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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.  
Editorial: A paella of perspectives

Editorial: A paella of perspectives

I have had lots of opinions building up over my one-week vacation, so I am going to attempt to get it all out in one bombastic blurt. Here goes! Common Council races: We don’t do endorsements for Common Council, more due to logistics than anything else — the prospect of scheduling sitdowns with up to...

Editorial: Give it up already

‘Tolerance always has limits — it cannot tolerate what is itself actively intolerant.’ — Sidney Hook Dear House Republicans and their supporters: Hi. It’s me, Dan, editor of this paper. People who write editorials, and Lord knows I’ve done this a lot in my own opinionating, are prone to hyperbolize, exaggerate and otherwise tediously overstate...
The City has fallen!

The City has fallen!

Here are the latest intelligences from the City, which hath been retaken by the King’s soldiers. The Continentals, giving a spirited fight, were forced by strength of numbers to flee into the mountains. The Mayor, Gallo, was taken, still in his Banyon and Cap, and tried before a Court-Martial for Treason, but due to a...

With YouTube video, Sean Eldridge makes House bid official (Updated)

Sean Eldridge, CEO of Kingston-based investment concern Hudson River Ventures and spouse of Facebook multimillionaire Chris Hughes, posted a YouTube video late Sunday night formally announcing his campaign for the Democratic nomination for next year’s New York’s 19th Congressional District race. Eldridge, a Shokan resident, has been holding fundraisers for months toward an expected Congressional...

Editorial: A solution to mass shootings

The Aaron Alexis story is depressingly familiar. Someone with mental problems has a few run-ins with the law, reaches out for help, doesn’t get help, or not enough help. Twelve people (13, if you want to look at Alexis as a victim as well) pay with their lives. Next time, it could be you or...