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Monday, July 22, 2019



Lending a helping hand

In countless moments, people in our community rally around those in their time of need. Whether it's volunteering their time, support and/or resources to help ease the pain.
Last Tuesday, our community was devastated by the news of a barn fire at Hilly Acres Farm in Jeffersonville. The end more


The weight of a voice

To the editor:
I am directing this letter to Ms. Denise Connolly of Smallwood.
Thanks to the Electoral College, to continue your theme, states with low populations — like North Dakota, Alaska and West Virginia — carry more weight than more populous ones. This means low-population states are more

Inside Out

When the smells of home come home

When the trucks pulled up in front of the house, engines roaring, it was by scent alone that I knew what was coming.
There's a strong link between memory and scent, enough that scientists have dug deep and tried to make sense of it.
My brain was already tripping through my past to make more


Flushed with Success

This week's column is about quite a delicate subject…the loo. The WC, the salle de bain, le toilette, the bathroom. More specifically, public bathrooms.
They are a varied lot, to be sure. In my travels I have seen everything from a hole in the floor (no lie) at a rest stop in Italy to a fully more

Long Ago

Volunteers Always Needed

The dictionary defines a volunteer as “one who offers to enter into any service of his own will and to give or offer of one's own free will.” That definition pretty much describes our family. I always think of myself as a person who was born into a family of volunteers.
When I attended SUNY more

The Way I See It

B.A.T.S. In Liberty

There has been a lot of news on the creation of a Veteran's home located at 15 Dixon Street Liberty, New York. This home was donated to the New Beginnings Community Worship Center of Liberty. The Congregation thought of what would be the best possible use for this generous donation made by the more

Sense of Direction

Fly By Night

My daughter's best friend was flying here from Vancouver, Wash.., where she now lives. They hadn't seen each other for years. Vickie got a special rate for a round trip ticket with Alaskan Airlines. The flight left at 5AM on July 2nd so she had to be at the airport at 3AM.
I got a call from more

Here & There

Budgets Could Suggest Different Approach

We are seeing headlines in our newspaper that local Sullivan County governments are finding it difficult to keep their budgets under the two percent tax cap.
The Village of Monticello just went through the process and voted to keep their budget under the tax cap but that also meant there is no more

Guest Editorial

Investing in our region

Orange County is one of the fastest-growing counties in New York state and, for more than a decade, we have been seeing a boom in economic activity.
But we've reached a fork in the road. We must invest in our infrastructure and expand the Route 17 corridor to ensure our quality of life and more


As I see it …

For the last several weeks, I have been writing articles primarily against Mr. Trump. It has gotten to a point that I will simply be saying the same thing again. It is interesting to note that the folks who write in do not respond to the fundamental questions that I have raised in regard to the more

Cooking in the Country

Italy Part 2- Olive Oil Edition

I spent the last 10 days in the hills of Tuscany, sampling the best cheese, wines, olive oils, gelato, all while telling myself I was doing it to make my column better. On my third day in Tuscany, set back in the olive groves, I went on a wine and olive oil expedition, sampling and getting the more

My Turn

The Shame and Arrogance Of It All

The Shame
Not to state the obvious, but I think most would agree that a comprehensive immigration policy is needed right about now. Controlling as opposed to open borders makes sense to me, but it has to be done in a humane fashion. If you are a fair minded, compassionate human being, asylum more

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