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Thank heaven for the internet. I have concluded that you can find the solution to almost any problem in its ether. Hear me out—when I am trying to solve a problem after everything that I can … more
At long last, the sweltering heat has graced the county – just in time for the first day of summer on the 20th. Neither shade trees nor buildings could offer respite from the sun’s rays … more
I t is easy to travel right on through Sullivan County on Route 17 without any stops – maybe that is why it was once known as the Quickway. In just over 30 minutes, you can speed from one side … more
B efore there can be ideas, there must be stories. And before there can be stories, there must be a life experienced. When life takes a turn for the worse, leaves you restless and bored or makes you … more
Driving in New York City has always been a bit challenging, but these days the degree of difficulty has increased exponentially.   Making driving in NYC a bit easier is the fact that the … more
Chairman Town of Callicoon Republican Committee To the editor: After 40 consecutive years of a Democrat occupying the Assembly seat in the 100th District, voters have the chance … more
Swan Lake To the editor: In a recent article about the Swan Lake sewer omits to mention three vital questions that taxpayers in the sewer district have been asking for the last three years: … more
Monticello To the editor: June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, an excellent time to recognize and thank Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther for the many ways she has supported … more
Parksville To the editor: From a line from one of my favorite James Bond movies, “Let the game begin.” This is in reference to the upcoming election for State Assembly in the … more
Beach Lake, PA To the editor: When are our representatives in Washington going to realize that they work for us, the American taxpayers, not the wannabe dictator, convicted felon individual … more
If you have driven over the Damascus, PA – Callicoon NY bridge recently, the structure invites you to hold your breath and hope that the potholes that leave just a few inches of concrete … more
  When he was a host on an Emmy-nominated show, he claimed that the fix was in when he didn’t win.   People laughed and moved on.   When he entered the political arena, he … more
With the turn of another page, the Sullivan County Democrat newspaper has turned another year older — reaching the outstanding age of 135 years young.   Since 1891, this publication … more
If you happened to be near an emergency scanner this weekend, you may have heard a call go out for emergency medical services once, then again, and then several more times, a 911 dispatcher trying … more
I t was the single bloodiest day for American troops in U.S. History. Tuesday, June 6, 1944 – commonly referred to as D-Day, was not only the turning point for World War II, but quite possibly … more
Here’s a cool idea…let’s take one of the most popular snack foods in the world and make it into a restaurant.   Stick with me, now. Let’s pick Cheez-its. You know, … more
Jeffersonville To the editor: I have been a firefighter, commissioner and chief at Jeffersonville Fire Department for 60 years. In that time I have seen many improvements in firefighter … more
O n Memorial Day, we are told to never forget. To never lose sight of who came before us, fought for us, and sometimes died for us, so that we may enjoy the life and liberties that citizens of the … more
A s the vote tallies were counted last Tuesday, May 21, at each of the eight public school districts’ polling place, school administrators and staff were given a resounding … more
Buttermilk. What is it?   How is it made? Why does it make baked goods taste so delectable? And why did my Grandpa Kohler like to drink it so much? Buttermilk, it turns out, was originally … more
The world was a different place back in 2007 when this Guest Editorial was first penned by the Past Director of the Sullivan County Veterans Service Agency, the late Al Etkin.   However, … more
I used to think May was an odd time of the year for America to mark Mental Health Awareness Month.   Why not in December when so many of us struggle with the overwhelm of the holidays … more
Monticello To the editor: The Monticello School District is proposing a budget for this 2024-25 year in the amount of $100,277,426. Yes, that’s over $100 million, while the last … more
W hile appearing like a generous offer on the surface, the Town of Liberty’s opportunity to accept the donation of Swan Lake may have been too good to be true – and rightly so. Flat … more
My daughter has recently been rewatching The Gilmore Girls, a brilliant TV series that began airing in 2000 and finished its run in 2007. It is the story of Lorelai Gilmore, a single mom raising her … more
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