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Whom does Delgado work for?
Last summer, representative Antonio Delgado was asked in an open letter to support HR 2407, the No Way to Treat a Child Act, which made our $3.8 billion in foreign aid to Israel contingent on their ending their flagrant military detention and abuse of children. Delgado’s response to the over 2,000 signatories was no response; he refused to meet with a coalition of local groups like Jewish Voice for Peace, Women in Black, MECR and Veterans for Peace. The groups were forced to send him a video appeal, which he too ignored.
This year, representative Betty McCollum has introduced a similar bill, HR 2590, the Palestinian Children and Families Act, to ensure no US tax dollars fund the Israeli military’s imprisonment of Palestinian children, demolition of family homes and further theft of Palestinian land. “US assistance intended for Israel’s security,” she argues, “must never be used to violate the human rights of Palestinian children.” Delgado’s response? He has added his signature to a letter opposing her bill and supporting unrestricted aid to Israel.
Your representative’s job is to represent you. So, if you live in Congressional District 19 and disagree with Delgado’s giving Israel a free ride, tell him so by calling his offices: Kingston, (845) 443-2930; DC, (202) 225-5614. Then sign the open letter here: http://chng.it/vtSpBJnz6h.
Remembering Allon Schoener
I am writing to honor the passing of Allon Schoener, the independent curator who died last week at the age of 95.
In my 20s, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I divided my time between Manhattan and Woodstock. I was introduced to many local artists and arts administrators by Zubin, then known locally as the “tie-dye king.” This led me to a number of interesting projects. One such project was called Prajna, which means “direct insight into the truth taught by the Buddha, as a faculty required to attain enlightenment.”
The Prajna project fundraising launch, in the early ‘70s, in which my primary role was as a coauthor of its business plan, would have created a large-scale art colony in Woodstock, not too different from our beloved Byrdcliffe. Allon was its board chair. He was a major art-world mover and shaker, having conceived and staged, in 1969, the “Harlem on My Mind” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum, which became a highly controversial show.
The Prajna concept failed to attract sufficient investment and the efforts shuttered, but the experience was very important in my own career path in the arts and the importance of having a bold vision.
Despite the controversy that surrounded Allon, he deserves credit for popularizing the “mega-show” trend at museums worldwide. He had many other large-scale exhibits to his name that were far less divisive. And even in the Prajna time, he was nesting in Grafton, Vermont, to which he and his family had withdrawn, as being in Manhattan became too confrontational.
Douglas I. Sheer
Suzan-Lori Parks: An unforgettable woman
When I was in college at SUNY Potsdam in 2018, my college theater program put on the play, Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks. The play depicts the real life of “Venus Hottentot,” Saartjie Baartman or Sarah Baartman, a South African Khoisan woman who was brought to England. Baartman was misled into being part of a freak show where the main focus of her attraction was her objectification. Later on, after her death, her body is subject to scientific experiments, which plays in the growth of Western science.
After watching the performance of Venus, I found myself defending this play in classrooms. The criticisms were simplified as, “It was offensive.” I thought out loud, “Of course, it was offensive.”
As a Creative Writing major whose focus was playwriting, I spent the rest of my tuition studying Parks’ work. I read her other famous plays. After graduating, I’m trying to break a writers’ block that seems to materialize when I stay stagnant. When our society seems at the peak of technological advances and progressive thinking, it seems a little contradicting to be quarantining in 2021, but telling. It reminds me of studying at a liberal arts college, surrounded by people who get “uncomfortable” easily.
My sister tells me about The US vs. Billie Holiday. The movie is about one of the greatest singers ever heard: Billie Holiday, who was more than just an extraordinary, unforgettable singer, but also an activist, with her song “Strange Fruit,” and someone who faced deep trauma and conflict with our government’s racism and War on Drugs. A timely singer, and a timely piece, about topics that have only become more relevant. By the happenstance of data-collecting, Hulu also suggests the National Geographic show Genius: Aretha Franklin, which in the beginning credits says, “Created by Suzan-Lori Parks.”
I thought to myself, “That’s so funny, I know a playwright with a similar name.” After watching two episodes, I realize that Parks was this show’s executive producer, showrunner and writer. After a Google search, I realized she co-wrote The US vs. Billie Holiday. I’ve always loved Aretha Franklin, but the controversial aspect of Genius: Aretha Franklin, for me, was how in real life, Franklin was very private and wanted to keep it that way. The celebrity life being notorious for keeping things under wraps, I think that the show, and Parks, wanted to at least set the record straight.
