Opinion
Hugh Reynolds: Niagara falls?

Hugh Reynolds: Niagara falls?

As of this writing, nobody outside its corporate offices knows for sure whether Niagara Bottling will locate a new plant in Lake Katrine after being turned down last week for state funding. According to sources close to the scene, the deal between Niagara and the Town of Ulster was one of those XYZ arrangements, as...
Editorial: A deal which should be taken

Editorial: A deal which should be taken

As someone who’s held and continues to hold the opinion that the Ulster & Delaware will do more people more good as a free-to-all walking trail than a mostly-disused corridor with sections upon which for-profit pleasure trains run periodically, I think a couple of things about the county executive’s proposed rail-with-trail compromise: 1.) it’s an...
Hugh Reynolds: All aboard?

Hugh Reynolds: All aboard?

With apologies to Johnny Cash‘s “Folsom Prison Blues,” did Ulster County Exec Mike Hein hear the train a’ comin? How else to explain why Hein suddenly switched gears late Monday afternoon and agreed to allow tourist trains to continue to run from Kingston Plaza to Hurley Mountain Road? For more than two years Hein has...
Hugh Reynolds: They liked Mike

Hugh Reynolds: They liked Mike

One of the questions following Ulster County Exec Mike Hein’s designation last month as one of the nine top public officials in the country by Washington-based Governing Magazine was whether he nominated himself. How else, wags wondered, would a national publication with a circulation of about 80,000 find an official to honor in a place...
Letters: Kingston Greenline, DSS warrant checks, Ferguson, Mo.

Letters: Kingston Greenline, DSS warrant checks, Ferguson, Mo.

A generational opportunity As a lifelong resident of Kingston, I feel it is my responsibility to voice my support for the removal of the rail ties and creation of the interconnected system of rail trails also known as the Kingston Greenline. This is my community and that is why I will not stand by and...
Hugh Reynolds: Pay raise, anyone?

Hugh Reynolds: Pay raise, anyone?

Pundits are agog over the possibility of state legislators voting themselves a raise in special session next month. Paid a base salary of $79,500 for sessions that typically last six months a year, our state-level solons have not had a raise since 1999. There are some who believe the legislature should offer taxpayers a refund,...
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...