Mouth That Roars

Bill Liblick has made a name for himself of National TV Talk Shows where he spouted his outspoken views from the front row. Now he offers you his opinion every week in the "MOUTH THAT ROARS" Column in the Sullivan County Post.

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November 26th, 2014

Time for Thanksgiving

Celebrating with family and friends, overeating, shopping for bargains and endless football games is what this weekend has become famous for.

After all, it is the official start of the holiday season.

Thanksgiving has always been a time when we try to make lives better and reflect on what we have to be thankful for.

I am thankful for the resolve in Sullivan County residents to always help those in need. We always put our differences aside and unite as one big family.

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers providing thanksgiving meals to those who otherwise would have none.

A perfect example how people want to help others is what Carlos Torres and Erinn Gilmore are doing. They came up with the idea of a free holiday dinner aimed to feed the less fortunate, homeless, the elderly, and those who may have no families to spend the holidays with.

They are not an organization they are just two people looking to do something good in the community. They have received overwhelming support from people all over Sullivan County including Carmen and Tom Rue, Larissa Bennett, and Les Kristt. They also have a commitment for both Fat Boiz and Miss Monticello Diner.
The dinner will be held Sunday December 14, 2014 at the Ted Stroble Center in Monticello.

Torres told me, “There are far too many people alone for the holidays as well as an alarming number of people and families that cannot afford a nice holiday dinner. While we have a great group of people behind this idea, we could use all the help we can get. If you find yourself willing to donate a few dollars to the cause it would be greatly appreciated and put to great use.”

To donate towards the dinner please visit

Our firefighters, ambulance workers, members of civic and religious organizations continually go above and beyond their call of duty for us.

We must be thankful to all the members of our law enforcement community and those in the military who constantly risk their lives for us. These people have a spirit in them that words cannot express.

Thank you to our hard working underpaid prosecutors who could earn so much more in the private sector. Thank you to all of our hard working members of our Judiciary.

Thank you to our dedicated Sullivan County workforce.

I am thankful to Joanne Gerow in forming Catskill Animal Rescue, Inc. to address the critical lack of resources and services available in Sullivan County. Gerow’s goals which will ultimately include shelter, adoption, low cost spay/neuter, assistance to the elderly, public education and community services pertaining to Sullivan County’s animals.

A raffle is even being held on November 30, 2014 to assist Catskill Animal Rescue in fundraising. Tickets which are $2 or three for $5 can be purchased throughout Sullivan County including Kristt and Company in Monticello and the Town of Liberty Clerk’s Office.

The drawing will be videotaped and posted on Facebook. Prizes include a laptop and a $100 gift certificate from Kristt and Company. For more information – Please Contact Joanne Gerow at (845) 866-3366, or Amy Kristt at (845) 866- 2203.

The problems facing Sullivan County are very real, and it has become increasingly hard for people to enjoy a quality of life here. Hopefully that will soon change.

Although I am often critical of our elected officials and their sometimes lackluster performance, I am equally grateful for all they do.

I am thankful to be afforded the opportunity to discuss the issues facing us on a weekly basis. What I am not thankful for are those people who attempt to defame and slander rather than stick to the issues.

There are those who tried very hard to silence and muzzle these columns from being published, but they proved wrong. When one pens columns such as ‘The Mouth That Roars” you need thick skin and to let all it run off your shoulder.

Hopefully the “Mouth That Roars” column and the Sullivan County Post Facebook group assist in creating honest dialogue throughout Sullivan County.

As family and friends gather during the next several weeks we should also remember that the holidays are not a joyous of time of year for many people. There are those who are alone and tend to become sad and lonely. Depression is known to occur more frequently, as the days get shorter and it becomes colder. We must be thankful to all of the charitable organizations that are there for those in need.

Thanksgiving has become a difficult time of year for me since the horrific sexual assault and tragic passing of my developmentally disabled sister Paula. I pray that “Paula’s Law” mandating surveillance cameras be placed outside of all state run group homes and day programs will one day become law to protect our most vulnerable.

The holiday season is a time we should embrace all fellow human beings no matter their race, creed, color, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. Let’s all be thankful for what we have, and share the joy with those around us.

Dudley, George, and Gracie are thankful for their loving home and they asked me to remind everyone to please leave out an extra bowl of food for that stray cat.

Let’s keep the spirit of thanksgiving alive all year long.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bill Liblick has made a name for himself on National TV Talk Shows where he spouted his outspoken views from the front row. Now he offers you his opinion every week in the “MOUTH THAT ROARS” Column in THE SULLIVAN COUNTY POST.

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