Monday, January 16, 2017

More Bad news about Atlantc Broadband. David Israel's favorite cable Company

Public Service Announcement

Staff Members, Potential Customers, and Cogeco Investors Beware.

This warning to the public will remain up until the problem is permanently fixed.

Those Primarily Responsible for the Atlantic Broadband Security Problem Include:

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Richard J. Shea - Current CEO

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Edward Holleran, Jr. - Vice President, Industry Relations

The two people above are primarily responsible for creating the security problem at Atlantic Broadband Cable. They have created a security mess for their entire company. Not only are they responsible for the breaches of security for their residential, commercial customers, and also anyone who communicates by email to or from them, but also their very own employees and legal department. Those consumers (commercial and residential), & employees at risk are located in the following regions: Florida, Maryland, Delaware, South Carolina and Central Pennsylvania. Our legal department has sent their legal department several notices outlining SERIOUS security problems. Those security problems consisted of breaches in their office sending us personal information, personal emails of their registered customers both commercial and residential, and also including government agencies, financial institutions, and more. They have ignored evidence sent to them and have not fixed the problem permanently. They created this security problem since the day they opened their business, and have been fully aware all along, meanwhile their security problem has only grown. We would expect that a cable company operator would take the full action to see to it, that their cable consumers private and confidential information (residential and commercial), employees and company as a whole, are secure as possible. This is something they have failed in. Knowing beforehand of opening their business that the security of their consumers would be in jeopardy, shows a disrespect for consumer security.

Also Note:
Our legal department has also sent evidence of this security problem to Cogeco legal department. In fact, we have also been the unwilling recipient of an email from Cogeco to the sister cable company as well. I have also tried contacting the President of Cogeco by phone several times, and emailed details, however, he has not returned any of my calls or email. Cogeco has been fully informed by our legal department that they have purchased a billion dollar company (Atlantic Broadband Cable) that has never been secure since the day they opened their doors for business.

Below are just a few of the many, many, email we have received. (Click thumbnails to enlarge)

Note I have not bothered to print all of these complaints.
As the owner of the official website I have unwillingly received Staff Medical Insurance Information, Financial Information & Documents, Account Information, Consumers Identification Cards Scans, Legal Documents, Security & Privacy Agreements, Work Orders, Commercial & Residential Account Holder Information, Support Tickets, Passwords, Secure email, and much much more, with Consumers Information either to, from, or carbon copied; the following staff (as well as others not listed) at Atlantic Broadband Cable:
  • Richard J. Shea - President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Edward Holleran, Jr. - Previous CEO - Now Vice President, Industry Relations
  • David Isenberg - CFO - President and Chief Revenue Officer
  • David J. Keefe - President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Almis J. Kuolas - Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
  • Sam McGill - Vice President and General Manager, South Carolina and Maryland/Delaware
  • Denise Paine - Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Services
  • Thomas Roundtree - Senior Vice President, Human Resources
  • Debra Miller - Accounts Payable at Atlantic Broadband
  • David Mcbride - Atlantic Broadband Construction Coordinator
  • Edwin Zambrana - Atlantic Broadband Construction Coordinator
  • Chris Bubalo - Director of Commercial Sales at Atlantic Broadband
  • Tom Costa - Commercial Sales Director at Atlantic Broadband
  • Chuck English - Director Technical Operations
  • Natalie Kurchak - Marketing Manager
  • Jeremy McMasters - Director of Network Engineering
  • Jackey Voltz - H. R. Generalist at Atlantic Broadband
  • Ed Winklarek - Technical Operations Manager
  • Dale Albright - Atlantic Broadband Branch Manager
There are much more not included in this list. 

*Note: If you contact the cable operator, or work for the cable operator, and ask if there are a security problem and you are informed there is currently not a serious problem, it is highly recommended you get their name, or employee number, as well as log the time and date of your discussion for your own personal records. 

