Opinion
Letter: Secrecy, divisiveness in Saugerties district's response to test opt-outs

Letter: Secrecy, divisiveness in Saugerties district’s response to test opt-outs

A letter was issued by BOE President George Heidcamp and posted on the district website on March 26 and appeared in Saugerties Times that day that purports to address an alleged comment made by a private citizen (who lives outside the district), which was allegedly made on the social media platform Facebook on March 25....
Letter: Ending "sit & stare" could increase opt-outs, cost Saugerties money

Letter: Ending “sit & stare” could increase opt-outs, cost Saugerties money

I offer the following as a private citizen: A few years ago, Dick Iannuzzi, President of the New York State Union of Teachers (NYSUT), met with Gov. Cuomo and the commissioner of education regarding “Race To the Top” (which included Common Core standards, annual assessments and teacher evaluations), with all parties in agreement. Then, once...
Letters (March 26-April 2)

Letters (March 26-April 2)

School Board: Superintendent responded to freedom of information requests On March 24, 2015, as a result of allegations made on social media accusing Superintendent Turner of refusing to respond to FOIL requests, the Board of Education of the Saugerties Central School District reviewed the allegations. As a result of its review, the board determined, by...
Food security: Where do we stand?

Food security: Where do we stand?

We don’t give much thought to food security here, where we’re only a short drive away from pretty much anything we could think of buying to eat. From supermarkets to farmers markets, our tables are laden with comestibles from near and far. But as blizzards and hurricanes exacerbated by climate change have shown, we’re really only...
Letters (March 19-26)

Letters (March 19-26)

Take advantage of NYC talent At nearly 50 years of age Henry Barclay in 1825 brought with him to Saugerties a lifetime of accomplishment. Our history has been influenced by the mature talents of those that have settled in this community ever since. Historically, Saugerties has always owed its success to experience honed in the...
Squirrels: Unstoppable, insatiable, acrobatic

Squirrels: Unstoppable, insatiable, acrobatic

The next time you sit down to a breakfast of pancakes with maple syrup you can thank that wily squirrel. Legend has it that a young Iroquois boy saw a squirrel licking something running down the side of a tree. As curious youngsters will do, he decided he would try it. Lo and behold, the...
Letters (March 12-19)

Letters (March 12-19)

County-wide consolidation In last week’s issue, village Trustee and Republican Committeeman Don Hackett was quoted in a heated article concerning merging the village and town governments. Debates and comments were peppered into the article voicing pros and cons about the seemingly controversial move in which Hackett said, “The only time the town officials want to...
Marie Post: A meaningful life

Marie Post: A meaningful life

What does it take to feel like you’re part of a community? Do you need to be born in a place to feel like you’re a part of it? Marie Post wasn’t born in Saugerties. Yet she was definitely a major part of our community. How did this happen? Marie and her husband, Claude, raised...
Heroines of the Hudson

Heroines of the Hudson

March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 is International Women’s Day. This is a fitting occasion to call attention to the achievements of women lighthouse keepers, especially those overlooked by history. Women keepers in the 19th century were remarkable for many reasons. Foremost, they were the first female federal government employees to serve in...
Letter: Marie Post, a friend to all

Letter: Marie Post, a friend to all

Your memoriam on Marie Post was excellent, and I would like to add a few remarks. There are so many people she touched on a daily basis. I can remember Marie working with the vets in Saugerties and her work at South Peak. I have known her all of my life and cannot imagine Marie...
Letters (March 5-12)

Letters (March 5-12)

Staying out of it Wow! I didn’t mean to step into a kerfuffle between Gaetana and town officials, but I did! Being a private citizen, not a journalist, I am guilty of putting my two cents in without knowing the whole story! So let’s start over, shall we? Hats off to our town officials for...
Curmudgeon Corner: The sky is falling

Curmudgeon Corner: The sky is falling

We live in hysterical times. Sure, in the old days we had the Red Scare, Reefer Madness and Tulip Mania, but these were the exceptions. For the most part, life was simple. My grandson is a typical example of the younger generation. Every Sunday dinner it’s a new crisis. Bird flu, Ebola, the Euro, mass...
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