Wednesday, November 29, 2006

My letter to Governor Pataki re: Trump State Park

November 28, 2006
Dear Governor Pataki:

My name is Jack Lee, a long time resident of Westchester County. Recently, I noticed two new signs appearing on the side of the Taconic Parkway, one northbound and one southbound near the Baldwin Rd. Exit. It has the name “Donald J. Trump State Park”. I realize that this plot of land was donated by Mr. Trump to the State to be used as a public park. I am thankful for Mr. Trump’s generosity however; I am bothered by the tackiness of his name being chosen for the park and the road signs stating the same.
It seems to me there are more appropriate ways to honor Mr. Trump and to show our gratitude without being overbearing. A plaque may be a better tribute than naming the Park which should be chosen by a set of guidelines which I’m sure you are aware of.
Here is one such guideline from Portland: link:
Also, it seems to me that most names given to Parks are meant to honor a deceased person for their contribution to the community or the Country. It is rare that a living person’s name was honored in such a manner.
I hope the NY State Parks department will r-consider this decision and correct this faux pas.


Jack Lee
Yorktown Hts. NY 10598

Here is the link to story in the Journal News (including photo of sign)-

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Reaction to the 2006 election results

Reaction to the 2006 election results:

I have two reactions to the Democrats taking over control of Congress post the 2006 mid-term election.

One, I was disappointed by the small turnout for such an important election (only 40%) and the fact that some good Republican candidates lost.

Two, I was encouraged by the civility of the loosing party candidates.
There was no calling the election invalid or stolen or fraud or suppression of votes.
There was no drawn out call for recounts in close races.
There was no lawyers ready to pounce.
There was no calling for “power sharing” in light of such close results in the Senate (51-49).
There was no effort to get a senator to switch sides as during the 2001 cycle when Jim Jeffords switch party to keep the majority power in the Democrats hands.

Going forward, I look forward to proposals by the Democratic leadership to solve some of our problems.

The beauty of our system is that every two years, we get to choose. We get the government we deserve (if we voted) else you have no right to complaint.

The bad news is that our President will be weakened in the last two years of his Presidency.
The good news is that the whining and attacks from the Democrats will end and they will have to come up with some ideas.

We still have problems that need solutions.
• Iraq war…
• Broken borders and illegal immigration
• Social Security shortfall
• Energy dependence on foreign oil
• Deficit spending and wasted pork

As a conservative, I’m not sorry that the Republican lost power in Congress. They did not do a good job in my book and deserved to loose. Perhaps some introspection is helpful.
I always believe that a strong two party system works best and provide checks and balances to unbridled power.

My regret is that President G. W. Bush will be hurt. Perhaps, history will be kinder to his legacy. He is a good and honorable man and the personal attacks on him were unjustified.