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Dear Ms. Zusy,

In Uncategorized on December 15, 2008 at 4:13 pm

It is Orwellian to take recyclable garbage and call it “green.”

What is “green?” Green implies “of nature” or natural to the environment, therefore not harmful to it. Plastic is harmful to the environment because it is not biodegradable and constitutes unsightly garbage when disposed in a natural environment. It is not Green.

Does placing it on a tree, much less a Christmas tree, make it not garbage? No. Will throwing it on the ground make it not garbage? No. Does stringing it together make it not garbage? No.

If you are to be believed, simply using a plastic bottle for something other than for what it is intended, such as putting it on a tree, is green. But how so? It remains a plastic product no matter what it is used for.

Ultimately plastic is recycled to prevent having to create even more plastic. Although recycling causes the use of energy and carbon emissions, this is a price we pay to limit the creation of even more plastic.

If plastic is not recycled, then even more must be created. So not recycling plastic, by using it instead as ornaments, means that more plastic is created. How is this green?

Truth be told, none of this activity qualifies as green under any guise whatsoever. Telling children that they are being environmentally friendly when they forgo beautiful ornaments for phony ornaments made of plastic bottles is a lie.

This is a lie not unlike the ones Orwell warned us about. When such lies are told to children too young to reason their way around such propagandistic beliefs, one approaches the doorstep of evil.

I urge you to take some time to deconstruct your own rhetoric and make the necessary adjustments that will ultimately lead you to pursue the truth. Absent such intellectual honesty, you become a poor servant of the public trust. You also become a willing pawn of those for whom the ends justify the means.

Ms. Kirkpatrick once said, “ideas have consequences.” Annie, it is worth remembering that words shape our ideas and the ideas of our upcoming generation.

Neither plastic nor the use of plastic should ever be construed as “green.”

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  1. Ms. Zusy…you are a disgrace to the village and a total let down!!!!! So soon and already..it’s time for you to go!! And take Keith with ya.

  2. PJ,

    I see that you took the picture of the garbage decorations down from the blog.

    You should post that close-up picture of garbage under this excellent post.

  3. It is Orwellian…

    WARNING: Pseudo-intellectual alert!

    This is a lie not unlike the ones Orwell warned us about.

    Here we go again: petty complaining repackaged as part of The Great Debates.

    Ms. Kirkpatrick once said, “ideas have consequences.”

    Yes, the idea that the nattering nabobs of negativism can wrap themselves in the majestic robes of The Great Debates is hilarious!

  4. If you take away the “lie” that plastic bottle ornaments are green, then that leaves us with a Chritmas tree decorated with garbage.

    Merry Christmas Ridgewood!

  5. 11:58 AM,

    You are so defensive of the garbage on the Christmas Tree.

    Answer a question. Do you like the plastic food container tops as decorations on the tree?

  6. Defensive? Hardly.

    I’m laughing at the pretentiousness of the original poster.

  7. I know Annie and I do like her. She was not thinking clearly when she intimated that using plastic was environmentally friendly. I think she’s just caught up in this stuff without thinking it through clearly and wanted to do something that reflected what she supposed was public sentiment about supporting recycling.

  8. Yes, the idea that the nattering nabobs of negativism can wrap themselves in the majestic robes of The Great Debates is hilarious!

    Can’t you be original? You’re becoming a bore on this Blog.

  9. Wonder if Anne and Keith have garbage for decorations on their Christmas Trees at home?

  10. This is an excellent and well reasoned post. I dare think that it fits more people than just Ann Zusy. The sheer absurdity of saying that using plastic bottles are green can’t be overlooked, except by those who perform in the service of environmental fascists.

  11. “Defensive? Hardly. I’m laughing at the pretentiousness of the original poster.” 11:58AM/2:01PM

    Notice how the above didn’t answer the question about whether he would decorate the tree in his home with plastic food lids and bottles. Who’s pretentious.

    You’re a real bore 11:58/2:01, a gutless wonder who finds it convenient to defend the absurdity of garbage for Christmas Tree decorations. I guess it is OK as long as it in not on your family’s tree.

