Opinion
Hugh Reynolds: Center of attention

Hugh Reynolds: Center of attention

“Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” — Lawrence Peter Berra (1925-1915)  The late great Yankee catcher and manager’s classic malapropism referred to restaurants, but it could have been Kingston’s burgeoning downtown Rondout section. The question before the city planning board is this: Can this once desolate, boarded-up waterfront area of the city, lately thriving...
Hugh Reynolds: Donald who?

Hugh Reynolds: Donald who?

Republican congressional hopeful John Faso probably isn’t the only down-ticket candidate giving Donald Trump wide berth this year. He’s just the only one I could reach by phone. I rang up the former state Assembly minority leader to ask if he’d gotten any lift from the “Trump bump” after last month’s GOP national convention in...
Letters: Barge anchorages; high-speed Internet

Letters: Barge anchorages; high-speed Internet

The public’s right to know The U.S. Coast Guard is moving forward, full steam ahead, with plans to build multiple anchorage sites along the Hudson River. I am deeply concerned that there has been such a short, and poorly publicized open comment period and that there are zero plans to hold public hearings to inform...
Hugh Reynolds: After the conventions, yuk

Hugh Reynolds: After the conventions, yuk

I’ll confess I was not glued to the tube for every minute of the party conventions last month. As they appeared from my lounger, both went beyond the usual bellowing to the choir, even unto fresh-scrubbed offspring reading teleprompters on the virtues of their parents. Both major-party candidates came out of the conventions with high...
Letter: ICCHV will be good neighbor

Letter: ICCHV will be good neighbor

A good neighbor I wholeheartedly support the Irish Cultural Center, and I’ve been dismayed to read recent letters containing misinformation as to the “true” goals of the planners of the ICC. As a person of Irish descent, I have also been offended at the not-so-thinly veiled stereotypes of the “drunken Irish” that some writers warn...
Hugh Reynolds: Hit the road, Jack

Hugh Reynolds: Hit the road, Jack

Owing to a monumental headquarters snafu by county Republicans, Assembly candidate Jack Hayes of Gardiner may lose the GOP designation, all but guaranteeing easy reelection for 10-term Democrat Kevin Cahill of Kingston. Snafu is a World War II acronym by service members for “Situation Normal, All Fouled Up” (to be polite). Under election law in...
Editorial: The right thing

Editorial: The right thing

It took a law imported all the way from Rochester to do it, but the proposal to turn a Midtown ex-doctor’s office into an indoor shooting range pretty much looks like it’s not going to happen. That’s a good thing. This project never seemed to have much support from the people who would be most...
Letters: Irish center concerns; a ghost mall is born?

Letters: Irish center concerns; a ghost mall is born?

No vetting for cultural center? I’m a neighbor of the proposed Irish Cultural Center (ICC) on Abeel Street in the Rondout. I’ve been voicing my concerns about the size and location of the project for some time, and I will clarify what those concerns are, but first I want to say that I am actually...
Hugh Reynolds: Bringing home the bacon

Hugh Reynolds: Bringing home the bacon

When a recruit asked a dumb question of a superior back in my Navy days, the answer barked back would be something like, “Is a pig’s ass pork?” Some things are just obvious. In my view, political pork by any other name is still pork. What used to be called “member items” is now called...
Hugh Reynolds: After the primary

Hugh Reynolds: After the primary

The first post-primary Siena Institute poll on the local congressional election in November hasn’t come out yet, but if results from the most recent “only poll that counts” mean anything, my take is that Democrat Zephyr Teachout should be installed as at least a five-point favorite over Republican John Faso. Primaries can’t be compared to...
Hugh Reynolds: Courting controversy

Hugh Reynolds: Courting controversy

The Ulster County Legislature may not be the world’s greatest deliberative body, but it has its moments. And it’s all-local. After limited discussion on the sales tax agreement between the city and the county in May, the major money matter to cross its bow, the solons fell over each other debating bricks and mortar last...
Hugh Reynolds: Primary finish

Hugh Reynolds: Primary finish

If an early June Time Warner News/Siena College poll on the 19th Congressional District primaries holds true, Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso will face each other for all the marbles in the general election Nov. 8. That poll showed Teachout 30 points over Will Yandik and Faso leading Andrew Heaney by 22. Funny...