When you are in a hole, quit digging! When what we have been doing over and over again gets us the same unwanted results, maybe it is time to try something new. Quit looking for somebody to blame, and try some new directions, even if the new ideas come from people we love to hate.
In the article “Audit finds faults in IDA” (March 14), it was indicated that half of the Chemung County Industrial Development Agency’s board members also serve on the board of Southern Tier Economic Growth. George Miner is executive director of the IDA and president of STEG.
“Perceived” conflicts of interest? You think maybe?
Worse than that, no new thoughts in the last quarter-century, mandated by petty, single-minded political policies. The same “good ol’ boys club” has been making the same old decisions by wearing ear plugs whenever new ideas are suggested, not only in Chemung, but also Steuben and Schuyler counties.
We wonder why the dinosaurs couldn’t get out of the way of a meteor? I wonder what species will be looking at our fossils and questioning what happened?
Three major public buildings — a hospital, a college dormitory and a high school in the last three years — and not one of them with LEED-Platinum design. A public mourning by our congressman over the loss of “fracking” without one thought of infrastructure for renewable energy and the living-wage jobs that come with it. A “welding course” celebrated without the other coursework, land planning or economic support done to support renovating the thousands of older homes and business buildings for energy efficiency with decreased cost, decreased greenhouse gases, and a slower climate disruption process that our political leaders love to deny is happening. Just this alone would stimulate our economy, since it is supported by NYSERDA. If our local banks and credit unions would work together on this and think more than six months ahead, this would be a shovel to help dig us out of the hole.
Letting Crestwood endanger Seneca Lake and the communities surrounding the lake, but not considering a method of producing a wastewater treatment system that would not only help to cleanse the water, but bring tourists from all over the world to see it. They would enjoy the wines, the waterfalls, the bird-watching in the marsh, and the new fuel-cell automobiles on the track as well as John Todd’s water cleansing design.
By all means, let’s not think out of the box, but whine that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is to blame for all our problems. The governor is no prince, but he certainly he is not to blame for the economic woes brought on by the dull thinking of the leadership in this area.
The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions, and it is time to get out of our rut before it turns into a grave. We have some serious work to do, but first, let’s remove the ear plugs, the blinders, and quit sniffing the fossil fuels. They are bad for the gray matter.