Together with consumers, we will make the internet a safer place. Customers come first, and more importantly their security. Until the cable companies fix their security problem, this notice will remain in place. We have also submitted our complaint to Consumer Affairs

Sunday, January 15, 2017

More about the UCO secret meetings

I have 16 pages of customer complaints about customer service by Atlantic Broadband. This you may like to know is the favorite Cable Company of David Israel. Apparently, he is up to his neck with the complaints he gets at his regular Cable Committee meetings. He is now about to make his meetings private and secret.

The better to keep out the citizenry and other rift raft.

More Bad News from the UCOs

Watch the latest advisory committee meeting. It looks like the whole meeting was about making it harder for residents to get information from UCO. concern was expressed that requests for information are onerous and frivolous. We would think that UCO should concern themselves with making it easier for residents to get information instead of looking for ways to make it harder. Mr. Israel stated that information must be made available, except in the case of "our" lawyers opinions on cases where litigation is being pursued against them. I would like to correct Mr. Israel's assumption that those lawyers are "HIS" lawyers. They are in fact OUR lawyers. Our money pays for them and they are representing US.

An item making it next to impossible to petition for a change in the bylaws was next. ( term limits got an honorable mention) they want to change it so residents need 117 ( previously 35 then 75) signatures from delegates to get any changes considered, and if the advisory committee or the officer's committee don't like it, then it doesn't go to the delegates for a vote. It seems a bit hypocritical when David Israel repeatedly brought up term limits until he got his wish and got them repealed.

They also want to stop any member of the executive of any club from being allowed to vote on any committee. We have to wonder which club they are worried about. Could it be the Messenger club? What are they worried about and what do they want to keep quiet? It was an interesting and revealing discussion, especially when committee members expressed concern that club executives may be privy to information that the committee would rather not reveal. What information is that? What happened to the promise of transparency in the administration's dealings?


With the Election of Donald Trump and his cabinet, they are now going to OWN it.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Warning: Atlantic Broad is Trouble

Do we really want Atlantic Broadband as a service provider?

let's not get blindsided by a fifty-seven million     dollar sucker punch.

Should Century village enter an eleven year, fifty-seven million dollar contract with Atlantic Broadband?

Even though the proposal is for an eleven-year term. Signing now means that Century Village is going to be under the terms of the contract until 2030. That's thirteen years!

Atlantic Broadband operates in a few states in America but is owned by COGECO, a Canadian company, who are a major player in the Canadian market. In light of the movement to keep American business and dollars in America, it doesn't make a lot of sense to consider sending our business to a foreign company when there are so many American companies struggling to keep money and jobs at home.

We contacted Comcast who were surprised that their bid was rejected in favor of Atlantic Broadband and are unaware that a vote is planned for the March delegates assembly to accept Atlantic Broadband's proposal.

The representative claimed that it's not necessary to rewire the village with eight million dollars worth of fiber optic cable as the present co-axial cable has more than enough capacity to carry the needs of the village for the foreseeable future. Eight Million dollars plus the three million dollars "gateway fee" being handed to UCO for signing up makes this deal look "too good to be true" . Anyone who believes that the three million dollar "gateway fee" is not going to be recovered by Atlantic Broadband in fees to customers (that's you and me) has a loose grip on reality.

Past activity is a good indicator of future performance when deciding on a service provider. We discovered some troubling issues when we looked at Atlantic Broadband.

Links to customer comments and reviews are posted on our website. Log in and follow the links for a revealing and shocking look at what present and former customers are saying. The comments are disturbing and put Atlantic Broadband in a different light than what the administration and Atlantic Broadband reps are claiming
Rating services place Atlantic Broadband at one star out of five due to poor customer service and consumer complaints.

Downdetector .com gave Atlantic Broadband the lowest rating possible. Downdetector is an internet tracking company who keep an eye on outages by internet providers and post current and historical figures reflecting their performance
Did "Team Dave" do their homework and investigate this company before deciding to go with them. Apparently not! It is hard to believe that if they had taken a look they would contemplate doing business with them.