Parks is known in Venus not for writing historically accurate pieces, but for “embracing the unrecorded truth.” Other than being strong, gifted and black, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday and Saartjie Baartman all have another thing in common, that is: women who give when receiving good treatment comes sparingly, in comparison.
Watching these plays, shows and movies, I realized something: Parks is not only interested in entertaining me, and the people, during this hard time of quarantining mentally, of financial struggles and of the physical health concerns that COVID-19 presents, that so many face; Suzan-Lori Parks takes advantage of this time to pay tribute to the women that helped build our societies and to depict them as what they are and have always been: the truth, which is unforgettable.
Woodstock lacks accessibility for people with disabilities
The Town of Woodstock seems to be ignoring a large community of people with disabilities. I’ve made attempts for three years on an advocate level. I’ve taken two days two years ago to walk just about every inch of our town, as I took many pictures of broken, dangerous and/or lack of sidewalks in our town. These are dangerous obstacles for the community of people with disabilities. In my opinion, it truly is a form of discrimination, be it unintentional or, now that I’ve spoken to our town supervisor, it will be three years this summer. What I’m told is, “The town is only responsible for certain sidewalks and the store-owners are responsible for their own sidewalks.” This doesn’t mean simple removal of snow or obstacles; this means any storeowners who have unsafe sidewalks or no sidewalks would have to pay to have their sidewalks repaved.
I personally am tired of seeing people in wheelchairs or mobility devices having to go directly into traffic in order to find a safe sidewalk, or even so much as a sidewalk. Within all my talks and sharing of ADA information straight out of Washington, DC, nothing gets done, just a lot of empty Yeses. Well, that’s not getting a well-overdue job done. And again, to be redundant, it’s excluding a community of people with disabilities. What might not seem like an obstacle to one who isn’t disabled certainly is to one with a disability.
Last summer, my dear neighbor and friend who was ever so exhausted by attempting to go into town in his wheelchair decided to invest in an accessible scooter. I remember the day he received it: You would have thought it was Christmas, he was so excited as I helped him open the box. Well, while crossing the street by Library Lane, he was hit by a car and later died. How many times must we allow this to happen before the town does some serious grantwriting or finds the money to make Woodstock accessible to all?
I’ve been nothing but kind as an advocate and truly wanting to believe I was being heard and taken seriously. But lately it seems that’s been illusion more than truth. I brought up grantwriting and our town supervisor said, “The money isn’t there.” The purpose of a grantwriter is to find the money, and it’s there. Our sidewalks were installed in 1970 and have not been touched since.
Storeowners, per our town supervisor, to be redundant, the town is only responsible for certain sidewalks; otherwise, storeowners are responsible for their own sidewalks. Yes, I too found this quite jaw-dropping. Hence the reason I’d like to take that weight off of you and have the town do some serious grant-searching and -writing. Our town has been packed with tourists again; even tourists have to walk into the street due to narrow, broken and/or no sidewalks at all. Imagine having mobility issues, living an independent life as a person with a disability, trying to maneuver our sidewalks or lack thereof.
The Woodstock Police Department has agreed to “Project Access,” and I’m hoping this goes countywide. It’s an every-year/month sweep of law enforcement, paying special attention to people illegally parked in accessible parking spaces meant for legally tagged vehicles, of whom those spaces are designed for. However, unless the Town of Woodstock doesn’t repaint, fix their accessible signage, it makes it hard for an officer to ticket a person due to very poorly marked accessible parking spaces.
We’re a town that welcomes tourists, yet does not welcome those with disabilities, no less those who live here. I ask anyone who reads this to please share your opinions with the town. This is not a job I can do on my own; however, it’s also not an issue I’m letting go of until the Town of Woodstock is accessible to all. As it should be.
“Disability doesn’t discriminate; it could be you one day having such struggles.”
Overheard in Woodstock: “I don’t vote; I just send vibes to the candidate I support.”
