Fearful and Frustrated

trumpA political article by Evan Osnos. “The Fearful and the Frustrated,” appeared in the August 31 issue of “The New Yorker.” Osnos discusses at length reasons that Donald Trump has jumped in front of rival Republican presidential candidates. He attributes it to frustration and fear among those attracted to Trump. In particular:

  • Frustration with both major political parties.
  • Fear that immigrants are criminals.
  • Fear that immigrants are responsible for lack of jobs and low pay.
  • Fear that white Americans have become the primary victims of discrimination today.

Much of the frustration stems from the fact that ours is a low-wage nation with widespread poverty. People are quick to blame this on recent immigrants and minorities rather than placing the blame properly on our government of the wealthy one percent.

Osnos writes:

When Trump leaped to the head of the Republican field, he delivered the appearance of legitimacy to a moral vision once confined to the fevered fringe, elevating fantasies from the message boards and campgrounds to the center stage of American life.

Osnos has much to say about current political matters. This article is very interesting–highly recommended reading.


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Social Security Dialogue: A Model Our Politicians Ought to Follow

The following is the beginning of an article was originally published on the “Common Sense for Seniors” blog. It was written by Ray Copson who has written many articles for the New NY 23rd.

The public library in Penn Yan, NY, our village in the heart of the Finger Lakes, hosted a dialogue on Social Security on Tuesday evening that could serve as a model for our nation’s politicians. They still have some time to come up with solutions to assure that this vital program is there for future generations, but a serious national discussion has yet to get underway.Social Security card

The meeting at the library grew out of conversations at Civic Diversity and Dialogue, a discussion group in our community. The group pulled together a panel consisting of a representative of the county’s Office for the Aging, a college professor, and a retired Social Security employee. Also on hand was a member of the Democratic Committee who serves on the village board and has made a study of the economic impact of Social Security on our county.


Source: Social Security Dialogue: A Model Our Politicians Ought to Follow

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What a difference!

capuanoRep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) writes:

Many of you have contacted me sharing your thoughts on the Iran deal. I appreciate all the calls, emails and letters on this very important foreign policy issue and thank you for taking the time to reach out to me.

During this August District Work Period, numerous constituent groups have met with me to share their views, for and against, the agreement. I have additional meetings scheduled in the days ahead.

I continue to consider the agreement, keeping an open mind until the day of the vote in case any new information surfaces. That being said, I am leaning strongly in favor of the Iran deal.

As I explained in July on the day the agreement was announced, I have always hoped for a negotiated resolution to the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The general outlines of the deal appear reasonable and encouraging. I am carefully reviewing the details and discussing the scientific aspects of the agreement with qualified scientists. I have never expected a perfect agreement because that is an impossible standard.

For me, the most important question is if this deal is not acceptable, then what does the United States do next? Some argue for continued sanctions but it’s clear to me that Russia and China won’t go along with that. Moreover, I fear Europe would not support the U.S. in continued sanctions so we would be left with unilateral sanctions and historically these have been ineffectual. Nor do I think a military option is prudent or feasible at this time.

Rep. Reed (R-NY) writes:

There is no more pressing issue that threatens our long-term national security than the Iran Deal.  President Obama has put his trust in a regime that supports terrorism and has compromised our safety and security by allowing Iran to build nuclear weapons — all while providing them with over $100 billion in sanction relief.

From the beginning I have said that keeping sanctions in place without any deal is better than a bad deal with Iran.

Congress will vote on the Iran Deal in September. For us to defeat it we need as much support as possible.

President Obama and Nancy Pelosi are working together to push this legislation through Congress. They know that if this legislation is stopped that it will be another blemish on Obama and his legacy as President of the United States. If he has his way and gets this bill through Congress, he’ll win, and the American people will lose.

What a difference! For Tom Reed, the enemy is President Obama.


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Now that’s conservative

Gas Free at Sen Gillibrand in PYA coalition of radical activists would make Western NY a separate state, so they could flaunt their guns and frack the environment. This would make Western NY resemble Appalachia of the 1930s. Now that’s conservative.




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Can we afford another Mideast war?

assault-weapon-rifleAn article by Tom Vanden Brook, which appeared in USA TODAY on August 24, discusses a possible attack on Iran to destroy nuclear facilities. The article quotes expert opinion that such an attack might set Iran’s nuclear bomb project back two years if it has one.

“A strike would try to reduce as much of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure as possible, recognizing it wouldn’t be perfect or permanently eliminate it,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow and military expert at the Brookings Institution.

An air war such as that, with as many as 1,000 aircraft sorties over several days to a week, would likely destroy power plants and other infrastructure associated with Iran’s nuclear facilities, O’Hanlon said. He estimates that would set back Iran’s nuclear program, which it maintains are for peaceful purposes, from one to five years.

