Opinion
Hugh Reynolds: Gambling on the future

Hugh Reynolds: Gambling on the future

Serious conflict has developed between the owners of the vacant Nevele in Ellenville and operators of two family-owned resorts in the Town of Rochester over who gets video lottery terminals (VLTs, the equivalent of electronic slot machines.) Hopes for a mega-million-dollar casino at the Nevele were dashed when a state gaming commission chose a site...
Editorial: Let’s put a (Hudson Valley) woman on the $20

Editorial: Let’s put a (Hudson Valley) woman on the $20

There’s a movement afoot (visit womenon20s.org) to persuade President Obama to kick bad ol’ Andrew Jackson off the $20 and replace him with a real historical great woman from the pages of American history. I’m all for this. Women have appeared on U.S. currency before. The abstract Liberty figure has been on a few different...
Editorial: Go forward in seeking peace

Editorial: Go forward in seeking peace

Benjamin Netanyahu survived a pretty good scare last week to hold on to Israel’s premiership in an election that may be one of the turning points in not only Israeli history, but America’s and the world’s, too. President Obama, I’m sure, would have been much happier if the other guy’s party had won, but Israeli...
Hugh Reynolds: Sunny days

Hugh Reynolds: Sunny days

Throw open the doors! Let in the fresh air! It’s “sunshine week” in Albany. Well, maybe not. As we speak, the three or four men in a room are, as usual, secretly hammering out the loose ends of a state budget due a week from next Wednesday. Good-government types may posture before the TV cameras,...
Letters: Kingston Corridor bus, Meg Carey rebutted, crime against humanity

Letters: Kingston Corridor bus, Meg Carey rebutted, crime against humanity

Kingston Corridor shuttle bus More and more the development of the Rondout waterfront calls for a shuttle bus service along the Kingston Corridor to make it accessible from any point along Kingston’s Main Street, as designated by the Main Street Manager program under Nancy Donskoj. Defined as a two bus service with 15 minute inter-service...
Hugh Reynolds: Early birds

Hugh Reynolds: Early birds

If being first out of the gate means anything, Assemblyman Pete Lopez could be the next congressman from the 19th District. Former assemblyman John Faso, whose number we haven’t called in quite a while, might have something to say about that, even though he says he won’t make a decision until summer. Both are veteran...
Hugh Reynolds: What does Kevin want?

Hugh Reynolds: What does Kevin want?

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill does not seem of a mind to renew “the Cahill Sales-Tax Crisis” this year. But, more than a few people in that six-story glass building at Fair and Main in Kingston seem to be wondering what he’ll be asking for this time around. Last month, the Ulster County Legislature unanimously approved and...
Hugh Reynolds: Dollars are not enough

Hugh Reynolds: Dollars are not enough

They say money can’t buy you love. Neither, at least in the Hudson Valley, can it buy a Congressional seat, as was demonstrated last year. Recent reports from the Federal Elections Commission show Democrat Sean Eldridge outspent Republican Chris Gibson by better than two-to-one last year, but lost the election by a similar margin. Gibson...
Letters: Civics defined, Niagara Bottling, economic development

Letters: Civics defined, Niagara Bottling, economic development

The definition of civics Kingston Citizens has prevailed in the Niagara Bottling proposal: a very fine job. I found this definition of Civics and I think it fits very well: “The art of being a prosocial problem-solving contributor in a self governing community.” Yes, that fits Kingston Citizens quite well. I expect there will be...
Hugh Reynolds: A different track?

Hugh Reynolds: A different track?

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein didn’t mention the Catskill Mountain Railroad at his state of the county address last month. Perhaps he thought he’d put this long-running controversy to bed with his “Hein rail-trail compromise” announced in early December. Not so. The word “compromise” suggests a meeting of minds after negotiations between willing parties. In...
Editorial: This is the thing

Editorial: This is the thing

The one thing. The one thing with the highest chance of visiting flames, ruin and large-scale death on our community. The one thing that has this dread opportunity pretty much every day of the year. Oil trains. Trains like the one in West Virginia which derailed this week. It sent up huge columns of fire...
Letters: 'Transcending civility'; the rail trail; ISIS' PR problem

Letters: ‘Transcending civility'; the rail trail; ISIS’ PR problem

Transcending civility ​Melanie Strell​ ​kindly wonders why Hugh Reynolds used “Hi Ho Silver, Oy Vey” as his headline directed towards Sheldon Silver’s recent woes. I don’t wonder at all. He wanted to call attention to Mr. Silver being Jewish. I’ve found Reynolds to be offensive on more than one occasion; his remarks about Maurice Hinchey...