Commentary
Commentary: Yes on R-275 is a matter of fairness

Commentary: Yes on R-275 is a matter of fairness

By Kevin Smith and Kathy Nolan The Ulster County Legislature is poised to pass a forward-looking policy next Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. on the sixth floor of the County Office Building. This is a critical moment — we urge Ulster County residents to attend the meeting and contact their legislators and ask them...
Sports commentary: My time as a fan of the New York Knicks is over

Sports commentary: My time as a fan of the New York Knicks is over

I was three years old when the New York Knickerbockers last won the NBA title. I can’t say when, exactly, I first started rooting for the team. Is it possible it was back then, in 1973? I suppose. My father took me to games as a kid, Madison Square Garden stretching out as far as...
Thanksgiving in Dubai

Thanksgiving in Dubai

Thanksgiving is a holiday so laden with ritual that once you get enough of them under your belt, they all start to run together. From my earliest memory until my 20s I spent just about every Thanksgiving in the same place with the same people doing the same thing. Thus, I could tell you everything...
Commentary: A City Government for the Future

Commentary: A City Government for the Future

“When you find that change is constant, will you shun complacency?” — J. Harris As a kid, I grew up in a household of “activists.” That’s what my parents were called anyway. It never occurred to me then, or now, that they were anything out of the ordinary. For is it activism or one’s duty...
Commentary: Nothing good about CH-Fortis deal

Commentary: Nothing good about CH-Fortis deal

By Maurice Hinchey I am very concerned about the proposed acquisition of Central Hudson by the Canadian holding company Fortis, Inc. In the interests of New Yorkers and the future of our great state — especially the mid-Hudson region — it should be rejected. In my thirty eight years as an elected public official —...

Commentary: Don’t take right to vote for granted

By Dr. Paul Padalino The year 2008 represented a landmark year for politics. Regardless of political affiliation, pundits were amazed to see nearly 10 million more voters pouring into the polls to cast their ballots than during the 2004 presidential election. The largest voter turnout in 40 years, 131 million Americans exercised their right to...