Editorial

Editorial: Ships, planes and augury

I admit it — I am obsessed with that freaking plane. Aren’t you? It’s a hell of a crazy story, a tale which does at least two things at once. It shatters the illusion that in our Google Earth-world, where the NSA and Big Data are thought to control, or at least have a handle...
Editorial: The silence which says quite a bit

Editorial: The silence which says quite a bit

It has come to this, the mayoralty of Shayne Gallo, this sad and funny juncture where the mayor doesn’t want to give a state of the city address and no one can make him. Say what now? Oh, say nothing. That’s the deal now, that’s where we’re at. Let them eat silence. Hard to know...
Editorial: Whose department heads are they anyway?

Editorial: Whose department heads are they anyway?

It’s Super Bowl week, and part of that extravaganza extraordinaire is Media Day, where the players are forced, upon pain of a $50,000 fine, to face reporters and answer questions both relevant and as irrelevant as, in one Denver player’s case, whether he thought a unicorn would make a good pet. (Duh, yeah it would!...
Editorial: What do you call illiberal liberalism?

Editorial: What do you call illiberal liberalism?

The way it should be in this country is this way: You’re free to hold whatever beliefs you like, but you must obey the laws, even the ones you hate, passed by people you don’t agree with. That is to say, there should be no such thing in America as what Orwell famously termed “thoughtcrime.”...
Editorial: I'm proud of you, school district

Editorial: I’m proud of you, school district

The community of the Kingston City School District took a step forward on Tuesday, approving the high school bond by a slim, but not razor-thin,  margin. In a time when school building bonds have a tough time getting by (Highland’s and Arlington’s both went down), more voters than not showed they have some vision, faith...

Editorial: Support the high school bond

If your house looked the way Kingston High School looks — with crumbling plaster, water-stained ceilings, radiators so rusted they look like they were salvaged from the wreck of the Titanic and plumbing that hasn’t been redone since god-knows-when — you’d be ashamed to let anybody in. That’s the gut reaction to next week’s $137.5...
Letter: Call for help!

Letter: Call for help!

Call for help! The holiday season is rapidly approaching. For many of us it is a joyous time that is spent with family and friends. For many of us it’s a time to celebrate the past year as we prepare to enter another. For many it’s a time to enjoy good fortune and reflect on...

Editorial: The one where the editor tries hot yoga

If you stop wanting to try new things in life, you’re really just marking time until the end. It was in this spirit that I, just turned 46 and wanting to get healthier and look better for my wedding next spring, agreed to try yoga. Not just any yoga, but this hot yoga you all...
Editorial: A paella of perspectives

Editorial: A paella of perspectives

I have had lots of opinions building up over my one-week vacation, so I am going to attempt to get it all out in one bombastic blurt. Here goes! Common Council races: We don’t do endorsements for Common Council, more due to logistics than anything else — the prospect of scheduling sitdowns with up to...

Editorial: Give it up already

‘Tolerance always has limits — it cannot tolerate what is itself actively intolerant.’ — Sidney Hook Dear House Republicans and their supporters: Hi. It’s me, Dan, editor of this paper. People who write editorials, and Lord knows I’ve done this a lot in my own opinionating, are prone to hyperbolize, exaggerate and otherwise tediously overstate...

Editorial: A solution to mass shootings

The Aaron Alexis story is depressingly familiar. Someone with mental problems has a few run-ins with the law, reaches out for help, doesn’t get help, or not enough help. Twelve people (13, if you want to look at Alexis as a victim as well) pay with their lives. Next time, it could be you or...

Letters: Kingston Point Rail Trail, high school bond vote

Uplifting summit With all of the bad news in the world, it is uplifting when something positive happens in our midst. I had the pleasure of attending the recent Kingston Greenline Summit and it was exciting and energizing. The Greenline combines the Kingston Point Rail Trail project with other trail projects and street improvements to...