The Rural Patriot

August 31, 2006

New Poll Shows WNY’ers Dissatisfied With NYS Government

Filed under: New York State,Polls — theruralpatriot @ 11:00 am

The New York Matters project was sponsored by the Center for Government Research in Rochester, NY.

…(the) group wanted to sense the mood of taxpayers in an election year and commissioned the Marist Institute of Public Opinion to conduct the poll among an unusually large group of respondents.  She said the results clearly show a yearning for reform, even in prosperous areas like New York City and the lower Hudson Valley.

 … the poll of 2942 residents statewide and 362 in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus counties found the westerners in a far surlier mood than their already fed-up neighbors.

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Are you a “Nazi Appeaser”?

Filed under: Bush Administration,Iraq War,national security — ellicatt @ 10:58 am

Ever since I heard Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld call the majority of Americans “Nazi appeasers” and that we are “confronting a new kind of fascism”, I’ve been struggling with how I was going to approach this subject. (more…)

Latest Numbers on Uninsured Americans

Filed under: Poverty,Wages — theruralpatriot @ 10:42 am

The number of medically uninsured Americans rose to 46.6 million – almost 16% of all Americans; up 1.3 million from last year.  This is the fifth year in a row that the uninsured number has increased.  From 2004 to present, 400,000 more children are now uninsured; 1 in 5 “impoverished children lacked coverage”; “22% of Hispanic children were uninsured”. 

 Most experts cited the cost-driven decline of employer-based health coverage and private insurance for the overall increase.

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Massa on Rumsfeld/Iraq/Katrina Anniversary

From the Massa campaign – press releases from 8/30 with information pertinent to Mr. Massa’s views, thoughts, and concerns regarding the current and relevant topics of Donald Rumsfeld’s recent speech and the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina:

On Rumsfeld’s Recent Remarks/Iraq:

“After 21 months of trying to find something I can agree with Secretary Rumsfeld on, I finally found it. He said, ‘the American people are being lied to.’ The problem is, he’s the one doing the lying.” (more…)

August 30, 2006

Ellicottville Co-Generation Plant Update

Filed under: Cattaraugus County — theruralpatriot @ 11:30 am

(Previous post:  Possible Laidlaw Co-Generation Plant To Be Discussed)

This past Monday evening, the Ellicottville Town Board held their monthly meeting. The first topic discussed was the proposed Laidlaw biomass plant. Although the below linked article states that about 50 local residents attended the meeting, my estimate is between 80-100. The topic received very little time on the agenda. Two motions regarding a final environmental impact study and determination of the zoning status of the existing facility were made and agreed upon.

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Roll Out the Barrel

Filed under: NY-29 Blogs,Randy Kuhl — theruralpatriot @ 10:46 am

I recommend going over to the “Fighting 29th” blog and checking out the above post, “Roll Out the Barrel”

Randy Kuhl’s office has announced millions of dollars of grants in the last month (here, here, here and here).  These are routine grants, which probably would have happened no matter who was serving in the 29th.

I highly recommend frequently visiting the Fighting 29th and all of the NY-29th blogs for a more informed view of the  NY-29 Congressional race!  They are generating some great coverage in helping to keep us informed.

Kuhl Hip Surgery/MoveOn Ad Update

Filed under: Randy Kuhl — theruralpatriot @ 10:38 am

Kuhl recovering at home from surgery
Congressman Randy Kuhl had a second hip replacement surgery last week.  His first hip replacement surgery occurred in August 2005.  We wish him well in his recovery process.

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August 29, 2006

Remembering Katrina #4

Filed under: Hurricane Katrina — theruralpatriot @ 9:32 am

The Rural Patriot remembers the victims, events, and stories from Hurricane Katrina.  May those who have perished rest in peace, and may those who have been affected by loss of any sort continue on their healing path.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

WARNING:  Graphic images are posted below the folds of these Katrina posts.

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August 28, 2006

Come and Meet Eric Massa and Max Cleland!

Filed under: Cattaraugus County,Eric Massa,November 2006 Election — ellicatt @ 3:28 pm

On Saturday, September 9 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm at the Little Valley V.F.W. Post 8734, there will be a pig roast/picnic to support Eric Massa, the democratic congressional candidate for New York’s 29th District.

Max Cleland will also be attending.  Mr. Cleland’s credentials include:  Viet Nam War Veteran, Captain, United States Army Administrator, U.S. Veterans Administration (1997-1981), and United States Senator (1997-2003).  He has authored the following books:  Strong at the Broken Places and Going for the Max!; 12 Principles for Living Life to the Fullest, and he was a panel guest on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher”, this past Friday, August 25th.

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Remembering Katrina #3

Filed under: Hurricane Katrina — theruralpatriot @ 10:04 am

For the next several days, The Rural Patriot will remember the victims, events, and stories from Hurricane Katrina.  May those who have perished rest in peace, and may those who have been affected by loss of any sort continue on their healing path.  

Part 1
Part 2

WARNING:  Graphic images are posted below the folds of these Katrina posts.

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August 27, 2006

NY-29 Meeting Eric Massa in a Living Room in Canadice, NY

Filed under: Eric Massa,November 2006 Election,Randy Kuhl — ellicatt @ 10:59 am

(Posted with permission from the author.  Original post by “shrimppop” published 8/23/06)

I met NY-29 challenger Eric Massa at a house party for him last night in Canadice, NY. I’m a supporter and I’d already given $100 to the campaign, but I came away from the meeting even more impressed. More on the flip.

