff Sessions had a secret email account and hidden computers in a closet somewhere that he used to openly discuss Confidential, National Security Info ? What if Gen. Mattis deliberately incited Black Americans to kill our police officers? There would be a lot of Republicans hanging from ropes right now, because the Liberals would demand it, and so would the Conservative people of America. WE would call OUR political criminals out, as we did with Richard Nixon. Libs don't do that, they make excuses, they riot, they cry, and they protect and defend their criminals and deviates.

               If the Left wants to continue to stall appointments and make false accusations against those who HAVE been appointed, then they must first clean their own houses. When Hillary, Holder, Obama, and Harry Reid are held legally accountable for their Felonies, High Crimes and Misdemeanors, corruption, and lies, THEN, and ONLY then, do they have the right to look at anyone else from any other party. When the Dems do the right thing, they will have the support of Republicans and Conservatives in holding guilty members of the Trump administration, just as accountable.  If there ARE any.

              Remember, EQUAL JUSTICE under the Law. Being Liberal, Homosexual, Black, Mexican, Muslim, or just a spoiled, wealthy brat, does not exempt anyone from paying for their bad behaviors. One thing the Left forgets that it never should; WE have GOD on OUR side.
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 Read the names of these students carefully. Yeah, let's leave the borders open and the Immigration System crippled.








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  Ohhhh, Ladeeeees !                                                     3-8-2017

                   Good Evening to all my female readers. (and you guys who are too curious to click out). Did you know that today was a "Special Day" for American Women?  Neither did I, until it was over.  LOL!!

                    Don't worry your little soul over it, you didn't miss anything. Today was "A Day Without a Woman " day, not just in our country, but in numerous ones. Women and girls gathered to protest inequality, female-owned businesses closed, so many teachers failed to show up at school, that many of those schools had to close. It just goes on and on. I didn't even notice.

                   Of course, this stupidity was organized by the same crazy broads that organized the Women's March that resulted in the trashing of major cities in every state and had grown women running around in vagina hats. Okay, I get it that a lot of women in the workplace do not receive the same pay as a man for doing the exact same job, and yes, that is unfair and discriminatory. It SHOULD be addressed, but GEEZ, can't they approach it with a little dignity and reason? 

                   The Battle of the Sexes has always been a reality and I don't see it going away anytime soon. However, I HAVE seen women make astounding strides since the 1960s, and today, a determined woman can become anything or anyone she wishes to be! For crying out loud, my first full-time job was as an auto mechanic for Sears Auto Center, and then I became a cop.  That was in the 70s and 80s, and no one denied me the opportunity to do what I wanted to do or go where I wanted to go!

                   We have all the same rights as men, and in some cases, MORE rights. There are employers who are forced by LAW to hire a less able female over an experienced male in order to meet their "Token-Woman" Quota! Much like it is with minority favoritism. Yet these women who feel "oppressed" and the minorities who continue to demand "Equality", are in reality, asking for "Special Rights", and not equality at all. How about we start over and instead of crying over every imagined slight, we take a good look at how far we have all come, female AND minority, and be thankful and self-reliant? 

                   How about we exercise, defend, and protect our unique, American Freedoms and opportunities and grow up? What exactly DO these Feminists WANT? How can they scream for Equality when what they are really asking for is "Superiority"? How can they believe that they DESERVE equality when they are so immature, ungrateful, and ignorant ? What they SHOULD get is a swift kick in their spoiled asses. These radicals are an embarrassment to REAL American women, and they deserve ZERO attention from media or society. GAG!!!!

                  Look ladies, we all have our complaints about men.  They fart and burp in public, scratch whatever itches no matter who might be looking, and spit on the damn sidewalk. There are plenty of chauvinists running around still, and just today, I complained to the men in MY house about that, and I didn't even know that today was actually designated for female whining! I get ticked-off that no matter how busy I might be with work or projects, I still have to be the one to stop in the middle and make dinner, do laundry, dishes, housework, errands, whatever. Men on the other hand, put in their time each day without interruption, come home to a clean house, a good meal, and fresh clothing, and their day is DONE. Our days NEVER end until we drop into bed, and THEN...... You know the drill.

