Obama’s approach to Mideast is reasonable
I grow tired of reading letters from the war mongering neocons who bash the president for his “cautious” approach to conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Their solution to unrest in these regions is a show of U.S. military might and the democratization of countries that don’t want democracy.
We have spent the past 70 years using covert action and military force to attempt to impose our will on these nations. As a result, the majority of people in the Middle East have come to loathe our culture almost as much as they loathe our presence in their countries. A couple of examples of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East over this period might help to explain their hatred.
In the early 1950s, the United States staged a coup in Iran that led to the overthrow of a democratic government and the installation of a brutal dictator sympathetic to American interests. The people of Iran had been governed by a prime minister and a representative parliament.
Hard-liners in the United States, including the Dulles brothers (neocons of the highest order), worried that what they perceived to be a venerable government would succumb to Soviet influence and become yet another communist state. There was no intelligence at the time to suggest this would happen.
Fast forward to 2003, when the neocon Dick Cheney lied to the American people about Saddam Hussein’s nonexistent inventory of weapons of mass destruction. He used that lie to justify invading Iraq, a 10-year fiasco that ended with 1,000 Americans and as many as 1 million Iraqis killed. Humiliated by American defeat, members of Saddam’s military formed a new organization that they called ISIS. Their most notable chant: “Death to America.”
The president’s “cautious” approach to conflicts in the Middle East and his unwillingness to commit combat troops to these regions are to be commended. At least his foreign policy has resulted in fewer American casualties.
Life not so wonderful with Glenville growth
I like technology, economic development and nature. I do not like excessive government regulation and control. How can these things be combined to make the town of Glenville a great place to live?
The recent development and installation of a solar power plant near the Indian Kill Nature Preserve has put Glenville near the tipping point of potentially becoming the next Pottersville.
Pottersville is a fictitious town that evolved from the quaint Bedford Falls in the famed 1946 Jimmy Stewart movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” In the classic movie, Mr. Stewart’s character, George Bailey, wished he had never been born and was shown by an angel what his town would be like if he had never influenced rampant economic development by the cruel banker, Mr. Potter. As the shocking scene unfolds, you witness George’s discovery that his beloved town has been transformed into a seedy, neon-lit commercial center inhabited by unkind rabble rousers who want to get rid of him.
Back to 2015 Glenville. We are witness to the beginnings of neon lighting spouting up along Route 50, with several businesses sporting the unsightly new electronic technology. The new signs visually shout to the passersby as they flash their enticing deals.
We see the new traffic circle along Hetcheltown Road, a wonderful tool to keep motorists moving. However, it is a sight for sore eyes, adorned with a giant bouquet of galvanized traffic signs. Who actually reads all those signs, and could they really help traffic safety?
And now we have the huge metallic solar power plant across from the nature preserve. Some may remember the big old red barn along the road where the silicon behemoth now sits. I liked the big red barn much better, but that’s just me. Maybe the natives or original Glenville settlers thought the barn was ugly, too.
I was complaining to my wife about all these changes and worrying that I was becoming a grumpy old man who doesn’t belong in the 21st century. She said it doesn’t do any good to worry about it unless you are going to do something about it. She really is a blessing.
Writing this letter is just a start. I think Glenville residents need to ask themselves, “What sort of Glenville do we want to make?” I am convinced that we do not need to choose between economic development and small-town charm. We can have both if we work together to set a vision for our town and decide how to preserve a sense of beauty while we help local businesses develop and thrive.
The best Glenville is not going to just happen if left to government regulators, business owners and technology salesmen. Chances are, they don’t even live in Glenville. Our town deserves our time and attention to find the right balance. With the new hotel and casino coming just across the river, unless we’re careful, we may find that Pottersville is just around the corner.
Beware Gibson’s backing from big oil
I am worried about U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson’s interest in becoming governor of New York.
He is the recipient of campaign funds from the oil and gas industry. Already we see the division in our community when orange-shirted union members come out in support of the gas industry and pipelines. This means neighbors closing their eyes and willing to have land seized by eminent domain for what is hazardous to people and harmful to the land: pipelines. All for “maybe” six months of work.
Will we become like Oklahoma — fossil-fuel friendly and in a state of denial? Unwilling, after multiple earthquakes have leveled homes, to admit the link to hydrofracking?
It was a relief after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ban to no longer hear the “Think About It” campaign on radio and natural-gas ads on TV. They are back at it and up to full speed, which can only mean they found their champion — a candidate to become governor who will sell us out.
We are at a crossroads, and the signpost reads: fuels from hell, fuels from heaven. We know from science where the former leads. Isn’t it time we lift up our gaze and focus our efforts on solar and wind?
Writer distorted view on Obama patriotism
I must take exception to the April 18 letter of Mr. Mark Ruddiman, where he distorted my previous letter of March 21, in which I defended Mr. Rudy Guiliani’s conclusion that President Obama does not love America.
America is not just a country. America is a unique idea, a concept, a creation of men, never before tried in this world, and based on individual freedom granted by our Creator. This is the America that Obama may not love.
I explained that his repeated exposure to communists and socialists from his youth through his adulthood must have had a definite influence on his ideas of how America should “fundamentally change.”
I did not attack President Obama; I simply listed the influences and those were facts.
Liked TV and movie schedule the old way
I wish The Gazette would return the TV and movie schedule back to the last page, where it has been for the past 30 years or more.
I am sure other residents would also appreciate this.
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