Opinion
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...
Solar Success in Saugerties

Solar Success in Saugerties

Congratulations to Saugerties’ residents and business owners for responding so enthusiastically to the Solarize Saugerties campaign that’s been running since early March and is now in its final month! The ten percent discount on solar panels (roof or ground) is still available to anyone who registers for a free, no-obligation site assessment by June 30....
Letters (June 2-9)

Letters (June 2-9)

Tip of the Lyme iceberg The mystery, wonder, and power of Mother Nature. Think about this. The bite from an infected tick the size of a poppy seed maims, debilitates and can eventually kill a two hundred pound man. In a sense, a modern day David and Goliath; this is Lyme Disease. When I first became aware...
The Shift: Local non-profits should collaborate

The Shift: Local non-profits should collaborate

I tend to take a big picture view of things, and one of my concerns with the proliferation of not-for-profit organizations has been that so many seem focused on the same needs. This becomes apparent when the requests for donations arrive by the handful in the mailbox or inbox. World Wildlife Fund, Nature Conservancy, Audubon...
Letters (May 26-June 2)

Letters (May 26-June 2)

Give Bernie His Due As Bernie supporters continue to register voters, canvass neighborhoods for supporters, and telephone into states still holding primaries to get out the vote, Bernie is working to persuade the Democratic Party National Committee to give him a role at the Convention worthy of his campaign’s accomplishments. If he cannot win the...
Letters (May 19-26)

Letters (May 19-26)

Five hundred pounds! Our local Riverkeeper Sweep event was a great success. Thanks to a great group of volunteer paddlers, five hundred pounds of garbage, consisting of a beautiful centerpiece, tires, a few Adirondack chairs, and lots of blue Styrofoam and plastic bottles from our Saugerties shoreline. Special thanks to all the volunteers, to Saugerties Times for...