Moment of Truth
May 7, 2011
The moment of truth nears with respect to the East Hampton School District budget vote and election of new members to serve on the board of education. The Group for Good Government gave district residents an opportunity to hear from all the candidates. I am endorsing Paul Fiondella for one of the positions on the board. Of the five candidates, he is the only one without ties to the school district. He has never been employed by the district and has no children in the district, yet he cares deeply about maintaining the quality of education. He has regularly attended board meetings over the years and has a keen sense of financial matters and has never hesitated to voice his opinions or objections to issues that concern students or affect taxpayers.
Paul has been involved in many community activities. He is active in the Old Montauk Athletic Club and promotes fitness programs for citizens of all ages. He helped start Bonac on Board 5K run for middle school students. He is an active member of the East Hampton Town Senior Citizens Advisory Committee and works well with the diverse membership of the group. I have worked with Paul for many years on many different issues. He has great ideas, and is willing to devote time to perform any task he is given and always follows through.
Remember, the vote is Tuesday between 1 and 8 p.m. in the high school auditorium on Long Lane.
Make your vote count. Elect someone who will work hard for every group in the community, elect Paul Fiondella.
MARY ELLA MOELLER
May 6, 2011
The same folks that were calling for criminal charges against our most recent president for the torture of terrorists that murdered 3,000 of our fellow Americans now chortle in approval for the current occupant of the White House for the order of putting a bullet in the eye of another terrorist. Not that I mind the bullet. No. Not at all.
May 9, 2011
To the Editor,
What sane person would like to ease up on the new regulation of financial institutions? For those with short-term memory loss, these are the same institutions which through gross negligence or greed or a mixture thereof, have driven us into the economic mess we are mired in. If anything, we need more money to hire tougher regulators. We also deserve criminal charges filed against more of these masters of disaster. My late father used to say, “There is room in this world for bulls and bears but not pigs” — Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Citibank et al. Oink.
May 5, 2011
To the Editor,
Former President Eisenhower was the first president to identify Middle Eastern unrest as a threat to the United States. He said the reason people in the Middle East hate us is that we suppress freedom there. We support dictatorships. We prevent democratic progress, which is opposite of what we say we’re doing.
We have trained militaries in over 150 nations and continue to sell 60 percent of all the world’s weapons. In wartime the few make huge profits at the expense of the many. Gen. Smedley Butler, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, said, “War is a racket. It always has been. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the very many.”
There has never been a war in history where the invaders openly said, “We’re going to war for the money,” Army Capt. Paul Chappell, who once supported our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Put on Trial
May 3, 2011
To The Star,
Dear Americans: As the streets became wild with glee of the killing of Osama bin Laden. I wondered, what does this all mean? I wondered when the troops will come home? I guess the 100,000-strong mission is accomplished in Afghanistan. Of course there is a sense of closure for the families and victims of this attack.
However, since Osama bin Laden was the mastermind of 9/11, he should have been captured and put on trial for the acts he supposedly committed. They killed the mastermind, who was the master of the information. Even if one is for the death penalty, why the rush to kill and bury Bin Laden at sea? Usually there is a trial before an execution, at least that is what one expects.
I highly doubt that since Bin Laden is gone the troops will come home and there will be fewer terror alerts. The weapons industry will continue to make massive profits, and soldiers will be saying good-bye to their love ones.
The mere act of the president of the U.S.A. to say Osama bin Laden has been killed is a sick idea of blood lust without justice. President Obama gave his speech, and people went wild in the streets. President Obama uses the word killed like he is at a lynching. It’s terrible. President Obama is radically right-wing and a fantastic actor when it comes to important issues. One would have to be gullible to believe pre-President Obama was progressive or liberal. He is a sly spokesman selling whatever he wants.
Instead of the masses celebrating the killing of Osama bin Laden we should be demanding due process for all and no presidential assassination teams. The drone attacks, the black sites, Gitmo, and pre-emptive strikes for humanitarian actions need to be seriously debated (I believe stopped). Bombs and killings don’t create a resolution.
This Team Obama stunt was a political move and taken at face value.
