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July 2012

Political representation in the Town of Delaware

During a heated discussion at the Delaware Town Board meeting last week, it was said that New York State embraces a representative model of government. This is true. But that does not mean that the proper attitude of elected officials is: “We won, we call the shots.” Though part of what it means to represent is to fulfill a mandate by enacting the policies you campaigned on, more important is the idea that the representative is a trustee, looking out for the welfare of all constituents.  Read more

Political representation in the Town of Delaware

During a heated discussion at the Delaware Town Board meeting last week, it was said that New York State embraces a representative model of government. This is true. But that does not mean that the proper attitude of elected officials is: “We won, we call the shots.” Though part of what it means to represent is to fulfill a mandate by enacting the policies you campaigned on, more important is the idea that the representative is a trustee, looking out for the welfare of all constituents.  Read more

Not my priorities

It’s too bad that Representative Rosemary Brown feels she is so unknown in Pike that she must put up a billboard this early in Delaware Township. The message “Focused on our priorities” is revealing though. Who is the “our” in that slogan, I wonder?  Read more

The will of the people?

The Town of Highland recently passed a ban on fracking, and Fremont passed a pro-fracking resolution the very next night. The difference between these two actions is striking. I’m not talking about the different views they represent; I’m talking about the way the towns conducted business.  Read more

Affordable healthcare via universal Medicare

As long-time advocates for the elderly, the Senior Legislative Action Committee of Sullivan County (SLAC) approves of the June 29 Supreme Court decision affirming and preserving most of the Affordable Care Act. To be sure, by allowing states to reject the expanded Medicaid coverage without losing federal funding for existing Medicaid, this decision may have doomed the expanded coverage, leaving thousands of people again with no health benefits.  Read more

Egg on their faces

So the Wall trial is over before it began. The pre-trial hearing came off with all the excitement of a deflating balloon. Some scheduled to testify dropped out, while the majority of witnesses gave the Walls glowing reports. Charges of extortion and unlawful letting of contracts were thrown out. In the end, there wasn’t a case worth trying, and Mr. Fluhr and Mr. Hoeper now sit with egg on their faces.  Read more

Let it all hang out

In batting around ideas for editorials, we occasionally come across topics that seem to merit support or condemnation, but are nevertheless not good editorial fodder because they seem just too obvious.  Read more

Quit smoking course

August 15, 2012

First of 5 weekly sessions at Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, 3-4pm through 9/12. RSVP: 570/296-3400 or 253-5970, ext. 4110.

'Sullivan County in the Civil War'

August 8, 2012

Talk by Myron Gittel at E.B. Crawford Public Library, 7:30pm, free, public welcome. 845/794-4660.