It takes a village
A huge thanks to Patrick and Anna and 27 volunteers by land at the Saugerties Lighthouse and ten paddlers by sea for participating in the tenth annual Riverkeeper Sweep on Saturday, May 1st! Together we removed over 1000 pounds of garbage – a rotten canoe, folding chairs, propane tank and tons of bottles, plastic and Styrofoam, from our Saugerties shorelines. Thank you, Village of Saugerties for supplying the dumpster, disposing of our loot and for always being supportive with an immediate “Yes!” Thank you Hudson Valley One for getting the word out. Not only is our shoreline more beautiful because of your efforts, but it also helps reduce the contamination of our river. I’m sure the Hudson River and all who love it thanks you too! It truly does take a Village!
I Paddle New York
As the story goes
You cannot have an ending without a beginning; however, if in the beginning what is presented is flawed and nothing changes, then the ending will be flawed, and that should not suit anyone.
Increasing empathy toward black people
At Wednesday’s Walk 4 Black Lives, a biweekly demonstration in Kingston, I had the opportunity to learn about the perspective of black leaders to the police killings of black people. I realized that there is a blaring difference between my reactions, as a white person, and theirs. I had gone to the demonstration on April 18 to celebrate the Derek Chauvin verdict. We did a little of that, but the black speakers were more intent on talking about Ma’Khia Bryant, the 16-year-old black girl who was killed by police that week.
I had watched the video of her killing the day before WW4BL and felt angry and upset that the cop shot to kill four times, definitely using excessive force. I didn’t cry, even though I was watching a murder of a girl who was being attacked and had actually called the police for help. I thought about whether or not a case against this cop would hold up in court, because Ma’Khia Bryant had a steak knife and was engaged in a fight.
That was not the perspective of the black leaders at the rally. What they said shook me. They were emotional and spoke about Ma’Khia as if she was their child. They said we have to support black girls no matter how they “present”: what they say, what they’re wearing, whether they’re in control or out of control.
The difference in our reactions was so clear: I did not think of Ma’Khia as my child.
For me, here is where the divide exists. If I let myself envision someone I love and think that Ma’Khia could have been that person, I am no longer in my head. My heart then hurts, too, which brings me closer to black people’s experience.
We live in a land that does not want us to cross this divide. It takes work and risk to cultivate empathy and open the heart.
George Civile is worried ‘bout what I swallow (he tastefully stated concern a few letters back) while he can’t stomach the truth when the focus is on an imPOTUS Trump, Trumpism and his godawful insurrectionist behavior against our democracy. Yup, people like Mr. Civile definitely “are what they eat!” and behave shittily (repeating lies, lies and more lies) with heaping portions or platefuls of political BS. Much of what is served up as political insight by these conservative/right-wingers and our letter-writers – as articulated by them/him – is like, outright inedible crapola. They regurgitate faux news like a “fraudulent election victory” or cook up a hot topic gumbo of disinformation that obfuscates or gaslights, as well as stew in their own juice of half-baked notions so as not to live with the consequences of a “loser” Trump and not show an ability to ruefully acknowledge this reality. What is truly sad, Mr. Civile knows better, which is to say, he knows what is really cooking in Trumplandia – [so] “Sir, here’s t’egg on your face!”
NYS University Police address pandemic
Since the beginning of the pandemic, New Yorkers have shown a resiliency that embodies the strength and hope of the Empire State. In that time, my fellow New York State University (SUNY) police officers and I helped protect our students and community from a threat that can’t be seen, but has impacted far too many.
Fortunately, hope has come from America’s vaccine manufacturers and medical suppliers, who work tirelessly to provide medical staff with PPE, businesses and families with disinfectants and pharmacies, hospitals and pop-up clinics with vaccines from multiple manufacturers. I’m proud my agency joined in distributing this PPE to keep our communities safe.
Under Chancellor Malatras’ leadership, SUNY vaccine clinics have administered more than one million doses of vaccine. These numbers will grow with Governor Cuomo’s announcement of several SUNY walk-in vaccination clinics – no appointment necessary.
I want the public to know that my fellow SUNY police officers and I are committed to ensuring that our campuses are safe from crime and that our students, faculty and neighbors who call our community home have access to vaccines that will keep us all safe.
Too many New Yorkers have felt the devastating impact of COVID, including our officers exposed in the line of duty. We must all work together to defeat this virus, and we should all offer our thanks to our first responders, healthcare workers and healthcare distributors working around the clock to protect us all.
To learn more about SUNY’s vaccine clinics, please visit www.suny.edu/knowyourvax.
Officer Ryan Law
NYS University Police
at SUNY New Paltz
Time to rethink our plastic use
Back in March of 2020, New York State was poised to enact a single-use plastics ban across the state. Then COVID happened, setting us back what seems like decades.