    Va la scopata voi stessi.

  12. TO: 11:58 Anonymous

    If you DON’T CARE so much, stop reading our comments about the tree, and stop complaining about our debates: you complain that this is trivial, and want us to stop. If it’s trivial to you, it’s a free country, worry about something else; we however, will discuss this as long as we want. You might want to note that alliteration, in order to be effective should be used sparingly. Repeating it incessantly makes it annoying and demonstrates that the person lacks a good argument and, in many cases, originality.

  13. “Do you like the plastic food container tops as decorations on the tree?”

    I love it! It shows creativity on the part of our schoolchildren who worked so hard on these decorations.

    That sort of creativity should be encouraged and appreciated, rather than belittled the way it is on this blog.

  14. 4:53 –

    I care because the incessant complaints by all you nattering nabobs of negativism (or, if you’d like new alliteration, the kooky kvetchers about our Village and our schools sends a terrible message to others, who might be considering buying a home or starting a business in our lovely Village.

    As a result, YOUR complaining is driving down MY property values. So I have a vested interest in countering these ridiculous complaints with the truth.

    If people had stepped in and prevented this type of rumor-mongering and short selling of Lehman Brothers, that company might still be in business today!

    I’d hate to see Ridgewood go the way of Lehman Brothers, all because a bogus bunch of bellyachers were able to air whatever little grievance is in their head without some balance and truth.

    Sincerely,
    11:58

    p.s. Also, I find your pseudo-intellectualism downright funny.

  15. The children’s “creativity” is not being belittled, it is the adults who show such a lack of standards for what can be considered a true creative endeavor. Our children are pretty creative. We see their true artwork every day (Thank you art teachers!)

    BTW, have you looked closely at these “creative” decorations? The only thing creative was the original artwork and marketing images used to sell the product in its original package. Simply cutting those boxes up into unoriginal shapes and calling the result creative is but another lie fostered on our innocent and impressionable children.

  16. Yes, the idea that the nattering nabobs of negativism can wrap themselves in the majestic robes of The Great Debates is hilarious!

    Hey… Wait a second…
    This statement IS Pseudo-intellectual claptrap…
    Sound the WARNING!!
    Sound the WARNING!!

    Not surprising that 11:58 is a caricature of herself.

  17. mr or mrs "i love ridgewood" — Your enthusiasm is to be commended. However, be prepared to be attacked & ridiculed by some on this blog who want to enforce their opinion of "beauty" on others.

  18. “I love ridgewood”, contrary to what you’d like to believe, there was absolutely no originality on the part of the children: adults told them the theme and prescribed the materials.
    They did this junk during their lunch time, with specific instructions on how to do it. There obviously IS no creativity involved, and hiding behind “the children” is a cheap trick, because the children executed a dumb, intellectually lazy plan, and where told that the garbage on the tree is “pretty” and “decorative”, which I think is harmful to them. They were used, and you drank the KoolAid!

  19. Does anyone have the article on the bond referendum that was in the Ridgewood news?

    Do you think in this economy that will pass?

    Does Ridgewood know there is a recession?

  20. To those of you with any trees in the first place, ya want to talk environmentally aware? Simply drive around Ridgewood after the 1st of the year and notice the carcasses strewn at the sidewalk wrapped in, shall I say it, PLASTIC!! What an environmental nightmare. Grow trees, cut them, put them in the house for a week or 2, wrap them in plastic, hurl them curbside and have a diesel spewing monster of a sanitation truck mash them up. At the very least buy a live tree to plant. There’s always the alternative – an artificial plastic tree. Happy freakin holidays!!!

  21. “Yes, the idea that the nattering nabobs of negativism can wrap themselves in the majestic robes of The Great Debates is hilarious!

    Can’t you be original? You’re becoming a bore on this Blog.

