I try not to get political, but I just sent the following comments to both my State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and to my State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer through their web sites. I did not even have to make any changes to it for either, but what I was said in my comments, that I refused to vote for either of them in the last election, is true. While you may not agree with the contents of my comments, I believe the frustration with Albany and our nation's politicians is commonly shared by many of us.
Here is goes:
I'd like to go on record that I support Governor Cuomo's proposed budget and would like to see it approved as is.
I am in favor of cutting state spending, even if it means lose of jobs by state workers. The state government and all its agencies is a bloated bureaucratic mess. We should not be in the business of keeping state employees employed when we know we can cut 10% of their roles without really affecting services.
I am in favor of cutting school budgets, even if it means Scarsdale gets nothing. Scarsdale deserves nothing. It is one of the richest school districts in the state. State support for education should be directed to poor-performing school districts that need it.
In the "About Us" section why is the identity of the founder(s) secret? Also, none of the "articles" are signed. It makes me wonder about the reliability and veracity of this website. Can you tell me who is behind westchester.com?
This is what I wrote her in reply, and I thought I would share it with you, as you might be wondering too:
Today we added as special "I Like" feature to articles. This feature is available only to registered users of Westchester.com. Simply log into Westchester.com and at the bottomr of each article, just above the Comments box, you will see the special "Like This Article" link.
Similar to Facebook, you click on an "I Like" link to let others know the article is worthwhile. This will give the authors and other readers instant feedback on what you like at Westchester.com
Not only that, the system also allows you to track all the articles you like, just like bookmarks. Again, you must be logged in to use these feature. Simply go to your Profile page in the Community section of the web site. Right below your status, where you see the boxes for Activities, Applications, and My Groups - click on the Applications link. Now you will see all your applications - your Wall, your Groups, your latest Photos, your Directory entries, and now the Articles You Like.
The "I Like" feature gives you one more great reason to log in when you visit Westchester.com each day!
Since we initiated reader blogs in 2007, many readers contributed blog postings to our site. We thank each and every one of them.
However, our recent conversion to the new site format in May 2010 included a complete upgrade of our site software. The blog system had some trouble making the transition and we were unable to migrate many of the older blogs. Only blog entries posted after January 2010 were able to be migrated to the new site publishing software platform.
We'd like to apologize to those blog writers whose entries were lost.
Also please note, the site now has a policy about older articles. We will now retire all news articles and blog posts after 270 days. Articles older than 270 days will be taken offline automatically by the system.
This does two things. 1) It keeps our site running smoothly. When we did our site conversion and applied this new policy, we were able to remove over 3,000 articles dating back to 2007 from our site (we're busy little beavers around here, you know). 2) It prevents us from having readers finding old articles about annual events. Every year we get complaints from readers that we have the wrong date for an upcoming event. What they don't realize is that they are reading last year's article about the same event. An example might be a village's annual July 4th fireworks. If a reader is looking at last's years article about their town's fireworks event, they could get very confused (and angry at us!). By removing articles older than 270 days, we hope to prevent this from happening.
Again, our apologies to blog writers and thanks to all our readers.