2/20/12

Hear that? It is the wailing and gnashing teeth of citizens who do not want their homes crapped up by wind turbines.




Cellophane 
Mister cellophane 
Should have been my name !
Mister cellophane 
'cause you can look right through me 
Walk right by me 
And never know I'm there!




I almost missed it. I received a phone call last night asking me if I read what the Watertown Daily Times wrote about the Town of Cape Vincent being one of the five worse-run governments in the north country. 

Mr. Cellophane
I admitted to the caller that I do not read the Watertown Times very thoroughly, anymore. Especially what the Editors write. I guess I am in a bit of a snit because their editorial policy seems to avoid the real issues of industrial wind and the impacts it has had around the world on the people who are doomed to live with it, including thousands of Northern New York residents.

Every day, though, I do a "Times" search on Cape Vincent. But, even then, the headline "Listen! Hear that? Is it the wailing and gnashing teeth of government", did not catch my eye.

When I went back to search out what the caller was telling me, I had found that Bob Gorman, Managing Editor, presented a list of the five worse-run governments in the North Country. And on that list, he included my Town of Cape Vincent, NY.

Holy crap! How the hell did he come up with that?

Oh wait, I forgot!

The Town of Cape Vincent used to be one of the five worse run governments in the North Country. For many years it was rife with corrupt public officials who had signed industrial wind  leases and were being paid by Acciona Energia and British Petroleum. By signing those wind leases, those public officials made an agreement to do all they could to promote industrial wind and assist in the local siting process. And one of the things they did was refuse to answer any questions about what their turbines might do to the community.

This is how Gorman defends his conclusion  that the Town of Cape Vincent is one of the five worse North Country governments.

Now add those towns where wind turbines are being proposed. The result is this sobering trend: more and more public officials are telling Times reporters they feel “threatened” by the way in which citizens confront them with complaints

But, last fall, the Town of Cape Vincent was changed by the voters, the public officials with the wind lease conflicts of interest were thrown out and now the Town of Cape Vincent has one of the best run governments in the North County.

Bob Gorman is just a little behind in the good news about the Town of Cape Vincent government.

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good Morning JLL,

This is the caption under the picture that accompanies the Gorman blog post:

"JUSTIN SORENSEN n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Clarence G. Benware, Black River, holds up a School Law book in October at Keddy's in Carthage during a metting to discuss resignations from the Carthage School District and baord."

All those spelling errors would make one think that the WDT is the worse run newspaper in the North County.

Has Bob Gorman ever attended a Cape Town "Baord Metting"?

Anonymous said...

Hey JLL!

Gorman is right about the way the town government is approached.

Richard Edsall recently approached the ZBA Chair and ask for an interpretation. Then he threatened to put a junk yard by the homes of two of the members.

But that does not mean the government is run bad. It is most likely that reporters that report back to Gorman just don't get it. The green shirts in CV can and are being very nasty but that does not mean that our new people are not doing their job.

Anonymous said...

This is on Newzjunky

Crappy Newspaper Execs
Are More of a Threat to
Journalism's Future than Any Changes Wrought
by the Internet
"To be clear, we have accepted we are no longer the old-fashioned agenda-setters or gatekeepers of information for our communities. Clearly communities know what they want and can organize themselves around issues and activities."

RWiley said...

6:36

Here is that link from Newzjunky.

Crappy Newspaper Execs
Are More of a Threat to
Journalism's Future than Any Changes Wrought
by the Internet

Anonymous said...

Was Cape Vincent added to the worse five government list before or after Bp's Peter Gross visited the Ad department and placed a very lucrative half page ad that attempted to tell the WDT readers that their Cape Vincent project was good for the community?

Anonymous said...

Read the whole thing....

“The newspaper is the place where communities are formed,” writes New York University professor Aurora Wallace in her book Newspapers and the Making of Modern America. Dr. Wallace continues: “Newspapers are … the engine behind the construction and maintenance of strong communities … when they falter, we must ask what else will suffer as a result.”

Anonymous said...

Wiley...Suck it up...

It's a business and they have to make money. Don't like what you read. Don't read it. Don't buy it.

JefCo Citizen said...

