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Editorial: Let’s put a (Hudson Valley) woman on the $20

Editorial: Let’s put a (Hudson Valley) woman on the $20

There’s a movement afoot (visit womenon20s.org) to persuade President Obama to kick bad ol’ Andrew Jackson off the $20 and replace him with a real historical great woman from the pages of American history. I’m all for this. Women have appeared on U.S. currency before. The abstract Liberty figure has been on a few different...
Editorial: Go forward in seeking peace

Editorial: Go forward in seeking peace

Benjamin Netanyahu survived a pretty good scare last week to hold on to Israel’s premiership in an election that may be one of the turning points in not only Israeli history, but America’s and the world’s, too. President Obama, I’m sure, would have been much happier if the other guy’s party had won, but Israeli...
Letters: Kingston Corridor bus, Meg Carey rebutted, crime against humanity

Letters: Kingston Corridor bus, Meg Carey rebutted, crime against humanity

Kingston Corridor shuttle bus More and more the development of the Rondout waterfront calls for a shuttle bus service along the Kingston Corridor to make it accessible from any point along Kingston’s Main Street, as designated by the Main Street Manager program under Nancy Donskoj. Defined as a two bus service with 15 minute inter-service...
Letters: Civics defined, Niagara Bottling, economic development

Letters: Civics defined, Niagara Bottling, economic development

The definition of civics Kingston Citizens has prevailed in the Niagara Bottling proposal: a very fine job. I found this definition of Civics and I think it fits very well: “The art of being a prosocial problem-solving contributor in a self governing community.” Yes, that fits Kingston Citizens quite well. I expect there will be...
Editorial: This is the thing

Editorial: This is the thing

The one thing. The one thing with the highest chance of visiting flames, ruin and large-scale death on our community. The one thing that has this dread opportunity pretty much every day of the year. Oil trains. Trains like the one in West Virginia which derailed this week. It sent up huge columns of fire...
Town of Ulster declares its own water emergency

Town of Ulster declares its own water emergency

As a result of the ongoing issue with the City of Kingston’s water supply, which the Town of Ulster has been attempting to ameliorate by pumping water into the city system (it usually takes water from it) a state of emergency was declared Friday afternoon by Town Supervisor James Quigley III. Residents of the following...
Letters: 'Transcending civility'; the rail trail; ISIS' PR problem

Letters: ‘Transcending civility'; the rail trail; ISIS’ PR problem

Transcending civility ​Melanie Strell​ ​kindly wonders why Hugh Reynolds used “Hi Ho Silver, Oy Vey” as his headline directed towards Sheldon Silver’s recent woes. I don’t wonder at all. He wanted to call attention to Mr. Silver being Jewish. I’ve found Reynolds to be offensive on more than one occasion; his remarks about Maurice Hinchey...
Letters: Niagara Bottling, Hugh Reynolds' allegedly bad attitude, rail/trail cooperation

Letters: Niagara Bottling, Hugh Reynolds’ allegedly bad attitude, rail/trail cooperation

Impoverished and soiled The Niagara Bottling proposal is complex and has problems at multiple levels. The problem is larger than plastic water bottle waste. Water is a survival need which humans must meet to exercise their inherent right to life. It’s a public and municipal resource. That comes before its being a revenue source. At...
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, snow emergency update, EVEN MORE UPDATED

Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, snow emergency update, EVEN MORE UPDATED

TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE: The city is saying the Schwenk Drive parking lot, a.k.a. “The Crater, ” must be cleared by 7 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 so they can remove the snow. They expect it to take a couple of hours. As the snow from the two-day winter storm event continues to fall Monday, there have been...
Editorial: Precipitation manipulation

Editorial: Precipitation manipulation

In thinking about all the upset caused by this week’s blizzard that wasn’t, especially all the outrage directed at the weathermen for making everybody freak out about “historic” snow totals that got dumped on New England instead of us, I was reminded of the best movie I saw last year: “Nightcrawler.” In case you missed...
Snow emergency begins in city at 4 p.m.

Snow emergency begins in city at 4 p.m.

The City of Kingston’s snow emergency for Winter Storm Juno will begin 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 and is set to end 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, according to the city superintendent of public works. During the emergency, no vehicles may be parked on city streets; those which remain will be towed and ticketed. According...
Letters: Our lovely city; Please reconsider PLA; Growing the pie

Letters: Our lovely city; Please reconsider PLA; Growing the pie

Your lovely city and your Greenline project Last summer on my way to a conference in upstate New York, I stopped in to visit an old friend who now lives in Kingston and she suggested we spend the day driving the beautiful countryside and visiting the city by introducing me to a project that she...