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Pastor Arnold extols, defends traditional childhood in new tome

Pastor Arnold extols, defends traditional childhood in new tome

For Johann Christoph Arnold, a septuagenarian and longtime pastor of the local Bruderhof community, his previous book, a meditation on finding meaning and tranquility at the end of life, might have seemed a good place to end a writing career which produced about a dozen books. Indeed, the pastor himself had said 2013’s Rich in...
St. Cabrini Home sells, to become international school

St. Cabrini Home sells, to become international school

Local realtor Win Morrison and educator Regina Doi had a dual purpose on their minds for their visit to Old Dutch Church on Thursday, July 24. One was to lay flowers at the church’s front door in memoriam of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down by, U.S. officials say, pro-Russian...
Editorial: Another look, maybe?

Editorial: Another look, maybe?

It seems the city’s new ethics board fumbled its first case. We’d like to see them take another look at Mayor Gallo’s hiring George Redder as counsel for the Kingston Local Development Corporation. The matter was brought to the board’s attention by Alderman Brad Will — not one of the mayor’s favorite lawmakers, for sure...
No problem for school budget

No problem for school budget

The Kingston City School District’s proposed $150.17 million 2014-15 budget got a warm reception at the polls, gliding to a hassle-free 2,040-1,422 win Tuesday, May 20, according to unofficial results. Out of a field of seven candidates, three were elected to three-year terms on the school board – incumbent and current board VP Nora Scherer led...
Editorial: Prayer, town boards and changing times

Editorial: Prayer, town boards and changing times

When I heard about the Supreme Court ruling (just barely) that it was kosher for a town board in upstate New York to open its meetings with prayer, even if that prayer was to a specific god, or son of, my mind immediately went back to another town board in upstate New York that nearly...

Editorial: Ships, planes and augury

I admit it — I am obsessed with that freaking plane. Aren’t you? It’s a hell of a crazy story, a tale which does at least two things at once. It shatters the illusion that in our Google Earth-world, where the NSA and Big Data are thought to control, or at least have a handle...
Editorial: The silence which says quite a bit

Editorial: The silence which says quite a bit

It has come to this, the mayoralty of Shayne Gallo, this sad and funny juncture where the mayor doesn’t want to give a state of the city address and no one can make him. Say what now? Oh, say nothing. That’s the deal now, that’s where we’re at. Let them eat silence. Hard to know...
Editorial: Whose department heads are they anyway?

Editorial: Whose department heads are they anyway?

It’s Super Bowl week, and part of that extravaganza extraordinaire is Media Day, where the players are forced, upon pain of a $50,000 fine, to face reporters and answer questions both relevant and as irrelevant as, in one Denver player’s case, whether he thought a unicorn would make a good pet. (Duh, yeah it would!...
Editorial: What do you call illiberal liberalism?

Editorial: What do you call illiberal liberalism?

The way it should be in this country is this way: You’re free to hold whatever beliefs you like, but you must obey the laws, even the ones you hate, passed by people you don’t agree with. That is to say, there should be no such thing in America as what Orwell famously termed “thoughtcrime.”...
The scoop on Miraldi's 'Scoop Artist'

The scoop on Miraldi’s ‘Scoop Artist’

In its ideal form, investigative journalism is part detective story, part philosophical inquiry and part moral crusade. For Seymour “Sy” Hersh, the reporter who broke the stories about the My Lai massacre, the CIA spying on American citizens and torture at Abu Ghraib, his work included all of the above, with a fair helping of...
Editorial: I'm proud of you, school district

Editorial: I’m proud of you, school district

The community of the Kingston City School District took a step forward on Tuesday, approving the high school bond by a slim, but not razor-thin,  margin. In a time when school building bonds have a tough time getting by (Highland’s and Arlington’s both went down), more voters than not showed they have some vision, faith...
Kingston High School bond passes 2,265-2,082

Kingston High School bond passes 2,265-2,082

Kingston City School District voters Tuesday approved a $137.5 million bond to thoroughly renovate and remodel Kingston High School. The measure passed 2,265-2,082 – a substantially larger turnout than any recent school budget election. At the district headquarters on Crown Street, the small group of KCSD staffers, school board trustees and citizens erupted into applause...