Now that there is finally a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, it’s time to rethink our plastic use and reinstitute policies that focus on sustainability. The science has shown that the Coronavirus does not spread from surfaces, such as dishes or flatware. Plastic is not necessarily safer than reusable materials that are regularly washed and sanitized. So why are our communities’ businesses continuing to embrace single-use plastic containers, plastic wrap, cups, utensils and more? What was once an understandable reaction to protect health and curb the spread of the virus has become, in a word, a bad habit.
According to the New York State Food Service Guidelines for Employers and Employees (www.governor.ny.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Food_Services_Summary_Guidelines.pdf), plastic packaging is only mandatory for condiments. Other “best practices” include cleaning menus if disposable ones are not available, cleaning and disinfecting reusable containers regularly, limiting the touching of foods (such as hors d’oeuvres) during catered events and using prerolled or packaged silverware. There is no requirement for plastic takeout containers – or any plastic, for that matter.
It is worth noting that some establishments have consistently avoided single-use plastics in favor of cardboard containers and other recyclable options. Kudos to them and the example they set. If they can do it, so can the rest.
There are other sustainable options that can be explored, such as reusable or refillable containers. The cost-effectiveness for eating establishments to no longer have to continuously purchase single-use plastic containers – or any takeout containers – cannot be overstated.
One such refillable program is the Tiffin Project, started in Vancouver, Canada in 2012. This program partners with restaurants that pack takeout meals in customer-purchased reusable, stainless steel to-go containers. The customers receive a discount for using these containers. Customers use their own tiffin containers an average of twice per week. On the Tiffin Project website, it is stated that tiffin use will prevent 104,000 takeout containers from entering the landfill.
Imagine how much throwaway plastic and other materials our community could save from landfills if we all got on board with this effort!
Wendy K. Rudder
Do not militarize Kingston schools
The Kingston School District is proposing to spend over $4 million of taxpayer money to build new bulletproof entrances for the schools. The district is “seeking input” from the public on this expenditure via a survey that is so deeply buried on their website you would need to be a professional detective to ferret it out. Ironically, they are using funds from the state’s Smart Schools Bond Act – funds that are intended to update technology in schools, bring high-speed Internet to communities and loan computers to students who are unable to participate in remote learning because of insufficient home resources.
This proposed expenditure is an egregious misuse of taxpayer funds, and moreover, it is a cynical, fear-based vision of our community. Every day in countless ways, people in Kingston are kind to their neighbors and there are myriad networks of connection in our community. We must summon the courage to love our neighbors and create a nurturing environment for our children built on connection, rather than using tax dollars to make our learning spaces into fortresses.
Please contact the school board members to oppose this dystopian project, and urge them to find positive ways to support our students, especially those who are economically disadvantaged. Not only are our tax dollars being misspent, but our soul as a city is at stake. We can do so much better than this to create a bright future for our kids.
What a nightmare
I had the most frightening nightmare last night! I dreamed that John Habersberger was POTUS and George Civile was VPOTUS! Instead of normal people, their cabinet included Hannity, Carlson, Trump, Jr., Ivanka and Jared, Barr, Stephen Miller, even a wax likeness of Limbaugh and the majority of the staff of Fox TV! I’m so relieved that it was Wonderful Joe Biden and Courageous Kamala Harris at the head of my beloved country!
By the way, who is this Donald Trump I hear mentioned here and there? Is he somebody?
Meyer A. Rothberg
We the people need the For the People Act
Congress is now debating the For the People Act. It has passed in the House (HR1) and is now underway in the Senate (S1). The bill aims at preserving and strengthening our democracy by protecting the right to vote and making our elections more secure, transparent, accessible, democratic and free from foreign interference.
Some Republicans are denouncing HR1/S1 as a Democratic Party ploy. But many of the bill’s provisions are modeled on laws already in practice in states throughout the country, including solidly Republican and purple states. Other provisions could constrain Democratic candidates more than Republican ones. Here are some of the reasons why HR1/S1 is so important:
Extreme partisan gerrymandering of US Congressional seats is fundamentally destroying majority rule in this country. HR1/S1 would put independent commissions in charge of redrawing US Congressional districts. Such commissions already operate in Arizona and California. In the latter, the commission took redistricting out of the hands of a legislature controlled by the Democratic Party nearly nonstop since the early 1970s.
