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August 21, 2014
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editorial

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

The art of the deal

A funny thing happened on the way to placing Proposition 1 on the ballot in New York State in the upcoming general election. Proposition 1 is the proposal to amend the state’s constitution to allow casino-style gaming.  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

If you build it, they will come; Infrastructure for a local farm/food system

Last week’s ground breaking in Liberty, NY for a red-meat processing facility is an important step forward for the economic development of agriculture in Sullivan County and a contribution toward building a more sustainable local food system.  Read more

Preparing for climate change; Reducing our region’s carbon footprint

This Friday the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will issue a formal statement based on its latest scientific assessment of climate change. Information about the report has been reported on since the end of September. The report, the first in six years, asserts that scientists are “more than 95% certain” that climate change is real, largely caused by human activities, and poses a grave global threat.  Read more