Opinion
Hugh Reynolds: In lock step

Hugh Reynolds: In lock step

It occurs to me sometimes as I listen and record debate at public sessions of the county legislature and other elected bodies that the casual observer might actually believe minds and hearts are affected by what is said. Confounding observers is the debates’ timbre and tenor. Important public issues are being discussed, sometimes loudly! More...
Hugh Reynolds: Monday night politics

Hugh Reynolds: Monday night politics

This coming Monday’s mayoral debate may not decide the Sept. 10 Democratic mayoral primary between incumbent Shayne Gallo and challenger Steve Noble. But it could be the beginning of the end for whichever Democrat comes off badly. Maybe they both will, which could give long-shot Republican Ron Polacco some hope in November. Kudos to civic-minded...
Editorial: Some thoughts on some things

Editorial: Some thoughts on some things

The debate thing: If what I hear around town about a City Hall Gallo-Noble-Polacco debate being almost set for Aug. 24 is true, then I approve wholeheartedly — as long as it’s in the evening when people can actually attend. (It was, and I do.) The voters deserve an opportunity to see those who would...
Hugh Reynolds: The golden goose

Hugh Reynolds: The golden goose

From the annual state-of-the-county address to weekly press releases and press conferences, the Mike Hein administration rarely misses an opportunity to blow its own horn. Well, honk this! Last week the county comptroller touted the administration’s fiscal record. Even from fellow Democrat Elliott Auerbach, repeating what state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli had reported, this was unusual....
Letter: Jim Sottile sticks up for Steve Noble

Letter: Jim Sottile sticks up for Steve Noble

Grants truth will prevail I welcome this opportunity to set the record straight with regard to the City of Kingston grant process during my 10-year administration. A recent story appeared in your publication that contained several examples of misleading, misguided and misinformation on the subject. While I can appreciate the frustration of any individual not...
Hugh Reynolds: Questions and answers in Ulster town

Hugh Reynolds: Questions and answers in Ulster town

It could have been a town hall meeting just about any place in the region, or upstate, for that matter — leaders of a political party grilling candidates on their views and records. This event took place this week in the new senior center next door to Ulster’s town hall in Lake Katrine, hosted by...
Hugh Reynolds: Campaign cash

Hugh Reynolds: Campaign cash

Ulster County Legislature Chairman John Parete’s recently released think piece on campaign finance reform may read like a resolution, but according to its author it is at this point just a collection of ideas. That’s just as well. Any piece of legislation that limits the county executive’s ability to raise campaign funds will die a...
Hugh Reynolds: Water, water

Hugh Reynolds: Water, water

I expect Kingston voters will overwhelmingly approve a charter change in November that will give their elected officials authority over the sale of water outside city borders. Why stop there? The city gets its water piped from Cooper Lake in Woodstock via a treatment plant in Zena. As demonstrated by the Niagara Bottling battle last...
Hugh Reynolds: Fireworks and peacocks

Hugh Reynolds: Fireworks and peacocks

It would appear from a breathless press release last week from Ulster’s county legislature  that nobody got their fingers blown off, eyes put out or had their hair singed or buildings set afire by fireworks over the Independence Day weekend. That happy outcome came despite dire warnings from firefighters and EMTs against the legislation of...
Letters: The Junior League's perspective; Albany's foibles; bomb trains

Letters: The Junior League’s perspective; Albany’s foibles; bomb trains

The Junior League’s perspective The Junior League of Kingston is a women’s volunteer organization, and does not take a political stance on any issue; its membership, which continually strives to do positive work in the community, is saddened to be portrayed so negatively through comments found on social media, political websites and through other modes...
Hugh Reynolds: Mountain high

Hugh Reynolds: Mountain high

Most things in life are bitter or sweet, this and that, pro and con. Politics is mostly black and white. Even ceremonial occasions, like the grand opening of the Maurice Hinchey Catskill Interpretative Center at Mount Tremper last week, can produce mixed emotions. There was of course, the event itself, long delayed and eagerly awaited....
Editorial: Neutral party for Noble grants probe

Editorial: Neutral party for Noble grants probe

The world’s biggest salt mine, in case you didn’t know, is in Goderich, a town in southern Ontario. It is capable of producing some 9 million tons of salt a year. And it is with all the salt in Goderich the people of Kingston should take any investigation of the job competence of Steve Noble,...