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When I’d enter the side door of the school, I had two choices.   I could turn right immediately, head up the stairs and venture past the gym first, then the cafeteria before making … more
Our trip to Lake Placid coincided with the World Cup competition of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) which organizes all the sliding events seen in the Winter Olympics. … more
Have you noticed a new pattern emerging in those “where you are from” conversations?   The shift was slow at first, only for it to take on hyperspeed since the pandemic began. … more
Liberty To the editor: “Crowd shows up in support of Devany Rd. project’s builder” Derek Kirk’s report on the Town of Liberty Board Meeting on April 1 which I … more
Swan Lake To the editor: Thank you to Tom Bose for his eloquent letter about   the deadly and dangerous bail reform laws.     Ira Zolchonock,   a lifelong resident … more
Sullivan County   Association of Supervisor’s To the editor: Dear Gov. Hochul, The Association of Supervisor’s of Sullivan County voted unanimously on April 3, … more
(I’m interrupting my Lake Placid travelogue to memorialize my dear dog George who crossed the Rainbow Bridge last week.) George came into our lives unexpectedly, adopted with his sister … more
Hurleyville To the editor: Widening Rt 17 just won’t work--what the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) needs to do is to go back to the drawing board and rethink the Rt … more
Woodridge To the editor: Page 6A today (4/9) shows a bird I have known all my life but have never called a blue cardinal. What happened to the blue jay???? Why this name?? more
The emergency room practitioner needed to share just two words for the stress sitting at the base of my skull to start thrusting its elbows outward in both directions, pushing to take over control of … more
Claryville To the editor: I am writing in solidarity with Third Act and Catskill Mountainkeeper to urge our Governor Hochul not to approve the widening of Route 17 in Orange and Sullivan … more
Imagine, for a moment, that you’re standing in line somewhere.   Perhaps it’s the post office, or maybe it’s the grocery store. Or possibly you’re standing in the … more
Youngsville To the editor: Many of you reading this know me as the longtime Supervisor of the Town of Callicoon, the Vice President of the County Supervisors Association and the Vice … more
IOU President Liberty To the editor: We of Interfaith Outreach United Inc. (IOU) heartily agree with your editorial of March 26 urging the governor to approve more funding for the … more
Growing up, most of us learn that the keys to doing well and advancing in a job are working hard and keeping your nose clean.   It’s true ... mostly.   Here’s what … more
Woodbourne To the editor: Attending legislative meetings lately has become a bit like following the White Rabbit down that dark hole. A legislator who had run for office only 4 months ago … more
Parksville To the editor: It appears that there is a “new sheriff in town” named Louis Ingrassia who is running for the recently vacated State Assembly position for Sullivan … more
Dear US Senator Charles Schumer and US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, We know it can get very hectic on Capitol Hill, but we have to express our request in this timely manner before the … more
You’re going to be terrified of your kid doing the sorts of things at 18 (almost 19) that you once did quite easily at 17.   This is one of the (many) things I’ve learned during … more
Last week I was in Savannah, Georgia, with my sisters Laurie and Mary and their better halves, Dick and John.   We rented a gorgeous Airbnb in the downtown area, a completely renovated brick … more
If you caught the front page of the Democrat last week, you already know the news for parents seeking childcare in our county is bleak.   The Hudson Valley as a whole has seen a 27 percent … more
Dave Colavito Rock Hill To the editor: I don’t know all the candidates who interviewed to head our Office of the County Attorney – I’m told some already work there, … more
Anthony Ritter Linda Slocum Narrowsburg To the editor: The town recently announced that they had made arrangements with an architect to advise the town on renovations to the … more
Steve White Bethel To the editor: Is it just me or is it a remarkable coincidence that the day after George Santos reappears at the State of the Union Address in Washington D.C., … more
Bethel To the editor: On Tuesday, February 27th the Conservative Party of Sullivan County led by Chairman Ed Magilton endorsed Camille O’Brien for the 100th Assembly seat in the … more
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