Opinion
Editorial: Who will stand for Kingston?

Editorial: Who will stand for Kingston?

Mayor Noble is right. The sales tax talks with the county really are “one of the most important negotiations we will enter into,” as he said last week. At stake is a huge chunk of the city’s revenue stream. Entering into play is the possibility that the city will reassert the right to levy its...
Hugh Reynolds: Gibson focuses forward

Hugh Reynolds: Gibson focuses forward

Except at St. Patrick’s breakfasts where celebrants guzzle green orange juice and await the session-ending coronation of Irish-person-of-the-year in goofy green hat, Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfasts rarely draw more than 225 people. To my amazement, last week’s session featuring retiring Congressman Chris Gibson drew an official count of 290 to the crowded...
Letters: CMRR's professionalism, the law of love

Letters: CMRR’s professionalism, the law of love

Act professionally, CMRR There are now only a little over four months left before the expiration of the Catskill Mountain Railroad’s 30-year lease on the Ulster & Delaware corridor. With President Ernie Hunt’s recent statement that CMRR “absolutely” intends to submit a proposal for future tourist train operations, it is incumbent on the organization to...
Hugh Reynolds: Scramble for the open seat

Hugh Reynolds: Scramble for the open seat

Say what you will about Republican Chris Gibson. By announcing he wasn’t running for a fourth term a year ago, he gave us what could be one of the few wide-open congressional races in the state. Only a handful of seats are in play every two years. So why, some might ask, are the Democrats...
Letters: Thanks, Shayne Gallo; solar options; economic development

Letters: Thanks, Shayne Gallo; solar options; economic development

Thanks and good luck Happy New Year to all my friends: All the unaffiliated, non-registereds, write-in voters, and the voters in every party, since voting is an important right. While there is a great deal of non-agreement within any set of populations even when they generally agree on the big issues, what is important is...
Hugh Reynolds: Toward transparency

Hugh Reynolds: Toward transparency

I don’t make it a practice of commenting on fellow columnists, but I want to commend Alan Chartock, the Freeman’s long-time state government columnist, for re-running his predictions for 2015 a few weeks ago. Given the dearth of crystal balls in our trade, that took guts. Chartock, a retired political science and journalism professor at...
'He made good copy' - four years on the Gallo beat

‘He made good copy’ – four years on the Gallo beat

(Editor’s note: Below is what’s called a “reporter’s notebook” piece. For those unfamiliar with the term, it denotes a piece of writing where a journalist steps out from behind the usual third-person/inverted pyramid form to offer insights and perspectives in a less-regimented style.) If one were to write an epitaph for the administration of Mayor...
Hugh Reynolds: Full to the rafters

Hugh Reynolds: Full to the rafters

“Happy days are here again!” sang former mayor Jim Sottile as he danced out of City Hall following the inauguration of Mayor Steve Noble on New Year’s Day. It was an expression not only of joy and achievement, but also of relief. The bad old days of Shayne Gallo were officially over. Winners write history....
What's in Santa Reynolds' sack?

What’s in Santa Reynolds’ sack?

Well, readers, it’s that time of the year again. We know who’s been sleeping. We know who’s been awake. We know who’s been bad or good … For Steve Noble: A bomb-sniffing dog. For Ewe Deising: Lots of dough. For Shayne Gallo: Noble ventures. For Lynn Archer: A weekend in Lake Katrine. For George Amedore:...
Letters: Man of Destiny; What about Walmart?; Lost Rondout redux; Bike lanes are triple win

Letters: Man of Destiny; What about Walmart?; Lost Rondout redux; Bike lanes are triple win

Bernie Sanders — man of destiny? Throughout history at times of great change, turmoil and crisis it seems that often a special person rises above the chaos to lead the way. Remember Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Churchill? What Bernie brings to the table is a progressive mind coupled with a compassionate...
Hugh Reynolds: Memory lanes

Hugh Reynolds: Memory lanes

“How come nobody’s writing about the closing of Mid-City Lanes?” lamented an editor in what was shaping up as a slow news week. The long-shuttered Mid-City Lanes, just off Broadway in Midtown, will be demolished next year to make way for RUPCO’s Energy Square housing project. Unlike bowling, affordable housing has only increased in demand...
Special holiday editorial: Following the Christmas of the drone, the horrifying year of the drone

Special holiday editorial: Following the Christmas of the drone, the horrifying year of the drone

(Editor’s note: This originally appeared in print in our Holiday Gift Guide a few weeks ago.) Get ready to start defending your airspace. This Christmas season, it’s estimated that 1 million drones will be given as gifts, the vast majority of which, I am predicting, will be from people with questionable judgment to people with...