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Last week, you asked the other legislators why your wife’s rights weren’t considered after she fell multiple times and contracted COVID-19. It’s a fair question, but what I … more
A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll showed that half of Black Americans will not take a COVID-19 vaccine. Even some Black doctors and health care workers have refused the vaccine, citing safety … more
It must have been a winter resident of upstate New York who set Valentine’s Day in mid-February, because this is the time of year when we really need a lover to wrap our arms and legs around, … more
In accordance with the Sullivan County Hotel and Motel Occupancy Tax Law, the county retains 15 percent of the revenues resulting from the imposition of the “room tax” to defer the … more
I write to you on this bitter January day, wherein such bitterness is not the day’s, but my own. You see, what should be a cold winter morning is instead a fraught (not frosted) warm-weather … more
I happen to be in Washington, D.C. this week on personal business not at all related to politics or a desire to witness the anticipated violence and riots. We happen to be staying in Northeast … more
It was shocking to watch the insurrection unfold at the U.S. Capitol. Fascists and white supremacists came to our Capitol with weapons, bombs and a goal of intimidation and harm in an effort to … more
The New York State Office of Mental Health should be ashamed of the treatment frontline nurses are receiving at the Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Forensic Facility in New Hampton, NY. Seventy nurses care … more
We’ve all just experienced some of the most distressing and disturbing nine months we’ve ever lived, and in spite of good news about vaccines, there is no tangible end in sight. … more
I had a friend who once said, “I don’t know nothing and I’m glad, because it means I can’t be wrong.” I know something, and I’m not wrong. I know that the virus … more
I remember Pete & Kathy’s Luncheonette. The building is still there on Route 52, almost at the corner of 116 in Lake Huntington, NY. The paint is still that deep—beautiful barnyard … more
According to many historical sources, Chanukah represents the first battle for religious freedom after the Syrian Greeks tried to deny the small second Judean commonwealth its rights to practice and … more
Our Grand Old Republic is undergoing its greatest stress test since the Civil War. Thankfully, the 45th worst president (45 of 45) was successfully terminated by a majority of citizens in a … more
This is a great time to appreciate what we once had and what we still have. We all know the holidays will be different this year, and because we can’t re-create the past without a time machine, … more
So, I’ve been thinking. (Cue the horrified cries.) Looks like we have a Democratic president, a Democratic House and a Republican Senate. What’s going to get signed into law? Nothing, … more
I recently turned 66 years old and I am starting over. That feels like an opening gambit to a discussion of golf, travel or the hours to be spent with brushes and oils, but that’s not where … more
For many small business owners, their workforce often naturally reflects their own cultures and experiences rather than that of their communities. However, bringing together people of various … more
No matter what happens in life, you will always have your voice. It’s always there, even if you’re sleeping. Sometimes it whispers to your body, telling it to heal from the day. Sometimes … more
For better or worse, the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the devastating impact health inequities have on people of color, especially members of the Black and Hispanic/Latino communities. Mentions of … more
There is nothing wrong with philanthropy. Charities exist to advance the common good. While not all charities achieve their mission, many do, and many meet their annual goals. We donate to these … more
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