Opinion
Curmudgeon Corner: Reader Mail

Curmudgeon Corner: Reader Mail

I don’t know if any real Saugerties people read this paper, but it seems the way this town’s going, I need to cast a wide net to stay relevant. Allow me to introduce myself: I’m Rod Selway. I’ve done a little bit of everything. Navy, farmed, cement plant, had my own paper, speculation, some activities...
Letters (Jan. 29-Feb. 5)

Letters (Jan. 29-Feb. 5)

Saugerties Town Board’s hidden agenda On Wednesday, Jan. 21, I attended the regularly scheduled Saugerties Town Board meeting. Prior to the meeting I took the opportunity to review the agenda which is placed online for the public to review in advance of the meeting. Upon arriving at the meeting I received a copy of the...
Opinion: Pilgrim Pipeline offers a safer way to transport oil

Opinion: Pilgrim Pipeline offers a safer way to transport oil

A complex energy routine currently takes place in the Hudson Valley corridor. Every year, more than three billion gallons of critical refined products such as gasoline and heating oil are loaded onto river barges in New Jersey for delivery to points along the Hudson River Valley. And every year, roughly the same amount of crude...
Letters (January 22-29)

Letters (January 22-29)

An alternative to winter on-street parking ban After living for ten years outside of Saugerties I have returned. I love my hometown, but there is one thing I had forgotten about during my time away that I find more than a little irritating: the winter parking restrictions. For what it’s worth, I understand the point...
Curmudgeon Corner: Words of wisdom

Curmudgeon Corner: Words of wisdom

My daughter believes negativity leads to disease, so as you might imagine, my cantankerous disposition worries her. And she is definitely not happy this newspaper is “encouraging me” by calling my column Curmudgeon Corner and forwarding me hate mail from hippies upset with my December installment. To try to counteract my carcinogenic choler, she sends...
A matter of perspective

A matter of perspective

A few years ago while I was in California to see my mother, I got in a fender bender with a curb. Over 30 years driving, and a spotless record ruined by a curb. It was one of those annoying mishaps that do occur occasionally in life. And although on vacation with my daughter, I...
Letters (January 15-22)

Letters (January 15-22)

Chaos in county government Recently, I was asked by a reporter from Saugerties Times about cooperation amongst elected officials in government, to which I replied: “I am pleased to see a coordinated effort on the county and local levels amongst elected officials towards trying to bring economic development into Saugerties and Ulster County. Infrastructural improvements...
Opinion: Oppose Pilgrim Pipeline

Opinion: Oppose Pilgrim Pipeline

By now readers of this paper should be aware that Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC would like to build a 178-mile pipeline along the Thruway to carry crude oil from Albany to refineries in New Jersey and refined petroleum products in the other direction. We can’t let this happen. Many residents of towns along this route...
Letters (January 8-15)

Letters (January 8-15)

Toy store success The Saugerties Area Council of Churches would like to express its heartfelt thanks to the community once again for its overwhelming support of our Christmas Toy Store mission project. Our 23rd year was a huge success! Parents came and shopped for Christmas for their 337 children! If it weren’t for the continued...
Hard water season

Hard water season

At the start of the new year, we await the “hard water” season. Members of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club set up a sample of their historic sailing fleet at the Roosevelt home in Hyde Park for a temporary exhibit, which ends on Jan. 3. The ice yacht expo featured FDR’s own ice boat,...
Letters (Dec. 25-Jan. 1)

Letters (Dec. 25-Jan. 1)

A holiday message from the DA Events have occurred in recent months that have brought a heightened focus on law enforcement in our county. I would like to offer some observations. I suggest that an intelligent, vigorous, interest in how we, as a society, police ourselves is an important and welcome exercise. When done properly...
Tree of life

Tree of life

The first Christmas after we moved from New York City to the country, our search for a Christmas tree was a special event. My dad, a devoted hunter, had scouted the woods and knew exactly where we were to cut our tree. He came home from work early on Christmas Eve, got our largest sled...