The comments allege everything from deceptive business practices to lousy customer service and outright fraud. A lot of customers expressed frustration in their attempts to resolve problems, and claim that it nearly impossible to reach technical assistance over the phone, and claim that Atlantic Broadband has the worst service department they have ever seen.

In light of these shocking revelations about Atlantic Broadband, it would be a folly to enter into an eleven-year contract with them. It would be a huge mistake to enter any agreement with them if only half of the allegations in the postings are correct.

Signing an eleven-year contract with Atlantic Broadband leaves the village in the precarious position of contracting with a company who allegedly are offering dismal performance. The fact that they are offering the service at a lower rate is not the only consideration. The cheapest is not always the best and usually is not good enough.

The rosy predictions offered by the administration fall flat when a hard look is taken at how Atlantic Broadband is performing at present.
Century village has one shot at getting this right. Keep in mind that "Team Dave" have been previously taken in by slick promotions and glib sales campaigns. The "best deal ever" that was taken on by UCO for a security contract was quickly discovered to be a huge mistake that sent Ed Black (chairman of the security committee) and the rest of the "team" scrambling to rectify.Once this contract is accepted and Atlantic Broadband invests some eleven million dollars in infrastructure it may be too late to change course.
it's going to be up to the delegates to impose some common sense in this issue when it comes to a vote on accepting or rejecting Atlantic Broadband's proposal. David Israel is apparently blinded by his desire to achieve village-wide WIFI and is not listening when the village says NO, and is not looking at or is ignoring the writing on the wall. He may be willing to gamble millions of dollars of our money to get the WIFI he so desperately wants. The big question is whether or not CV is willing to gamble eleven years and fifty-seven million dollars to fulfill his ambitions.
We strongly urge you to take a look at the reviews
posted on our website before deciding what is best for the village. If Atlantic Broadbands proposal is accepted by the delegates are we looking at eleven years where CV residents will join the growing crowd of very unhappy customers. If you don't read the information and choose to ignore or deny the truth, get ready to duck when a fifty-seven million dollar sucker punch comes your way.
Read the reviews and you be the judge
The Century Village Messenger Club, Century Village, West Palm Beach, FL 33417
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

BroadBand again

I have finally attended a Broadband meeting. When I do attend it is enough for me to pass the time of day with David Israel to get him to announce that he will brook no disruptions by me. He is bristling and ready to call the cops and have me ejected. All for the nerve of saying "Good Morning David". Sad.

I am in the middle of going over all of the literature that was passed out at this meeting and before. It is a lot.

One of the main things, I should say, are the lies, that are promulgated. It is that the $5 per month deal is stealing and is bound to fail as more users get on the one and only router.

The truth here is that we can not be stealing since this is a contract with Comcast. The supplier of the WiFi. The fact is in our 42 unit building we are using the smallest bandwidth offered. If in the future our requirements change we can buy more bandwidth as necessary.

So, it seems to me that the great one is so eager to sell his plan that he will lie to move it forward. This attitude is bound to fail.

I think Israel would do better if he was totally honest and transparent about his Broadband initiative.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Information request by a CV Unit Owner.

The below letter is posted here to inform the residents of our efforts to force David Israel to be transparent in all his dealing for the CV Unit owners

Mr. David Israel, President
United Civic Organization, Inc.
2101 West Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33417

Mr. Israel:
December 27, 2016

I am hereby submitting a request for the following that were discussed at the December 14, 2016 Broad Band Committee meeting which I was in attendance. about the following which I questioned.

1. A copy of the CSI contract which you said is in force for any new carrier
2. A copy of all the competitive bids for the work.
3. A copy of the minutes that contain the approval vote for the above contract.
4. A copy of the Florida Statute that you quoted saying that the old CSI contract was still in

. The reasonable particularity for these requests are listed below:
• I want to discuss the results of these requests with accuracy to various other delegates as
well as the other unit owners within the village.

