Opinion
A test of patience

A test of patience

Happy Hanukkah. Happy Yule. Merry Christmas. Happy Kwanza. Happy Chinese New Year. No matter what you’re celebrating, or even if you’re not, December can be stressful. By now we are in full preparation mode for the holidays. How we go about that preparation, though, is likely to have a significant impact on the way we...
Poll: New York Bans Fracking

Poll: New York Bans Fracking

New York State banned the natural gas retrieval procedure known as High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing during a televised cabinet meeting presided over by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday. The decision cited a variety of concerns raised by the state Department of Health and the fact that, “In New York State we’re protective of our natural...
Letters (December 11-18)

Letters (December 11-18)

Thoughts on historic oversight shakeup hearing I was surprised by the account of the meeting concerning the fate of the Historic Review Board in the village — not by the coverage, which I assume was accurate, but by the revisionist history that was suggested or inferred in some of the comments. The Flamingo was never...
A light in the dark

A light in the dark

In this month of long nights, we celebrate light. Candlesticks are ceremoniously lit, and strings of light bulbs are draped along gutters and trees. Lest we forget, we are reminded that, once upon a time, light was precious and not easy to come by. Nowadays, when strings of light-emitting diodes can be purchased by the...
Letters (December 4-11)

Letters (December 4-11)

Warrant checks a safety issue While I understand the concerns of Legislator Bartels and others regarding security checks at social services, I contend that the practice is legal and necessary. The sheriff has a duty to protect the good men and women who were once subjected to assaults and dangerous working conditions. What Sheriff VanBlarcum...
Opinion: Reinstate DSS warrant checks

Opinion: Reinstate DSS warrant checks

When Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum would not end the controversial warrant check policy at Department of Social Services (DSS) buildings, Legislator Tracey Bartels (D-Gardiner) threatened to used the “power of the purse” to replace sheriff’s deputies assigned to security at the facility with private security guards. Her proposed resolution was not brought to a vote, but...
Opinion: Ulster bottling plant an environmental issue for Saugerties

Opinion: Ulster bottling plant an environmental issue for Saugerties

Should Saugerties care about the proposed town of Ulster Niagara Bottling plant? The plant will be creating new jobs, which we need. However, when it is fully built, it will also be disposing 345,000 gallons per day of wastewater. The town of Ulster wastewater treatment plant would receive 2,500 gallons of this wastewater daily; the...
Letters (Nov. 27-Dec. 4)

Letters (Nov. 27-Dec. 4)

Speak out against village’s historic law change The zoning change issue highlights how much government responsibility is now relinquished by elected officials to the attorney’s authority. To avoid the demands of preservation they simply turned to this surrogate to rewrite the law. Now this dearly paid for pretense, ripe with intrigue, innuendo and untruths, has...
On gratitude

On gratitude

God gave us our relatives. Thank God we can choose our friends. End of column! When we speak of thanks, quite often this is the extent of what some people can muster up. I believe that one of the greatest human expressions we overlook in our lives is that of giving thanks. Not a day...
Letters (November 20-27)

Letters (November 20-27)

Highway superintendent’s raise justified I would like to explain the increase in pay to the town of Saugerties superintendent of highways. When Mr. Myer took office in 2012 his salary was $53,258 which at that time was considered low for that position in comparison to others that held the same office in Ulster County. At...
Letters (November 13-20)

Letters (November 13-20)

Hidden spending increases in town budget It’s hard to believe Saugerties has a large budget deficit and a poor credit rating after reviewing the tentative 2015 town budget. The town’s finances have been hurt in recent years due to not budgeting $400,000 in county welfare and election costs and because $200,000 for the Glasco Mini...
Op-ed: Our picks for ballot propositions

Op-ed: Our picks for ballot propositions

Here’s our guide to the three propositions found on the back of the ballot. Proposal No. 1 - It purports to find a bipartisan way to redistrict the legislative and congressional districts in the state, by carefully appointing a commission, two of your guys here, two of mine here until you get to eight, then they...