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The little experiment that could

Some ideas presented at the last SkyDog Supper Club by architect and Pratt Institute adjunct associate professor Meta Brunzema provide an interesting framework within which to think about the possibilities for the Narrowsburg school property.  Read more

Thank you, Congressman Hinchey

The news we received two weeks ago that New York State Congressman Maurice Hinchey plans to retire at the end of his current term saddened us on two counts. It is, first, a loss for the 22nd District, which he represents. But second, and even more importantly, it is a loss for the nation.  Read more

The wrong approach to a worthwhile idea

On January 26, in one of its first actions, the new Sullivan County Legislature decided to issue requests for proposal (RFPs) for the county’s tourism promotion contract, which for some years has gone, without competition, to the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA).  Read more

The framework keeps shifting

An idea that would have been unthinkable four years ago has been gaining public traction. It is the idea that maybe hydrofracking for natural gas should be banned entirely—and not just in a single municipality, but in an entire state.  Read more

Sharing the forests

It seems like a no-brainer. If there’s a place where people can be expected to walk with their pets and children, you try to make sure that there are no hazards on or near the path that could cause them injury. It’s partly a matter of ordinary human kindness and partly a matter of self-interest. In New York City, for instance, if you don’t shovel and de-ice the sidewalk in front of a building you own, and somebody falls down and injures themselves, they can sue you. So you shovel the sidewalk.  Read more

It’s called ‘investment’

At the pleasantly amicable organizational meeting of the Tusten Town Board on January 3, we noted only one topic that foreshadowed potential conflict: the projected esplanade project. The project would involve building a boardwalk behind the buildings on Main Street, overlooking the river and connecting to the existing memorial park, which would also provide backdoor basement access to Main Street establishments.  Read more

What’s really at stake

Although we have written a number of editorials criticizing the Holbert Quarry expansion, that does not mean that we think the quarry should be shut down, or even prevented from expanding.  Read more

If you want something done right…

As we reviewed the events of 2011 to draw up a list of the things we think deserve celebration or condemnation, we couldn’t help but note a theme emerging: if you want something done right, do it yourself. Although there are exceptions to this rule, it seems that by and large most of the sources of inspiration over the past year could be found in our own backyard. This is a theme we’ve noted before in our year-end editorial, but it seems like this year it was more true than ever.  Read more

Is that all there is?

This week, we gave the editorial space to a reflection titled by Mother Joan LaLiberte of St. James Episcopal Church in Callicoon, NY. Click here to read it.

Living downstream

An interesting interchange at last month’s Project Review Committee meeting of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) started us thinking about the importance of connections. The subject matter was a draft letter to be sent from the UDC to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) regarding proposed natural gas drilling regulations. Some members argued that the letter, coming as it would from the UDC, should only refer to activities in the river corridor of the Scenic and Recreational River itself, not to anything that occurs elsewhere in the basin.  Read more