Ben seems to think that observations about nobody shopping on the first Candlelight Shopping Thursday are negative. I guess she would be happier if I downright lied and reported that our merchants on Main Street were mobbed. No need to shop anymore and support these folks any longer. Everything was sold out.
"Reacting emotionally" -- old school chauvinism that I haven't seen in years. Women who comment and who are assertive are reacting "emotionally"? Not the most enlightened comment I've seen on BCN.
Some boys don't believe that their comments are sexist because they haven't learned to see their behavior as others see it. You seem sincere about self-improvement. It's worth following up, perhaps not for dealing with BCN types, but in other aspects of your life. Good luck.
Ben, I couldn't care less about you or what you think. Nor do I give your "instructions" or advice any serious consideration. My only intent is to continue to express my views and my observations to the community, and if someone is insulted by them -- well, lighten up because no offense intended. But if someone decides to make it personal about me, however -- a long standing habit here -- I will just slap them back because they deserve it. That simple.
Just briefly. When someone calls the comments of a women too emotional -- that is a sexist comment. Check with your closest Human Resource professional. I'm really not making this up.
You forgot anti-intelligence. I never insult the residents of Beacon. Most of the 14,000 residents of Beacon actually agree with my point of view and tell me on a regular basis how grateful they are that someone speaks for the majority and for hem. Now, if you personally feel insulted, which I guess you do, I'm sorry ... because it is not my intention to insult you. As I said before, I don't care about you or your feelings or your biases one iota. Insulting you is just not on the agenda.
Ben Royce said:ok, let's try a new tack:
cv, i am a horribly misogynistic pig. i'm an insensitive male chauvinistic lout and my head is swimming constantly in sexist thoughts. additionally, i am anti-semitic, anti-muslim, anti-christian, and anti-atheist. i am anti-black, anti-white, and anti-asian. i am against vegetarians and against carnivores. i stand resolutely and irrationally opposed to left handed dentists. finally, i occasionally behead dandelions in my backyard while laughing demonically
now that we have established what a monster i am and started an inquest into my vast and despicable crimes against humanity, is it possible to extract a pledge from you not to insult the residents of beacon anymore?
Charlene Vesuvius said:Just briefly. When someone calls the comments of a women too emotional -- that is a sexist comment. Check with your closest Human Resource professional. I'm really not making this up.
As many of you know, Shelly and I are avid bicycle enthusiasts, regularly bike-commuting, weather permitting, from Millbrook to Beacon to work with my assistant and others in the community.
We have been thinking for a while about what Beacon could do to create a bicycle culture in our little city and recently decided to visit two of the most bike friendly cities in the world, Amsterdam and Portland, Oregon, to see if any lessons could be applied here.
I love Beacon. I'm not exactly sure why. I only come up here one or two weekends a month. I actually think that my house is not even technically in Beacon although part of my property rests somewhere in the Beacon City School District. But I do love this little city.
The thought that Key Food could become Fairway is not only a fantasy but offensive to the good, but very poor people of Beacon. They couldn't afford to shop there. If Key Food morphed into Balducci's, where would the people who survive on food stamps and manager's specials – that's the half-price sale of chickens with freshness dates that have just expired – go to shop? Should another supermarket open just for them? Maybe they should just take a taxi across the river
For 18 months now I've seen homophobic crap like this on BCN. It's not the first time that the "Henry" screen name, who I don't know at all, has attacked me for my gender and my sexual orientation. It's part of the hypocrisy and personal nature of a few on BCN. It's hateful, primitive and personally scary enough to me to report this kind of behavior. Ben, I know you have accused me of insulting the residents of Beacon as a group, but not someone personally. I hope that you would choose not to be complicit here and ask you publicly that you either warn this Henry character or delete his comments. My family would sleep easier.
Henry said:C'mon Charlene. Everyone knows you're a man.
I never insult the residents of Beacon. Most of the 14,000 residents of Beacon actually agree with my point of view and tell me on a regular basis how grateful they are that someone speaks for the majority and for them.
Norma Desmond: [to newsreel camera] And I promise you I'll never desert you again because after 'Salome' we'll make another picture and another picture. You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.
It took me longer to read your reply than it takes to bike from Millbrook to Beacon. It is hard to take seriously someone who thinks the development of the High Line is a good model for Beacon to emulate. In any case, I will continue to take your comments as sexist as would most professionals. I will continue to think that Henry is homophobic, because that is how his character acts. I will continue to enjoy biking in Dutchess County. I will continue to travel a lot because it is easy for me to go most anywhere in the world even for a weekend and I hope to bring back information that might help Beacon when there is something relevant to report. The lessons from Portland and Amsterdam are good ones by the way. You should read them. And you should catch up on your history of this Board as well. My Key food references reflected your point of view but not in as boring a way. I was making fun of newcomers to town wanting to turn Key Food into Balducci's. Oh lord, where did you come from. BCN was interesting for a while, but has recently gone so downhill.