Opinion
Letters (October 16-23)

Letters (October 16-23)

Eldridge needs to pay his dues What do Sean Eldridge-D and Maurice Hinchey-D have in common other than the “D” after their name? Actually they have very little in common. Mr. Hinchey, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, worked as a laborer in a cement plant before working his way through college as a toll...
Letters (October 9-16)

Letters (October 9-16)

A vote for equality I am voting for Sean Eldridge for Congress in the 19th District. Since Reagan’s nonexistent “Welfare Queen” in the 1980s and Romney’s “47 percent” comments in the last presidential election the Republican Party has sought to unfairly demonize poor people, the unemployed, and the foreign-born despite record levels of income inequality....
Keeper’s Log: Due south

Keeper’s Log: Due south

The tempo of cricket chirping slows as the temperature drops on autumn evenings, inducing a calm, observant mood along the riverside. Fortunately, there’s plenty for a quiet observer to see on the Hudson these days. From mid-September through October, dozens of sailboats pass by the Lighthouse daily on their way to tropical waters, many sporting...
Letters (October 2-9)

Letters (October 2-9)

Be prepared My friend Peter Poccia asks how we plan to heat our homes when the electric grid goes out in January. My answer is that we need to be connected to our neighbors before there’s an emergency situation so that in the event, we will know what resources we all have to share and...
Why don’t more people vote?

Why don’t more people vote?

Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, is approaching. This year, we’ll have the opportunity to vote for a congressman, New York State offices (governor, attorney general, comptroller, state Senate and state Assembly), Ulster County sheriff, family court judge and town receiver of taxes. This is not a presidential election year, so voter turnout is usually lower....
Outdoors: Swamp to table

Outdoors: Swamp to table

I live near a rather large wetland area and I watch for the wildlife that inhabit it. Herons and egrets abound and are very easily spotted, as they stand stock still in the water, searching for their daily meal. Another, more elusive creature is rarely seen. It is primarily nocturnal and only by chance or...
Letters (September 25-October 2)

Letters (September 25-October 2)

More public transportation needed Thank you for that inspiring article on Cliff Burley. And let me echo his remark that the “biggest issue Saugerties has to address” is transportation for “people who don’t drive” like him — and like me. I’m 88 and eager to go some place beside the malls. This may, of course,...
Letters (September 18-25)

Letters (September 18-25)

The brink of disaster This Sunday there will be a massive gathering dedicated to saving our planet. It is the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21 in New York City www.peoplesclimate.org. The goal is to call attention to the catastrophic dangers we all face due to climate change/global warming and its consequences due largely to...
It could happen here

It could happen here

Saugerties has resisted taking on the issue of school violence and violence against children in a serious manner. Incidents like the Newtown, Conn. school massacre have shown that school violence can happen anywhere. How do we stay aware and vigilant and defeat the notion of that cannot happen here? Can there be a discussion about...
Letters (September 11-18)

Letters (September 11-18)

Preservationist bloc has power There is an increasingly expanding community that has chosen to live here because of the cultural and natural amenities of Saugerties. A lot of them have their primary residences elsewhere and do not vote here so their concerns are not on the front burner of a government elected by a group...
Closing the skills gap with online learning

Closing the skills gap with online learning

As everyone entitled to a job? Or do individuals need to make sure they have the skills needed by employers, or the skills needed to create their own job? One of the main reasons for the rising income gap is lack of education and skills for the current job market. As school starts this year,...
Shipwrecks of Saugerties

Shipwrecks of Saugerties

Recently, one of our volunteer tour guides, Laurie Rankin, suggested we dredge up some stories about local shipwrecks to illustrate the hazards of river travel and the importance of lighthouses as aids to navigation. Naturally, we turned to the local experts on the topic, Jim Kennard and Dick Duncan. In 2010, Mr. Kennard, a shipwreck...