Opinion
Letters (Feb. 26-Mar. 5)

Letters (Feb. 26-Mar. 5)

Town Board defends Helsmoortel’s integrity In the Thursday, Feb. 19’s edition of Saugerties Times, Gaetana Ciarlante submitted yet another one of her venomous letters to the editor, filled with misinformation, that might have led too many residents without knowledge of the actual facts to question the integrity of Saugerties Town Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel and the...
Opinion: Green energy for all Saugerties

Opinion: Green energy for all Saugerties

How many people aren’t anxious about rate increases on their electric bills? Who didn’t get concerned over the Fortis takeover of Central Hudson in 2013? And among those who have taken matters into their own hands and installed solar panels and photovoltaic, there’s a lot of confusion around net metering. It seems like consumers just...
Letters (Feb. 19-26)

Letters (Feb. 19-26)

Over-aggressive policing Although I strongly favor law and order and support our military, police forces and other public servants, as a resident and taxpayer in Saugerties, I am concerned about the increasing prevalence of over-aggressive policing nationwide. Every day, it seems, there is another example of police officers betraying their sworn duty to serve and...
Letters (February 12-19)

Letters (February 12-19)

Secret agenda? You be the judge This is in response to Town Supervisor Helsmortel’s Jan. 29 letter to the editor (“Nothing secret about town board agenda”), in which he defended the board’s actions and denied any “secrecy.”  When one intentionally hides resolutions to be voted on at an official board meeting from the public, what else...
Opinion: Merit pay for town employees

Opinion: Merit pay for town employees

As the town begins negotiations with unions this year, one question comes to mind: Should workers be paid based on merit? If merit pay were implemented, workers would receive pay increases based on how well they did their job instead of everyone receiving the same pay increase. Merit pay increases are separate from cost-of-living adjustments,...
Letters: Turn your back on fossil fuels

Letters: Turn your back on fossil fuels

Though we appreciate Mr. Bochis taking the time to write to our humble small town newspaper, we find it interesting that it takes the vice president of the Pilgrim Pipeline to come up with the talking points needed to defend their position to the people of our town. The threat of Mr. Bochis’s Pilgrim Pipeline...
The winter soundscape

The winter soundscape

Nothing cures cabin fever quicker than a brisk walk in the woods immediately after a snowstorm. Making tracks in the fresh snow can be one of winter’s unique pleasures. After the most recent nor’easter, once the wind stopped blowing and the snow stopped flying, the stillness outside was practically audible. The only sounds were those...
Letter: Help save the post office

Letter: Help save the post office

The postmaster general plans to Bulldoze 82 plants from across the country including the Mid-Hudson Processing Facility in Newburgh. The date for this closure is April 18. Since 2006 this postmaster general has bulldozed approximately 353 plants. We have 276 left. The Eagle cannot survive another 82 plant closures. Delayed mail has occurred in alarming...
Editorial: Village must consider consolidation

Editorial: Village must consider consolidation

At the stroke of midnight, Jan. 1, 2011, a 155-year-old Saugerties institution ceased to be. Its dissolution was the subject of years of debate and numerous studies. It finally happened because the Great Recession made its continued existence untenable. There were many who feared its absence would lead to a decrease in service and a...
Should anti-vaccine movement be blamed for measles outbreak?

Should anti-vaccine movement be blamed for measles outbreak?

According the New York Times, there were 37 reported cases of measles in the U.S. in 2004 and 644 in 2014. So far this year, 84 cases have been reported. None of these cases were fatal. Over the weekend, a Bard student diagnosed with measles traveled from New York City to the campus on a train,...
Curmudgeon Corner: Reader Mail

Curmudgeon Corner: Reader Mail

I don’t know if any real Saugerties people read this paper, but it seems the way this town’s going, I need to cast a wide net to stay relevant. Allow me to introduce myself: I’m Rod Selway. I’ve done a little bit of everything. Navy, farmed, cement plant, had my own paper, speculation, some activities...
Letters (Jan. 29-Feb. 5)

Letters (Jan. 29-Feb. 5)

Saugerties Town Board’s hidden agenda On Wednesday, Jan. 21, I attended the regularly scheduled Saugerties Town Board meeting. Prior to the meeting I took the opportunity to review the agenda which is placed online for the public to review in advance of the meeting. Upon arriving at the meeting I received a copy of the...
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