Yes, Bin Laden is gone (at what cost?) and Obama has the Nobel Peace Prize and is way more bloodthirsty than any Bush could ever be.
May 7, 2011
To the Editor,
There is a script, a scenario, when crisis overwhelms expectations and control, as it always was, disappears. This happened during the financial crisis, and for a few months we teetered on the edge of a rapidly sinking ship. When the situation stabilized with massive cash and credit infusions, our politicians and corporate leaders assessed the damage and came up with the following evaluation. The economy had plunged to a depression level and the structural damage would take years possibly decades to be repaired. Rebuilding the economy would take enormous sacrifices that would engender a sustained period of hard times. How those sacrifices would be apportioned and who would bear the brunt of pain is the central thesis off the new scenario entitled, the new normal.
When the script, or prescription, for our economic revival was written by a small number of participants representing an even smaller part of the economic systems it was invariably substantially biased. The obligatory sacrifices to save the country were designed to limit the exposure of the top 5 percent of the population and become increasingly weightier as it descended the economic scale. But, since the bottom third of the population has limited resources, their only real contribution was a loss of services. The middle class, as we once knew it, still had real value to contribute, and became of the object of the new normal plan for shared sacrifice.
The thinking behind the new normal is that at the current rate of job creation it will take a minimum of 10 years to bring employment back to Clinton-era levels. A nightmarish scenario for both political parties. So, rather than letting the American people in on the severity of the problem and having to design a script with genuinely shared sacrifices our political leaders chose to throw 300 million Americans under the bus. Unwilling to redistribute wealth or create jobs with decent wages more than half of America’s middle class (110 million) will by 2016 be considered as working poor.
The new normal will establish the minimum wage as a new living wage, limit drastically health care benefits, lower Social Security benefits, and redesign the university system for elites only. We will essentially reverse the process of the last 200 years, and our economy will resemble Guatemala’s more than China’s.
Because of the severity of the economic downturn and the country’s inability to create real jobs both our political parties will focus on deficit reduction as a palliative for real economic development. The mindless calculus of Paul Ryan’s and Barack Obama’s budget plans is simply testament to their willingness to sacrifice the middle-class. Their scam is so perfectly run that 68 percent of Americans think it’s imperative to balance the budget. Mr. Obama at least acknowledges the middle-class dilemma; Mr. Ryan is a useless miscreant.
So we bow our heads to the new normal, and sacrifice our children and theirs to corporate profits, accept their script without a whimper. We argue about Mr. Obama’s heritage, Bin Laden’s pictures, and Planned Parenthood instead of dealing with the reality that we are getting screwed by the guys with $1.8 trillion in the bank that they won’t spend until the rest of us get on our knees and genuflect to their brilliance.
May 3, 2011
Regarding the recent events leading to the death of Bin Laden, it seems that all those at Fox Noise, broadcasting the constant attempts to destroy our president, including the half-truths, out-of-context quotes, and total refusal to credit him with the incredible cool hand he has exercised in all things, has all now, finally, been brought to focus. The man is a wonderful, capable president,
To quote our national security adviser, John Brennan, the president’s options in the effort to get Bin Laden were limited. After years of clandestine intelligence work, he was advised that Bin Laden was hiding in a civilian compound in a residential neighborhood in a sovereign country, Pakistan.
Now, we need Pakistan for very many strategic reasons, not the least of which is a vital supply line to our troops in Afghanistan. If Mr. Obama ordered an air strike and Bin Laden were not in the compound, it would be a huge diplomatic problem. If Mr. Obama was right, obliterating the compound might make it nearly impossible to confirm Bin Laden’s death, and so, this much maligned, allegedly unfit, non-citizen with a funny name made one tough decision. He told the elite Navy Seals, “Go in there and get him,” thus risking his own re-election and further derision and criticism by small minds like those seeking the Republican nomination.
Said Mr. Brennan, “The president had to evaluate the strength of the information, and then he made what I believe was one of the gutsiest calls of any president in recent memory.”
I know the conspiracy theorists and the single-minded Obama-haters will downplay this episode, but those expectations will lessen the effect.
So, on to 2012 with a second term.
RICHARD P. HIGER