Do NOT Mix These Elements…
I just read “Living with the Ursine,” [CWN, September 2017] and I enjoyed the article, but I felt the need to tell you of a serious problem I read in the article. Mr. Matthews wrote that he poured bleach and then ammonia into the garbage bags and then sealed the containers with ratchet straps. Mixing chlorine and ammonia forms deadly chlorine gas which can be very harmful to the folks who collect the garbage.
Please issue a warning to your readers that this is a dangerous combination, and should never be done.
Say No To Fossil Fuel Funding
Climate change is one of the single biggest threats to our environment, our public health, and our economy. Pumping carbon and methane emissions into the atmosphere is accelerating climate change and is responsible for more extreme weather. New York has spent billions of dollars over the past decade working to restore communities that have been devastated by severe flooding brought on by climate change.
I join the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) in calling on all state and local elected officials to say no to the oil and gas industry. Say no to the campaign contributions and personal gifts from corporate oil and gas giants, say no to permitting new fossil fuel infrastructure to be constructed in our state, and say no to climate change!
Our policy makers and representatives need to invest in a clean, green, renewable energy economy that is beneficial to everyone’s health, well-being and livelihood. I applaud Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for investigating ExxonMobil and other climate change igniters. Now, let’s see the rest of our representatives and policymakers stand up against climate change too.
NYPIRG, SUNY New Paltz
Supporting A Fair Election Process
The League of Women Voters of the Mid-Hudson Region, which includes both Ulster and Dutchess counties, is strongly committed to a fair election process.
The proposed local law, introduced in May by Ulster County Executive Michael Hein, to bring campaign finance reform to the county contains integral elements for fair elections. It is modeled after and adapted from the successful New York City law, and similar approaches have been successful in Connecticut and Maine.
The proposed local law is supported by both the New York state and Mid-Hudson chapters of the League of Women Voters, joined by Common Cause, the New York Public Interest Research Group, the Working Families Party, and Citizen Action of New York.
So far, the proposed local law has remained in the county Legislature’s Laws and Rules Committee for several months. There are some political disagreements to be ironed out. The limited discussion in the committee has revolved around several misunderstandings regarding its provisions.
For example, some individuals seemed to believe that public financing would be contingent on the tax cap or a lack of county fiscal problems. However, the proposed local law guarantees $50,000 each year for matching funds independent of the tax cap or any county fiscal problems.
Others seemed confused over when the contribution limits would apply, suggesting they would be applicable only during the year of the election. In actuality, the limits apply to the entire election cycle. Thus, the $1,000 contribution limit for contractors doing business with the county, for example, is a limit that extends over four years of the election cycle for countywide candidates.
The Ulster County Legislature should take up this resolution as soon as possible and open it up to public discussion. The discussion should include the executive, both legislative parties, and the public. The League of Women Voters would gladly participate in the discussion.
Jolanda Jansen, president
League of Women Voters, Mid-Hudson Region