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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June 29th, 2017

Celebrating Our Independence

Over the next few days BBQ’s will be running on overtime and fireworks will be lighting up our sky as we celebrate our Independence. Hopefully during these celebrations, we will all take a moment to be thankful for the freedom our Constitution and Declaration of Independence grants us.

Although the true meaning of the 4th of July revolves around our independence from Britain, it is the democracy that was born out of it we should all celebrate. 

Alongside Democracy comes the American Dream, and that is continually being played out before us each and every day. Indeed, we are not the same America we were just a few short years ago. For better or worse, depending on who one talks to, new immigrants are arriving daily.

As we mark our Independence, we must be thankful to live in such a diverse nation made up of so many vibrant people.  It is not difficult to understand why so many people leave their suppressed countries to settle in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

As we celebrate our Independence, I often think how in other countries the media is controlled by the government, and expressions of diverse opinions are denied. Modern technology such as cell phones, facebook and twitter are breaking through that barrier.

We can never allow free speech and discussion of the issues to be silenced. Indeed, the Internet and social media is changing how we do business in Sullivan County.

I hope you enjoy communicating, reading about, and discussing the news  and offering your opinions on issues concerning all of us in Sullivan County in the Facebook group Sullivan County Post.

I am grateful to be afforded the opportunity to discuss the issues facing us. Hopefully, “The Mouth That Roars” column assists in creating honest dialogue throughout Sullivan County.

We must all be thankful for all our first amendment rights grant us, and should use it in a positive productive way.

In Sullivan County, there will be many celebrations marking Independence Day with parades, street fairs and fireworks.

Some of the events this weekend include:


The Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Village and Town of Liberty, will be hosting its 23rd Annual Fourth of July Celebration on Tuesday July 4th.

The street fair runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, with the parade kicking off at 12:05 p.m. across from the Elks Lodge on Oberferst Street. North Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic to accommodate the festivities.

The day also includes: A Classic Car and Truck Show beginning at 10:30 a.m. (preview 9am) behind the Liberty Public Library; a special performance of the Star Spangled Banner at noon on the Main Street Stage; a variety of food, craft and retail vendors; bouncy houses and kids activities by Party Master; and musical guest “The Other Band” on the Main Street Stage starting at 12:30 p.m. A rain date is set for Saturday, July 8th.

For more information about the Chamber, or to participate in the parade or volunteer on the day of the event, contact the Chamber at 845-292-9797 or email Information can also be found on the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or by visiting


Human Rights Commission Kicks Off Law Enforcement Police-Community Relations Initiative at Liberty Festival

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) of Sullivan County, in its long-standing relationship with the community and law enforcement, has announced a joint project partnering with local & state police and community leaders with a goal to strengthen police-community relations.

The Human Rights Commission and police are joining forces at three major summer events in Sullivan County, beginning with Liberty’s July 4th Festival at Lapolt Park, followed by Fallsburg’s National Night Out on August 1 and Monticello’s Bagel Fest on August 13. Activities scheduled at each event include “The Convincer” (a texting and driving simulator) provided by the New York State Police, Monticello’s K-9 Unit and a dunking booth provided by Party Master.

Partners committed to this endeavor include Catholic Charities, Fallsburg PD, Latino Alliance, Liberty PD, Monticello PD, NAACP, New York State Police, Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office, Sullivan County Legal Aid, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, and the United Methodist Church of Monticello.

The Commission believes that policing plus human rights equals justice. Visit the Human Rights Commission’s booths for more information.



Saturday July 1st  3 PM to 9PM

The second annual A Gathering at Bethel Woods: Celebrating Peace, Love & Music returns on Saturday, July 1. Festivities kicks off at 3 p.m., and will include live music, guided museum tours, interpretive walks and talks about the historic Woodstock festival site, a variety of activities and games, collaborative art projects, and an array of activities fun for the whole family, topped off by a fireworks display at dusk. 


  • Docent tours starting every half hour from 11am to 7pm (start in the Museum Lobby)
  • Grounds tours at 3pm-5pm-7pm (start on the Terrace Patio)
  • Backstage tours every half hour from 3pm to 8pm (start at the top of the lawn entrance
  • 3:30pm: Preserving Woodstock – A Town Hall Meeting: with Woodstock organizer Joel Rosenman, Santana’s Michael Carabello,NYS Historic Preservation Michael Lynch and Museum Director Wade Lawrence – Moderated by Times Herald-Record Executive Editor Barry Lewis
  • Curator Talk at 4pm & 6pm (start at the Special Exhibit Gallery entrance)
  • Site preservation tour at 5pm (starts on the Terrace Patio)
  • The Museum will offer $10 admission for the day (freefor Sullivan County residents with I.D.), and there will be a variety of local vendors offering food and beverages, as well as handmade jewelry, gifts, crafts and more. The Museum open until 8:30pm.
  • Preview the NEW Green Room, open to all guests

In the case of inclement weather, a rain date is scheduled for Sunday, July 2.


Roscoe July 4th Parade on Saturday July 1st at 11 AM

Everyone is welcome to participate in Roscoe’s Fourth of July Parade. Line up will be at Roscoe Central School parking lot. Rain or Shine! The more the merrier.

Immediately following the parade there will be a dedication in Memory of Elaine Fettig at Riverside Park.



Tuesday July 4th 12 PM – Lumberland Firehouse, Glen Spey




Sunday July 2nd – 2 PM to 10 PM – Morningside Park Hurleyville. Free and Open to the public. Fireworks, Live DJ starting at 5 PM, Rides and Entertainment.


In Monticello, the Monticello Raceway will hold their annual Fireworks show on Monday, July 3rd 9:30 PM -10:30 PM 

Town of Bethel Fireworks – Monday, July 4th overlooking White Lake at approximately 9 PM – Free parking in municipal lot at 3586 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake.

Narrowsburg Monday July 3rd at dusk 9PM

Villa Roma Monday July 3rd at dusk at 9 PM

I hope Sullivan County residents come out in droves to celebrate these great events. It is crucial we take the time to appreciate our independence and freedom, as well as support our local towns and merchants.

No matter ones viewpoints, race, creed, color, gender, age, education, wealth, sexual orientation, or religious ideology, we all strive for the same goals and quality of life. Even though some of our customs, political beliefs, and the way we approach life may vary, we are all the same.

Although some of us might not understand differences or disagreements, we must learn to tolerate and respect others. That is what our great country is all about.

Happy 4th of July and enjoy your hot dog!

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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