Gorman reveals a lot about why your Shimp turbine got such great attention and follow up from J. Lee even though it was a minor zoning dispute which happens all the time. Remember, too, a times reporter was making mocking references to "Rochester ruling the Cape" because part time residents exercised their constitutional right to register and vote in Cape Vincent. Our mayor was taking the same stabs. He too is confused about the workings of our democracy. Not all of Jefferson County feels the same way as the times. Kudos to Cape Vincent for cleaning things up.

Anonymous said...

"For many years it was rife with corrupt public officials"

During that time the WDT referred to them as "pro-wind" and would not describe them as lease holders with conflicts..
Remember Aubertine was a lease holder too. JLL, I will spare you from my posting of the Aubertine letter again.

Yet, the WDT attempted a thorough expose on a minor zoning dispute. Like Shimp, the WDT fell victim to a wiley, king political payback dirty trick on our town supervisor and the new board members.

RWiley said...

This is my comment to Mr. Gorman's blog post.

"Last fall the Cape Vincent citizens removed the wind lease corrupt public officials from the Cape Vincent Town Board.

Since then, dozens of Cape citizens have come forth and applied for appointed positions within the government.

Dozens more have come forth to join committees that are working on economic development, a Town-Village comprehensive plan and a new zoning ordinance.

All of these activities were suppressed by the wind lease conflicted former public officials who were being paid by Acciona and British Petroleum.

I am proud of the citizens and what has become one of the best governments in the North Country."

Anonymous said...

Here are tow examples of how government officials behaved during the days of the wind corrupt government.

Planning Board Member Verbally Assaults a Camera Man.

Wind lease conflicted Cape Planning Board member has a hissy fit after a citizen politely asked a question.

During the second video Edsall admits that he is showing his conflict and then verbally attacks another citizen.

TI said...

The Watertown Daily Times has dropped the ball over and over and over again. When they should have properly been casting shame on local governments operating under blatant conflicts of interest, their editors ducked the issue.

Editorial integrity at the paper has been forfeited.

Proud of Lyme said...

RWiley...@8:20

Some guy called Chaumoron commented to your comment and proved he was a Chaumoron.

Wind or no wind he should have a little more respect for our town.

Lyme has its problems with Aubertine. But at least they did not go to the extent of the Cape in squashing the voice of the people. Thanks to R. Macsherry and U. Hirschey for changing that. Thanks to the citizens who licked them out.

Someone give Gorman the directions to Cape Vincent so he can attend a town meeting and meet the new people running the government.

Anonymous said...

Bob missed Henderson...one of the worse.
This would be a good subject for a WDT readers poll.
About time someone went after these ...

Anonymous said...

nice post

Not Zee Problem said...

What's amazing is how the WTD went from a true newspaper to being a rag for corporate corruption. I can't say how many years passed from then to now, but I can say it was before "Johnson and Johnson" took it over. Back in the day we had enough respect to wait until everyone had a chance to read it before it ended up on the outhouse floor. One of their shining moments was when Nancy Madsen realised she was working for a toilet paper company, resigned, and left before she got any of the bullshit on herself. The future of America rests on the news people get. Keep up the work, CV. Just remember there's a lot more than just wind power that's destroying American towns. Or maybe it's just being used as an issue to further another agenda. In either case, the WTD is up to its ink in obfuscation.

The short Version said...

"to being a rag for corporate corruption. "

Advertising money....

Anonymous said...

Do you think people are really starting out your true colors.

Vibrant Hues said...

Here is one thing I see in the overall problem with getting information. I run two types of operating systems. On Windows, even though I know precisely what information is available, Windows always gets either redirected or simply says the page is no longer available. Using the same bookmark links in LINUX I have no problem. Firefox/LINUX prevents them from redirecting and I get the pages I want. Maybe this is why no one gets real intelligent information on most things because the entire media is controlled to keep you from getting it. LINUX uses a main frame as a source. Mainframes in MIT, and NEW YORK, Montreal, and elsewhere are available. That said, my response to 12:23, maybe the "true colors" you speak of comes from the light of intelligent information rather than that Propaganda Ministry you call NPR, for instance? National Petroleum Radio. Or some oxycontin dealer who kept his fat ass out of jail running a propaganda ministry for the GOP. Right. True colors.

