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Friday, February 26, 2021



Vaccine volunteers

You've heard it before, the demand for the COVID-19 vaccines far exceeds the supply. While local officials and pharmacies try and secure more doses of the vaccines for those already eligible, in the coming weeks and months, that list will only get longer.
While many people are rightfully focused more


Definitely more to read in your “small town paper”

To the editor:
I have been reading The Democrat for many years, and I am definitely an avid fan of this wonderful community publication.
You and your talented staff do such a fantastic job covering the happenings in Sullivan County, whether it involves politics, civic organizations, more

Inside Out

Something strange in the neighborhood

It's an unfamiliar feeling, being grateful for one's asthma.
Year after year, my constricted airways have punished me with a propensity for minor colds to take up residence in my chest and turn into full-blown bronchitis. They've made exercise difficult and the winter months a battle between more


Latin Lives!

Latin's a dead language/As dead as it could be. /It killed off all the Romans,/ and now it's killing me.
Those of you who took Latin in high school or college have no doubt heard the poem above. Many were the days I sat in the beatific Mrs. Alma Doyle's classroom at DVCS and conjugated Latin more

Long Ago

My Winter Visitors

A few months ago I received a gift that has made staying inside in cold weather a joy. My son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Prudy Robisch, gifted me with a bird feeder and the necessary items for the birds to eat.
The bird feeder is shaped like a small cottage with a steep roof. Two walls of the more

Sense of Direction

A Heartbreaking Decision

Less than a month ago I had to say goodbye to my beloved cat, TJ. He had a stroke which paralyzed his hind quarters and he had to be euthanized. He also was in a lot of pain due to blood clots that had traveled to that area.
I called my son, Michael who rushed here from Nyack. I placed him in more

Here & There

Gun Control issue is next

President Joe Biden used the third anniversary of the Parkland school shooting to announce divisive gun control legislation and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton answered the proposed legislation saying “Biden won't undo the #2A in Texas on my watch.”
Paxton in a twitter post lambasted the 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

Homestyle Chili

I don't know many people that don't like a good chili. It's comforting, hearty, and great for these cold winter days (that seem to be never-ending).
Since I began living on my own I have been making chili the same way, and my grandmother asked that I put my recipe into the paper because she 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

Pizza Pi

For many of us during the pandemic physical contact with the outside world has been limited to acquiring food. Whether picking up takeout or getting it delivered, food from supermarkets, restaurants or fast-food venues has supplied our nourishment.
Statisticians have recently delved into what more

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