    2:30 PM “

    This entire Christmas tree issue is now boring, and a bit ridiculous.. Can’t you people just get over it? There are kids across this world that don’t even have access to a tree let alone decorations, so please just stop already. I’m sure the VC will take all of your ridiculous banter and not put plastic bottles on the tree next year. Better yet, why don’t all of you start collecting ornaments now to get a jump start on it.. It’ll keep you busy enough to focus on something else other than the tree and complaining about it here.. Let’s get to some better issues shall we?

  22. I recycle my ornaments every year. I have ornaments that I bought and others made by my children. It is a collection that has grown over 25 years. I don’t throw them away, I reuse them. I do not hang my recycling on the tree.

    Maybe the kids should go green and stop drinking from throw away bottles.

  23. Just wondering, is there a Christmas tree on display at Village Hall?

    I wonder if they would mind terribly if the recycled ornaments were relocated to their tree. The Village residents could then each bring an ornament and redecorate the tree in Van Neste Park! The children’s ornaments would still be proudly on display in Village Hall.

    This is definitely something I would look forward to putting my energy into. I’m just not sure redecorating the tree would be considered criminal trespassing. I don’t think my husband would find it at all amusing if I were arrested for tree decorating, as fun as that might be.

  24. 10:33 – Well said! There are far more important issues that we should focus on, instead of complaining about Christmas decorations made by our schoolchildren.

  25. 1033 ,847 you ruined a 50 year old tradition brought the town down took away our uniqueness and your making excusses for this ? coward or ass kisser ?

  26. Anonymous said…
    tracy maybe you would even get frisked …lol

    8:54 AM

    A small price to pay to do my part for the community 🙂

    I could just see it now “Ridgewood Witch Frisked in Tree Decorating Incident”

  27. Hey… Wait a second…
    This statement IS Pseudo-intellectual claptrap…

    I don’t produce bs, but I can smell it a mile away

  28. 11:58, 5:07
    You’re mad because WE’RE complaining about those iggits who came up with the garbage decorating our Christmas tree. Why not go after the “prime movers” on this? You’re just going to be quiet and be a good sheep no matter what they do so that your property values don’t go down? Do you think that if we all close ranks and pretend it’s all good, people visiting the town won’t think that the village is going downhill after seeing all that GARBAGE on the tree? At the rate the VC is going, theyre going to decorate the town with STD awreness posters on Valentine’s Day.

    As to my pseudo-intellectuality and aesthetic awareness: no pseudo about it. Worked hard to be informed, study and know as much as I can. These skills were all honed at Ridgewood HS, and I’m proud…beats lack of imagination every day.

  29. Just read Ms. Zusy letter in the RW News, she says Ridgewood parents and school children are to blame for the the garbage tree. She should run for Board of Ed.

  30. There are more trees in the North East now than there were 100 years ago. Teach our kids the truth rather than the junk politics you masquerade as education.

    Zusy and Killian you need to better educate yourselves rather than rely on the blather that spews forth from the demented Left. Read some books even if they were not printed on recycled paper. Stop listening to the indentured slaves of agit prop land.

  31. How do we recall/impeach Zusy?

  32. 10:33 PM,

    We have… covering the stadium field at RHS with plastic and tires.

  33. I don’t produce bs, but I can smell it a mile away

    Man… it must STINK in your house.

    (If you smell BS and look around to find nobody… well, then the source is hiding in your mirror.)

  34. “Zusy and Killian you need to better educate yourselves rather than rely on the blather that spews forth from the demented Left. Read some books even if they were not printed on recycled paper. Stop listening to the indentured slaves of agit prop land.”

    You get an A for creative writing. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  35. Wow!! You guys are really tough. I don’t really understand what all the fuss is about. The decorations may not be your idea of what should have been used on the tree but I know one little girl that couldn’t be more proud of her ornament. She doesn’t consider it junk or trash.
    Maybe we should remember the tree is a symbol of Christmas. The birth of Christ. Born in a manger, around common barn animals. There was nothing extraordinary about it’s location or surroundings. When you think about it logically don’t you think the manger was messy, dirty and smelly? Yet on that day at that very simple place a miracle occurred. Maybe we should try looking at the tree and its ornaments as a very simple symbol of a holiday that started in a very simple way.

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