                   If a man is sick, we have to become Nurse Nancy and be at his beck and call. When WE get sick, they go off and do their own thing and leave us to crawl to the kitchen for a glass of water. Then when we recover, we have the household destruction to clean-up that they created and ignored while we were down. LOL!!!  Yup, we can all relate, but you know what? It's that difference we talked about last month. Men and women are wired differently, and nothing we do or say can change that fact. No amount of whining or protesting is going to make men more like US, and really, isn't that a GOOD thing?

                   I wasn't attracted to traditionally male jobs only because I have always been a Tomboy, or  because guy jobs are more fun. I also prefer male jobs because I find it so much easier and more enjoyable to work with men than with women! Women are MEAN! They are competitive in everything, spiteful, back-stabbing, hormonal, moody, and disloyal. Especially in the workplace! Of course this is not true of ALL women, but it is definitely true of MOST of them! Nope, not for ME!  I would rather strap on a gun and wade into a bar fight than work in a clean little office with women.

                   Today's women tend to take their "equality" too far, too often, and with the "New American Men" coming out of colleges who are already sissified, today's young men are being emasculated by mean feminists. The relationship between man and woman is supposed to be a partnership, not a contest. They are physically stronger, while we are emotionally stronger. They kill the spiders, we nurture the babies. It is what it is ladies, and instead of trying to change what we can never change, why not learn to work together and appreciate those minor differences ?

                    Men are NOT superior to women, and women are NOT superior to men. It's okay to be a strong woman, but it is never okay to be a bully or a bitch. Be grateful for the freedoms that women in America enjoy and try using some of that anger and energy to defend those freedoms, rather than go out in public and act like animals. 










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Planning Board Meeting                                                  3-15-2017


                        I assume that everyone survived the Big Snow. I loved it, it was a taste of what Northeast winters SHOULD be. It always surprises me when the news makes a huge deal of a few inches of snow, because well, we ARE upstate New Yorkers, what's a little snow? 

                         Tonight's Planning Board Meeting included a lot line change,  a permit app for the new, used car lot at the old Variety Motors site, and of course, DUNKIN DONUTS. So far, the residents of New Lebanon seem to be very disinterested in this matter, even though it will have a profound effect on the look and character of our town going forward. No one seems to care much that this will open the door to any and every Fast Food enterprise that wishes to open their doors here. Once we say YES to Dunkin, we are saying YES to all of them. 

                          I can't speak for others, but I moved to the country to escape everything I hate about the city. I wanted to live far away from the commercial look of cities, the neon lights, signs, traffic lights, and ugly hamburger and pizza chains. Maybe it's just ME, but I would be heartbroken to see this town, one of the few rural towns still untouched by the French Fry Freeways, turn into another cookie-cutter, miniature, Las Vegas strip.  Right now, we are a long way from that, but once Dunkin comes in, we are on that road. NO turning back.   

                        LEGALLY, there is little to nothing that we can do to stop this project. The franchisee has and is going through all the required steps and there is nothing in our go-bag to fight against it. The property itself has not yet been officially purchased by Mr. Leal, the closing is pending approval by the town and DOT. The ONLY violation that I can see in this proposal, is the number of signs involved. There are the two allowed, the one on the building and the one on the posts by the road. In addition to those, there will be the Menu Board at the Drive-Thru, and numerous small signs such as; Enter, Exit, One-Way, Drive-Thru, Parking, Come Again, etc. These were mentioned specifically by the engineer tonight. Yet Blueberry Hill was recently cited for having more than the two allowed.

                      Other than that, there are really NO violations of town codes in this proposal except that it IS a National Chain Store. Paul McCreary attempted to twist that fact tonight by stating that this business is a NOT a chain, but a Franchise. Weak argument there! He also said that nowhere in our Comprehensive Plan is there a mention of National Chain Stores, only Big Box stores. I don't have a copy of the document, so I can only go on what I've been told by Town Officials who SHOULD know. THEY tell me that Chain Stores ARE banned in the Comp. Plan. So it depends on who is reading it, I guess! Still, we have only ONE option to stop this nightmare, and that is Public Dissent.  The ONLY thing that can possibly keep New Lebanon from becoming a commercial strip, is YOU.  

                      YOU have to attend the Public Hearing and SAY something! YOU have to write letters to the CEO, Cissy Hernandez. YOU have to write letters to the newspapers, and YOU have to spread the word! Only our objections can keep our town rural and unique. ONLY our objections and loyalty can save the businesses that Dunkin Donuts will take income away from. 

