Tuesday, February 07, 2006

POLITICS OVER PEOPLE INSTEAD OF THE OTHER WAY ARROUND

DEAR READERS:

"TARGET" WANTS TO COME TO PEEKSKILL. "TARGET" WILL EMPLOY ABOUT 300 PEOPLE. "TARGET" WILL PAY A TON OF MONEY IN PROPERTY TAXES, GENERATE A TON OF MONEY IN OTHER BUSINESS TAXES. "TARGET" WANTS TO LOCATE AT LOUISA STREET IN THE IDUSTRIAL SECTION OF PEEKSKILL RIGHT DOWN FROM THE TRAIN STATION. PEOPLE WILL COME TO PEEKSKILL AND STAY IN PEEKSILL INSTEAD OF TAXING A CAB OR BUS TO THE CORTLANT TOWN CENTER. YET THE FLAT EARTH-NO PROGRESS PEOPLE WISH TO STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING IN THE NAME OF TRAFFIC. THEY INTIMATE THAT "TARGET", AN EEEEEVIL BOX STORE WOULD NOT BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR, YET IN THAT SAME AREA IS INDIAN POINT. TRAINS THAT RUN 24/7 WHEN YOU INCLUDE CARGO TRAINS. A GARBAGE RECYCLYNG CENTER IS ALSO THERE. NONE OF THESE NEIGHBORS STOPPED PEOPLE FROM PAYING UP TO A HALF A MILLION DOLLARS FOR THOSE RIVERBEND TOWN HOUSES. STILL, A "TARGET" STORE IS NOT A GOOD NEIGHBOR FOR THAT AREA BECAUSE OF TRAFFIC. THE MYOPIC SMALL MINDNESS OF THE OPPOSTION TO THIS PROPOSED ENTERPRISE IS BEYOND COMPRHENSION.THESE SAME ANTI-PROGESS PEOPLE DISPARAGE THE WAGES THAT TARGET PAYS ITS EMPLOYEES, IGNORING THAT FACT THAT THOSE 300 PEOPLE WOULD GLADLY TAKE THOSE JOBS RATHER THAN GOVT. HAND-OUTS. THESE SAME PEOPLE SEEM TO THINK THAT AN ENTRY LEVEL JOB SHOULD FURNISH SUFFICENT INCOME TO SUSTAIN A FAMILY, AND BY GOD IF IT DOESN'T THEN NOBODY SHOULD GET THAT JOB, THEY SHOULD STAY ON THE GOVT. DOLE INSTEAD. THESE SAME FLAT-EARTH, ANTI-PROGESS PEOPLE ALSO WISH TO STOP THE BUILDING UP OF THE REST OF THE RIVERFRONT WITH PROPOSED TOWNHOUSES, A MARINA, NUMEROUS SMALL BUSINESS, UPGRADED INFRASTRUTURE, UPGRADEDED PARKING FACILITIES, AND NEW PARKLAND. ALL IN ALL, NEW TAX PAYING AND FEE GENERATING ENTITIES WHERE FEW EXIST NOW. THESE SAME FLAT-EARTH, ANTI-PROGRESS PEOPLE WHO WISH FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PAY AND PROVIDE ALL SORTS OF SERVICES, WISH TO STOP THESE POTENTIAL INCREASES IN THE TAX BASE, INSTEAD THEY WOULD INCREASE THE TAXES OF AN ALREADY OVERTAXED POPULACE. UNLESS MAYOR TESTA HAS A PRINTING PRESS IN HIS BASEMENT THAT PRINTS MONEY, A COMMUNITY NEEDS TO INCREASE EITHER ITS TAX BASE OR INCREASE TAXES ON ITS CITIZENS TO PAY FOR ALL THOSE GOVERNMENT SERVICES THE PEOPLE OF PEEKSKILL WISH TO HAVE. THIS IS BASIC ECONOMICS 101, A NO BRAINER.
I FOR ONE WOULD RATHER INCREASE THE TAX BASE THAN TAXES. THE FLAT-EARTH PEOPLE WANT TO HAVE IT THE OTHER WAY ARROUND. TO BE AGAINST PROGESS IS TO BE IN FAVOR OF TAX INCREASES. THIS SMELLS LIKE POLITICS AND THE PEOPLE BE DAMNED. THIS OPPOSITION DOES NOT EXIST IN A VACUME. YOU CANNOT SCARE PEOPLE AGAINST PROGRESS AND PROMISE THEM MORE GOVERNMENT SREVICES AT THE SAME TIME. SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE, AND IT WILL BE YOUR WALLET. IT IS IN THE INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF PEEKSKILL TO GET BEHIND BOTH OF THESE PROJECTS AND STOP THE FLAT-EARTH PEOPLE PEOPLE FROM SCARING PEOPLE FROM THIS NECESSARY GROWTH.
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FOR ALL THOSE WHO WERE AGAINST SEWER DIVERSION FROM YORKTOWN TO PEEKSKILL LIKE I WAS IN A LETTER TO THE NORTH COUNTY NEWS LAST MAY(2005)
(A LETTER THAT PROBABLY COST ME ANY CHANCE OF RUNNINGFOR LOCAL OFFICE
IN YORKTOWN...SEE " I WENT TO THROW MY HAT INTO THE RING" MAY ARCHIVE 2005). YOU WILL BE HAPPY TOP KNOW THAT THAT DIVERSION WILL NOT HAPPEN.
KUDOS TO MAYOR TESTA WHO LEAD THE PEEKSKILL COUNCIL IN THAT FIGHT, AND TO COUNTY LEGISLATOR OROS WHO RISKED POLITICAL DEFEAT BY SIDING AGAINST DIVERSION. GOOD JOB BY ONE AND ALL.

