Celebrating Human Rights

Human Rights Day commemorates the day on which the United Nations issued the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a document drafted by representatives from all around the world, which …

Dear Senator Skoufis

Q: “Having children has become a privilege of the wealthy. Our childcare costs are our biggest expense after our mortgage (the cost for preschool, before & after school care are essentially …

Lloyd should keep its building moratorium

The Lloyd Town Board has a building moratorium. The town planning board has received a lot of applications for big subdivisions at a time when Ulster County’s population has been declining. …

Sprawl

To the enlightened citizens of Highland,In my lifetime, I’ve watched the town I grew up in change singularly. Enough is enough. Until the 1980’s, Highland had been a small but vibrant …

Small Business Saturday: the movement is growing

Most of us have done it. It only takes a few clicks at the Amazon site and a package arrives at our doorstep virtually hours later. Need something delivered on a Sunday? No problem. The U.S. Postal …

Climate change affects every child’s health

Studies and reports say that the greatest health issue facing our children is Global Warming. It will leave them with lifelong health problems. A major cause of future health problems is the …

Don’t be prey to a utility scam

A Central Hudson press release issued Monday reminds us that we are in the middle of Utility Scam Awareness Week. It always comes around the middle of November, at a time when the weather first …

LeBron off base

I have the utmost respect for LeBron James, possibly the greatest basketball player ever. I respect him, not for his sport skills, but for his charitable commitments, notably a school in his hometown …
Time to regroup?

Much has been said recently about the tax breaks being granted to the many new large companies locating here in the Mid-Hudson region. Both Senator Skoufis and others have weighed in on the subject, …

Fresh Air Fund

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Fresh Air host families and volunteer leaders Dutchess and Ulster Counties. Because of their dedication and commitment, thousands of children from …

Libby Manion

As colleague and successor to the late Elizabeth S. Manion as director of the Marlboro Free Library (MFL), I was saddened to learn of her recent passing. “Libby,” as she was called by …

Richard Gerentine’s retirement is a loss to the county

Senior Ulster County Legislator Richard Gerentine’s name was not on the ballot on Nov. 5. After serving 26 years in the legislature, including a time as its chairman, he is retiring from the …

November 16, 1989 – our day of infamy

We remember the day as being unseasonably mild for November, almost balmy. Then came the thick black clouds, the heavy rains and then the wind. Some 125 students were having lunch in the cafeteria …

Danskammer

Reading about the debate over the proposed new gas fired power plant in Marlboro a few questions came to mind. The opponents say it’s unnecessary as we’ll be replacing it with …

Homeless veterans and mental illness

The ‘22 Until None’ article in the Nov. 6 edition touched on some of the reasons for homeless veterans and stressed the importance of a connection to the Veterans Administration. …

Contact football for under 12 may be banned

New York State Legislature held a public hearing on banning boys under the age of 12 from playing contact football. It is driven by a concern and fear of head injuries. In high school players are …