Opinion
Letters (Aug. 21–28)

Letters (Aug. 21–28)

A matter of fact Donna Greco (“Fact checking the fact checker,” 7/31–8/7)claims she “exposed the fact that more Democrats than Republicans are receivers of entitlement funds and continue to vote to increase taxes on the middle class to support these programs.” Does she have a source for this assertion? Let’s see it! Greco repeatedly presents...
Dead air

Dead air

Last month, my television service was shut down by the Supreme Court. The service was Aereo. It captured over-the-air transmissions via thousands of tiny antennas and transmitted the signal via the Internet. The court shut it down because it did not pay broadcasters for retransmitting their signals, as cable companies do. Because Saugerties is within...
Letters (August 14-21)

Letters (August 14-21)

Out of the darkness I drafted this letter a week ago but for whatever reason never got around to sending it. Now in the wake of the tragic loss of a popular personality, suicide is on the tongues of everyone. So I thought it best to get this out now before it falls into that...
Letters (August 7-14)

Letters (August 7-14)

Wanton destruction Wildlife is having a harder and harder time hanging onto any decent habitat, thanks to humans’ appetite for land-grabbing, use of toxins on soil and plants, and ill-thought-out destruction of natural landscape. I discovered one example of the latter last week when I found a long stretch of Old King’s Highway, between Mt....
Scoping the impacts of NYC reservoir releases

Scoping the impacts of NYC reservoir releases

While flipping through a local newspaper archive, I came across an item from the turn of the century about a keeper at the Saugerties Lighthouse who collected water samples from the river: Lighthouse Keeper Theodore De Shong, at the mouth of the lower creek, has been appointed by the New York city water commission to...
Letters (July 31-August 7)

Letters (July 31-August 7)

The meaning of the second amendment Beth Murphy seems to like to give advice. She tells Donna Greco to “fact check” while her own column is filled with false information and interpretations all her own. Let’s take her column about the second amendment (6/5). She certainly makes a lot of generalizations that are nothing more...
Ghost in the shell

Ghost in the shell

I once belonged to a supper club. It started simply enough, a few neighbors getting together once a month to share a meal. It evolved into a competition to see who could serve at least one unusual or exotic entrée or dessert. We endured a flan that never raised, an Indian curry dish so hot...
Letters (July 24-31)

Letters (July 24-31)

What are we getting for our school taxes? Saugerties property taxpayers have been given a $57-million-plus bill for one school year of education. Considering there have been hundreds of millions of dollars spent in the past few decades, just what have we learned? Well, we have learned we are too dumb to cross a street...
Letters (July 17-24)

Letters (July 17-24)

Festival was a success A special thank you to the people who held the Hudson Project musical festival this past weekend! And a special thank you to the town and the local and state police who made it a peaceful event. We had the privilege of filming the festival for Lighthouse TV23, our local station...
Letters (July 10-17)

Letters (July 10-17)

Beach patrons, not businesses, should clean it up After reading some of the comments in the June 26 issue regarding the conditions of the village beach, I felt it necessary to write in response. Several comments from readers implied that fixing up the beach is the responsibility of local businesses. One comment specifically stating that...
Lighthouse keeping is a family affair

Lighthouse keeping is a family affair

“That’s a lighthouse?” is a phrase we often hear from visitors as they round the last bend in the trail. They are expecting to see a tall, cylindrical tower, not a red brick house. The Saugerties Lighthouse was built as a family station. It’s not the stereotypical “stag” light with a solitary keeper in a...
Happily ever after, and not so much

Happily ever after, and not so much

“What is that gooey pink stuff?” eight-year-old Dylan asks about the large spots on Franklin’s side. “It’s medicine,” I explain. “Franklin had an operation, and these are stitches. The medicine helps the area stay clean.” Lots of questions ensue, of course, from the group of North Park Elementary students, one of three school groups Catskill...