                        In the past few months, I have seen more apathy and lack of concern about ANYTHING from the people, than I have ever seen before in my life! It's almost as if everyone is drinking a sleep potion and walking around like the world outside their living rooms does not exist.  Yeah, I'm TOO passionate about this stuff, I know, but for Heaven's sake folks, is there nothing you will stand for? Nothing you will object to? 

                        I will guarantee you right now, that IF we have no turnout of dissenters at this public hearing next month, we WILL have a Dunkin Donuts operating in the middle of town by June. If that happens, so be it, as long as you understand that it will be that first slippery step to becoming a commercialized, ugly place to live and our history and culture will disappear forever. If you are okay with that, or choose to have sugary donuts closer to home, rather than protect the integrity of your town, so be it. 

                        This will be a life-altering project for this town, and not in a good way, so think about it for more than a minute and decide what side you fall on, then DO something about it or forever hold your peace. 

  Dunkin Donuts Public Hearing:  Wednesday, April 19th at 7:30 p.m.

  REMINDER: Town Board Mtg. Tomorrow at 7
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Guess What?  Cuomo now wants to make our kids even MORE clueless!

  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/13/ny-dropping-teacher-literacy-test-amid-claims-racism.html
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   The red and green squares depict the Dunkin Donuts site. Stewarts is just to the left of the squares.


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March 2017 Town Board Meeting                                     3-16-2017


                       As you know, the TB Meeting was held tonight because it was cancelled for the Big Snow on Tuesday.  Attendance was quite low, probably due to most of the regulars not being aware of the date change. 

                        The meeting went for 90 minutes and there's really not much of note to report. The "Free Store" is accepting donations of clothing and small childrens' items such as toys, baby seats, bouncy-chairs, etc. No housewares or books at this time. There is a serious need for shelving and clothes-hanging units, as well as the ever-popular, plastic storage tubs. Donations can be dropped at the Town Clerk's Office during regular hours. The store itself will be open to those in need on May 1st.

                        There was some discussion about the Bi-Centennial Celebration plans, work needed at the Park Pavilion and Basketball Court, Zoning Issues, the Music in the Park Program, and junkyards. LOL!! Lots of the usual odds and ends of running a small town.   

                         The most interesting piece of tonight's meeting, to ME  at least, was the sole applicant for the Planning Board vacancy. After voting not to appoint Monte Wasch, twice, this person is so far, the only other resident to apply.  Who is it ?!   None other than young, Elizabeth Brutsch. Yes, THE Elizabeth Brutsch, the one who made the Anti-Veteran Speech at the School Board Meeting, and was partly responsible for the denial of the Veteran Tax Exemption proposal.

                         I had to ask for her last name to cement my suspicion that it was indeed, HER, as no one introduced her by anything other than her first name. Suffice it to say, that when she gave me her surname, she gave me a look that if looks could kill, would have dropped me where I sat. LOLOL!!  I love it.  So here is this 20-something, anti-American Brat, looking for a position in our town government, and I betcha I can guess what or WHOM led her to make that decision. I'm not as stupid as I look, ya know! 

                         Anyway, she took off before I had the opportunity to speak with her. I SO  wanted to ask her how she felt about her freedom to apply for a political position and be fairly considered despite her young age and lack of experience and civic respect. Had she answered that she did indeed find that to be a convenient right, I would have strongly reminded her of WHY she HAS that right, and HOW her rights have managed to remain intact since the 1770s. She would have been quickly schooled on the role played by Soldiers and VETERANS, the very men and women she so venomously attacked at a public meeting. The people who made it possible for her to LAUNCH that verbal assault! 

                        It is her right to apply for this position and she should be given a fair interview and consideration, because THAT is how America is supposed to operate. However, I will be praying numerous times per day, that she is rejected. No one with her views or opinions should serve in any form of government, and I hope that every veteran and family member of a veteran who reads this, will contact the Town Board members and tell them that you do NOT want this woman on our Planning Board or any other board. She is an embarrassment to this town and her disrespectful and hateful rant about our veterans, in FRONT of our veterans, is something to be condemned, not rewarded. As Andrew Cuomo is so fond of saying, "That is simply NOT who we are !"         IS it ?

  Have a Great St. Paddy's Day.












