One of my least favorite phrases

Perhaps you can help me to dispel
a misconception. It is born of a
phrase that sets my teeth on edge,
causes the hair on the back of my neck to
stand up, elevates my blood pressure, and
can result in fulminating and inveighing.
That vampire of a phrase: “Paying for
tax cuts.” I mean, really?
One can embrace the concept of “paying
for tax cuts” if, and only if, one assumes that
all capital, income, and wealth belong to the
government, and that we must wait breathlessly
for our semi-elected officials to dole
out our allotted pittance, while they, in their
oh-so-finite wisdom decide what is the best
fate of our “appropriated” (in at least two
senses of the word) funds. This concept also
relies on the notion that government can
never get by on less than before. It assumes
that spending must increase, entitlements
broaden, and even that reducing the rate of
growth of budgets is cutting them.
Here’s a novel idea: Give us our money
back and spend less.
Please help me drive stakes through the
heart of this Draculian misnomer whenever
and wherever you encounter it.
Thank you.
—Ken Moore, Precinct 241 Chair
Travis County, Texas Ponca humor.

Hi Folks,

On the night of the summer solstice, Wednesday, June 21st, NASA Solar System Ambassador, William Francis Taylor will discuss this celestial event and the traditions it has inspired throughout the ages. The lecture will be held at the Montauk Library beginning at 7:30 PM (details below). After his talk, William will set up a telescope and give folks a tour of the night sky, weather permitting.

MO has lots of other exciting events coming up. We hope you'll join us for one or all!

Thanks to our angel contractor, Tom Frey, who has recently completed more work on the structure, we're now closer to providing the communities of the South Fork with their first astronomical observatory!

If you know of anyone who would like to loan us their solar telescope (or a scope w/the proper solar filters) so that we can safely show the public the solar eclipse on August 21st, please contact me asap; if the scope owner would like to operate the scope during the event, that would be wonderful as well.

Simiarly, if you or someone you know would like to donate a solar telescope, it would not only be used for the upcoming eclipse, but invaluable for outreach programs to schools, etc. Thanks!

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact me. Meanwhile, thanks for your continued interest. We'll look forward to seeing you soon!

All the best, Donna L. McCormick Executive Director Montauk Observatory Inc.

Montauk Observatory (est. 2005) brings free science and cultural programs to Long Island's south fork communities. For information about Montauk Observatory and its events, or to make a donation to help support its work, please visit Montauk Observatory is a publicly supported, New York State not-for-profit organization as defined by IRS code Section 501(c)(3); donations are tax deductible (please consult your accountant for details). Thank you for your consideration.