Opinion
Hugh Reynolds: And they're off

Hugh Reynolds: And they’re off

“Comptroller Expenses Scrutinized.” That was the lead headline in last Sunday’s Daily Echo. As we used to say in the business, they should have saved that type from the last story about Ulster County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach’s budget. And the one before that. The beat goes on. Those expenses in question have to do with...
Hugh Reynolds: Things are looking up

Hugh Reynolds: Things are looking up

By now, former Democratic Congressional candidate Sean Eldridge should be starting to figure out what he’s going to do with the next part of his young life. Taking a miserable 35 percent of the vote against Republican incumbent Chris Gibson on Nov. 4 must have been a shattering outcome for him. How bad was it?...
Letters: Tracks and trails; Niagara Bottling

Letters: Tracks and trails; Niagara Bottling

We want the tracks This morning, I talked with Mike Hein on Kingston Community Radio about how I disagreed with his plan to rip up the Kingston Plaza railroad tracks. I mentioned two points. 1). The City of Kingston’s residents and businesses will definitely be hurt by Hein’s plan to rip up the plaza tracks...
Hugh Reynolds: Where's the fizz?

Hugh Reynolds: Where’s the fizz?

The barnburner campaign I had hoped for in the 103rd Ulster-Dutchess Assembly district, Kevin Cahill versus Kevin Roberts, has been something of a fizzle. It seemed as though all the elements were in place, Cahill as villain, Roberts as accuser. Cahill set the stage last year, said his detractors, by holding up the 1 percent...
Editorial: We endorse Chris Gibson

Editorial: We endorse Chris Gibson

Judging the two candidates in terms of which one would do the best job for, and funnel the most federal support to, the 19th Congressional District in general and Ulster and Kingston in particular, we endorse the re-election of Chris Gibson. In his first term representing Ulster County in a Congress with a near-abysmal record...
Hugh Reynolds: The mood of the electorate

Hugh Reynolds: The mood of the electorate

“People have been traumatized [by the Great Recession]. They’re still struggling, worried, and anxious. Even though they’re working, they don’t believe their jobs are stable, they fear layoffs, and there’s a sense of impermanence.” So writes Carl Horn, author of Working Scared or Not at All, a professor of public policy at Rutgers University, as...
Editorial: What Kingston can learn from Savannah, Ga.

Editorial: What Kingston can learn from Savannah, Ga.

Well, I’m back from my latest trip, which was to the stately and historic Southern city of Savannah, Ga. Founded by a man named Oglethorpe in 1733, Savannah today is a fetching, eminently walkable (good thing, considering all the shrimp and grits and biscuits and gravy I ate) and exquisitely preserved mix of buildings from...
Hugh Reynolds: Good idea, but …

Hugh Reynolds: Good idea, but …

Good-government groups are divided on a redistricting proposition on this year’s ballot purported to bring more fairness and transparency to a partisan process that has traditionally offered neither. Under a constitutional amendment approved in separate sessions by both houses of the state legislature, Senate and Assembly redistricting based on the 2020 census would be conducted...
Hugh Reynolds: Gibson and Eldridge, face to face

Hugh Reynolds: Gibson and Eldridge, face to face

Raucous groups of partisans emitted whoops, yells and hisses at the first public face-off between Congressional candidates Chris Gibson and Sean Eldridge at overheated Miller Middle School in Lake Katrine the evening of Monday, Oct. 6. The rowdies numbered only about a third of the more than 600 in attendance. The majority came to look,...
Letters: WiFi's hazards, Niagara Bottling, CMRR

Letters: WiFi’s hazards, Niagara Bottling, CMRR

Drop the CMRR suit Ulster County Legislature Resolution 273 to drop the litigation with the Catskill Mountain Railroad did not come up for a vote before the 23 legislators, because the resolution was stopped in the Laws & Rules Committee by three legislators: Ken Ronk (728-3276), Kevin Roberts (566-7663), & Lynn Archer (626-7358). Call them...
Hugh Reynolds: He’s the bomb

Hugh Reynolds: He’s the bomb

Give Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor currently floundering and polling in the mid-20s, credit for taking on a job nobody else wanted. But comparing Andrew Cuomo with Mario Cuomo’s last run indicates the poor man is not only suicidal but delusional as well. Astorino was in Kingston for a few hours last Wednesday,...
Letters: CMRR, Gibson-Eldridge, Niagara Bottling

Letters: CMRR, Gibson-Eldridge, Niagara Bottling

Goodbye, CMRR It is easy to see what side of the train debate Mr. Reynolds supports. Good journalism would hope that fair and unbiased reporting would show not only the benefits for a for-profit railroad company but also the negative impact that this railroad company has had on the many residents who have had to...