Opinion
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...
Protest oil trains at July 4 parade

Protest oil trains at July 4 parade

This July 4th the Saugerties Parade’s theme is “TEAM USA”. A team works together, raises their voices in unison for the good of the group and of the community. And so we will be marching with the Saugerties Democratic Committee as we grow a team to protect our beautiful town and Hudson Valley from the dangers posed...
Bearing up with bears

Bearing up with bears

I was five years old when we moved from New York City to the Hudson Valley. I remember telling my dad that I wanted to see a bear. He promised me that I would, but that wish was to evade me for almost 10 years. It was while hunting with him that I finally came...
Saugerties Republican Party has lost its way

Saugerties Republican Party has lost its way

The Saugerties Republican Party must be returned to Saugerties Republicans and no longer function as the private club of Joe Roberti Jr. The return of Helsmoortel to town supervisor was assisted — either intentionally or unwittingly — by the Town of Saugerties GOP chairman, Joe Roberti Jr. and likely one other who claims to have...
Too much surveillance in Saugerties

Too much surveillance in Saugerties

Ben Franklin once said any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security deserves neither and will lose both. This comes to mind when considering the new license plate readers and surveillance camera granted to the village of Saugerties, to be installed in early July. Why no public hearing on...
Letters (June 19-26)

Letters (June 19-26)

Let vets get care locally Here is an idea that is making the rounds on the Internet. All veterans, all branches should be allowed to go to any hospital near their local residence for medical, dental and eye care. From Saugerties, the veterans have to go over 80 miles round-trip to be seen in the...
Letters (June 12-19)

Letters (June 12-19)

Settled law Beth Murphy got a few things wrong about the second amendment in her column, “The Untouchables.” The National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934 did not ban sawed off shotguns, they could still be possessed if you paid a $200 tax. Miller got in trouble for not paying the tax. Contrary to Beth’s opinion, the...