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Tuesday, November 19, 2019



2020 Vision

The county just came out with its tentative budget for the year 2020 (see our article in the Friday, November 15 edition of the Democrat). The budget is about $1 million less than last year's budget, and touts a “doing more without spending more” message.
The total is $233,129,442, representing more


Swampy politics

To the editor:
District 2 in Sullivan County just came through a tumultuous and rancorous primary & general election. As a Republican, I'm disgusted with the entire process. Whoever allowed a self-described PROUD Democrat to run on the Republican line should be ashamed of him/herself and more

Inside Out

Listen to the school districts

There's nothing quite like the first morning of school delays.
Celebrating kids. Cranky parents.
And everywhere you turn, a whole bunch of misinformation.
Such and such school has a delay! No it doesn't! Well, it's closed!
Wait, a second; not it's not!
Pretty soon it spreads. So and more


Always a Cross Word

One of my great pleasures in life is doing crossword puzzles.
I've always gotten great satisfaction from figuring out clever clues and then putting letters in squares both across and down.
I will take my crosswords wherever I can find them, and the Democrat has a dandy. I also like to work more

Long Ago

Silly Songs and Sayings

The other day I was remembering nonsense from the past. I enjoyed those memories so much I decided to share them with you, my readers. Feel free to join in.
A favorite has been “Oh be kind to our web-footed friends for a duck may be somebody's mother. They live in the swamps and the fens where 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

Best Laid Plans

I was all set with an accommodation on the sixth floor with a front and west side balcony at Our House at the Beach. My plan was to leave on November 11th and return on November 25th.
The manager was holding that unit for me. I didn't lock it in because while checking potential companions, I more

Here & There

Started This Gig In 1943

While covering an event for this newspaper recently I was asked how many years have I been writing and taking pictures as a photojournalist.
This made me put on my thinking cap to remember my news media career and the many reporters, writers, columnists, editors and publishers we have had the more

Guest Editorial

True to our values

In turbulent and divisive times like our current moment in history, it's common to believe that our best days are behind us and disaster is on the horizon. The aged yearn for the halcyon days of their youth. Emotion trumps reason and fear suppresses hope.
Yet as the old saying goes, predictions 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

Thanksgiving Squash Soup

A good friend and coworker of mine, Colleen, is a fantastic cook and yearly host of Thanksgiving. She mentioned a recipe I had to try this year- her Thanksgiving squash soup.
Squash is so prevalent this time of year, and very seasonal. My friend Colleen makes this dish seasonally and calls it more

My Turn

Another One Bites the Dust

Always around this time of year, election time, I begin a review of the ‘Truth in Advertising' laws to see if an exception has been made for political ads. There are so many falsehoods being used in ‘Political Land' you would think there's a special section in the law that allows for it.
Nope! more

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