• I want to be able to determine if the execution of these contracts without the knowledge and approval of the delegate assembly are correct per the current by-laws.

• I want to review these documents with my attorney if the statutes and positions you are taking are within Florida law.

I am quoting Rod Tennyson's legal opinion as the propriety of my request and the way I sign this request.

I trust that it is unnecessary to direct your attention to Fla, Stat. 617.1602 (2) (b) & (d), which, provides in the relevant part that a member of a corporation is entitled to inspect and copy accounting "and any other books and records," nor to Fla. Stat. 617. 2103 (3)(b) which provides for the recovery of costs and attorney fee in the event an action is required to enforce our right as UCO members. Raffinan v. Philipine, Cultural Found:821 So.2d 1272.1274 (Fla, Dist.
Ct.App.2d Dist.2002)

Very truly yours,

Myron Solomon

Don't let them get away with this.

Now let me get this straight.

David and his team are trying to get a deal for tv and wifi and all that ..There is a three million dollar gateway fees that apparently Atlantic Broadband is going to give to UCO for signing up. Why wouldn't they just knock three million off the top of their proposed contract?

You would have to be pretty gullible to believe that Atlantic broadband isn't going to get it back in the form of monthly fees. So in effect, they are planning to take this money from the residents and give it to UCO after CSI gets their 300 Thousand dollars for brokering the deal..
(Closer to $400,000) 

Team dave is giddy with the thought that they will get a load of money to spend, They should think that maybe the residents would like to keep it so they can spend it on stuff they need, stuff like: food and medicine.

They should just reduce the fees and let the residents keep their money. What a scam! Don't let them get away with it!

Posted by Neil Moore

Sunday, December 25, 2016

         To View the Current CVMessenger Click Here                                      

Friday, December 16, 2016

Here is a small opinion piece by Olga W.


In voting for Donald Trump, the Red States have now joined the Communist State.

Ha!  Ha!  Ha! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

:  A warning from police:

 This is the thing these days, with people out of work and needing cash.
 Beware, it's headed your way. 
 Just last weekend on Friday night we parked in a public parking area. As we drove away I noticed a sticker on the rear window of the car. When I took it off after I got home, it was a receipt for gas. Luckily my friend told me not to stop as it could be someone waiting for me to get out of the car. Then we received this email yesterday:
 Heads up everyone! Please, keep this circulating. You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and get inside. You start the engine and shift into reverse..
 When you look into the rearview mirror to back out of your parking space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you shift into Park, unlock your doors, and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view. When you reach the back of your car, that is when the carjackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off. They practically mow you down as they speed off in your car.
 And guess what, ladies? I bet your purse is still in the car.
 So now the carjacker has your car, your home address, your money, and your keys. Your home and your whole identity are now compromised!
 If you see a piece of paper stuck to your back window, just drive away. Remove the paper later. And be thankful that you read this e-mail. I hope you will forward this to friends and family, especially to women. A purse contains all kinds of personal information and identification documents, and you certainly do NOT want it to fall into the wrong hands.

 Please keep this going and tell all your friends

Monday, December 12, 2016

He did it again!!

So, whoop-de-do the people at UCO  Headquarters have done it again. The rent we pay has just gone up $10 per month. All due to the machinations of our erstwhile President. That is President Israel, not President Obama.

The reason for this is the 3/4 million dollar charge for capital gains, re the Clubhouse AC. If this is not the reason for this extremely large increase then what is and is the AC charge coming?

This confusion is all because of the blindness that Israel shows to our dilemmas. He does not seem to care that there are many unitholders that are stuck with a fixed income and this raise is very, very troublesome. He does not seem to care that the AC charge is for capital improvement and not for repairs and should be paid by the Clubhouse.

As a matter of fact, I did not get a chance to vote on this at the DA.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.
Patricia Carr

I regret to announce the passing of Patricia Carr. She was a long-time resident of Century Village.

