Letters
Letters: Irish center concerns; a ghost mall is born?

Letters: Irish center concerns; a ghost mall is born?

No vetting for cultural center? I’m a neighbor of the proposed Irish Cultural Center (ICC) on Abeel Street in the Rondout. I’ve been voicing my concerns about the size and location of the project for some time, and I will clarify what those concerns are, but first I want to say that I am actually...
Letters: Sales tax pact, trail vs. rail

Letters: Sales tax pact, trail vs. rail

A bad deal The new sales tax agreement that was approved by the City of Kingston’s Common Council and Ulster County Legislature is a document which seems fair and equitable at first blush. However, after you peel away the layers, beyond 2017, the City will forfeit a portion of sales tax receipts. Kingston stands to...
Letters: Sales tax, shooting range, Chris Gibson

Letters: Sales tax, shooting range, Chris Gibson

The people’s money The money generated by sales — sales tax — belongs to the people who generated it. It is not a political football to be kicked around by this assemblyman or that county executive or this mayor. In the highest-taxed state in the union, when an opportunity presents itself to help the taxpayers,...
Letter: Better movies at mall, please

Letter: Better movies at mall, please

I wish that the movie theater at the Hudson Valley Mall would offer move movies beyond the typical, often inane, Hollywood hash. For example, Michael Moore’s latest film, Where to Invade Next, ought to be seen by every American and then discuss. The film offers a tour of several countries’ systems with the purpose to...
Letter: Bob Carey on Irish Cultural Center

Letter: Bob Carey on Irish Cultural Center

Good will and community I would like to reflect on the plans for our Irish Cultural Center and emphasize the great passion, integrity and care that have gone into developing the ICCHV in Kingston. The plans have been underway since 2011. The concept for the center has been embraced as a complement to the art...
Letters: Basic fairness; the value of history

Letters: Basic fairness; the value of history

Basic fairness Ulster County is renegotiating its contract with the City of Kingston for the distribution of sales tax revenue. For more than a decade the county has given the city 11.5 percent of the 4 percent county sales tax collected each year, which amounts to roughly $12 million annually. The new formula would cut...
Letters: Inching toward the money; a gigantic flush

Letters: Inching toward the money; a gigantic flush

Inching toward the money This is an answer to a question raised by Hugh Reynolds’ article last week about the sales tax receipts hotly coveted by the county. Mr. Reynolds noted that the townships, in their pledge of solidarity with the City of Kingston’s position to maintain the “status quo,” did not employ the negotiating...
Letters: CMRR's professionalism, the law of love

Letters: CMRR’s professionalism, the law of love

Act professionally, CMRR There are now only a little over four months left before the expiration of the Catskill Mountain Railroad’s 30-year lease on the Ulster & Delaware corridor. With President Ernie Hunt’s recent statement that CMRR “absolutely” intends to submit a proposal for future tourist train operations, it is incumbent on the organization to...
Letters: Thanks, Shayne Gallo; solar options; economic development

Letters: Thanks, Shayne Gallo; solar options; economic development

Thanks and good luck Happy New Year to all my friends: All the unaffiliated, non-registereds, write-in voters, and the voters in every party, since voting is an important right. While there is a great deal of non-agreement within any set of populations even when they generally agree on the big issues, what is important is...
Letters: Man of Destiny; What about Walmart?; Lost Rondout redux; Bike lanes are triple win

Letters: Man of Destiny; What about Walmart?; Lost Rondout redux; Bike lanes are triple win

Bernie Sanders — man of destiny? Throughout history at times of great change, turmoil and crisis it seems that often a special person rises above the chaos to lead the way. Remember Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Churchill? What Bernie brings to the table is a progressive mind coupled with a compassionate...
Letters: On Paris attacks and the refugee question

Letters: On Paris attacks and the refugee question

Compassion vs. security There’s a lot of debate going on surrounding the issues of refugees, even though nothing has changed with regards to refugees aside from people’s opinions. The events in Paris did not make refugees any more or less likely to commit acts of terrorism. Refugees are not more or less dangerous than they...
Letters: Way to go, Mike; Baul vs. Landi

Letters: Way to go, Mike; Baul vs. Landi

Way to go, Mike Congratulations to County Executive Mike Hein on his re-election and thank you to the voters of Ulster County for returning to office this great public servant! County Executive Hein’s leadership on big environmental issues like fracking and oil and gas pipelines has been stellar, and he has also given his attention...