“Dark money” contributions (megadonor funding for political candidates without public disclosure) have grown increasingly problematic. In the past couple of election cycles – including 2020 – more dark money went to Democratic than to Republican candidates. HR1/S1 would bring such contributions to any party into the sunlight. Montana adopted such a disclosure law in 2015, with a Republican state senator introducing the bill.
HR1/S1 would allow same-day/Election Day voter registration. Twenty-one states already permit this, including New Hampshire, Iowa, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. Automatic voter registration, another provision in HR1/S1, has been adopted in West Virginia, Alaska and Georgia; it passed with unanimous bipartisan support in Illinois and was signed by the Republican governor.
Recently, Floridians decisively chose to restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated felons. Alabama, Arizona and Louisiana state legislatures have also passed laws restoring such rights to varying extents, and Iowa’s Republican governor used executive action to do so. The restoration of voting rights is backed not just by liberals and progressives, but also by conservative and libertarian organizations like the Cato Institute. HR1/S1 would extend this to every state.
HR1/S1 would allow no-excuse absentee voting. Twenty-nine states already do this, including Alabama, Idaho, Kansas and several other deep-red states. (Five states, including Utah and Colorado, even have all-mail elections.)
Unfortunately, too many Republican state legislators now seem intent on reversing course, with the introduction of hundreds of bills aimed at reducing voter rights and suppressing the votes of those they fear will support the other party. In such a situation, the protection of voters’ rights and the consolidation of democratic values is a matter of urgency. I urge everyone to get involved and ensure the For the People Act becomes law. You can begin by joining us on May 8 for the John Lewis Voting Rights Act Advancement Kingston Rally: bit.ly/dayofactionkingston.
I write to express my revolutionary pleasure in the dandelions that are now subverting the pure, boring expanses of would-be putting-green lawns. The sight of these brilliant yellow flowers, which change the very color of the grass and which will transform themselves at the right moment into millions of puffs of floating seeds, reassures me that a grassroots revolution is always lurking, always threatening, always irritating those who must compulsively mow down the incipient oxygen-producing trees and neatly clip the edges and the hedges, in a vain effort to contain the raggedy life that wants to spill over and replace lawn order with nature’s gorgeous chaos.
Gale McGovern, social activist extraordinaire
October 21, 1938-December 21, 2011
May her memory be a blessing.
Karen Cathers, Gale’s friend
County task force: How to spend American Rescue Plan funds
Open letter to Ulster County leadership:
The Village of New Paltz is requesting $418,400 of the American Rescue Plan funds that Ulster County is receiving. We would use the assistance as follows:
1) Downtown Congestion: As discussed with county leadership for several years, predating the current administration, we continue to seek these necessary funds from the county in order to invest, update and expand our publicly owned Huguenot Street parking area. We have already paid for a design and have probable cost estimates for engineering, construction and lighting. This investment of $200,000 will triple the number of parking spaces to 90, make the area feel welcoming to visitors, provide clarity about where they should park (and when), add dimmable and motion-detecting lighting and bolster Historic Huguenot Street and downtown businesses, resulting in greater sales tax generation, thereby helping the state, Ulster County and all of the county’s 24 municipalities. Each weekend’s traffic congestion highlights how New Paltz is undeniably one of the region’s strongest magnets.
For decades, New Paltz was a fairly typical upstate New York college town. However, the increased interest in our community from people moving here for second homes or visiting for the weekend because of our proximity to the New York City metro area has been dramatic. Appreciation of our uniquely beautiful outdoor recreation assets is not new, but the magnitude of the attention is. Folks used to visit a couple weekends per year in the fall for pumpkins and apple cider donuts, but we’ve seen a noted increase of visitors and people who now call New Paltz their second home. We need help absorbing the newfound, ever-growing popularity of New Paltz as a weekend and vacation destination while maintaining quality of life and governmental responsiveness to year-round residents.
As a village, rather than a city, we receive almost none of the sales tax revenue that our enterprising local economy generates. For the 12-month period through February 2019, $243 million in sales tax revenues were generated in Ulster County including $13.4 million generated in New Paltz, based on the eight-percent sales tax rate. Under the current agreement, this means that the sales tax of $13.4 million from New Paltz only amounted to approximately $251,000 to help offset our property tax bills. This leaves us with a limited budget to put toward fulfilling our role as host and figuring out how to accommodate additional visitors, while keeping New Paltz affordable for residents of all ages and varied lifestyles. Our uniqueness – epitomized by a walkable Main Street with locally owned businesses topped off with a quirky college-town sensibility – is largely responsible for generating interest in New Paltz. We have already demonstrated and are committed to mindful planning and careful management.
