Opinion
Hugh Reynolds: Four-year hangover

Hugh Reynolds: Four-year hangover

It now appears that Mayor Shayne Gallo will be staking his political career on the Sept. 10 Democratic primary. And well he should. If history is a guide, he who wins that primary wins it all two months later. But history has a way of evolving, and this is no ordinary election year. The primary...
Editorial: Vexillology’s vexations and other historical ironies

Editorial: Vexillology’s vexations and other historical ironies

Should the Confederate Battle Flag be taken off that capital in South Carolina (and any other publicly funded flagpole upon which it may be fluttering)? Of course it should, and as soon as possible. The very best you can say of those who followed the Confederate flag into battle 150 years ago or so is...
Hugh Reynolds: Interpretive Center inspiration

Hugh Reynolds: Interpretive Center inspiration

Long, long after the celestial event, it has been revealed that the original idea for the soon to be dedicated Maurice Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center at Mount Tremper came, literally, from on high. According to Ulster Publishing publisher Geddy Sveikauskas, he and then-assemblyman Maurice Hinchey were hiking in the majestic hills around Mount Tremper some...
Hugh Reynolds: What happened at The Chateau?

Hugh Reynolds: What happened at The Chateau?

“Do you have any idea what happened last night?” a befuddled Republican committeeman asked me the day after the county committee rejected one and possibly two candidates for Ulster County executive. I had some idea, of course. I was there last week for the carefully contrived finale where party chairman Roger Rascoe rejected nominations from...
Editorial: Water, business and the moral imperative

Editorial: Water, business and the moral imperative

  Do not, my friends, become addicted to water. It will take hold of you, and you will resent its absence.’ — Immortan Joe Much has been made of the feminist themes running through the thoroughly fantastic movie Mad Max: Fury Road, and rightfully so: the major theme of the film was, in my editorial...
Letters: Sinkhole, the Greenline, Arctic drilling

Letters: Sinkhole, the Greenline, Arctic drilling

A letter to the mayor Mr. Gallo: the sinkhole progress is blocked, so it seems, by a single unknown person for unknown reasons. I guess I might include the editor at this paper, too: what is going on? Mr. Zweben? Noble? DPW? Anyone at all? There is no right of privacy for anyone in such...
Hugh Reynolds: Unconditional condition

Hugh Reynolds: Unconditional condition

  Last month the Ulster County Legislature passed a resolution to appoint a study committee of legislators on the future of the county-owned railroad corridor from Kingston to Highmount. A Nov. 30 deadline was approved along with $30,000 for professional assistance. No conditions were attached. The eight-member committee was charged to hear from all sides...
Hugh Reynolds: Show them the money

Hugh Reynolds: Show them the money

I wasn’t in attendance at last month’s Chamber of Commerce breakfast where guest speaker HealthAlliance CEO Dave Scarpino updated plans for the ongoing consolidation of what used to be Kingston and Benedictine hospitals. But I’ll bet a few folks coughed up their cornflakes when Scarpino said it might cost upwards of $88 million to complete...
Letters: New KHS vote; the rail corridor; Gallo's impact on Kingston

Letters: New KHS vote; the rail corridor; Gallo’s impact on Kingston

No one knows the answer? I’ve written to the minority leader of the Ulster County Legislature, with copies to all of the Legislators, asking for information regarding how much land in the Ulster & Delaware corridor is actually owned by Ulster County and how much is private property with railroad easements. I have not received...
Hugh Reynolds: Senator Sinkhole

Hugh Reynolds: Senator Sinkhole

I’ll agree with Kingston Times editor Dan Barton that it’s good to have a United States senator on your side when it comes to funding major public-works projects. All hail the Empire State’s senior U.S. senator, Charles E. Schumer. He knows where the money is. He’s trying to get some for Kingston. Schumer, who has...
Editorial: Of sinkholes and social media abuse

Editorial: Of sinkholes and social media abuse

We’ve got something good and something bad to discuss in the city, both taking place within six hours of each other last Tuesday. First, the good: U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer deserves a round of applause for showing up to the Washington Avenue sinkhole, along with Mayor Gallo and County Exec Hein, on a cold, nasty...
Hugh Reynolds: He said what?

Hugh Reynolds: He said what?

There’s sometimes a huge disconnect between screaming headlines and the official explanation. Take “Ulster Accused of Shoddy Medicaid Monitoring, a story in the March 25 Times Herald-Record. A few weeks ago James Nani of the Record wrote a straightforward lead: “A federal inspector says New York State should pay back $6.3 million in Medicaid payments...