Opinion
A second chance for Saugerties

A second chance for Saugerties

In a very short time, much “change” has happened in our country, our state and our town, and many are unsure of the direction we, as a community, are headed. It is time to get a handle on just what these policies mean to us, and decide, using common sense, what we as a community...
Councilman: Reconsidering Fallonville

Councilman: Reconsidering Fallonville

I thoroughly enjoyed your April 1 article on the transition of Saugerties to Fallonville. I think it was well researched and your coverage was extensive and concise. Unfortunately, there are some, in fact quite a few, in the community who didn’t take so kindly to the change. While I am well aware that it is...
Letters (April 3-10)

Letters (April 3-10)

Plain English I just attended a town hall meeting on the state budget hosted by State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk at the Frank D. Greco Senior Citizens Center. The senator made a very informative presentation on the intricacies of the budget negotiations, took questions from the audience, and then spoke to audience members on a one-to-one...
Letters (Mar. 6-13)

Letters (Mar. 6-13)

Volunteer snow removal Before the next snowfall, the village of Saugerties could be “shovel ready” by having signup lists of volunteers for clearing the village sidewalks at both the junior and senior high schools, the Saugerties library, and Boys and Girls Club. There must be some physically able enough who are interested in giving back...
Letters (Feb. 20-27)

Letters (Feb. 20-27)

Preserve the last resort In response to Barry Benepe’s letter about my pro Second Amendment statement: I appreciate the desire for peace of the pacifists. I and other constitutional supporters also hate violence and war. Yes we have learned from the bloody conflicts of the past. I have children. I don’t want to see them...
Letters (Feb. 13-20)

Letters (Feb. 13-20)

Karl Krause: Bridgebuilder I have long known Karl Krause as a vital member of our community as well as a terrifically talented chocolatier. I also l met him a few years back as a neighbor when, venturing in the woods one day I saw him on an extraordinary bridge he had built single handedly over...
Letters (Feb. 6-13)

Letters (Feb. 6-13)

Family thanks firemen We wish to convey our heartfelt thanks to all of the fire companies for their amazing effort, dedication, and their display of professionalism in fighting a terrible fire at our West Saugerties home on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Approximately eight fire departments responded to the call and although the home resulted in a...
Editorial: Run for Village Board

Editorial: Run for Village Board

We hope this year’s village election yields more candidates and higher turnout than years past. If so, it would buck the trend. In the past two years, candidates have run unopposed and voter turnout has been about 3 percent. These numbers are worrying. A democracy cannot function as such when its citizens don’t stand for...
Letters (Jan. 30-Feb. 6)

Letters (Jan. 30-Feb. 6)

Why we need guns Regarding the letter from Angela Gaffney-Smith in the recent Saugerties Times saying the 26 people that died in Newtown, CT, are reasons not to own an “assault” rifle, I have a question for you. Who was responsible for the greatest mass shooting of civilians of the last 100 years? If you...
Poll: Should medical marijuana be legalized in New York State?

Poll: Should medical marijuana be legalized in New York State?

Earlier this month, Gov. Cuomo announced a plan to allow limited use of medical marijuana for those with serious illnesses. The loosening of the law was accomplished by executive action, bypassing the State Legislature, and is much more limited than other states who have legalized the drug. Still, some wonder if the move is the...
Letters (11/14-21)

Letters (11/14-21)

Voters endorse Albany corruption As an activist involved with No Saugerties Casino — one of the organizations working to defeat Ballot Proposition One (the casino referendum) — I’ve learned two things from this experience. The first is that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will think it is true. Despite the facts, people...
Letters (11/7-14)

Letters (11/7-14)

Myer is grateful On behalf of myself, my family, friends and supporters I want to extend my most sincere thanks to all of you who voted for me in my re-election. This is not just a job for me. I take the responsibility very seriously. I work for all of us, the people who love...