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Saturday, May 26, 2018



Happy Mother's Day!

We hope you haven't forgotten, but Mother's Day is this Sunday. When you mention Mother's Day to people, the more cynical among us might say it's just a commercialized holiday, manufactured by Hallmark Cards to make money. Most of us understand it means so much more than that.
President more


Climate change hoax?

To the editor:
Just over a week ago at least three confirmed tornadoes wreaked havoc in and around Sullivan County! As these extremely rare disturbances occurred I was frighteningly reminded of the ominous warnings by the vast majority of the scientific community as to what's in store for the more

Inside Out

Tell the parents. Now.

Her son got an invite to City Hall. It's a big deal for a little boy.
His daddy won't be able to make it though. That's because the invite came via the little boy's school, issued just a few days before the mayor will throw open his office door and usher in the student of the month.
His dad more


A Union of Love and Light

Time to dish on that amazing royal wedding.
First things first. The weather! What is so rare as a sunny day in May in England? Harry and Meghan couldn't have asked for a more perfect day, and the thousands gathered in Windsor for the celebration enjoyed those blue skies. more

Long Ago

Fifth grade prophecy

My visits to Callicoon, once my physical home and now my home in my heart, bring back wonderful memories of the past. One of my fondest memories concerns my teacher and mentor, Lena Buddenhagen.
Lena, one of the famed beautiful Zimmerman sisters, was an inspiring teacher. Her classroom for 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

Blown Away

I watch the weather forecast quite regularly and it was no different last Tuesday. Rain and high winds were predicted but not until late afternoon, anywhere from 4 PM to 7 PM. I have Jimmy's aide, Leisha working for me now and she had mowed the front lawn and asked if she should mow the back. “ more

Here & There

Marijuana is a drug

Marijuana is a hallucinate drug but in a new Quinnipiac University poll released New York voters strongly support legalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.
The changing attitudes come as Gov. Andrew Cuomo has softened his stand on the issue and candidates for governor Cynthia more

Guest Editorial

Free speech and assembly

In view of the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia and the issue of speech on our campuses, it is appropriate to discuss our constitutional rights to free speech, assembly, and to petition our government in the form of marches and protests.
In 1789 when James Madison drafted the first 10 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

A magical week

Wow! What a week! Not only do I have one of my newest favorite recipes to share with you, but I have some exciting news! This Monday, a local celebrity walked into the office at the Democrat.
Her name is Allysa Torey, cookbook author and former owner of Magnolia Bakery in NYC. You might know more

My Turn


While well intended, welfare has been one of the great disservices perpetuated on a segment of the population it was designed to benefit. It has taken me a long time to reach this position which I will make clear in a bit.
The argument I most commonly hear against welfare is that many of the more

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