I'm neither democrat or republican, so I can see clearly that they are pretty much the same. Maybe the democrats "what's yours is mine" mentality gives it away to more services, or wasteful spending. But the republicans take from everyday hardworking citizens and give it away to big business via subsidies and tax breaks, plus wasteful spending. If you ask me, much of this layer of County Government is unnecessary and wasteful. Lots of salaries, benefits, retirement packages...a big, bloated money pit. View Comment
We all know that our human sewage issues are destroying our waters. These issues, including the Hen Island sewage need to be addressed. And the last sentence about dog poop---start fining people who don't clean up. Take some of those parking cops and let them write $500 fines for dog waste with the zeal that they give out parking tickets. That'll solve the dog poop issue fast, although dog poop is NOT the reason why there is this level of contamination. Let's get real. Dogs, geese, raccoons...they are just easy targets to scapegoat and distract from the real issue which is our lack of desire to fix the human sewage issue. View Comment
If people only knew...so many puppies and kittens...of all sizes, shapes, breeds, temperaments available through shelters and rescue groups. And millions upon millions of them are killed every day. Our so-called "no kill" shelters around here turn away animals all the time for lack of space. Why would anyone buy from a breeder or a store? It just seems so unnecessary. Adopt. Adopt. Adopt. You will not regret it. View Comment
The issue of polluted water goes beyond sewage. There are many bodies of water throughout the country, NY included, with toxic algae blooms right now. These dangerous conditions can also be caused by the tons and tons of pesticides and fertilizer we apply to lawns and golf courses. This starts here, on our own lawn.
Every year, at the first sign of spring, little yellow "warning pesticide" flags start popping up on every lawn. At Mercy College, right on the Hudson (I am a grad student there) they sprayed their entire property---huge expanse---with chemicals. When I inquired into what they had used, I was emailed the label. It stated in no uncertain terms that it was toxic to FISH. So this poison washes right into the adjoining Hudson...nice. Sewage, chemicals, fertilizer...are killing our waterways. Because our lawmakers are in bed with chemical companies, it is very unlikely that this will change any time soon. Meanwhile, they can always blame the geese or find some other scapegoat. View Comment
How do you drive the wrong way on the Tappan Zee? There needs to be an investigation, because some serious impairment was happening here---drugs either prescription or illegal---or something. This is such a tragedy. View Comment
I stopped going to Oakland Beach in Rye a few years ago. Sitting in the sand, surrounded by cigarette butts felt like being in a giant ashtray. Then standing in the water while garbage floated by---all manner of disgusting things---plastic bags, used condoms, straws, bottles, wrappers, even a medical needle once...all the while people obliviously wading in this gross stuff. I have no idea why our beaches are like this, but it is a disgrace. Back when I used to live in a beach community in Rye, I had to clean debris off the small beach before my kids could even play in the sand. The beaches are open today. Tomorrow there will be a high bacteria count from the human sewage and they will be closed. And we pay the highest taxes in the nation. I just don't bother going anymore. View Comment
Gillibrand's actions were an ignorant act motivated by the political desire to appear to "do something" about air safety. Killing resident geese makes zero difference in air safety. Just about every aviation expert has said this. Even the NTSB, after investigating the bird strike of Flight 1549 did NOT recommend killing birds of any kind. Why would this be included in an article about a sociopath who beats animals to near death? Geese are not a problem, people who cannot control their violent impulses are a problem. View Comment
Thank you for stating the facts here. I was going to make the exact same point. Hunting does one thing: make lots of healthy deer for hunters (well, it also makes fees for the govt). It is unethical for the County to serve as an advertising agency for hunters at the expense of our forests.
And further, just so the public is educated about this point, deer do not contribute to the prevalence of Lyme disease. The black-legged tick is on 60 different animals, and a high rate of Lyme is more clearly associated with white-footed mice and their predators. So if people are concerned about reducing Lyme disease, forget about deer and allow a robust population of predators to exist (coyotes, foxes, etc). View Comment
When will the state agencies that oversee public land get out of bed with hunters? This land is funded by my taxes. 5% of the American public hunts. That is a tiny minority to warrant access to public lands to impale wildlife.
How horrible for hikers to have to worry about camo'ed hunters and flying arrows. I'm surprised that liability issues alone would not prevail here. I was told by the Yonkers municipal animal shelter that they would not let people foster kittens because they were worried about "liability." Mamaroneck village would not let volunteers oil goose eggs on village property because of liability. Kittens and geese equal "liability?" Flying arrows are okay?
These hunting programs do nothing but keep deer populations artificially high. Time for people to wake up.
Next time they convene a citizen's committee, maybe they should put some actual citizens on it.
Try a fence? I used to have deer in my yard...didn't mind. They came a couple times a day and then left.
People sometimes get freaked about deer in their yard b/c of Lyme disease. It is a misconception that deer lead to Lyme disease. 60 different animals carry the blacklegged tick---including mice. What you want in any environment to control Lyme is predators who eat the mice and small mammals. So let's hope people don't start "removing" the predators---coyote, fox, etc. They probably already are trapping and killing them. Another issue that affects the presence of important predators is people putting out rat poison---invariably this ends up in the food chain and hawks and other predators are affected.
Just leave the deer alone. Stop the insane "deer management" which is only increasing the deer numbers. View Comment
When will people learn that hunting is what keeps the deer population high. The only thing hunting does is make sure there are plenty of healthy deer around for people to hunt the following year. Wake up, people! The county, who derives fees and-- indeed --depends upon hunters for some of their jobs, banks on people believing a simple-minded, intuitive argument about "deer management:" "killing them must reduce them." But, no. What killing does is interfere with nature's ability for the herd to self-regulate population. The incidence of twinning is much higher in hunted deer herds. When hunted, deer reproduce more. And then when the hunters temporarily "thin the herd" that just leaves more to eat for the other deer and they are "fruitful and multiply." Hunters, and their tax-sponsored advertising agency known as the County, have zero interest in reducing deer populations.
By all means, if you want a skewed eco-system, a continually high population of deer, and a cruel, blood sport to invade your parks, then allow hunting. But if you want to join the rest of the intelligent, civilized human race...then reject this disingenuous plan. View Comment
"Over abundance of coyotes" sounds like a rallying cry for lethal management. The solution to living with coyotes is knowledge, not fear or killing. And I speak from experience, having lost a cat to coyotes.
Beware of calling upon the federal government for advice. They are far from impartial and make a lot of money off of killing wildlife and hunting. The USDA Wildlife Services kills coyotes nationwide by setting disgusting steel leghold traps in residential areas, killing thousands of pets and endangered species "by accident." http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/28/4450678/the-killing-agency-wildlife-services.html
Let's hope we can find a way to live peacefully with coyotes, as predators in the eco system perform a valuable function. View Comment