BAZZO 02/07/06

5 comments:

ImaginaryCousin said...

Hey Andy, I will try to respond to your post next week. My wife had a baby girl last week and I am so swamped I barely have time to open e-mail. One thing I'd like to hear your comments on is a national issue on the oil/gas shortages. We citizens own massive federal lands with gas and oil deposits. We are now letting huge oil companies take our oil and gas without paying us for them. The NY Times ran an article on this http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/14/business/14oil.html?hp&ex=1139979600&en=2895b151845e0dd6&ei=5094&partner=homepage

This is our oil and we are giving it away for free. the plan was to give oil for free to encourage investment in gulf oil drilling. the law did not account for the increase in oil price. Now the investment in drilling is far outweighed by the free oil, which is why the oil companies are taking it now. We are givign 65 billion in free oil and gas to the big oil companies over the next five years.

slyypper said...

Hi Andy,
This posting is too knee-jerk even for me. There's tons of stuff available that discusses why bigbox stores are a bad
idea generally.

I refer you to
http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=12289
about Target

and to
http://www.walmartmovie.com/
about Walmart

for starters.

TOMTOM said...

Just think of all the cab rides going to peekskill now to shop at target.. also all the cab rides driving them home.

Field Agent said...

HEY ANDY....
I LIKE YOUR STYLE OF TYPING!

AN UNSTATED BORDERLINE EXISTS, SEPARATING THE PEOPLE OF COLOR IN PEEKSKILL PROPER FROM THEIR SURROUNDING, MAINLY WHITE, NEIGHBORS.

ON THE EAST, THAT LINE GOES THROUGH THE BEACH SHOPPING CENTER, AND THE VILLA APARTMENTS, AND ON THE SOUTH-WEST, THE BORDER IS THE BIG ROUTE 9 (THE BRIARCLIFF-PEEKSKILL EXPWY).

TARGET LIES ON THE CAUCASIAN SIDE, AND THE PEOPLE OF COLOR HAVE BEEN HISTORICALLY RELUCTANT TO ENTER THE WALSH BOULEVARD INDUSTRIAL PARK AREA, BECAUSE ITS BARREN NATURE IS FRIGHTENING, AS THEY DO NOT SEE OTHER BRUTHAS & SISTAS THERE.

AS A RESULT, THEY MAINLY GO TO BEACH, BECAUSE THEY RECOGNIZE EVERYBODY THERE.

THE CORTLANDT TOWN CENTER HAS MULTIPLE STORES, WHICH SUPPORT EACH OTHER, AND A LONE TARGET, IN A SPOT THAT IS HARD TO GET TO, WILL WITHER AND CLOSE.

THE PROOF IS THE DWINDLING NUMBERS AT EACH YEAR'S PEEKSKILL CELEBRATION AT WALSH.

AT THE RIVERFRONT GREEN, THE EVENT ROCKS, BUT THE PART AT WALSH IS STILLBORN.

BY THE WAY ANDY, IF YOU WANT TO GET ELECTED, I SUGGEST LEARNING HOW TO USE THE SHIFT KEY.

OTHERWISE, YOU ARE ALWAYS SHOUTING.

andyland said...

DEAR SNOUTY:

FIRST, I USE ALL CAPS SO I CAN TYPE WITHOUT MY GLASSES, COMPUTER EDIQUITE IS UNIMPORTANT WITH ME.

SECOND, I DID NOT KNOW I WAS RUNNING FOR ANYTHING. IF YOU TAKE THE TIME TO ARCHIVE MAY 2005 AND READ THE ENTRY " I WENT TO THROW MY HAT INTO THE RING" YOU WILL SEE THE ESTABLISHED PARTIES WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH AN INDEPENDENT THINKER.

THIRD, AS I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN COLOR BLIND IN DEALING WITH PEOPLE,
I WRITE TREATING ALL PEOPLE EQUAL. IT HAS BEEN MY EXPIERENCE THAT THE INEQUITY LIES BETWEEN RICH AND POOR, REGUARDLESS OF COLOR. IT IS TIME TO COME INTO THE 21 CENTURY,
IT IS NOT 1960 ANYMORE.

BAZZO 02/19/06