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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...

Editorial: Support the high school bond

If your house looked the way Kingston High School looks — with crumbling plaster, water-stained ceilings, radiators so rusted they look like they were salvaged from the wreck of the Titanic and plumbing that hasn’t been redone since god-knows-when — you’d be ashamed to let anybody in. That’s the gut reaction to next week’s $137.5...
Common Council, towns of Esopus and Ulster election results

Common Council, towns of Esopus and Ulster election results

There were some tight races and there’ll be some new faces on Kingston’s Common Council come 2014. According to unofficial results Tuesday night, council Minority Leader Deb Brown will be the sole Republican on the council; the other eight seats will be held by Democrats. Here’s a ward-by-ward breakdown of how the ballots were cast:...
Keegan Ales Halloween Party costume pics gallery

Keegan Ales Halloween Party costume pics gallery

Keegan Ales had a fantastic Halloween party Thursday night and here’s some of the best costumes. Photos (except the one he’s in) by Dan Barton.