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October 2013

Tony Ritter wants a debate

Two years ago, during the election of 2011, there was a five-person race for Tusten Council’s two seats, and I was one of the candidates.

The River Reporter thought it would be a good idea to have a print/online debate by posing five questions for each of the candidates so that the voters could make an informed decision before going to the polls in November.

It is now 2013 and we now have a four person race in Tusten for two council seats.

I think the electorate would like to know what each candidate’s position is for leading our town.  Read more

Remembering a big tax break during election season

Town of Delaware Supervisor Ed Sykes is often lauded as a savvy businessman. But in 2006, he was a member of the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency board that voted unanimously to give a tax break to the Millennium Pipeline that cost the county more than $900,000 a year for 15 years. The justification was that the project wouldn’t have gone through without the tax breaks, and that something is better than nothing. But how savvy do you have to be to know that the gas line wouldn’t have gone anywhere else?  Read more

Town of Callicoon couple recommends voting “A” all the way

As a long-time residents of the Town of Callicoon, my husband Dennis and I know our local government affects everything we treasure about where we live. And because we care so much about our town, we strongly support Nancy Lee for town supervisor, Ken Hilton and Van Morrow for town board, and our great neighbor and friend, Kris Scullion for highway supervisor.  Read more

Vote! Local government is important

At a time when many of us feel like we have very little control with our government in Washington, it is important that we vote in our local elections. At this level of government, we can have control and can select excellent people for office. In this view, may I suggest that you consider Chuck Hoffman for Town Justice? Chuck, a long time resident, is a wonderful neighbor. During the several floods on the river, Chuck was there for his neighbors. I have on occasion done business with Chuck, and he is a kind and honest person.  Read more

Jeffersonville citizen sees hope for Cochecton

Finally, something hopeful. In a season filled with international and national strife, with what amounts to a grievous political vendetta taking place in Washington, DC, plus the continued local threat of fracking, we at last have something to work for and, hopefully, to cheer about; Joan Glase and Dr. Paul Salzberg are running for Cochecton Town Council. What a refreshing and positive opportunity for all Cochecton voters to vote for the future of our town and against the cronyism and cynicism that has dominated in recent years.  Read more

Making choices in local politics

As life-long residents of the Town of Callicoon, my family has always been keenly interested in local politics and the impact of elections on the prosperity of our community.  Read more

No more dogs

It has been resolved by the Delaware Town Board that dogs are not permitted in the town park anymore—anytime or anyway (not even on a leash). This ban was precipitated by a dog fight at a farmers market a couple of weeks ago. The dog tussle was most unfortunate and potentially dangerous to anyone around. Thank goodness no one (except one of the dogs) was injured. Everyone at the meeting seemed to agree that dogs should not be permitted at any function or gathering in the Callicoon Creek Park. That seems quite appropriate and prudent.  Read more

Police blotter: cruel and unusual?

People have the right to know about arrests and crimes in their communities. But TRR goes too far.

By naming and showing the pictures of those arrested, TRR publicly shames those who are innocent until proven guilty. That can only fuel the stress and social ostracism of the accused at precisely the moment when level-headedness and support are needed most by all involved: the victims, the accused, their families and friends, their communities, law enforcement and the courts.  Read more

Food safety: a tale of regulatory abuse

For most of the last 10,000 years people have farmed in a challenging give-and-take dance with Mother Nature. Over time, farmers sought to change the dance, to bend nature to produce more (quantity) and to create better (quality) results—from animal husbandry to plant biology to mechanization that made farm work easier. In the 20th century, industrial farming turned to chemistry—synthetic fertilizers and pesticides—and now genetic engineering to boost production. U.S.  Read more

CRMC’s Behavioral Health Unit renovation aims for patient safety

A complete renovation and name change has come to the former mental health unit of the Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC).  Read more