Comfortably Soft said...

Subscribership and sales run a newspaper. If all people buy a paper for are the coupons, then it's news is irrelevant. If the people buy it for the news, they would lose sales. Corruption and propaganda don't last. It constantly evolves and goes from one Red Herring to another and eventually it gets stuck like a salmon at a dam. Flounders, and dies before reaching the spawning grounds. Such is the future of the WTD under Johnson. Try CHARMIN next time you want better reporting.

Anonymous said...

I GUESS GORMANS COMMING OUT REMARKS EXPLAINS WHY THE WDT RAG SEEMS TO HAVE BACKED THE BIG WIND AGENDA MOST OF THE TIME !!!IT SEEMS TO ME THAT BIG MOUTH GOREMAN HAS A CONNECTION WITH THE BIG MOUTH WIND THUGS !!! WHERE WAS BIG MOUTH GORMAN WHEN OUR CORRUPT GOVERNMENT WAS STICKING IT TO OUR COMMUNITY? ONE DOES NOT NEED TO BE A ROCKET SCIENTIST TO UNDERSTAND THERE IS SOME KIND OF A TIGHT CONNECTION BETWEEN THE WIND COMPANY AND THE OWNERS OF THE WDT RAG !!! I DON'T THINK GORMAN HAD THE GUTS TO COME TO CAPE VINCENT IN THE PAST AND HE CERTAINLY WON'T NOW THAT OUR CITIZENS KNOW HIS FEELINGS ABOUT OUR NEW,AVERAGE PEOPLE REPRESETED GOVERNMENT !!!!
JOHNSON NEEDS TO PUT A MUZZLE ON THIS WIND THUG EMPLOYEE, THAT WOULD BE WISHFUL THINKING !!! BECAUSE GORMANS SO SMART MAYBE HE COULD MAKE SOME SUGGESTIONS ON HOW WE COULD IMPROVE OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT!!!!
I ALSO THINK GORMAN SHOULD TELL US WHAT HE BASED HIS COMMENT ON, IN REGARDS TO CAPE HAVING A BAD GEVERNMENT !!!! ( BACK UP YOUR COMMENT ABOUT WHY WE HAVE SUCH A BAD GOVERNMENT MR. GORMAN )
I FOR ONE HOPE THAT YOUR ON THE SAME BUS,LEAVING TOWN, THAT THE BP CARPET BAGGERS WILL BE ON !!!
IT'S TIME FOR MR. JOHNSON TO SHOW US WHERE HE STANDS.... GET RID OF THIS MR. GORMAN GUY !!! HAVE A NICE DAY......

Twinkies are subsidised said...

How did our farms get this far gone? Subsidies. They weren't subsidised to limit production. To keep demand higher than supply. I don;lt think energy subsidies are any different, and the end result with this fiasco will be the same. Less energy and higher prices. Who gets the subsidies? Certainly not the leaseholders or the taxpayers. This will cause even further declines in revenue for schools as the local economy is diverted to corporations such as BP. That's the bottom line here. The battle over the presumed placement of turbines is a distraction from the more important issues. Regardless whether BP places one single turbine or noe at all, they will still walk away with the money.I think the reason why the focus isn;t on that aspect of it because it would require a concentrated focus on the entire issue if subsidies and corporate profits. Tell me with a straight face that the GOP isn't all about protecting corporate profits and Wall Street, just the same as the DemoRats.

Man in Dark Glasses said...

Ve haf vays of dealink mit people such as yu. Vat is your name? You will be reported to my superiors and dealt wit very very harshly. My friend Mr Gross und myself haf every intention of getting what we want and your pathetic voices will be silenced. You don't know who you are dealing with.

Anonymous said...

our village of Governeur is on the top five worse?
Based on what?
Bob has been reading too many Times articles.

Anonymous said...

Bob Gorman is not a very good writer. If you read his article about seven times you might figure out what the point of his article is.

I think he was saying that in the eyes of the citizens all governments might be perceived as bad.