The confident prediction of less than one week of war reflects the foolish optimism of Donald Rumsfeld prior to the Second Iraq war. The lack of consideration of possible resistance, the lack of an exit strategy, prolonged that effort to this day leading not to success but disaster. Tom Vanden Brook’s article doesn’t mention an exit strategy in connection with Iran war plans, nor does it meaningfully consider what Iran might do to turn this war into another quagmire. We seem poised to repeat previous mistakes.


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Is there a real need for a Natural Gas Power Plant?

Greenidge (coal-fired) Power Plant outside of Dresden, New York (Town of Torrey, Yates County) closed in 2011. At one time it was the highest assessed property in Yates County. question-mark-manIt was almost demolished, but new owners, Connecticut  based Atlas Holdings, has retooled the power plant to start with  bio-mass and solar power, and then using of  natural gas to generate power for the region.

The DEC is requesting comments about their proposal. The following letter explains why the author is questioning the need to re-open Greenidge,  It was written by the Chair of the Committee to Protect the Finger Lakes.

The following articles from the Penn Yan Chronicle Express  about the re-opening of Greenidge includes reports of the local governments’ enthusiasm to have the Power Plant reopen.

Background Articles:   Wi­­ll Greenidge plant reopen?

Greenidge plant moves closer to restart in Torrey

Greenidge generation plant poised for restart this fall

8-16-15 Letter to the Editor,

Reopening of the Dresden- Greenidge Power plant

NY State has supported not drilling for natural gas using hydrofracking techniques.  Professors at Cornell University have  made studies finding that natural gas pollutes as much as coal if you take into account the  process of drilling for gas.  The Dresden plant has been closed  since 2011 and  I have heard no comments from people not having electricity available to them because of the closure.  NY State is focusing on renewable energy via its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) program. Consistent with REV program there is a strong movement in the Finger Lakes  by individuals, and companies to use solar to generate electricity. My wife and I have had solar on our home for 7 years.  Many people we know have also installed solar.   This creates less demand on the power plants.

The news articles also state that the Greenidge plant will use biomass  for a while and install some solar and  then focus exclusively on natural gas. This is a public relations effort to get the community and elected officials to agree that they are working to be environmentally holistic.  Yet their final focus is using natural gas.

The need for electricity generated by a new plant is going down. A new plant  might help during peak energy use periods,  but  how many hours a week  of generation does that address? If any.  According to published information the company has invested 45 million of which  14 million which came from the Federal Department of Energy  to upgrade the plant to use natural gas.  They have influenced communities with the increase of 20 jobs and more taxes.

What  the community,  elected officials and investors need to see is the business plan  and how much energy the plant will generate for the users  over a 10 year period. In addition, the investors need to see the risks to the environmental, the community  and health.

From the news articles  there is a clear focus by the company, Connecticut  based Atlas Holdings, to influence the community, elected officials and the DEC that this is an environmentally  sound  and an economically feasible approach.

The need for electricity generated by the plant will go down as time goes on  in this  area since  there is a large move by  many individuals and business, including wineries , toward  using solar generated electricity and  moving away from electricity generated by fossil fuel power plants. .

The governor and the DEC  who support not drilling for natural gas via hydrofracking in NY,  need to address the environmental  risks , the investors need to address  financial   risks and NYSEG needs to address the infrastructure needs.

The community, elected officials, the DEC  and investors also need to know the whole story not just the parts that  seem progressive and acceptable.

I urge the public to use the DEC public comment period  which ends Sept 11th to express their thoughts and concerns.  The site to make comments is: http//on.ny.gov/1hAhuqw.

Peter Gamba  – Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes

Branchport NY

Is the re-tooled, re-opening of the Greenidge Power Plant a real step forward? Is it necessary? Is it taking funds away from the real future of energy production?

(A Thanks to reader Bob McGill for suggesting an article on the Greenidge Power Plant)

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Movie Review: The Three Faces of Reed


Is this movie a biography or a horror story?

Originally posted on The Old Liberal:

(Reblogged from Siskil and Egbert’s Movie Reviews.)

A review of “The Three Faces of Reed”, (a remake of “The Three Faces of Eve”) newly released in the NY 23rd Congressional District.

Starring Jason Alexander (George Costanza of the Seinfeld TV series) as the inimitable, playful and sometimes a little off-center Congressman of NY’s 23 Congressional District, Tom Reed.

This film is set almost entirely in the psychiatric offices of an anonymous shrink in the Southern Tier of New York state. The shrink takes the Congressman back in time through hypnosis (since he cannot otherwise remember what he said or to whom he said it). It is a fascinating study of multiple personality disorder, otherwise know as PAU complex (Politics As Usual). Jason Alexander does a wonderful job (an Academy Award nomination is in the works, I do believe) of portraying a politician who is able to assume different personalities almost…

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