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REMINDERS !!!!!                                                         3-24-2017


                      The very first, bi-annual, Tri-Board Meeting will be held next Tuesday, March 28 at 7 p.m at the Town Hall. It is the new plan to have the Town Board, Planning Board, and Zoning Board meet together and build communication and cooperation skills among those boards. Why did we never do this before?  I believe that the CAC has also requested to be involved, and that's even better. The meeting is open to the public.

                       Not that there are any problems among the various board members, I am not aware of any, but when these folks get to know one another and the responsibilities of each board, I think things will progress in New Lebanon much more smoothly.Things ALWAYS work better when people take the time to get to know each other as people, instead of just titles or reputations. I am every bit as guilty as everyone else where this is concerned. 

                       More times than I can count, I have formed opinions of people based on what I have HEARD about them, instead of getting to know them for myself. I would be the first one to criticize others for doing that, but I have caught myself committing the same crime more than once. Today, I am good friends with folks I avoided in the past just because I was "Told" that they were a problem in one way or another. Usually, the one who told me they were an issue, were the ones that actually needed avoiding!  LOL!!

                       On the flip-side, there are others, like Mike Benson, who are definitely just no good and UP to no good, and there is just no redemption for people like him and a good number of others, except with God, if they ask Him.  We have to remind ourselves every day, to take what we hear with a grain of salt, and do our OWN homework. Yes folks, that means ME,too!

                        Unfortunately, the Dunkin Donuts issue is not simple rumor or hearsay, it is very, very real and it is moving along rapidly. So please remember that the Public Hearing will be held on April 19th at 7:30 at the Town Hall. If you cannot attend, PLEASE send a letter or email to the Planning Board in care of the Town Clerk, and make YOUR voice heard. Keep it in mind that even though you may think that Dunkin Donuts is no big deal, what it opens the door to, IS

                         Please spread the word and speak up, for or against. In the meantime, Spring is here, and by next week, we should enjoy a little warmer weather. Let's try to get out and REACH out this summer, get to know one another a little better.                Sleep well,  JJ

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  Reagan Is a YEAR OLD!  This is her Playpup Centerfold Pic!  LOL!!!


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 Time to Double-Down !!                                                  3-28-2017


                   In 2007, I got involved in local politics due to the outrageous abuse of a resident by a literally insane town official. 

                   I was not well-acquainted with this resident OR the official, but when presented with the documents and story of what was happening, I was flabbergasted by the corruption and the failure of our then Town Board, to do anything about it. Not only was this resident being tormented for no valid reason, but the campaign against him was costing taxpayers thousands and thousands of dollars!  In the end, the total was $167,000.00 and change, and for all intents and purposes, the town LOST. 

                   Those were the nightmare days of Bruce Baldwin and Doug Clark, and the unrestrained tyranny they consistently perpetrated upon the people of New Lebanon. In the case of Baldwin, it was decades of dirty dealings.  Yes, he did a lot of GOOD things for the town, but the BAD he did made those things hard to appreciate.

                   People in general have poor memories, or selective ones, depending on their political views. Major violations and crimes are not only shrugged-off and excused, but buried by NEW violations and assaults so quickly, that the last ones are lost in space. Very few people remember or care about past behaviors, regardless of how seriously unacceptable they may have been at the time. 

                    It has always been hard for me to grasp the idea that so many people simply don't CARE. Anything goes today, whether it be teenagers walking around in pajamas with lip piercings and tattoos, or a politician literally assassinating their opposition and calling it "Suicide". There is no longer any outrage or strong objection to deplorable behaviors by our fellow  Americans including our own children and spouses. It just isn't the America I grew up in, and all the rules have changed.

                     There is honestly no one I can think of that I actually "Hate", but there is an endless list of BEHAVIORS that I hate. Not just the usual dishonesty and corruption, but the lack of opposition TO the bad behaviors, the pervasive Apathy that has become the normal response toward anything that is repulsive. Where is the integrity and character that were once the most notable traits of the American people? It's depressing and frustrating, to say the LEAST. 

                      Over the years that I have been active locally and written this blog, I have seen many different responses to what I discuss and object to. Some people are very interested and complimentary, others even thank me for reporting information that they would never get elsewhere. Then there are those who despise the blog, and ME, and do nothing but call out my occasional spelling or grammar mistakes, or send me emails using fake names and toss-away , email addresses.  Cowards.

