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April 2011

Pot growing operation may be linked to organized crime

Sullivan County’s largest pot-growing bust began late last Tuesday, and has expanded to reveal operations at seven locations in the towns of Highland, Lumberland and Mamakating.  Read more

The cane

“It’s back… dunt, dunt dah,” my daughter Lily announces as I slowly make my way with the cane. Yes, it’s back, this old, heavy, wooden cane, a hand-me-down from my cousin Elizabeth to my mother and now to me. Misplacing it, hunting for it, the familiar clatter of dropping it, are now, strangely, mine.  Read more

Some democracy

I thought we live in a democratic country. Apparently I was wrong. Damascus Township is not a democracy. If a person doesn’t agree with you, just get rid of them, as they did so with Upper Delaware Council representative Dolores Keesler.

Joe Canfield doesn’t represent the whole township either. Some of us are against gas drilling. We would like to protect our beautiful Delaware River and the wildlife from the mammals to the fish and other aquatic life, not to mention the drinking water, the soil and the air we breathe.  Read more

Wake up

As we see the chaos that’s going on all around the world and the corruption in our government, it is very disheartening to see the chaos right here in our community. The pros and cons of gas drilling are all around us. But reading the article on Dolores Keesler getting voted out of her position as Upper Delaware Council representative by the Damascus supervisors, it seems too much of an injustice.  Read more

Damascus extinguishes distinguished voice

Damascus Township voted abruptly to remove Dolores Keesler as representative to the Upper Delaware Council (UDC). The UDC is an advisory board that addresses local, state and federal actions affecting the Delaware River that has yet to become ruined by industrial pollutants.

Greed, manipulation by well-disguised foreign interests and control by a wealthy few contributed to such an irresponsible decision. Lack of impact studies and unwillingness to relegate industry to industrial zones are proof that Damascus falls far short of its mandate.  Read more

More than one point of view

I strongly support the op-ed by Ken Mayers in the March 31 issue concerning a gas-drilling alliance in Northeast Pennsylvania. I, too, am a member of such an alliance. I joined for the same reasons: to help ensure that what I saw as inevitable eventual drilling was going to be done in the safest possible way to protect our land, air, and water. I thought that the alliance might supply some form of support and protection in the event of accidents or contamination.  Read more

Phish fears overblown

I’d like to offer a response to your article regarding the concerns expressed by some of the local community about the upcoming Phish shows in Bethel.

Residents of Alpharetta, GA expressed similar concerns last year when Phish played two concerts over Fourth of July weekend. Did the town get overrun with crazy fans? No. In fact, I spoke to security guards, police officers and locals that consistently reported fantastic and positive experiences, not to mention the huge economic boon to the community. Consequently, Phish has been invited back to Alpharetta for two nights this summer.  Read more

Competency problems start at the top

Former students Tara Knack–Moreno and Thomas Crowley filed a civil rights suit in federal court in June 2009. The defendants were Sullivan County Community College and James Murphy (instructor). It alleged that the instructor made sexual remarks about the plaintiffs in 2008-2009. The plaintiffs reported the comments to Donna Belgard, director of the nursing program.  Read more

Zoning creep

A couple of news stories that have come up over the past few weeks have shone a light on a problem that could potentially threaten the quality of life any of us enjoy in our homes. We call this phenomenon “zoning creep:” the process by which, due to a failure of zoning boards to enforce regulations, poor judgment in applying regulations or a failure to appreciate the cumulative impact of successive alterations, the land use on some particular site becomes radically at variance with the character that the town intends for the zone in which it is located.  Read more


John K. Hudson of Monticello, NY passed away peacefully Friday, March 25, 2011 at his home after a long illness. He was 77.

The son of the late John and Isabella Norwood Hudson, he was born November 4, 1933 in New Jersey.

John was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was a member of VFW Post 8858 of Harriman, NY and was a member of AARP. He worked as an office worker for Lucent Technologies in New Jersey.  Read more