One of the goals we had when starting BlueInGreene was to engage the community in an open dialogue, and to begin a discussion of the county’s problems and its direction moving forward. We felt that, by engaging in direct conversation about the issues in the county we live in, people from across the political spectrum might be able to come together in common initiatives.
It’s obvious the county has problems. We have an unemployment rate of 9.7% as of January (up from 9.2% last year, according to the NY State Dept. of Labor). In terms of health care outcomes, we rank 60th among the state’s 62 counties. The county’s attempts to generate new business—for example, through the IDA—have been pathetically ineffective, and often corrupt besides.
Well, the dialogue has begun— sort of. An article in the Daily Mail three weeks ago (and repeated in the Windham Journal a week later) has generated a fair amount of response, not all of it friendly and some of it downright incoherent. For example, a Letter to the Editor in today’s Daily Mail castigates BlueInGreene for any number of sins. One of the remarkable assertions in that letter, which you can read here, is that FDR’s New Deal "stifled" the American economy. Apparently we had been enjoying boom times during the Great Depression, before the New Deal came along and spoiled everything.
Folks, we welcome debate. We also welcome criticism. Above all, we welcome dialogue. But let’s try to keep things civil, and let’s try to stay within the confines of the reality-based community.
Once more, for the record: BlueInGreene is not formally affiliated with any political party, e.g., the Democratic Party. We are affiliated with MoveOn.org. The newspaper article that people continue to comment on was poorly written and contained a number of inaccuracies, as well as an erroneous quotation. We’re not trying to fool anyone; quite the contrary, in fact.
Let’s talk to each other. But, let’s stick to the facts, OK?