                       I expect and deserve criticism and debate, it's important to have differing views, but when I tell people about a vital issue that they should be concerned about, rather than weigh-in on the matter, they attack a spelling error! SERIOUSLY ?!?  Is that the best you can do?  I make mistakes numerous times a day, as do we all, and I have NEVER claimed to be perfect or consistently accurate, but I do my best and always try to correct mistakes I make in grammar AND information! I would NEVER knowingly mislead or provide false information, and I do everything I can to vet the information I receive from others. It is impossible to be 100% on the mark, 100% of the time. I too, am human.

                      That being said, you might think that I would throw-in the towel and just quit. After all, some weeks I get 30 to 50 readers a night, and other weeks, I might get 4 or 5 readers a night. That doesn't matter to me even a little bit. What matters, is that the information is here for anyone who CARES to be plugged-in, and it's up to YOU whether you read it or not. I am not Channel 6 and thank GOD, I am not CNN! I'm willing to take the negative feedback and dirty looks, but I am NOT willing to be silent about things that SHOULD matter.

                     So, rather than fold to the pressure of those who abhor me and what I have to say, I intend to double-down and say things even more strongly than I have in the past. No one HAS to read this blog, and no one HAS to agree with me or have the same response as I do. That is not the goal of this page at all, the goal is to make people THINK about our situation as a town and as a country, and to take a serious look at where we have gone in the past two decades, what we have lost and who we have become as a people. My goal is to inspire others to get involved and do what they can to make our country stronger, one little town at a time. One PERSON at a time. 

                     Put your seat-belts on and get ready, because we are going to talk about HARD things, unpleasant things, and REAL things that a lot of people are completely unaware of. We are going to address apathy and responsibility, and not from just MY point-of-view, but from MANY. We are going to actually interview people and share those chats here. Things are getting stale and it's time for some change. 

                      Tonight, I will post about the Tri-Board Meeting that is scheduled for 6:30 at the Town Hall, and THEN, it's ON! 


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 QUAD Board Meeting                                                      3-28-2017


                    Yup, it is now a bi-annual meeting of FOUR boards instead of three. The CAC is now a part of this project, and that's a good thing. 

                     Who better to consult the Planning and Zoning Boards about the most sensitive areas in the town than the CAC? Again, I have to wonder why this meeting of all the boards has not happened at anytime in the past. What took so long?

                      There were 20 board members present and three members of the public. The calm and comfortable atmosphere was perfect for communication and discussion, and everyone was polite and engaged. Many necessary changes to our Zoning Laws and Codes were discussed and proposed, and the general tone was that we need to SIMPLIFY the process for both applicants and involved officials. UNIFORM requirements and an easy, understandable, and standard process for all.

                      Junkyards are about to become a thing of the past in New Lebanon. Tony Murad had some awesome ideas and one of them was to allow residents to have some vehicles on their property as long as they are behind a blind fence. For instance, there may be a car collector that has a few, unregistered project cars in his yard. Should he be cited and forced to remove any cars that exceed the 2-car limit? No, he should simply be told to put them inside a building or behind a fence. 

                      There was too much talk about existing codes that need tweaking or eliminating and others that we do not have that we SHOULD have, to mention them all here. Suffice it to say, that this meeting was amicable and productive, and one terrific idea.  One negative for ME at least, is that it seems that the majority of the board members seem to be in favor of Dunkin Donuts and whatever that opens the door to. For ME, it's a huge mistake. It was mentioned that we cannot tell a business that they cannot build here or operate here as long as the rules are adhered to. That's very true, BUT, why have a Comprehensive Plan and so many Conservancy Programs if we're going to open the door to commercialization? 

                       If we are willing to become that French Fry Freeway I have mentioned, shouldn't we simply scrap the CAC, the Conservancy Programs, the Swamp project, the Ridge View Protections, etc.,etc.? What use protecting the views and open lands if we trash the main mile with fast food joints? Just sayin! We cannot nitpick what businesses we like or do not like, but we CAN amend the Comprehensive Plan to prevent any more chain stores or huge corporations from opening here and preserve what we have NOW. There are so many other ways to encourage small business and growth without resorting to these crappy commercial businesses out of desperation and impatience. 

