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August 23, 2012

Dealing with the curve balls

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Not surprisingly we received more than one response to our e-mail. One read in part: “It doesn’t sound as though Cuomo wants to give anyone that courtesy ...” Exactly what Gov. Cuomo has to do with this we don’t know. To our knowledge he has never lobbied anybody while making a claim about our point of view. Nor did we understand the e-mail which stated: “Most of the support for fracking seems to come from Westchester County (according to the polls), where naivety reigns supreme ... Perhaps we can have a state-wide ballot initiative sometime down the road after more people have become “educated” about the pros and cons of hydraulic fracturing.” We think, although we are not certain, that the claim is being made we are both uneducated and naive, even though we don’t live in Westchester County. However, the most disturbing e-mail came from someone, writing without the benefit of capitalization, who told us: “unfortunately, the reality of the situation is that you are lumped into a group of anti-frackers as long as you live in a town with a ban ... that’s the way it is ... you are an anti-fracker whether you like it or not ...”

Quite frankly, not only do we think we don’t lump well, but we are basically opposed to such lumping as we feel we are perfectly capable of speaking for ourselves as we have in the past and fully intend to do in the future. We were also less than pleased to have received a new report, “The Graying of the Empire State: Parts of NY Grow Older Faster,” by E.J. McMahon and Robert Scardamalia. Nonetheless, we do find the warning presented by the report to be worthy of consideration. Among other things, the report pointed out that trends in population in New York between 1990 and 2010 included these facts: Firstly, “The number of young adults -- broadly defined as the 20 to 34-year-old age bracket -- dropped sharply in both upstate New York and the downstate suburbs of the Hudson Valley and Long Island.”And secondly, “Counter to the national trend, the population of children and teenagers decreased in all regions of New York between 2000 and 2010, after growing at less than one-eighth the national rate during the previous 10-year period.” The report ends with this quote, “Unless the upstate region can somehow attract more young workers and their families, its population of children and young adults will continue to spiral downward. And its future outlook will grow even dimmer.”

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