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The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which banned the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States was enacted in 1920. Thirteen long, dry … more
The travel industry hit unprecedented lows during the pandemic year of 2020, and signs are that recovery is somewhere far out on a distant horizon. The airline industry in general and the … more
It’s an observance that often gets lost amid the major events of the day, but Monday was National Vietnam War Veterans Day. The day is observed annually on March 29, but sadly, it has been … more
Those of us who rely heavily on the U.S. Postal Service for the flow of commerce and for delivery of essential items remain frustrated at the slow pace of recovery from its December doldrums. At … more
When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.” That’s human nature, particularly for officials in the public eye who may have to run for … more
“At work sometimes I think I am being playful and make jokes that I think are funny. I do, on occasion, tease people in what I think is a good natured way. I do it in public and in private. You … more
The sight of a snowblower clearing the Newburgh Free Academy athletic field of snow last week was a welcome sign that spring is around the corner.Or is it fall? It’s hard to tell in this day … more
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is now facing widespread dissension from within his own party over the widening nursing home scandal. Democratic leaders from the State Senate, it has been reported, are prepared to … more
A North Carolina television station is reporting how residents from all over the country ended up on that state’s waiting list for the COVID-19 vaccine, including some from our … more
Black History Month 2021 comes on the heels of the inauguration of Kamala Harris who is not only the first woman to ever serve as Vice President, but the first person of color to hold that … more
As of Monday, the total number of U.S. deaths from COVID-19 had exceeded 441,000. That includes some 43,178 in New York State alone. These are staggering numbers that continue to rise. As we … more
Senator James Skoufis may have been a bit harsh in calling for the dissolution of the Town of Montgomery Industrial Development Agency (IDA) recently, but his concern for preserving local jobs is … more
On January 25, 1981, thousands of Hudson Valley residents gathered outside the gates of Stewart Airport to welcome home 52 Americans who had been held hostage in Iran. Their captivity had begun on … more
In his annual State of the State message on Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo touched on many areas, but his largest areas of concern were the ones that tugged at us at year’s end: the COVID-19 … more
Many health care experts, including those from the Center for Disease Control, last week, acknowledged a grim reality as 2020 came to an end: as COVID numbers continue to escalate, the response has … more
New figures released last week by the Census Bureau show that New York State’s population fell by 126,355 people between July 2019 and July 2020, to 19.3 million, a drop of 0.65%, according to … more
Santa’s helpers were hard at work Saturday. The line of delivery trucks along Governor Drive in the Stewart Airport Industrial Park was, in a word, astonishing. The line stretched more than … more
In a week when we should have been celebrating the life of a great composer whose works include something now known as “Ode to Joy” comes news that may finally rank as joyous. Were it … more
The coronavirus pandemic has laid much of the American economy on its back — but a bright spot made the disaster less crippling than it might have been. That is the Paycheck Protection Program, … more
We give thanks for life, the freedom to enjoy it all, and all other blessings. As we partake of this food, we pray for health and strength to carry on and try to live as You would have us.— … more
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