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See you later accessory structures and homes. Hello dumpster.
Demo of two structures approved tonight. Crappy subdivision on historic property two steps closer?
Can we get some bricks?
Ben: I have no personal issues with the place, other than offering to help set up the place when I heard it was going to be built in Beacon (I had worked in at least four labs at the time, so I thought I could provide some useful input for any design work that may have been involved with construction of new lab facilities; it was the lack of response to my offer of help that led me to conduct my own investigation of the place). And Ben, this was not an academic soap opera; this is a simple misuse of executive authority by Pataki, and possible criminal assumption of state money/property. There is probably no law against what Pataki did (politicians misuse their position in office all the time for a wide range of activities that apparently stay just inside the legal line), but I would like, as a taxpayer, and someone who is concerned about law breaking, like to know if the magical transformation from a state taxpayer funded entity into a private entity was legal. It would seem to be a very simple investigation, but when I contacted the state Attorney General office, they say that they can't investigate the wrong doing of state employees because they would represent the state employees if there were criminal charges (really, they said that in so many words to me; no wonder this state is so screwed when it comes to the corrupt politicians here!)
Regarding the river monitoring: Although they like to promote that as groundbreaking science, that type of remote monitoring has been going on for more than 20 years throughout the country in rivers and along the coast. There is already a USGS station at Poughkeepsie and a West Point station, among other locations in the Hudson.
Steve, I'm sorry for the bad blood between you and the Beacon Institute.
From what I know about academia, this is always the case in Universities and Colleges and Research Institutions: a constant soap opera of of betrayals, back stabbings, dashed hopes, bitterness, etc. I think what you are complaining about is par for the course. Of course, it's not personal for me, and it sounds personal for you, and I have no intention of belittling your feelings on the matter. No disrespect. I was just commenting on the larger national political issues in the mix here.
Steve: there would be no facility without John Cronin.
And I like how you phrase it that something smaller was delivered than promised... (creative reasoning implying) ...John Cronin's doing. The truth of how things played out is slightly more complicated than how you phrase it.
Plus, the tax money spent on the facility was and is well worth it, in my opinion.
This discussion reminds me of the NASA rocket article I read yesterday:
I thought: great work NASA!
Then I read the comments:
Here you see so much of this new style of small-mindedness, short term view, penny wise pound foolish sort of thinking. I take some small solace that this comment was rated highest:
"This is a country of pioneers, from Jamestown and Plymouth, from the Wright brothers to the moon landings, new frontiers is what we are all about. This is what I want my taxes spent on. All the power to NASA." by Roy in California.
With the same spirit as Roy, I like the money we spent on the Beacon Institute. I like that my taxes went to the Walkway over the Hudson. And I am 100% for public funds to be spent on a revived incline.
Because I'd like to say that I think big, and take the long view, and I want investment in our infrastructure. I would like to think this attitude is closest to the American spirit of embracing grand projects.
What we can stop spending trillions on is: pointless foreign wars, and corporate cronyism.
So Steve: you are 100% right: our government wastes tons of our taxes. But I believe that you have identified the wrong sector of waste going on. Investing in our infrastructure and quality of life improvements and other domestic projects that the people love and want to spend their tax money on is not waste. Foreign wars and corporate socialism is.
Another person that spent some time at the Craig House was Truman Capote.
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