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On a cool but sunny December 13, 2022, scientists made the thrilling—if unexpected—announcement that true nuclear fusion, identical to that which produces the sun’s energy, had been … more
Recreational marijuana is legal in New York State, and there are massive 4/20 events and celebrations planned across the state.  It has become a big business in many states. As these … more
While the political right talks about curbing or even eliminating “entitlement” programs, the left describes the vital necessity of a “social safety net” for poor and … more
New York State’s long-term care system is in crisis because of continued underinvestment in the state’s nursing homes and an inability to contend with other industries’ competitive … more
Polio, measles and other once-dreaded diseases are again threatening large numbers of children in the United States, due in part to the viral spread of something that physicians cannot easily cure: … more
Opioid use disorder (OUD) has had a devastating impact in Sullivan County when you look at the number of lives we’ve lost, the families broken apart, and the financial burden placed on medical, … more
After receiving a pay price of $26.92 for their milk in June 2022, many dairy farmers thought that possibly the prices had really turned the corner. However, thousands of these same farmers also had … more
Great political leaders possess the unique ability to create dynamic legislation with members of the opposite party through compromise. This is rewarded when an idea successfully materializes into a … more
Democracy may be an increasingly rare creature in what is slowly becoming a worldwide jungle of authoritarian state rule.  Nearly without exception, despotic rulers around the world are … more
The following is an open letter to the Town of Tusten Planning Board. Dear Planning Board members:  I was pleased that I was able to attend your most recent planning board meeting on … more
Gov. Josh Shapiro delivered his first budget address [on March 7], proposing a $45.7 billion state spending plan for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. That would increase general fund spending by more than … more
The county leaders who represent New York’s local property taxpayers unanimously adopted a resolution during their annual legislative conference, calling on Gov. Hochul to continue sharing … more
When Kathleen Hochul became governor, she promised a “new era of transparency.” In her recent state of the state address, Gov. Hochul did not say one word about transparency. In the … more
Black History Month has drawn to a close, Black Studies having dominated headlines for the wrong reasons this month, so I thought I’d take time for the right ones. As you may know, my … more
Last Wednesday evening I, as well as many other town Republican committee members, attended the nominating convention of Sullivan County’s Republican Party. more
The mainstream press typically espouses and aspires to balanced and objective journalism. The fact that none of us has “God’s eye” and thus could never actually claim to know the exact and objective truth seemingly runs counter to any such professed goal. more
Yes, we were forewarned about the storm that “chilled” the Catskills earlier this month. No rain was expected. So we’d see nothing like what engulfed Buffalo in December. That ghostliness was not only from the icy, white shroud covering everything. There were also the deaths of citizens who ventured outside, or who simply couldn’t get back home.  more
Catskill Mountainkeeper and our allies, representing tens of thousands of New Yorkers, are calling on Gov. Hochul to end her administration’s plan to add additional lanes along 50 miles of New York Route 17. more
When we think of February, we think of all the lovely things associated with Valentine’s Day, like flowers, chocolates and romantic dinners. But we know all too well that too many people’s relationships bear little resemblance to a Hallmark movie—especially those relationships that are plagued by violence.  more
Happy Black History Month! Happy Valentine’s Day! And, what does this day have to do with this month? The answer is quite LOVE-ly. more
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