Beth Quinn Appreciation Day
Saturday, August 9, 2008 was Beth Quinn Appreciation Day at Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Montogmery, NY. For those of you who don't know, for over a quarter of a century Beth was the gifted and popular progressive columnist for the Times Herald-Record, which is (or was) the paper of note in the city of Middletown, NY. Earlier this year, that paper (which I now dismiss as the Times Herald-Wreckage) was purchased by Rupert Murdoch - the same Rupert Murdoch who has blighted our culture in recent years with FOX Noise and the New York Toast. Predictably, within a matter of weeks Beth was fired with no explanation. That paper, which proclaims on the front page of every issue, "SERVING THE HUDSON VALLEY AND THE CATSKILLS", has been bombarded with letters to the editor protesting her dismissal. They have yet to print a single one. Nor did they send a reporter to cover the event which was held this past weekend in her honor. So much for freedom of the press.
For those of you who live in Orange County and the surrounding area (an hour or so north of merrie ol' Manhattan), remember you only know about this because it has been printed in "The Rant". Don't hold your breath waiting for The Record to tell you about it.
For the last several years, at the close of each of her columns, Beth would remind her many, devoted readers exactly how many days were left until George W. Bush and crew were out of office. I have decided to pick up the torch in her honor:
There are one-hundred and sixty-two days left until this disgusting administration is history.
January 20, 2009 just can't come soon enough for me (and Beth!)
Photograph of Beth Quinn and Tom Degan taken at Beth Quinn Appreciation Day, Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Montgomery, NY, August 9, 2008
Saturday also marked the fortieth anniversary of the birth of my longtime, beloved and very conservative Republican friend (I deal with it - day by day), Francesca Hubner Polli. Happy Birthday, Fran! You are truly loved - not only by me - but by every other person whose life has been graced by your friendship. We are all blessed. Now if I could only get you to vote for Barack Obama.
All my love,