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Tuesday, June 2, 2020



Wear a mask

These have been very tough months for all of us. The deadliest pandemic in over a century has caused enormous disruption in all our lives. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, over 100,000 people have died from COVID-19. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, millions of Americans more


Hold your head high

To the editor:
On this Memorial Day, I first want to thank WJFF and The Democrat for not forgetting the men and women who gave their lives for our Country.
The following is a letter by William Silberman, PFC WW II of Hurleyville. He had a premonition that his 10 man patrol the next day would more

Inside Out

We can all be in this together

There's a game my family's started to play when words like “we're all in this together” blare out of the television. Which brand will it be trying to sell us something with inane platitudes?
It's hard not to be at least a little bit cynical these days.
But for just about every worthless but more


Making all the pieces fit

My dear sister-in-law Susan has been keeping us supplied with all sorts of wonderful gifts during this pandemic.
Right now we are working on a 1000-piece puzzle, one of two that she sent us. It's going pretty well. This one is from more

Long Ago

Good news in bad times

Today I received the grim news that the community center where our craft group, The Wallkill Quilting Bee, meets will remain closed for the entire month of July.
The members of the group have been homebound since early March and are missing the comraderie of their fellow members.
What do you more

Sense of Direction

Getting rid of pianos

Two weeks ago I wrote about playing the piano, with Professor Hagel as my teacher for awhile. In case you didn't figure it out, “Vun unt do unt tree mit der dum” was his way of saying , “One and two and three with the thumb,” when telling me how to position my fingers.
When I left home I was more

Here & There

Is God telling us how to live?

There are many different opinions circulating today as to the cause of the Coronavirus.
What we write today is the opinion of almost two-thirds of American believers who feel that God is telling humanity to change how it lives.
While the virus rattles the globe, causing economic hardship for more

Guest Editorial

Sullivan Strong

Now, more than ever, Sullivan County needs SUNY Sullivan. I want you to know that we are working tirelessly to make sure that we not only survive the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but emerge on the other side stronger and better equipped to meet those needs.
While no one can predict more

Cooking in the Country

Master Class Part 2: Pickling

I left off with you last week working on my Master classes with Thomas Keller. Lately I have been working on the skills of pureeing, roasting, baking, and most recently… pickling.
My Master Classes are so inspiring and really make me want to become a better home cook with techniques and recipes more

My Turn


I know this incredibly bright guy who makes the argument that because Mike McGuire was a poor judge, does not mean he will make a terrible County Attorney. I thought about this and came to the conclusion that while ‘my guy' may be right, why give McGuire the opportunity to prove it.
Based on 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


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

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