Opinion
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?

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...
Hugh Reynolds: Term limits

Hugh Reynolds: Term limits

Every once in a while, usually after a series of public scandals, some good government group or other advances the idea of term limits. The logic is simple. Absolute power, which can come with seniority, corrupts. It takes new people years to learn crooked ways. But corruption is only one facet of what is a...
Letters: Niagara Bottling, Hugh Reynolds' allegedly bad attitude, rail/trail cooperation

Letters: Niagara Bottling, Hugh Reynolds’ allegedly bad attitude, rail/trail cooperation

Impoverished and soiled The Niagara Bottling proposal is complex and has problems at multiple levels. The problem is larger than plastic water bottle waste. Water is a survival need which humans must meet to exercise their inherent right to life. It’s a public and municipal resource. That comes before its being a revenue source. At...
Hugh Reynolds: Guns and butter

Hugh Reynolds: Guns and butter

From his speech before the chamber of commerce in Kingston last week, it was hard to believe U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson might be running for governor in three years or so. Gibson announced last month an interest in statewide office, saying this would be his last of three terms in the House. At the chamber...

Hugh Reynolds: Hi ho, Silver, oy vey!

An old miner’s axiom which I just made up posits that where there’s Silver there’s gold. What happens now after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been charged by federal authorities with bribery and mail fraud in connection with his official duties? Silver, shortly after beginning his 21st year as Assembly leader, was accused last week by...
Editorial: Precipitation manipulation

Editorial: Precipitation manipulation

In thinking about all the upset caused by this week’s blizzard that wasn’t, especially all the outrage directed at the weathermen for making everybody freak out about “historic” snow totals that got dumped on New England instead of us, I was reminded of the best movie I saw last year: “Nightcrawler.” In case you missed...
Hugh Reynolds: Fooling with fueling

Hugh Reynolds: Fooling with fueling

Vladimir Lenin promised peace and land, Herbert Hoover promised a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage. And County Executive Mike Hein came up in his seventh state of the county address last week with free fuel for owners of electric vehicles. What a guy. In offering owners of electrically powered vehicles...
Hugh Reynolds: Forward ... march!

Hugh Reynolds: Forward … march!

People ask me, as if I knew, why Congressman Chris Gibson decided to leave the House after only three terms. Dunno. After dropping that bombshell on the first day of what will be his final term, Gibson disappeared into a black hole somewhere between Washington and his hometown of Kinderhook. Go figure. One of the...
Letters: Our lovely city; Please reconsider PLA; Growing the pie

Letters: Our lovely city; Please reconsider PLA; Growing the pie

Your lovely city and your Greenline project Last summer on my way to a conference in upstate New York, I stopped in to visit an old friend who now lives in Kingston and she suggested we spend the day driving the beautiful countryside and visiting the city by introducing me to a project that she...