Letters to the Editor

COVID on the rise again

A Halloween party at the home of a Pine Bush School Board member, attended by an estimated 40 students, is being blamed for the latest upswing of COVID-19 cases in that school district. The district …

Staying home and safe

Who’s doing Thanksgiving? We start asking our besties that oh, around Labor Day. We groan. The extra cleaning, the extra expense, the time dedicated to shopping and subsequent cooking of …

No Covid vaccines for New York?

This week Pfizer and Biontech announced that their Coronavirus vaccine was 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 in participants in their Phase 3 study. In comparison the Flu vaccine on average is 40% …

Black Lives Matter

We as Quakers representing the Peace and Social Justice committee of the New Paltz Friends Meeting wish to express our support for the Black Lives Matter movement as well as voicing our concern for …

Thanking our veterans for the right to vote

The voter turnout in this year’s presidential election was truly astounding. With votes still being counted, turnout in the 2020 presidential election has hit a 50-year high, exceeding the …
Letters to the Editor

After Election Day November 2020

In upstate New York the weather is gray, even the few remaining yellow leaves, look dull. It’s a time to reflect even though, it feels like I am being forced by voting and the pandemic, to open …

An open letter to Orange County business owners

Today I am writing to you to request that you keep up all of the good work you have been doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout Orange County. As you know, COVID-19 has made a huge impact …

Every vote should be equal

As dusk was falling Monday on the east coast, the candidates were still on the campaign trail, wrapping up one last full day before the 2020 Presidential election. As in past years, most of the …

No bugs, no food!  

One third of all the plants we eat won’t grow without bugs and birds to pollinate them.  Many local bugs depend on very specific native plants to survive and reproduce.  For …

Combating racism at the county level

A few weeks ago, Orange County Legislature Chairman Steve Brescia stood at a Back the Blue event organized by the Trump Republican Party, and misled the crowd about a recent vote in the Orange County …
Letters to the Editor

The Air Force must be held accountable for Newburgh’s water

Senator Chuck Schumer described last week what might be the ultimate Catch-22 when it comes to remediation of the City of Newburgh’s tainted water supply. As we all know, chemicals used in …

Fears unfounded on first day of voting

The first day of voting drew a large number of voters to Montgomery’s Senior Citizen Center, Saturday, and thankfully nothing more. There were fears of gun violence and voter suppression …

Vote Libertarian

If you’re considering voting for Donald Trump or Joe Biden and you live in New York State, you’re wasting your time. That’s right, to vote for Trump or Biden in New York State is to …