She passed away on November 29. She was active in many of the activities in the Village. She lived in 101 Wellington A

She will be missed.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

More on Israel's Wi-Fi

Back at Israel's Wi-Fi system. I have written this before you can see it here. I did not think that I explained myself clearly. The subject is Israel's Wi-Fi. It looks like he has gone quiet on the subject. I can only guess why.

But the major reason must be that he is getting to much backlash. His friends and enemies seem to be against this. He has been told that this is not a good idea and that he should drop it.

He has made up lies about the Association method of handling this and he must have found out that there is too much knowledge on this subject.

Let me explain. First, he says that the Associations are stealing from Comcast. That does not make sense. This system is purchased from Comcast. If this is purchased from Comcast, how can it be stolen?

The UCO contract with Comcast has a short period to run. The truth is that the Comcast/UCO contract has plenty of time to go. Past 2020 at least. If you attend the Wi-Fi Committee meetings you will hear different times for this contract to be up.

It is all part of the lies that David Israels finds necessary to promulgate in order to offset the many objections to his trying to force this new Company and his new Contract on us. He attacks us making little of the existing W-Fi systems the associations have turned to. This new Association Wi-Fi system is excellent

The point here is that Israel has no reason to force a new contract on us. The fact is we are happy with the Comcast plan that is currently offered.

Just remember folks this new Company has nothing in place. It all conjecture that the service will available when they say and at the cost they say. Read the contract, it appears to be opened ended. That is the Provider can change the contract after the wires are installed. This is in case they made a mistake on the actual costs. If they are late? We suffer! No charge.

So assuming we get a chance to vote on this at the DA we should turn it down! WE should turn it down and move on with the Association Wi-Fi system.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Its about time for UCO Wi-Fi

So what is the final or almost final story on the UCO Wi-Fi.? We have had the best of luck. We have had an unofficial representative of the UCO Wi-Fi committee visit us. Unofficial since he is not authorized to speak for the Committee. But he did.

We asked about the next reiteration of the committee as it looks to set up a village-wide Wi-Fi. It doesn't look cheap. From what I could tell this approach is not going to save us any money.

I didn't actually learn anything new. What I heard was the same old same old. I am still confused as to the contract with CSI. The last time it cost us $350,000. Why? This time the cost is unknown. I still do not see the need for CSI. What CSI is doing is what we have a committee for.

It seems as if the committee has not started to negotiate with anybody, and in the meantime, the possible suppliers are making monied offers and then offering it again with a different number. This scares me. What do we have that makes us so inviting?

One of the basic problems is understanding what is on the table. Apparently, they are looking to break apart the wire that brings everything in. The wire that brings everything in is carrying TV, the Internet, and the phone. Dave Israel wants to be able to have subscribers order what they want, as long as it is either TV and Telephone or TV and the Internet. By the way, a good majority of users have TV only now. This is Israel's choice, not the providers! Why he is insisting on this is anybody's guess. Why he is insisting on this when it is obvious that many of the Unit Owners are on TV only.

If all of this is confusing rest assured, you are not alone.

Basically, the committee wants all unit owners to have a choice as to what they can have, and what they are paying for. I think that the choices are limited, at least until they negotiate.

Ideally, the unit owner should be able to order exactly what they want. That is, phone only, internet only, TV only, or any combination of these. So far we don't know if this is possible.

Why don't we know?

Is this negotiation under way or not? I get the feeling that there is a lot of secrecy here. I do not understand why.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Opinion about Alexander Hamilton

When You Know So Much That Isn’t So!
Stew Richland
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid!
Ben Franklin

I sometimes have accused people of being ignorant.  This is not intended to be an insult.  I am ignorant about a lot of things but this could be remedied by education.  Over the past few years I have heard many so called celebrities use the “bully pulpit”  during awards programs or when they are being interviewed on the “red carpet.”  Instead of sticking to observations about their craft, many of these celebs voice their opinion on subjects that they know little or nothing about.   What they offer is opinion without fact. These people are addicted to publicity.  They will say and do anything to keep their persona in the public eye.

