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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

Some pretty simple math

For those just stumbling for the first time into the issue of voter ID laws like the one that has recently been passed in Pennsylvania—and is now being challenged by the ACLU—the matter can be a bit confusing. Both sides are wrapping themselves up in the flag to defend their side of the argument. One side says it is protecting democracy by preventing fraud, making sure that the will of legitimate voters is not being overridden by those who have no right to vote, or are voting twice. The other side says it is protecting democracy by making sure no legitimate voter is denied the right to vote.  Read more

The politics of inclusion

At the Town of Highland’s first hearing on its Local Law 3 on May 4, a member of the committee working on its zoning, the Town of Highland Zoning Rewrite Task Force Phase I, was heard bemoaning the fact that, at that point, it looked like the law would pass by “only” three to two. At the time, it struck us as an odd concern; after all, a law passed by three-two is no less valid than one passed five-zero.  Read more

A statement from the publisher; reporting community stories

The River Reporter (TRR) has proudly served the Upper Delaware region for more than 35 years—investigating and reporting on vital community issues and fostering community dialogue. Often, we have covered issues related to land, water and wildlife, which have sparked passionate discussion, and we have published this discourse.  Read more

A false dichotomy

A resolution was recently passed in the Town of Delaware that seems innocent on the face of it—maybe even freedom-affirming. It says that “any landowner or entity that owns the rights to minerals within the corporate bounds of the Town of Delaware, has the right to determine how they exercise and protect their mineral rights.”  Read more

To secure these rights

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, we need to get government the heck off our backs…”  Read more

What’s in your wallet?

One concept that comes up frequently in discussions about localization is the idea of a local currency: money that is issued by a local authority and used in a small area where a significant number of businesses and professionals have agreed to accept it. It was the feature topic at the most recent Upper Delaware Roundtable discussion, at which Alice Maggio of the New Economics Institute gave a Skyped-in presentation about one of the more successful local currencies, Berkshares, currently in use in the western portion of Massachusetts.  Read more

You are the public

One theme that recurs constantly with regard to various issues of local concern is the balance between private rights and public good. It is apparent especially with regard to zoning, in which individual property owners are required to restrict what they do on their land by public ordinances.  Read more

They’ve all come to look for America

Every year in June, not long after Memorial Day has opened the summer season, Sullivan County is treated to a weekend duo of small-town American delights: the Tractor Parade in Callicoon and the Trout Parade in Livingston Manor, which will be held on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 this year respectively (see pages 13 and 14).  Read more

Enough with the Park Foundation nonsense already

In the dispute as to whether hydro-fracking for natural gas is desirable in this area (or anywhere), there are a number of legitimate bones of contention. Take jobs, which all agree are important: one valid topic of discussion is the question as to whether the number, quality and sustainability of jobs provided to local residents by gas drilling would outweigh the practice’s economic, environmental, health and social costs.  Read more