Opinion
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...
Letters (September 4-11)

Letters (September 4-11)

Confront the arrogance of power It is not every person who is brave enough to confront the arrogance of power. In this Sept. 9 Democratic Primary, Zephyr Teachout is doing that for all of us by challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the democratic nomination for governor. Yes, some think she is tilting against windmills because...
Thank you for sharing

Thank you for sharing

According to the Pew Research Center, Internet privacy is an important concern of young Americans. After speaking with many young Saugertiesians, it’s clear that privacy is on their minds, but the majority felt they were in control of their digital footprint. When asked for their opinion, they talked about who saw their social media profiles....
Fowl language

Fowl language

In water fowling literature, you can find many wonderful passages by really good writers that describe what it truly means to be a duck hunter. Since I was young, I loved books. It is quite natural as my mother schlepped my sister, brother and I to the library at least two or three times a...
Letters (August 28-September 4)

Letters (August 28-September 4)

School Board agenda prep process clarified I am writing this as president of the Saugerties CSD Board of Education in order to clarify its position regarding recent public scrutiny and debate over some new board members’ claim that they don’t have enough back-up material in order to cast votes. Agenda packets, which are hand-delivered to...
Letters (Aug. 21–28)

Letters (Aug. 21–28)

A matter of fact Donna Greco (“Fact checking the fact checker,” 7/31–8/7)claims she “exposed the fact that more Democrats than Republicans are receivers of entitlement funds and continue to vote to increase taxes on the middle class to support these programs.” Does she have a source for this assertion? Let’s see it! Greco repeatedly presents...
Dead air

Dead air

Last month, my television service was shut down by the Supreme Court. The service was Aereo. It captured over-the-air transmissions via thousands of tiny antennas and transmitted the signal via the Internet. The court shut it down because it did not pay broadcasters for retransmitting their signals, as cable companies do. Because Saugerties is within...
Letters (August 14-21)

Letters (August 14-21)

Out of the darkness I drafted this letter a week ago but for whatever reason never got around to sending it. Now in the wake of the tragic loss of a popular personality, suicide is on the tongues of everyone. So I thought it best to get this out now before it falls into that...