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Reflections on 2013 and some wishes for the year ahead

Reviewing a year’s worth of editorials this week provided opportunity to reflect on some of the issues we at The River Reporter thought were important enough to take a position on and to share with our readers for their own consideration in 2013.  Read more

Poverty wages

Recently, more than 100 U.S. cities have seen protests by fast food workers demanding a living wage. They are among the poorest paid workers in the country. Almost 60% of U.S. minimum-wage workers are in food service or sales. Farm workers and homecare aides also join the ranks of the lowest paid.  Read more

Threatening endangered species

Here in the Upper Delaware River Valley, living close to nature, we realize its great value to our lives; we understand the importance of preserving our pristine rivers and streams, our healthy forests and nature’s critical diversity of species. In the language of science, we value our region’s amazing biodiversity and the essential ecosystems on which the river valley’s species depend.  Read more

Libraries: too important to fail

Two libraries in Wayne County, PA, those in Hawley and Newfoundland, are in a pickle. Forty-six percent of their active users are residents of Pike County. Yet, the two libraries in question are largely left to carry the funding burden themselves.  Read more

Good governance

Good local governance requires an implicit partnership between elected officials and citizens with each party doing its part to make and implement good decisions for their community. The term social contract comes to mind—an agreement between the governed and the government defining and limiting the rights and duties of each.  Read more

The spirit of giving

The stock market has been seeing a string of trading days recently that have been setting all-time highs on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the news headlines are declaring this a signal for a season of strong holiday sales. For millions of Americans, however, the recovery from the Great Recession has been incomplete. Incomes remain more than 8% below pre-recession levels. The lingering weakness of the economy has left more than 47 million people (15% of the nation’s population) in poverty. At the same time, governments are rolling back benefits (more than 47 million Americans recently saw their food stamps benefits cut), while private and non-profit social-service groups continue under strain from years of a bad economy.  Read more

The dream of peace

November 11, Veterans Day, and we at The River Reporter are thinking not only about the brave veterans we honor on this day for their service, sacrifice, and commitment, we are thinking not only those who have died in war, but we are thinking, too, about peace and the world’s urgent need for it.  Read more

Change

We at The River Reporter are proud of our record as a thoughtful and professional community newspaper. We strive to uphold the highest standards of journalism in our local news coverage and are pleased to have won several awards over the years. We consider our community and organizational news to be an essential part of our support for the many towns and villages in the Upper Delaware River Valley. We work hard to be your go-to source for information about educational, cultural, leisure and entertainment activities. We don’t want these things to change.  Read more

Seeking civility

In last week’s op-ed section of The River Reporter, Edward Kraus offered his opinion in a My View essay called “Our town, your town, whose town?” in which he suggested that “The air of division that is felt here [in the Town of Tusten] needs to end. Narrowsburg is too small to be fighting and bickering all the time. We need to get past it and move on for the good of all of us….”  Read more

A vision for our watershed

Those of us who live and work in the Upper Delaware River Valley, or those who visit here, know and treasure the great natural beauty that surrounds us. What is often underappreciated, however, is that those very same natural assets contribute to running an immense economic engine in the Delaware River Basin that drives many industries—outdoor recreation; fishing and hunting; forestry; agriculture; and commercial navigation and ports far downstream from us. Amazingly the river also provides 5% of the drinking water in the U.S.  Read more