Either way it was a trash piece that offended many coming from a once respected institution that used to be regarded as a community leader in local public policy.

Anonymous said...

WOW - Can anyone believe that John would ever allow such a poorly written comment to be publicized? There was a time when John B sent his wife to all the Cape Vincent anti-wind gatherings to oppose big wind. What happened? Gorman is a poor writer because, if you read deeper into his column, it seems he is trying to send a different message than what is perceived. He is pissed off about the fact that his reporteres are just simply doing a bad job and is punishing us for making it public. It is a shame he lost a pro like Nancy. Gorman has driven many readers away. I gave up my subscription because we get way overcharged for what amountsghousa to a newsletter. Gorman's column just angers me so much that I will not buy it even for the Sunday edition.

Anonymous said...

I think he wanted to take swipes at the city manager situation and had to justify it by bad mouthing towns outside of Watertown. Our Mayor politics and paper is getting weirder by the day.

Gorman is absolutely reicht,,, said...

It's nothing new, at least since 1996 and the Telecommunications Act, that "NEWS" is limited in scope and focus according to the needs of corporate advertisers, and the revenues they provide. Papers , such as the WTD, are bound by that philosophy, and there are those who are willing and anxious to defend it. The argument is they need to keep the paper affordable. The fact is, society itself cannot afford a propaganda ministry run by the Corporate Global Empire, to which ACCIONA and BP certainly belong. How about giving the "newspaper" away freely to anyone who wants to bother reading it. That's how the real journalistic publishers have to do. In order to provide unfiltered scientific facts to consumers, they cannot accept corporate funding. Funny how that works against true journalists. Real journalism is delegated to obscure independent sources not easily accessed by those who need to be informed. Which is also the reason mainstream media has to have ways of discrediting independent sources. It's a tricky balancing act if someone wants to sit on the fence and play both sides. Leaning to one side may seem daring, but it takes a full commitment to an ideal and not just a singular cause or agenda. Learning how to think conceptually as opposed to enslaving one"s self to a dogma of controlled diatribe. Wind energy is a concept that was bastardised by corporate and political greed. In less than two years it will be another quickly forgotten scandal and we will be distracted by a new and even larger scandal. Seeing what has been perpetrated thus far makes the future look pretty scary for most people. Try not to block their view.

Anonymous said...

It has long been known that the policy of the paper is set in the advertising office. But I believed they are blinded by their thinking that small towns outside of metropolis are beneath the superior thinking of the Daily Planet.

Anonymous said...

"Now add those towns where wind turbines are being proposed."

People asking questions of those governments would make more sense to Gorman if he understood the issue. I live in Adams and even I understand what is being done to those towns and their governments.
What constitutes a good government? One where no one shows up to their meetings? By that logic a good newspaper would be one no one reads.

Anonymous said...

I think the corporations dictate to the newspapers what they can and cannot print about them. They pay for that service with "advertising" dollars. The worst part is, corporations do the same thing with our politicians. You can't say that either one has any vested interest other than to exploit the general population and then call it "news" or "governing". For that reason, both have a symbiotic relationship, or what is called "incestuous". I think the perverted connotations are more fitting anyway. Isn't that a dandy.

Anonymous said...

He took the Cape off his revised list and added Lyme. So you can relax now.

Interested Person said...

As far as Lyme goes, take no prisoners. Auberntine knows what's coming. Myabe Hilary Clinton will take time off from her work over at the Council on Foreign Relations job, euphemistically called the "State department" and come to BP's rescue. Maybe she can find some way to relate it to National Security. I'm just itching to see how far they will go to protect a foreign developer. This ain't the bible belt and it ain't a swamp.

Anonymous said...

Aubertine as least was honest. He was elected by the majority and then told them he was going to represent the minority. What is about these Lyme and Cape people who do not understand how democracy works?

Anonymous said...

There is a reason why Mr. Gorman calls his blog the rough draft.
I do have a complaint though. What ever happened to that new improved we site he promised a year ago?

Theau Phisted said...

Maybe the way to get who you want in office is to vote for the man who says he's going to screw the taxpayer and rob the towns for the developers. Then get a chuckle when he doesn't do what he said he was going to.