Good Monday friends! Today in La Voz con Mariel Fiori is a day of business and well-being. Perhaps they learned that the Kingston City School District received nearly $27 million from the state and federal government to address learning loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of those funds include $5 million for smart school bonds, but the complaint is that the district plans to use the funds for something else. Today I gave you the details and what the community is doing about it.

Speaking of citizen engagement, the Rosendale Library wants to hear from you, so I caught up with Katie Scott-Childress, Principal, to learn more about the Community Conversations Initiative. These are the dates of the conversations that began last Saturday: Thursday, May 6, 4:00 pm - In person - Rosendale Rec Pavilion; Saturday May 8, 3:00 pm - Virtual;

Tuesday, May 11, 10:00 am - In person - Rosendale Rec Pavilion; Wednesday, May 12, 7:00 pm - In person - Rosendale Rec Pavilion; Saturday May 15, 3:00 pm - Virtual. Register online or by calling the library at 845-658-9013. Spanish is not spoken at this time, but the possibility of hiring bilingual staff is being sought to facilitate accessibility. You are interested, send your resume to P.O. Box 482, Rosendale NY 12472.

In her Let's Talk about Economics column, Professor Martha Tepepa of the Levy Institute of Economics at Bard College spoke about the gun business. Professor Tepepa said today that "The firearms industry in the United States is effectively deregulated. The laws that govern the operation of these businesses are weak and have many ambiguous points. The federal agency in charge of supervising the industry, the Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), has had a very low budget and is available to the political context and does not have consistent and effective regulation. Congress imposed restrictions on the regulatory process and has limited the scope of action of the agency to implement tools to regulate the arms industry and hold it responsible for the damage caused by its products. The industry produces and sells deadly weapons to consumers and operates with minimal oversight from the federal government and almost no accountability. "