                       This is why it is vital for anyone who wants to keep our town rural and unique, to SHOW UP at the April 19th Meeting. It is our ONLY means of stopping this kind of negative growth and urban sprawl. Failure to show up in numbers and have your say, will guarantee Dunkin Donuts, and whatever follows their lead. ONLY the opposition of the majority of residents can stop it. 

                       All in all, I'm glad I attended this meeting tonight. It was so hopeful to see the many members of our local boards laughing and chatting and making progress. If the first one went this well, those that come next should be extremely fruitful. I looked around the room at each face that I am so familiar with, and it was a pleasure to realize that for the first time in many, many years, I could not find ONE person that should NOT be in local government or that has done anything objectionable! We have GOOD people in our town government, at last!  God Bless America!

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 Dax and Howie                                                             3-31-2017


                  Can anyone out there tell me how a Judge can order a landowner to remove something from their property that is NOT illegal or criminal? 

                   Howard Commander built his Moto-X Track on his commercial land despite the objections of a mere, ELEVEN people. I would have done the same. As of this date, the track has never been in operation, mostly due to these objectors filing a lawsuit to stop it. Right now, it simply looks like an attractively landscaped trail. VERY attractive. There is no indication of any business being conducted at the site, no parking lot, no specific entrance, no ticket booths or concessions. I have seen no advertising of races planned for the site,either. That is compliance with the stay.

                   So let's say that someone bought the old Bouchard junkyard on Rt. 20 and opened a business there. The new owner decides to put in a Go-Kart Track, but receives objections from close neighbors. It goes to court and meanwhile, the owner builds the track and spends thousands on landscaping that makes the now-ugly site, into a park-like area. If the track never opens, so what? It now looks great, and if he wins the lawsuit, he also gets to open the track. Did he violate the judge's order to not open the track? Nope. He "Landscaped" to his personal liking. Does that give the judge the right to order him to remove that landscaping and idle track that he enjoys? NO! No more than a judge can tell you to remove your numerous lawn ornaments because your neighbor thinks it looks "Junky" !

                 Does a judge have the right to tell you not to paint your house pink, because the guy across the street hates pink? NO! So what right has this judge to order Commander to remove an idle track with nice landscaping?  Nothing, that's what! There is NO right or power given to a judge to do any such thing, and this particular judge should be removed. As for John Dax, HE  should also be removed. LOL!!  

                 This decade-long grudge that Dax has been holding against Commander is getting to the point of ridiculous! It all started because Dax bought a house within hearing distance of the Speedway without doing his due diligence first.  WHY, if you don't want to hear race cars, would you buy or build a home so close to a speedway?! DUH!!!  Same goes for all eleven idiots who are attempting to stop Commander from expanding his successful business and exercising his freedom to operate it as he sees fit. If you don't like airplane noise, DON'T move next to an airport!!!

                 The Speedway long out-dates every one of these whiners' residencies. EVERY ONE ! Their failure to do their homework BEFORE building or buying their homes, is THEIR fault, not Commander's. They have choices, 1) Deal with it, or 2) Move. Those are their ONLY options. NO lawsuit or corrupt judge can stop the Speedway from operating or expanding, or adding new attractions. That is interfering with commerce and that is ILLEGAL.  

                 Always remember that John Dax is behind this, and that HE abused his former position as Chair of the New Lebanon Zoning Board  to harass and torment Commander for years. His explanation? He claims that when his now-grown son was a child, they couldn't go outside and toss a baseball around on Saturdays in peace !!!! AWWW, don't you feel bad about this horrible trauma? 

                 John Dax was tossed out of Lebanon on his ear a few years ago, and for some reason, he has returned like a bad penny or an itchy rash. Icky things always DO. To the whiners and liberal lawsuit lovers, here is some advice. Stop wasting your money on a losing game. There are ELEVEN of you. Howard's supporters number in the THOUSANDS! Maybe the thousands of US will sue YOU for interfering with something we have enjoyed for 6 decades and has employed generations of New Lebanon's teens. Maybe YOU should think about what it would cost the taxpayers of this town if the Speedway were not here, and not allowed to expand. In any case, grow the hell UP, or just MOVE. 

                Why don't you all make yourselves a little, "Safe Space" you can sit in on Summer Saturdays and cuddle with a teddy bear till the races end. Or, you could go hug a tree. Preferably in some other town. 

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