Two examples of what I am alluding to happened this past week. The American music Awards or as I prefer to call it, The Un-American Music awards shown on ABC received their lowest viewer ratings in years.  Here are some of the dumbest comments made.
Following co-host Jay Pharoah's announcement that AMA winners are based on fans' votes, Gigi Hadid added, "Don't worry, guys. Tonight, we do not have to deal with the electoral college." (Womp womp.)
Then came Hadid's really uncomfortable Melania Trump impression. (It was a good effort, but save the heavy lifting for Laura Benanti, kiddo.)
Mark Cuban acknowledging that he probably won't be invited to T–p's inauguration, or Idina Menzel sending her love to the cast of Hamilton following Pence-gate.
Gigi Hadid has the right to express her opinion on any topic she wants to.  However, this was a music awards ceremony not a political forum. 
Gigi Hadid was born in Beverly Hills, California.  Her mother was a model and Gigi had her first experience as a model at age two.  Her father is a very successful real estate developer.  This is a girl that grew up in the most liberal environment in America.  After graduating from high school, she went East and attended the New School in New York studying design and modeling.  By the way, the New School is one of the most liberal colleges in the U.S. 
Hadid should stick to modeling. Wise King Solomon once observed, "Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful face on an empty head." An empty head is really not empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. I suggest Mz. Hadid stick to what she knows best, wearing designer clothes and marching down a runway.
The second disgraceful incident that happened last week was the response by the cast of Hamilton when Vice President elect Pence attended the show.
The show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and others discussed the appropriateness of making a statement from the stage and decided to do it only after the show was over. Remarks were written and refined, and after curtain call, Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Vice President Aaron Burr, took a microphone and pointed toward Mr. Pence.
and stated: ‘ We, sir, are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us…..”  There is no doubt in my mind that this was a staged “hit job” on the newly elected Trump team. 
They claimed this was a discussion, but the only one with the mike was Brandon Dixon, and the audience cheered and clapped as Dixon read his statement. This forum was not a level playing field by any stretch of imagination. Vice President-elect Mike Pence said the boos he faced at the Broadway production of "Hamilton" were "what freedom sounds like." He stated that this was not “offended by the boos and would leave it to others to whether this was an appropriate venue to say it.” This man is a class act.
The management of Hamilton along with their performers are typical liberal hypocrites.
The cast ran a fund raiser for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.  The management placed a notice for performers to audition for the  their road  show cast with the proviso that only performers of “COLOR” or minorities apply.  The unbiased liberal left in action.
The musical is based on the life and times of Alexander Hamilton.  It’s too bad that the cast did not learn anything from their experiences singing the lyrics of the musical.  Hamilton was a product of a dysfunctional family. Hamilton was born out of wedlock in Charlestown, British West Indies, to a mother of French Huguenot and British ancestry, and a Scots father, James A. Hamilton, the fourth son of Scottish laird Alexander Hamilton of Grange,
If there was a walk of fame like they have in Hollywood, Hamilton would have been awarded not one star but many for his contributions to the founding of America.  He was a supporter and advisor to Washington during the Revolutionary War. Hamilton strongly believed in the Federal System of government.  The Federal System is one in which the power of government is divided between the national government and the states. He was the co-author of the Federalist Papers in which he supplied the reasons why we needed a representative government and explained how power would be divided between the national government and the individual states.  He proposed the famous compromise between the Northern and Southern states that gained the support of the South to ratify the new Constitution if the nation’s capital would be located in the South.
