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February 2013

They call him Mr. Love

REGION — If love really does make the world go ‘round, then surely Liberty, NY resident Tim Shera is doing his part. Two years ago, Shera was visiting with a friend who makes homey, hand-crafted wooden signs for friends and customers to decorate their gates and front doors. During that visit, Shera’s pal held up one such sign, gave Tim a wink and declared “You have to have this,” brandishing a small piece of old barn wood painted with three simple words: “I love you.”  Read more

Come out, come out

After literally decades of struggle and suffering, folks in the LGBT (etc.) community can finally point to some strong, concrete gains in their quest for social recognition, acceptance and respect. The notion of marriage equality is gaining support across the nation, the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy is now just a vague memory, and even the Boy Scouts of America have begun reconsidering their homophobic stance. More than at any time in recent history, they can feel the freedom to be exactly who they are, and no longer worry about concealing themselves behind an artificial facade.  Read more

February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day to all. As of the 12th of February, I have been with my husband for 31 years, only married 23 in September. Love to my husband, mother and all my family, friends and readers.

I write this column with a bad cold and a very congested head. We were lucky that we did not get that much snow with the Nor’easter. My cousin who lives in Port Jeff on Long Island got 32 inches, my sister in Queens got over a foot. My mother is doing great and says she is praying for all of you.  Read more

February 7, 2013 - February 14, 2013

Arnold David Friedman

Arnold David Friedman of Monroe, NY entered into a peaceful rest surrounded by his loving family on Friday, February 8, 2013 at Orange Regional Medical Center after a long courageous battle with cancer.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at St. Anastasia Parish Church, Route 17M, Harriman. Interment will follow in St. Anastasia Cemetery in Harriman.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 100, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Jeff Hogan
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Valedictory

When I was asked to write this column in the summer of 2007, my first reaction was, “Why me?” I felt woefully unqualified. On the other hand, I saw writing as a way to do something, however modest, to influence change that might help preserve the natural world which was increasingly at risk.  Read more

Funding is critical for rain and stream gauges

On March 1, 16 rain gauges and 18 stream gauges used to measure water flows in rivers and streams throughout New York’s Marcellus Shale region will be turned off.  Read more

River New Year Poem, 2013

My treasured friend and forgiving soul. So generously overflowing with spiritual guidance. Resolution awaits everyone who lifts the veil.

Even you—a loving, living body, full of natural beauty, full of God and glory, full of excitement and pleasure—face difficulties.

I love and appreciate how nature resolves and safeguards itself and earth from harm. When betrayed by man, mighty river, you strive to protect life—and all that you stand for, and all that you love. The ancient spirits work together as they have done since your birth, millions of years ago.  Read more

Save the post office

Since Congress is to blame for the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) fiscal problems, Congress can fix it without too much difficulty. There is no taxpayer money involved. As we know, Congress in 2006 passed a law requiring the USPS to pre-fund 75 years of retiree benefits in a 10-year time span. It means that the postal service must set aside $5.5 billion each year. No other private or public institution labors under this burden. Absent this burden, the post office can run a profit even with competition from the Internet.  Read more

Please, stop the noise

Apparently no one, including the Monticello Motor Club (MMC), can read or understand that the neighbors have never requested the closing of the motor track. We have only requested relief from the horrific noise caused by the cars racing.  Read more

Climate Smart Community Pledge—emphasis on ‘community’

An effort is currently underway to invite the boards of all Sullivan County’s towns to sign a Climate Smart Community Pledge, in keeping with a climate pledge the county itself signed in February of 2010. Enrolling them in the program is an essential step for the completion of any county-wide initiative, given that town governments not only set policies with regard to their own purchases and building standards, but also regulate land uses for the whole town via zoning, set an example for their citizens and serve as a point of contact with the households and businesses within their borders.  Read more