Opinion
What Saugerties Democrats believe

What Saugerties Democrats believe

The Saugerties Democratic Committee (SDC) on Feb. 24, 2015 adopted a Statement of Values which helps to define why its members are enrolled in the Democratic Party and why they work through the party and through other organizations to turn these values into policies and practices. If you share all or some of these values...
Letters (June 25-July 2)

Letters (June 25-July 2)

What’s new “The new sheriff in town” is neither a sheriff nor is he new. Lanny Walter has lived in Saugerties for over 50 years, working as a people’s lawyer, community organizer and dedicated to the principles of progressive and positive change. What is new, is a shift of power on the newly elected and...
Hudson Valley health clinics provide affordable alternative care

Hudson Valley health clinics provide affordable alternative care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has finally put access to medical services within the reach of just about everyone. We can all have an annual checkup, see the doctor when we’re feeling sick, and get treatment for what ails us. But something the ACA has not done is make what are called “alternative” healthcare modalities...
Letters (June 18-25)

Letters (June 18-25)

Keeping us in the dark on surveillance After several phone calls and email exchanges — none of which were with Chief Sinagra as he has yet to return any correspondence from me personally in reference to the use of cameras or jaywalking — I was able to speak with our chapter of the Civil Liberties...
Making dandelion wine

Making dandelion wine

Dandelions, dandelions, dandelions everywhere, but not a drop to drink! With that in mind, I decided to take a step beyond just enjoying the sea of yellow that my yard was sporting. I would make dandelion wine. With great resolve, I got my basket and set out to gather the blossoms, early in the morning,...
Letters (June 11-18)

Letters (June 11-18)

Dear Bob Mr. Aiello- Hope all is well? Just wanted to respond to your wonderful letter to the editor. It really shocks me that someone who served in the legislature so long is so unversed in the laws of tax collection in Ulster County. First off you say after three years, the properties go up...
Your friendly neighborhood spider

Your friendly neighborhood spider

Late in the day, the slant of the sun casts a sidelight on the house. In this magic hour before sunset, a scarcely visible presence is revealed: spider webs by the hundreds shimmering in the golden light, strung among fence posts, draped from window lintels, and adorning the underside of the eaves. The spiders themselves...
Overcoming temptation

Overcoming temptation

When I was in early grade school, I loved Apple Sticks. They were shaped like a thin granola bar, only they were much healthier. The bright green hard candy was 100 percent sugar and food coloring, I’m sure. I remember one day after school being at the little five-and-dime candy store. I don’t recall why...
The lion's tooth

The lion’s tooth

This is the year of the dandelion, in case you hadn’t noticed. These tenacious bright yellow blossoms, which in almost every culture represent sunshine, happiness and warmth, are more prevalent than they have been in a number of years. The National Dandelion Watchers of America, a nonprofit organization devoted to saving this persistent flower, has...
Curmudgeon Corner: The old ways

Curmudgeon Corner: The old ways

I like the old ways. It was a pleasure to use the old lever voting machines at the School Board vote. They still work just fine, and you know the vote went through. The new computerized machines are a black box. Who knows how they work? The poll workers certainly don’t. What was the big...
Letters (May 21-28)

Letters (May 21-28)

Where were the voters? Apathy has raised its ugly head again in Saugerties. Only a little over 2,000 people could be bothered to vote for the school budget and school board members again! That’s less than 10 percent of our population. The single greatest cost for our residents, school taxes, and almost nobody cared. The...
Repair Cafe gives broken items new life and saves landfill space

Repair Cafe gives broken items new life and saves landfill space

The three famous Rs — Reduce/Reuse/Recycle — have expanded to include a fourth — Repair. Ulster County now hosts several Repair Cafés. Anyone can show up with a “broken but beloved” item and an expert tinkerer will fix it (or at least give it a shot). It’s an idea that appeals to people who don’t...

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