Opinion
Repair Cafe gives broken items new life and saves landfill space

Repair Cafe gives broken items new life and saves landfill space

The three famous Rs — Reduce/Reuse/Recycle — have expanded to include a fourth — Repair. Ulster County now hosts several Repair Cafés. Anyone can show up with a “broken but beloved” item and an expert tinkerer will fix it (or at least give it a shot). It’s an idea that appeals to people who don’t...
School Board Letters: From the candidates

School Board Letters: From the candidates

School Board culture must change My name is Robert Thomann and I am running for the for the Board of Education with the Saugerties School District. I have 35 years experience in public education and previously served on the Saugerties Board from 2011-2014. I am a member of the School Administrators Association of New York...
School Board Letters: From the community

School Board Letters: From the community

Stick with the winners Please join with me in voting for Tom Ham, Richard Petramale and Donald Tucker for the Saugerties School Board. These incumbents have a proven record of voting in a fiscally conservative manner while still providing quality education for the students of the Saugerties School District. Tom Ham is a senior electric...
School Board Letters: From fellow trustees

School Board Letters: From fellow trustees

Incumbents are dedicated I would like to take this opportunity to share my thoughts regarding the Saugerties Central School District budget vote and board trustee election. I share these thoughts as a private citizen. I will cast my vote for Don Tucker, Richard Petramale and Tom Ham and I will offer the reasons for this...
Letters: May 7-14

Letters: May 7-14

Note: School-election related letters were posted separately and can be read here. The real Roberti I was surprised by some recent letters by Town of Saugerties GOP Chairman Joe Roberti Jr. in which he seems to have taken a stance away from his usually critical and mean spirited style. Why he has even been nice...
What lies beneath the waves

What lies beneath the waves

The month of May started with a characteristic “striper wind” — a warm southerly breeze coinciding with striped bass spawning migration up the Hudson River. When striper season gets underway, the mouth of the creek experiences an obvious uptick in boat traffic. Powerboats motor their way from marinas and launch ramps to the Hudson River,...
Letter: Stick with School Board incumbents

Letter: Stick with School Board incumbents

New York State requires a 95 percent test participation rate in order to avoid the risk of losing federal and state aid. According to a compilation of data from the NYS Education Department, Saugerties CSD is identified as not having met participation standards for 2015. Read all of this week’s school-election-related letters in the print...
Letter: School Board silliness knows no bounds

Letter: School Board silliness knows no bounds

In recent weeks Saugerties Times has been a perversely entertaining bulletin board for the lunacy of certain School Board trustees, as well as a record of our superintendent’s “oops-I’m-on-the-wrong-side-of-history” flip-flop of his anti-test refusal stance. It’s been so wacky that I hardly know where to begin… Read all of this week’s school-election-related letters in the...
Letter: Subterfuge in Saugerties School Board election

Letter: Subterfuge in Saugerties School Board election

I wanted to comment on the sinister plan revealed by George Heidcamp and Flo Hyatt in a letter to the paper last week. It is alarming to learn that in our very midst people are attempting to use the democratic process to influence government. That a group of concerned citizens should band together to amplify...
Poll: Saugerties School Board trustee vote

Poll: Saugerties School Board trustee vote

Who’s your pick for Saugerties School Board trustee?   Read more about the candidates. And here’s what they look like:
Letter: Saugerties voters beware

Letter: Saugerties voters beware

I offer the following as a private citizen. As school elections approach there seems to be misinformation being intentionally circulated around by certain individuals that needs clarification. Incumbents Don Tucker, Tom Ham and Rich Petramale will be facing three new challengers in hopes of unseating them. One, being an active school teacher in Kingston, a...
Letters (April 30-May 7)

Letters (April 30-May 7)

Conspiracy against School Board leadership and superintendent I’m writing this to caution the public about a movement in the works by a special-interest group with a sinister plan. Its followers are making an effort to oust our board president, superintendent and, most likely, other administrators along with them. The plan is to use you to...

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