A Long Way To Walk

20 May 2019

Editorial Page

Utica Observer-Dispatch

221 Oriskany Plaza

Utica, NY  13501

Dear Editors:

Now that Election Day is here and it will not be seen as a controversial issue to handle during the race, there is something we need to discuss.  The placement of polling places in a School District race as opposed to the locations for a “regular municipal” race is just, well, weird.


The reason I did not want to bring this up during the race is that the issue would have been politicized and no real solution would have been filed.  It is clear that those who designed the School District polling place map have a “resentment” against people of color, immigrants, and the physically disabled.  


You need not look any further than the Ward 1 Precinct 1 polling place situated at Donovan School.  On average, this is a full 1.6 miles further away than it is during a regular race.


It cannot be said enough: there is an element still hanging around our school system that people find out about and it keeps them away.  Instead of just accepting the element, we should be using social media to point out the element’s efforts whenever it attempts to do anything.  If we stay strong, the element will be forced to relent and our school system shall reach its true potential. In the meantime, some people will just be happier that they can vote closer to home.


Robert T. Oliveira

2 Kennedy Plaza, Unit 1205

Utica, NY  13502




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Welcome to the Celtic Feast of Brigid.  Danu and Dagada are so proud. The best thing you can do, since you don’t have a Spring is adorn your tub.  Once adorned, you really should make love next to it but I know how difficult that can be for some of you.

Monday May 20th:  Anybody look at the polling places for the Utica School District Race??  You should. Looks like somebody is intentionally getting screwed.

Tuesday May 21st:  The District Attorney needs an update on the voter fraud story.  If Mr. Truett ran a tighter ship, this wouldn’t be necessary.

Wednesday May 22nd:  The Enforcement folks at the State Board of Elections also need an update.  They sounded so happy on the phone.

Thursday May 23rd:  Remember when I FOIL’d the Liberty Street addresses??  I think the Camden folks should know how close they came to becoming famous.

Friday May 24th:  The Oneida County Clerk and the Utica Tax Assessor need to make a decision before a court does.  Time to bring them to the table.


Over on Patreon, there will be the Plan for the Week Memo.  You might even see 2, count ‘em 2, videos. By the way, it’s not that I’m good at the videos, I just like doing them.

Please be aware, as we discovered many times, that this is only a schedule and real events can happen.  However, I’m trying to get back to the old days where more Blogs appeared and not less. This week, expect follow-ups and updates along the way.