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Weekly News Roundup – 8/27

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 9:31 am

In case you may have missed any of these articles.  Covering mainly Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties, but WNY regional, state, and national topics of interest are also added.

LOCAL

New bond rating lowers interest on borrowing
Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Cattaraugus County’s bond rating from Baa1 to A3, county legislators were told Wednesday. The move will lower interest costs for borrowing.
“This has been a long time coming,” county budget director Jack Searles told the Legislature following an announcement by Chairman Crystal J. Abers, R-South Dayton. “This is really big news.”

City gets grant for sewer work
Rep. John R. “Randy” Kuhl Jr. emptied the proverbial goody bag Friday in announcing $2 million in grants to five municipalities in the region, including $400,000 for sewer-system improvements in East Olean.

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August 26, 2006

Remembering Katrina #2

Filed under: Hurricane Katrina — theruralpatriot @ 10:18 am

For the next several days, The Rural Patriot will remember the victims, events, and stories from Hurricane Katrina.  May those who have perished rest in peace, and may those who have been affected by loss of any sort continue on their healing path. 

Part 1

WARNING:  Graphic images are posted below the folds of these Katrina posts.

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August 25, 2006

In Praise of Older Bloggers

Filed under: NY-29 Blogs — chillychumpy @ 12:17 pm

Photo courtesy of edenprairieweblogs.org

Growing up, one of my best friends was my grandmother. I would spend hours helping her out, and felt like superman when I helped her with something she couldn’t do. “Ahh, you’re a comfort,” she’d tell me.

What I got back from her, besides the simple joy of giving, was endless stories about the old days. I loved it. She was born in 1912, so she had seen a LOT. Growing up so poor that an orange was a once-a-year treat at Christmas. Remembering the excitement when a family down the block got their first car. Being able to take a trolley anywhere, even in our little po-dunk town. Surviving the depression by saving and sharing everything with your neighbors. Raising 3 kids through the premature death of my grandfather, then going on to finally get a college degree– and 2 masters degrees besides. She was an amazing woman, and would say to me “you’re my very best friend”. The feeling was mutual. She passed away 7 years ago, and here I am still getting all choked up about it.

Politically, we disagreed.

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Remembering Katrina #1

Filed under: Hurricane Katrina — theruralpatriot @ 10:43 am

For the next several days, The Rural Patriot will remember the victims, events, and stories from Hurricane Katrina.  May those who have perished rest in peace, and may those who have been affected by loss of any sort continue on their healing path. 

WARNING:  Graphic images are posted below the folds of these Katrina posts. 

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August 24, 2006

NYS Whistleblower Hotline

Filed under: New York State — theruralpatriot @ 1:52 pm

Comptroller Launches Toll-free Hotline for New Yorkers to Report Government Fraud and Corruption

New Yorkers can now call a new toll-free hotline, 1-888-OSC-4555, to report allegations of fraud, corruption or abuse of taxpayer money, New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi announced today. New Yorkers can also continue to report allegations of malfeasance online at www.osc.state.ny.us.

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More on the MoveOn Ad

Filed under: Eric Massa,Iraq War,New York State,November 2006 Election,Randy Kuhl — theruralpatriot @ 10:25 am

Upstate GOP congressmen face fresh attacks on Iraq

Yesterday on this site, we posted an article regarding MoveOn’s efforts in running an advertisement related to Randy Kuhl’s Iraq War support.  The above AP article provides more local information on the subject.

Eric Massa, a retired Navy commander challenging Kuhl, met with veterans Wednesday in Corning, arguing that the current U.S. policy in Iraq has failed and the war-torn country should be divided into three separate ethnic states.
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“My opponent chose to make this the central issue of the election, by going to Iraq 100 days before and returning without any solutions,” said Massa.

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Latest Quinnipiac Poll Numbers

“From August 15 – 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,556 New York State registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. The survey includes 464 likely Democratic primary voters with a margin of error of +/- 4.6 percent, and 469 registered Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent.”

Clinton vs Tasini 86% – 10%
Clinton vs McFarland 64% – 24%   June: 58% – 31%
Clinton vs Spencer 62% – 26%      June: 57% – 33%

Clinton Approval/Disapproval Rating:  58% – 34%
Schumer Approval/Disapproval Rating:  59% – 23%

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August 23, 2006

Long-Time GOP Supporter – Massa for NY-29

Sherman Moreland, the former Chemung County Chair for the GOP, wrote the following letter to Eric Massa expressing his disappointment with the current state of the GOP and his subsequent support for Eric Massa.  It appears in today’s Corning Leader newspaper; the actual letter to Mr. Massa can be viewed here.

Dear Eric:

I’m a life-long third generation Republican with 58 years of proactive party membership, but I’m having this problem staying the course. The policies, ideology and outcomes of the Bush Administration governance and buttressed largely by a go-along Congress are starkly in contrast with and contravene everything I have believed and thought my Party stood for. (more…)

Anti-Kuhl Ad

Filed under: Iraq War,November 2006 Election,Randy Kuhl — ellicatt @ 4:08 pm

MoveOn.org Political Action launched a new ad campaign against Republican House Members who support the Bush administration’s failed policy in Iraq.

The ads criticize the incumbents for failing to act as a check on President Bush’s fiasco in Iraq. They focus on the Republicans’ failure to protect American troops and taxpayers from war profiteering by companies like Halliburton, and the waste of billions of dollars needed for healthcare, schools, and other priorities at home.

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