Let's vote on Garrett Bay Road
The fact that there is a divisive, contentious disagreement over the need to clear-cut trees to rebuild beautiful Garrett Bay Road is not in dispute. The correct decision as to the width of the clear-cut zone is.
This past July, at a public hearing in the Liberty Grove Town Hall, with more than 70 people in attendance, all of the 17 speakers favored a minimalist approach to rebuilding the road. In other words, they preferred cutting the fewest number of trees as possible while resurfacing the road. This, however, does not necessarily reflect the will of the majority in the town of Liberty Grove.
What about the views of the Liberty Grove residents who did not attend the hearing? Despite the strong show of citizens in favor of a small clear-cut zone, the Town Board passed, by a 3-2 vote, to clear-cut a large (6-foot) zone on both sides of the scenic wooded portion of Garrett Bay Road.
Perhaps you remember about five years ago when the town of Liberty Grove faced another divisive issue concerning the potential purchase of the Weborg shorefront property in Gills Rock. Like the Garrett Bay Road issue, there were strong feelings and persuasive arguments, both for and against the purchase. Both issues involved a considerable expense and potential burden on the tax payers.
The town of Liberty Grove held a town meeting and a paper ballot vote. The matter was decided, and the dispute was resolved. I urge the Liberty Grove Town Board to once again hold a town meeting and take a vote on the Garrett Bay Road issue.
We live in a democracy, and the will of the majority decides these divisive issues. Once the vote is taken, regardless of the outcome, we all must then support the decision.
Give Hasan his wish
I don't know about you, but I am ashamed, weary and disgusted about the exhibitionist in our court named Nidal Hasan.
The thought of our military people being slaughtered, with eyewitnesses, in 2009 is still not settled. Our court let him argue about whether he would shave his beard for some period of time; has political correctness gone berserk? If this was one of our soldiers in a Muslim country, his head would have rolled four years ago. No we do not operate like that in the USA, but let's not be made fools of.
My heart and prayers go out to the victims and their families. I can't imagine how they must feel about this country letting them fangle for four years with all of this nonsense.
If Hasan wants the death penalty to be a martyr, give it to him. He thinks he's a martyr, but we know he's a common terrorist killer.
I do not want to pay for any more of his daily needs or medical care. Fulfill his wish with the death penalty and be done with him.
Gail C. Peterson
GOP aims to slash Great Lakes funding
The United States has budgeted $653 billion of our tax dollars for our military in 2013. Each year more than half of federal discretionary spending, approximately $806 billion in 2012, goes to our military. To date $176.5 billion has been paid to the governments of Iraq and Afghanistan to rebuild their infrastructure that our invasions destroyed.
While our federal government borrows billions of dollars from foreign nations and squanders billions more of our tax dollars to make war, destroy and occupy Middle East countries, the infrastructure of our county has crumbled and our environment is rapidly deteriorating. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates the repair backlog of our public schools to be $322 billion and another $930 billion to repair our roads and bridges.
Considering that Uncle Sam has unlimited funds to engage in and facilitate war, the money allocated by President Obama in 2009 for the Great Lakes Initiative amounts to chump change. Yet a Republican-controlled House panel is proposing to reduce these funds by 80 percent. As stated by Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, subcommittee chairman, "The bill makes very difficult choices in an extremely tough budget environment." Mr. Chairman, that statement insults the intelligence of all American taxpayers, especially those who live in the states that border the Great Lakes.
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is designed to clean up toxic hotspots and longstanding ecological problems, along with Asian carp mitigation. To cut the funds supplying this program would be a national disgrace.