Opinion
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....
Keeper’s Log: All about knots

Keeper’s Log: All about knots

We survived another winter at the lighthouse, which was no small accomplishment in close quarters with an active toddler, even with the unseasonably mild weather. The long nights require quiet, indoor pastimes. For parents with a small child, that often means re-reading the same half-dozen storybooks…ten thousand times. Ah, how life changes! My wife Anna...
Letters (April 7-14)

Letters (April 7-14)

County Beat? Given the title of this column, I’m disappointed to read parroted prose from a “regular commentator on Fox News” that although poorly put together, seeks to demean presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Mr. Reynolds should stick to something he might understand, county politics. Ralph Childers Saugerties   Change And ‘Revolution’ I’ve heard the word...
Letter: Misplaced hysteria over Saugerties water meters, regulations

Letter: Misplaced hysteria over Saugerties water meters, regulations

After attending the public hearing on March 16 before the Saugerties town board meeting for the purpose of comments before the board voted on the adoption of the updated water board rules and regulations, I was struck by the misconceptions that upset some of our citizens. Perhaps I can help set the record straight. These...
Letters (March 24-31)

Letters (March 24-31)

Comparing Wiccans to Jews, democratic socialism, gun violence, solar power and local politics.
Letters (March 17-24)

Letters (March 17-24)

Administrative Baby Last week I read the account of the March 8 Board of Education meeting in the Daily Freeman and I’m livid about Superintendent Turner’s general attitude — and specific bellyaching — regarding his newly assigned task of dictating a district policy for state testing “opt-outs.” By a vote of 5-4, the trustees have...
Letters (March 10-17)

Letters (March 10-17)

Good planning for parking needed There have been many studies designed to offer guidance on specific planning topics but the guidance from government for applying planning remains missing. There is a critical need for the Town and Village administrations to take the guidance of these studies seriously. This should start by the village attacking the...
A mistake opens a gateway to the history of Saugerties’s gateway

A mistake opens a gateway to the history of Saugerties’s gateway

The structure of every news story should have history within it. News doesn’t have much meaning without some background. The way a writer assumes history is, or assumes it is not, common knowledge to the reader, creates the context of what happens both for the news and in the news. A community who’s news is...
Keeper’s Log: The view from the long bridge

Keeper’s Log: The view from the long bridge

“Why do precisely these objects which we behold make a world? Why has man just these species of animals for neighbors, as if nothing but a mouse could fill this crevice?” — Henry David Thoreau, “Brute Neighbors,” Walden   After a right-angle turn in the trail, a long bridge spans a shrub swamp and tidal...
Letters (March 3-10)

Letters (March 3-10)

Saugerties Conservatives like Heaney The Ulster County Conservative Party voted to endorse Andrew Heaney for Congress District 19. The Town of Saugerties Conservative Party wholeheartedly supported this choice. Mr. Heaney is a young man who took the reins of a small family business when his Dad died and grew the business into a successful multi-state...