He was appointed to be the first Treasurer of the United States, with Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of  State.  Washington considered these two brilliant men his closest advisors.  The conflicts between Hamilton and Jefferson began when Washington had to deal with the debts incurred by the new nation as a result of the Revolutionary War. Hamilton wanted the new government to pay off all foreign debts and also pay off the debts of the states.  He argued that the United States cannot be known as a “dead beat” nation. Jefferson was against this proposal.  Washington supported Hamilton. Hamilton proposed a national bank in which to deposit tax revenues and private loans to the U.S government.  and Washington agreed. Jefferson and Madison argued against the policies of favoring northern business interests rather than Southern agrarian interests. Jefferson feared that the Federal government would have to much power.
 Hamilton was pro-British, Jefferson was pro-French. Jefferson wanted the new nation to join with France against their war with Great Britain.  Hamilton opposed this idea fearing that if France lost the war, and as France’s ally, the U.S. would loose their independence.  Washington supported Hamilton’s view.
While expecting conflicts of opinion within his cabinet,  Washington hoped to avoid the development of political parties, which the Constitution did not mention.  In 1790 Hamilton formed the Federalist Party and Jefferson formed the anti-Federalist Party later referred to as the Democratic-Republican Party. The Federalist Party argued for a Loose Construction of the Constitution: government had many powers implied by the elastic clause. (The Federal government had the power to pass all laws necessary to carry out their responsibilities).  This interpretation was important since it allowed government to deal with issues not specifically mentioned in the Constitution. 
One of the truisms of history is that “history does repeat itself.” In 1798 the Federalist Party had to deal with the issue of immigration.  The Federalists held the majority in Congress and passed the Alien and Sedition laws designed to intimidate the party of Jefferson, the Democratic-Republicans.  The Alien Act authorized the President to deport foreigners thought to endanger public safety.  The Sedition Act authorized the government to fine and imprison newspaper editors who printed “scandalous and malicious” writing about the government.  Virginia and Kentucky passed resolutions protesting these acts and claimed the right to nullify them as unconstitutional.  The Democratic-Republicans argued that these laws violated citizens basic rights.
250 years later we are still dealing with many of the same issues.  How to deal with illegal aliens.  Sanctuary cities defying laws of the Federal government.  States rights verses Federal power. 
Based on contemporary definitions, and what we have learned about  Alexander Hamilton, it is fair to conclude  that Hamilton would be a supporter of  the Republican Party.  Based on this conclusion, it seems that the cast of Hamilton is most hypocritical in their attack on Vice-President elect Pence.  In the breakdown of the various acts of the show Hamilton, there seems to be a great deal of emphasis on the more salacious side of Hamilton’s life, such as the various affairs he had and the attempts to destroy his reputation by any and all means.  It seems to me that the cast of Hamilton would have been closer to the reality of today’s political scene if they had admonished the Democrats, Clinton and Obama from the stage rather than the Trump presidency.
Note:  I know that I may have used a great deal more historical data to support my views on the issues described in my article.  Hamilton deserves more praise than the show seems to give him and I wanted to make sure my readers recognize this.
Please feel free to respond to my observations on the blog that you reading this article on or on
I wish you all a healthy and happy Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Electoral College


On December 21, 2016, the Electoral College will vote to ratify the election. They will choose Donald Trump or do an about-face and cast their vote for Hillary Clinton. Although it has never been done before, it is constitutionally legal. If they decide to go rogue and choose Hillary Clinton their only penalty would be to pay a small fine - a puny price to pay to keep the United States of American from falling into the hands of a person unfit to lead our country.
CHANGE. ORG has stated a petition to make the Electoral College members cast their vote for Hillary Clinton. I urge all Clinton supporters to sign the petition; see instructions below. Let’s keep America from falling into the abyss of hell – bring back our sanity – destroy the empty promises Trump made to get elected. 

Sign the petition – it’s our only chance. 

Instructions to make Hillary Clinton out next President:
Google the following: MAKE HILLARY PRESIDENT, then scroll down to: ELECTORAL COLLEGE MAKE HILLARY CLINTON PRESIDENT and sign the petition. 

Olga Wolkenstein