Opinion
Letters (July 17-24)

Letters (July 17-24)

Festival was a success A special thank you to the people who held the Hudson Project musical festival this past weekend! And a special thank you to the town and the local and state police who made it a peaceful event. We had the privilege of filming the festival for Lighthouse TV23, our local station...
Letters (July 10-17)

Letters (July 10-17)

Beach patrons, not businesses, should clean it up After reading some of the comments in the June 26 issue regarding the conditions of the village beach, I felt it necessary to write in response. Several comments from readers implied that fixing up the beach is the responsibility of local businesses. One comment specifically stating that...
Lighthouse keeping is a family affair

Lighthouse keeping is a family affair

“That’s a lighthouse?” is a phrase we often hear from visitors as they round the last bend in the trail. They are expecting to see a tall, cylindrical tower, not a red brick house. The Saugerties Lighthouse was built as a family station. It’s not the stereotypical “stag” light with a solitary keeper in a...
Happily ever after, and not so much

Happily ever after, and not so much

“What is that gooey pink stuff?” eight-year-old Dylan asks about the large spots on Franklin’s side. “It’s medicine,” I explain. “Franklin had an operation, and these are stitches. The medicine helps the area stay clean.” Lots of questions ensue, of course, from the group of North Park Elementary students, one of three school groups Catskill...
Protest oil trains at July 4 parade

Protest oil trains at July 4 parade

This July 4th the Saugerties Parade’s theme is “TEAM USA”. A team works together, raises their voices in unison for the good of the group and of the community. And so we will be marching with the Saugerties Democratic Committee as we grow a team to protect our beautiful town and Hudson Valley from the dangers posed...
Bearing up with bears

Bearing up with bears

I was five years old when we moved from New York City to the Hudson Valley. I remember telling my dad that I wanted to see a bear. He promised me that I would, but that wish was to evade me for almost 10 years. It was while hunting with him that I finally came...
Saugerties Republican Party has lost its way

Saugerties Republican Party has lost its way

The Saugerties Republican Party must be returned to Saugerties Republicans and no longer function as the private club of Joe Roberti Jr. The return of Helsmoortel to town supervisor was assisted — either intentionally or unwittingly — by the Town of Saugerties GOP chairman, Joe Roberti Jr. and likely one other who claims to have...
Too much surveillance in Saugerties

Too much surveillance in Saugerties

Ben Franklin once said any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security deserves neither and will lose both. This comes to mind when considering the new license plate readers and surveillance camera granted to the village of Saugerties, to be installed in early July. Why no public hearing on...
Letters (June 19-26)

Letters (June 19-26)

Let vets get care locally Here is an idea that is making the rounds on the Internet. All veterans, all branches should be allowed to go to any hospital near their local residence for medical, dental and eye care. From Saugerties, the veterans have to go over 80 miles round-trip to be seen in the...
Letters (June 12-19)

Letters (June 12-19)

Settled law Beth Murphy got a few things wrong about the second amendment in her column, “The Untouchables.” The National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934 did not ban sawed off shotguns, they could still be possessed if you paid a $200 tax. Miller got in trouble for not paying the tax. Contrary to Beth’s opinion, the...
The Saugerties Breakfast Club

The Saugerties Breakfast Club

On any given morning when you visit the McDonald’s in Barclay Heights or the bagel store or the diner, you will find the same people having their morning cup of coffee or tea and enjoying one of the lovely breakfast specials. I have lovingly nicknamed this gathering of mostly retired and older but very astute...
Swimming with the changing tide

Swimming with the changing tide

In a couple of weeks, swimmers will pass by the Saugerties Lighthouse on their way to New York Harbor. On Wednesday morning, June 18, the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim will commence with the first stage from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge to the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. Long-distance swimmers will attempt to swim the 18.3 miles...