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Last week’s ultimate collapse and cancellation of Woodstock 50 is reminiscent of a long forgotten festival that was to take place in Sullivan County: the doomed Bach to Rock Festival. Months … more
I do not recall ever penning an article by first citing my credentials. Rather, I leave it to the words on the page to make that determination. But here, I make an exception given the gravity of the … more
 It was seemingly overnight that the coronavirus outbreak turned our lives upside down. Our main streets were shuttered, schools closed and everything around us came to a screeching halt. To … more
Labor Day has come and gone. I haven’t accomplished as much as I planned to this summer, but it gives me hope and ambition for next summer’s agenda. Days of grilling outside, listening to … more
“Pile up the wood stack high. Winter is ahead,” he says. Smoke climbs out of the chimney into the sky. As November rolls into New York, with wind and rain sounding outside, an inescapable … more
There is a conversation well underway about what the Catskills will look post-pandemic. Boom or bust? Some people believe that, as soon as the stay-at-home restrictions are eased or lifted, … more
No match for the Missouri, the Columbia, or Snake —the Delaware never stops for a single dam from sourceto sea, but on the way itwelcomes many creeks and brooks, the notorious Ten-Mile … more
The new bail reform package proposed by New York’s governor and recently passed by our state legislature is a threat to public safety and will make all of us less safe. Those who proposed these … more
The new discovery law in criminal cases mandating that the prosecution must reveal all of its evidence within 15 days of arraignment is yet another example of Albany being out of touch with reality, … more
A central prayer of the Jewish High Holy Day period invokes a plea to God that we not be cast off in old age or abandoned when our strength has abated. And the Bible in Leviticus 19 mandates that … more
The antecedents to today’s U.S. LGBT movement go back even further than the Stonewall Riots. In 1893, James Mills Peirce, brother of philosopher and pragmatist Charles Sanders Peirce, proposed … more
This Labor Day, there will be many people who don’t have the day off. Beginning in high school and through college, I worked part-time, sometimes full-time jobs, mostly at restaurants. I … more
An artful break: April 9 to 15, poetry from our readers more
Whether you’ve been meaning to attend your town or township’s monthly meetings but never get around to it, or have intentionally avoided them like the plague (or pandemic), now is the … more
The Passover Seder ritual is known for its myriad questions. It is an interactive experience modeled, according to some, after the Greek Symposium, highly Socratic. It is perhaps the ultimate … more
Our country is adrift with no rudder. You would hope that our leader would be the one guiding us through these rough waters, but as you can readily see, that is not happening. It is being left up to … more
People watching in the country is frightfully more diverting than its city counterpart. For in the Catskills, whilst we are exposed to new faces all the time, the old faces—the … more
Lack of access to high-speed internet is a common complaint in rural areas like ours. Long before COVID-19 was a threat to public health, New York families and businesses without high-speed internet … more
The issue of bail is nothing new and has been a legal issue since the beginning of our great country. After 40 years of experience in Sullivan County Court, I witnessed what the new law means to … more
I am a musician and have been on tour this winter. As I was driving back to my home from New Orleans two weeks ago, I started thinking about what I could do to be helpful during this COVID-19 … more
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