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Fighting a war that is already lost

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There are now more Americans in our jails than there were prisoners in Stalin’s Gulag Archipelago. Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact in our nation today. Overall, there are now more people under “correctional supervision” – more than 7.1 million – who are either in prison, on probation, or under correctional supervision and these numbers keep climbing each year as more prisons are being built nationwide.


How about pursuing rail with trail for Ulster County

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Last fall I completed a short video called “Let’s Restore Reservoir Railroading!” Since then, events have progressed ominously for the railroad faction. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein is promoting a “world class” Rail Trail from the Walkway over the Hudson to Highmount at the Belleayre Ski Center, a total of nearly 60 miles at a (never mentioned) cost of $40 million and 20 years to complete.

The railroad crisis


Proud of Andes firefighters

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It was the Sunday evening before Labor Day and I was just finishing the last strokes of paint
on the shutters. We heard turkeys gobbling in the distance, as if they were warning us that something was about to happen. I could hear the thunder and lighting and it started pouring.
We went downstairs and all of a sudden heard an explosion. It was so loud that the house shook. When the rain stopped we walked around the house to see where the lighting struck but didn’t see anything.
We started taking pictures of the newly stained house and then my partner said there’s


Summer reading program a success

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The Summer Reading Program at the Fairview Public Library was a great success. Fairview had a 50 percent increase in the number of participants in the program and in the number of books children and teens read over the summer.  Pre-school and elementary school children read an average of 12 hours during the 10-week program and the teens read an average nine books over the summer.


Let's pull together for Fleischmanns

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I was recently at the celebration of 100 years of the Village of Fleischmanns.  The event was not well advertised and I was surprised that there were no formal commemorations, speeches, announcements or proclamations.  It was nice to see everyone who came out, with nice music and good food, but as one resident of the village told me, it seems like the village is pulling apart, not pulling together. I hope that the village board, residents and second homeowners like myself, can rededicate themselves to what makes Fleischmanns unique and special.


Really only one choice

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Over 40 years ago I registered as a Democrat. I have steadfastly remained a registered Democrat so that I could vote in all Democratic primaries. I wanted to have a voice as to which candidates I felt should be on the ballot representing the Democratic ticket.
Do I always vote along party lines in a General Election? No! But primaries are different all together.


Unfair taxation in Halcottsville

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The centerpiece of the history of the Catskill Region focuses on the Anti-Rent Wars. King George had given large swaths of Catskill land to his inner circle. Farmers paid rent to these wealthy landowners with no hope of ever actually owning the land and no recourse to change their circumstances. As the story goes, they dressed as Indians and killed the rent collector, Sheriff Steele.


Is this madness or insanity?

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Consolidation worth the cost

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This past week in the Catskill Mountain News I read, with interest, the article about the Middletown-Hardenburgh/Village of Margaretville fire district consolidation discussions. While reading the article I found several references to firefighter’s opinions on the consolidation that seem to indicate that the decision makers are the firefighters who man the equipment for the village and town districts. In attendance at that board meeting were members of the district commissioners, not firemen. These were the people who spoke of the consolidation.


Thanks to all who helped

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