Opinion
Letters (April 23-30)

Letters (April 23-30)

Trustee: Opt-out comments misquoted on social media Since everything I learned I did not learn on Facebook hence my lack of use or need for such social media sites — I did learn from some excellent educators as I continue to challenge an educate myself today — a few excellent skills amazingly include objective listening,...
Trustee: Opt-out comments have been misquoted on social media

Trustee: Opt-out comments have been misquoted on social media

Since everything I learned I did not learn on Facebook hence my lack of use or need for such social media sites — I did learn from some excellent educators as I continue to challenge an educate myself today — a few excellent skills amazingly include objective listening, reiterate a conversation accurately, conducting my own...
Letters (April 16-23)

Letters (April 16-23)

Saugerties should oppose pipeline The Pilgrim Pipeline is a bi-directional 178-mile pipeline proposed to be constructed from Albany, down the New York State Thruway corridor to Linden, NJ. Volatile Bakken crude would move south from Albany through Saugerties, Kingston, and all the other towns adjacent to 87. And gasoline or heating oil would be transported...
Letters (April 9-16)

Letters (April 9-16)

Good Samaritan at Beer Universe So many times we just hear about how our young people in this country don’t takes responsibility. Well, I have a story to make us proud. Last night I was driving home from a social event in Saugerties. As I drove west on Rt. 212 , just before the railroad...
Saugerties parent poll: Opting out of standardized tests

Saugerties parent poll: Opting out of standardized tests

Many educators expect more students to opt out of the Common Core grades 3-8 English and math tests than in previous years. “I would urge parents at this point in time to opt out of testing,” said New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee in an Albany radio interview. “I think we’re going to...
Visiting the Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Visiting the Catskill Animal Sanctuary

  Daisy the turkey is in her element. Surrounded by 20 visitors on Sunday’s first tour at Catskill Animal Sanctuary, she blinks slowly, over and over, that languid blink that those who have cats know well. “It’s her ‘I love you’ blink,” I say to the crowd, but particularly to four-year-old Alexander, who has settled...
Letters (April 2-9)

Letters (April 2-9)

Why opt out of standardized tests It is testing season in New York. There are concerned parents who, for various reasons, are opting out their children from these tests. In the Saugerties School district any parent whose child opts out will be subject to the district’s “sit and stare policy.” This means the children in...
Hudson River bald eagles defend their turf

Hudson River bald eagles defend their turf

Binoculars are standard gear for birdwatchers and ship-spotters. They are worth their weight on a hike, especially to the Lighthouse where there is plenty to see, and especially during the spring thaw when so much is happening along the river corridor. With a bit of magnification, the obscure dark silhouette in a distant treetop becomes...
Letter: Secrecy, divisiveness in Saugerties district's response to test opt-outs

Letter: Secrecy, divisiveness in Saugerties district’s response to test opt-outs

A letter was issued by BOE President George Heidcamp and posted on the district website on March 26 and appeared in Saugerties Times that day that purports to address an alleged comment made by a private citizen (who lives outside the district), which was allegedly made on the social media platform Facebook on March 25....
Letter: Ending "sit & stare" could increase opt-outs, cost Saugerties money

Letter: Ending “sit & stare” could increase opt-outs, cost Saugerties money

I offer the following as a private citizen: A few years ago, Dick Iannuzzi, President of the New York State Union of Teachers (NYSUT), met with Gov. Cuomo and the commissioner of education regarding “Race To the Top” (which included Common Core standards, annual assessments and teacher evaluations), with all parties in agreement. Then, once...
Letters (March 26-April 2)

Letters (March 26-April 2)

School Board: Superintendent responded to freedom of information requests On March 24, 2015, as a result of allegations made on social media accusing Superintendent Turner of refusing to respond to FOIL requests, the Board of Education of the Saugerties Central School District reviewed the allegations. As a result of its review, the board determined, by...
Food security: Where do we stand?

Food security: Where do we stand?

We don’t give much thought to food security here, where we’re only a short drive away from pretty much anything we could think of buying to eat. From supermarkets to farmers markets, our tables are laden with comestibles from near and far. But as blizzards and hurricanes exacerbated by climate change have shown, we’re really only...

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