We have sought help from the Ulster County government in the past to improve this parking area and are hoping the American Rescue Plan funds will be the difference to finally get this needed work done.
2) Affordable Drinking Water: The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced water usage of the village’s largest user and ratepayer, SUNY New Paltz, as their dorms on campus have been only 43 percent full, causing a shortfall in our municipal water fund. The Village of New Paltz borrowed $5.15 million to replace the 30-year-old filtration system at New Paltz’s water treatment plant in 2018 and 2019 in anticipation of SUNY New Paltz continuing to use and purchase water as they have for decades. To manage the revenue shortfall, the Village of New Paltz has considered charging each of its municipal water users in the Town and Village of New Paltz and at SUNY New Paltz 20-percent surcharges on their quarterly bills for FY 21/22 starting June 1, 2021, so as not to default on the Village’s water fund’s debt payments.
As a SUNY New Paltz host community, we request $218,400 to support our municipal water fund. This assistance would allow the Village of New Paltz to forgo charging its customers 20 percent quarterly surcharges in FY 21/22.
Thank you for your consideration.
Mayor Tim Rogers
Deputy mayor KT Tobin
Trustee Alexandria Wojcik
Trustee Michele Zipp
Trustee William Wheeler Murray
Small business owner supports Excluded Workers Fund
As a small-business-owner, I care a lot about the people in my community. Sadly, I have seen many of them struggle to pay for even the basics during this pandemic. I’ve learned that many workers have been unable to access state or federal relief during COVID-19 because of their immigration status. It’s taken a toll on our industry as well; many businesses like mine are on the verge of shutting down. It’s extremely painful to know that so many families in our communities have had to go through immense hardships.
No one should have to suffer. That’s why I proudly support the Excluded Workers’ Fund that recently passed in the New York State budget. Not only will it bring a $208 million economic boost to the lower and mid-Hudson Valley, it will provide real relief to those who have been denied it for so long.
This fund is good for our businesses, our communities and our future.
Trouble…at the border & in the land
This new parody of Bob Dylan’s great old song “Desolation Row” is titled “Joe Really Has to Go.” It is dedicated to the talking heads and other members of the fawning MSM who still believe that, despite his partisan rhetoric and actions since his election, POTUS Joe Biden really wants to unify the country. It’s also dedicated to all feedback readers who think, that although Joe Biden isn’t perfect, he’s doing a great job.
They’re selling postcards of Joe’s Pinocchios
Barack Obama is back in town
A maskless Nancy is at the beauty parlor
The new First Lady is polishing her crown
Here comes a laughing Kamala Harris
She’s feeling proud and is standing tall
And Rosalyn Carter shouts out a warning:
“You know pride always comes before…a fall”
And the Democrats they’re getting worried
As the “challenge” at the border starts to grow
They didn’t realize that Trump was right:
…Joe really has to go
They moved the All-Star Game to Denver
‘Cos Biden said Georgia’s going all “Jim Crow”
But since Atlanta’s the home of working Black folks
This move is causing quite a circus show
Stacey Abrams has a face that’s open
And it now wears a…sheepish grin
She thought her protests would help her party
But it seems it’s helping to…do it in
And while Biden was talking about “Jim Eagle”
(‘Cos an eagle’s larger than…a crow)
WAPO’s checker said Joe is lying and
Wrote…Joe really has to go
AOC is looking to the future
For what the future has in store
She’s talking about her “New Green Deal”
She’s dreaming of Election Day…2024
She hasn’t been to the border lately
Though she says the word “surge” can’t be used
Even though the border’s being overrun
And caged children are being…abused
And the word police, they look so…anguished
As the numbers of…cages grow
They say a surge by another name is…still
A surge and…Joe really has to go
Hey Neil…I saw your letter yesterday
About how Georgia’s election laws are broke
You said the GOP doesn’t want minority voting
That must have been some…kind of joke…
You asked the reasons for the changes
And you said I never mentioned why…
And you implied in your…published letter
I must be some kind of…racist guy
You said any changes just serve…Jim Crow
But I think every Feedback reader…knows
The fact-checking man would give your facts
At least four…big Pinocchios