The political conundrum
This November we get to choose from the best of bad. Every day I have to delete stupid quotes, connotations and “canned” letters, and moronic press releases, from both sides of the political spectrum, from this newspaper’s e-mails.
First, let me explain how the “Letter to the Editor” campaign works (?). Several loyal party members gather in a room and decide the best way to get their particular candidate elected is by a letter-writing campaign.
No, they don’t paint a picture of why their candidate is the best choice, or what he/she will do to change a damn thing, rather they try to tear down the opposition by quoting “facts” of their flaws, guffaws and foibles. Usually the letter writers are a determined bunch of Dems/Reps/etc. who have no idea of good or bad beyond their own political agenda.
This year I have decided to “can” the canned letters to the editor from all sides and candidates. When election time really nears I will ask the candidates for various offices to submit a 350 word statement on the purpose for running and their goals if elected. Questions on key issues will also be asked.
Yes, we will run support letters, but we will be really choosy and delete the he/she said she/he said bull crap. Don’t like our new policy…go suck eggs. I, along with the vast majority of voters are tired of the stupid rhetoric and finger pointing that seems to follow every campaign season. Sometimes I feel the stupid letter writers get some kind of high seeing their twisted letters in print.
Simply put, you want to serve the people of Wayne County, just the facts! Make no promises you cannot keep, don’t play to whatever crowd you face, and keep to the facts. The same will go for ads in this paper. If I feel an ad does not keep within the parameters of decency and truth, it will not appear in this paper.
I know this flies in the common interest of selling advertising, but I am getting older, much wiser and life is simply too short to promote shit, so you, or your candidate looks somewhat presentable.
HOP, Hop, hops!
New York State has been squeezing dollars to balance the budget. Now, Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that allows people who want to grow hops for use in beer to file for pretty good grants. Seems the state wants to expand beer brewers and one Macedon businessman has applied for $35,000 in grant funding to begin the hops crop and to purchase a mechanical picker, under the State’s Agricultural Development Program.
The state is hoping to create jobs and collect more in future tax monies by promoting the alcoholic drink. By the way, alcohol is the biggest addiction drug going, by far, and costs taxpayers oodles in social services.
I have a better idea that will cost taxpayers much less. Let the potheads plant acres of marijuana. They won’t need to apply for grants for either machinery or potential product and probably would be more than willing to contribute to taxpayer coffers. A win-win solution that cuts the cops and courts paperwork while creating whole new markets for NYS agriculture. Does this make any more sense that the beer for tomorrow plans?