Selected Shorts

Headline: Constitution Pipeline Victory!!

On Earth Day, April 22, Governor Cuomo and his Department of Environmental Conservation denied the 401 Water Quality Certificate for the Constitution Pipeline. This is an incredible move which couldn’t have happened without over 4 years of smart, strategic organizing, and the Governor realizing the insanity of building out more fossil fuel infrastructure. Constitution Pipeline has already threatened to sue, but  New York State is correct in their decision- the region is prone to extreme weather with tropical storm Lee and hurricane Irene wreaking havoc. Every piece of fossil fuel infrastructure we defeat leads us closer to a livable future. –Isaac Silberman-Gorn

A student asks his principal,

Where is my teacher?

City wide lay offs.

Where are my textbooks?

State Austerity Plan.

Student Loan?

Federal Budget cuts.

Finally the exasperated student asks:

But how am I going to get  an education?

To which the equally exasperated principal replies:

THIS IS YOUR EDUCATION!

SAT’S Tests Alive & Well                                                                                                                                           The SAT and the ACT, bugaboos of generations of college applicants, were supposed to shrink in significance as more colleges and universities moved away from requiring standardized test scores for admission.                                                                                                     Instead, the companies behind them have pushed into the nearly $700-million-a-year market for federally required tests in public schools, offering the SAT and the ACT even to students who do not plan to go to college. Prompted by a recent change in federal education law, they are competing — and increasingly winning — against exams funded by the Obama administration to become mandatory high school tests, used for ranking school performance.

United States vs Yemen

“The US-Saudi-led war on Yemen started on March 26, 2015, with the Saudi coalition’s aerial blitz, using both high-explosive and outlawed cluster bombs, against a population with no air force or other effective air defense. US-supported year of carnage has killed more than 6,000 people (no one knows for sure), most of them civilians.” This is much greater than the carnage in Europe.  Reader Supported News

Letter                                                                                                                                                                           

Dear People’s Press,                                                                                                                                        Saw on the front page of today’s paper, May 1st that we have $16 Million to spare for a BU student walkway from campus to downtown Binghamton.                                                                                                                                              Guess that’s more important than creating low-income housing to replace the housing lost to BU students, or for Internet for public housing; or public Internet in the City itself, like that service that previously existed so that poor City kids might have some chance to catch up with the rest of the kids; or Internet for subsidized low and moderate income senior apartment complexes. No money for THAT!!!                                                                      Oh, I forgot, those poor, and especially disturbing black kids, are the ones we want to get rid of so those ever-so-welcome retail and real estate income-generating students don’t have to mingle with the lower classes, which might be discouraging for some of them.                                                                                                                                                         Guaranteed, that $16 Million walkway will be maintained and well patrolled. More largess to the local plutocrats at the expense of the less affluent, unsubsidized taxpayers.                                                                                                                                                     First things first, I guess.  And the beat goes on, undisturbed by the feckless masses!         Is there no one available in Binghamton, BCC, or BU to fill the ranks of community organizers like Barak Obama?                                                                                                                Will there be not a peep from Binghamton’s vast community of not-for-profit do-gooders?                                                                                                                                                              Stan Gluck

 

 

 

 

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