Editorial
Editorial: A toast to cooperation

Editorial: A toast to cooperation

As of the completion of the March 24 edition of the Kingston Times (last Wednesday evening, March 23, but still true as of March 29, when I got around to posting this online), the parameters of the sales tax deal between the city and the county remained a “known unknown,” as it were. So it’s...
Editorial: Who will stand for Kingston?

Editorial: Who will stand for Kingston?

Mayor Noble is right. The sales tax talks with the county really are “one of the most important negotiations we will enter into,” as he said last week. At stake is a huge chunk of the city’s revenue stream. Entering into play is the possibility that the city will reassert the right to levy its...
Special holiday editorial: Following the Christmas of the drone, the horrifying year of the drone

Special holiday editorial: Following the Christmas of the drone, the horrifying year of the drone

(Editor’s note: This originally appeared in print in our Holiday Gift Guide a few weeks ago.) Get ready to start defending your airspace. This Christmas season, it’s estimated that 1 million drones will be given as gifts, the vast majority of which, I am predicting, will be from people with questionable judgment to people with...
Editorial: A better Broadway

Editorial: A better Broadway

Over the past few months, I’ve been haunted, for lack of a better word, by something I read in one of Hugh Reynolds’ columns. In his Aug. 6 piece, he wrote this, reporting on the Town of Ulster Conservative Party caucus: “What I hear going door to door from [elderly] people is, ‘Who’s going to...
Editorial: Noble’s the city’s best option

Editorial: Noble’s the city’s best option

Come Jan. 1, 2016 — unless Shayne Gallo’s supporters manage to pull off the greatest write-in campaign in local history — Kingston will have a new mayor. We think the best choice to lead the city is Steve Noble, the Democratic and Green parties’ nominee. Throughout the campaign, Noble has shown he’s smart, advocates an...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
Editorial: Let’s put a (Hudson Valley) woman on the $20

Editorial: Let’s put a (Hudson Valley) woman on the $20

There’s a movement afoot (visit womenon20s.org) to persuade President Obama to kick bad ol’ Andrew Jackson off the $20 and replace him with a real historical great woman from the pages of American history. I’m all for this. Women have appeared on U.S. currency before. The abstract Liberty figure has been on a few different...
Editorial: Go forward in seeking peace

Editorial: Go forward in seeking peace

Benjamin Netanyahu survived a pretty good scare last week to hold on to Israel’s premiership in an election that may be one of the turning points in not only Israeli history, but America’s and the world’s, too. President Obama, I’m sure, would have been much happier if the other guy’s party had won, but Israeli...