Opinion
Letters (June 16-23)

Letters (June 16-23)

Not Gambling? Senator John J. Bonacic, chair of the New Senate’s gambling committee, announced on June 7 (NY Times) the Legislature is ready to legalize, regulate, and tax Daily Fantasy  Sports (DFS) betting. Leaving aside questions about the wisdom of  still more gambling expansion in the State, don’t new forms of gambling violate the State’s...
Letters (June 9-16)

Letters (June 9-16)

Close the zoos The gorilla who was brutally executed at the Cincinnati Zoo was innocent. The parents were guilty; The zoo was guilty; we as a society are guilty. The parents were negligent in letting their child climb over the barrier. The zoo was negligent for not building a safer enclosure. Society is guilty of supporting zoos which are dangerous to...
Solar Success in Saugerties

Solar Success in Saugerties

Congratulations to Saugerties’ residents and business owners for responding so enthusiastically to the Solarize Saugerties campaign that’s been running since early March and is now in its final month! The ten percent discount on solar panels (roof or ground) is still available to anyone who registers for a free, no-obligation site assessment by June 30....
Letters (June 2-9)

Letters (June 2-9)

Tip of the Lyme iceberg The mystery, wonder, and power of Mother Nature. Think about this. The bite from an infected tick the size of a poppy seed maims, debilitates and can eventually kill a two hundred pound man. In a sense, a modern day David and Goliath; this is Lyme Disease. When I first became aware...
The Shift: Local non-profits should collaborate

The Shift: Local non-profits should collaborate

I tend to take a big picture view of things, and one of my concerns with the proliferation of not-for-profit organizations has been that so many seem focused on the same needs. This becomes apparent when the requests for donations arrive by the handful in the mailbox or inbox. World Wildlife Fund, Nature Conservancy, Audubon...
Letters (May 26-June 2)

Letters (May 26-June 2)

Give Bernie His Due As Bernie supporters continue to register voters, canvass neighborhoods for supporters, and telephone into states still holding primaries to get out the vote, Bernie is working to persuade the Democratic Party National Committee to give him a role at the Convention worthy of his campaign’s accomplishments. If he cannot win the...
Letters (May 19-26)

Letters (May 19-26)

Five hundred pounds! Our local Riverkeeper Sweep event was a great success. Thanks to a great group of volunteer paddlers, five hundred pounds of garbage, consisting of a beautiful centerpiece, tires, a few Adirondack chairs, and lots of blue Styrofoam and plastic bottles from our Saugerties shoreline. Special thanks to all the volunteers, to Saugerties Times for...
Letters (May 12-19)

Letters (May 12-19)

For The Benefit Of All Inhabitants Thinking about the upcoming celebration of Israeli Independence day on May 12, I reflect on the events leading up to this commemoration. I keep in mind that on November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly passed resolution 181 which called for the partition of the British ruled Palestine Mandate...
Letters (May 5-12)

Letters (May 5-12)

A Solar Experience In 2013 I had a ground array solar system installed on our property. Since that time I have only paid the monthly “delivery charge” of about $24 per month for electricity. Our biggest uses of power are our well pump and our hot water heater and some large motors on some tools I use intermittently. When...
Letters (April 28-May 5)

Letters (April 28-May 5)

Figures don’t lie While much of what Ralph Childers wrote caused me to laugh out loud, the inaccuracies necessitate a response. Regarding the “job growth” under Obama, the facts are this: The number of breadwinning jobs — full time positions in energy, mining, construction, manufacturing, white collar professions, business management & services, information technology, transportation/distribution...
Letters (April 21-28)

Letters (April 21-28)

Kilowatts from the sun I was asked by a member of the “Solarize Saugerties” team, who knew I installed a roof-mounted photovoltaic solar system a few years ago, for some feedback on my experience with having solar. I can say that I am very pleased with the entire process from design, to installation, to operation....
Letters (April 14-21)

Letters (April 14-21)

That won’t fly In regards to Christopher Jones’ letter, “Secure borders out of love,” (March 31 Saugerties Times), I’m so happy Mr. Jones’ “ancestors came here for a better life.” Not like those pesky Muslims who just want to “impose their way of life on us.” I can hear the native Americans laughing about that....