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October 09, 2015
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Of corn, genetic modification and the lowly honeybee

In the article “Gillibrand asks for expedited pesticide review” in our August 2 issue, Paul Towers is quoted as saying, “This is a reminder of the power and influence of pesticide corporations.” Towers represents one of the parties that had petitioned the EPA unsuccessfully to have the pesticide clothianidin banned due to its probable connection to Colony Collapse Disorder in honeybees.  Read more

Hypocrisy in milk pricing

Congress went on its August recess without taking action on the federal Farm Bill—a piece of omnibus legislation that comes around once every five years or so containing policies and programs in a variety of different agricultural areas—which expires on September 30. But for dairy farmers, whether and when the bill passes won’t make much difference anyway. For years they have pressed for a milk pricing system that is set to cover their costs of production.  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

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