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Sunday, May 9, 2021



NY budget spends big

Although long past its deadline, New York State passed its $212 billion state budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year last month. Like any colossal piece of legislation, it takes some time to dig through all of the details to truly see the good and the bad.
There are many good things included in the more


Not quite effective

To the editor:
I just finished ‘Here and There' opinion column in the Tuesday edition of the Democrat: Hate Not Needed.
He started out with the premise regarding ‘a deeply divided Country'. As he continued, one could see where he might be headed and then there was the totally unnecessary, one more

Inside Out

A board of one's peers

You won't see it anywhere in the Constitution, but it's accepted across the American judicial system that if you're arrested and shuffled into a courtroom, you have the right to be judged by a jury of your peers.
Peers…people who look like you, who come from backgrounds like yours…people who more


L.K. 1919 is discovered

Last Saturday I spent the night at the home of my sister Laurie and her husband Dick Sanford up in Bloomville, Delaware County. It's always a treat to stay with them and you know you are going to be eating well.
For dinner, we had lamb chops and new potatoes and Dick picked some ramp greens more

Long Ago


Since I was about two years old I have been involved with the Sullivan County Democrat.
Momma and newborn Fred Stabbert Jr. would take a nap every day. I climbed down the stairs from our apartment to spend my time in the office with Poppa - Fred W. Stabbert Sr. - in the Democrat office.
As more

Sense of Direction

Unequal Rights

About 40 years ago I was thrilled to see a female tow truck operator hook up the car next door and then the same day a woman climbed a telephone pole at the end of my driveway using cleats as they did back then.
It was about that same time that my daughter, Patricia was working at a gas more

Here & There

Hate not needed

We are indeed a deeply divided Country where many Democrats and Republicans no longer have different opinions…they now hate each other.
It's almost like Republicans and Democrats reflect the two Americas.
When it comes to issues, this country called the United States of America has its more

Guest Editorial

I know how painful racism is. But we can't give up on voting

I've cried many a tear as a black man in America. Sometimes, it is the only way to process the fact that, in the eyes of so many, I'm a walking threat for no reason other than the blackness of my skin. And it's been this way for as long as I can remember. I'll never forget my mother telling me when more

Cooking in the Country

Cream Puffs

Anyone in the Callicoon area in the early 1980's has most likely heard of the Club 97 Restaurant. With great food, friendly service, and a welcoming atmosphere, it was a top choice for a night out. If you went, you were greeted by my Great Uncle Cono and served the superb cooking of my Great Aunt more

My Turn

Time to say goodbye

I loved writing ‘My Turn'. Having a platform to express my opinions was a gift not many get the chance to experience. Lately it has been challenging to come up with interesting and new issues to write about. The well is going dry so to speak.
Probably more of a factor though is that as a 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

Random Thoughts

Pen Names

Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839 coined the phrase “The pen is mightier than the sword.” He used it to profess that communication, in this case with a writing implement, was more effective and powerful than violence. It was a line from his play about Cardinal Richelieu.
Actually, it is a little more

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