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The Eagle’s View: National politics and local politics

The Eagle’s View: National politics and local politics

Former Democratic house speaker Tip O’Neill famously said that “all politics is local.” But local candidates ignoring the effect of national elections on their own campaigns do so at their electoral peril. A win by one party nationally doesn’t automatically mean local election losses by the opposition party the next year. But if national election...
Letters (August 11-18)

Letters (August 11-18)

Saugerties’ own historian Woodstock has Alf Evers, who informed the world about the distinctiveness of Woodstock and the Catskills and, in his later life, Kingston. Saugerties has Michael Sullivan Smith who with his recent publication of A Brief History of Saugerties has produced the seminal work about the significance of our town. Michael’s sense of...
Song of the West

Song of the West

He launched out of the hedgerow into a small clearing, not 50 yards from my house. I grabbed my camera, which I keep in the truck, for just this kind of occasion. I stepped on the gas, knowing full well he was going to cross my path. He was much faster than I had figured...
Letters (August 4-11)

Letters (August 4-11)

Vote on Sept. 1 The annual Saugerties Public Library Budget Vote and Trustee Election will take place on Thursday, September 1, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the library, 91 Washington Ave., Saugerties. To help voters make an informed decision, here are the budget proposal facts. For the first time in three years, the board of...
Letters (July 28-August 4)

Letters (July 28-August 4)

Happy about Lynch’s So happy to see the old — and very historic — Lynch’s Marina in Saugerties brought back to life. Thank you Mr. Struzzieri. Jo Galante Cicale Saugerties   ‘Friends’ like these… What are people for these days? When I lived in Ulster County in the 1980’s we had IBM, Ferroxcube, and National...
Letters (July 21-28)

Letters (July 21-28)

Library Fair thanks Well, another successful and enjoyable Library Fair! We want to say a heartfelt “Thank you” to all those who helped, including the following: To those who did the heavy physical work of setting up and disassembling — putting up 65 tables, working the hand fork lift, lifting the pallets, and boxes and...
Letters (July 14-21)

Letters (July 14-21)

Some clarity As a resident of Saugerties and a board member of the Ulster County SPCA, I would like to clarify something in last week’s paper regarding the feral cat situation in the village.  The article states trapped feral cats will be transported to the ASPCA. Unfortunately many people believe the Ulster County SPCA and the...
Letters (July 7-14)

Letters (July 7-14)

Reform healthcare now There has been much discussion about the cost of health insurance, who gets it for free, who pays and who has nothing at all. While blame is being cast indiscriminately, the United States health care system itself is outrageously expensive, while at the same time, blatantly inadequate. Despite spending more than twice...
Letters (June 30 - July 7)

Letters (June 30 – July 7)

Never give up, just take a break If you worked all of your life and made a decent salary and are now retired, I assume that you are living on your Social Security plus whatever you put into the stock market.  What’s it worth now? What’s around the corner? Can you live on Social Security? I believe...
Letters (June 23-30)

Letters (June 23-30)

Yandik stands out Democrats have two good candidates to decide from in the upcoming 19th Congressional District Democratic primary. Will Yandik stands out in that contest. Will was born, raised and worked on his family farm in our district. He graduated from Hudson High School, went onward with a scholarship to attend Princeton University, and...
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...