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I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions. Dieting and exercising more—two of the most common resolutions every year—are not for me, commendable as they may be. Sure, I … more
Energy-efficiency programs, as we know them today, have been seen as part of the solution toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The energy savings have been translated into financial savings for … more
January 16 to 22 more
Seeking conscientious local government It has been my sad experience that local government tends to resist self-examination. Your problem with the administration of [municipal] law or code … more
The 2018 Farm Bill that was passed by Congress and signed by the president removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, if the hemp in question contains 0.3 percent or less of … more
As one of its last and perhaps most irrational deregulatory actions of 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy announced last month that it would not proceed with implementation of efficiency standards … more
Everything I know about celebrating the holidays came from my gay stepfather. At Easter, he showed us how to blow eggs and marbleize them, while other kids used wax crayons and fizzy Easter egg dye. … more
The holiday season brings its own share of joy and some tribulation, kind of a mixed bag. Families will be traveling near and far to visit friends and relatives. In a country with such high rates of … more
As we prepare to celebrate another holiday, minds wander toward the ghosts of Christmas past. I can’t help but remember a time before Sullivan County became home. My sister Valerie is home … more
Now that the holidays are over and another year draws to a close, it’s time to start thinking about changes we want to make in the next year. Whether we view the beginning of a new year as a … more
They had to be dragged into it kicking and screaming, but Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats finally got around to giving America a nice holiday present by starting impeachment proceedings against … more
I have never been much for decorating; clutter seems to be my main interior design. At Christmas, we have a tree, of course. We have a wreath on the door. But no lights strung up along the outside … more
‘I am humbled by your support.’ Thank you for providing me with the privilege to once again serve you as your Sullivan County legislator for the next four years. I am humbled by your … more
From the hilltop of Thanksgiving we toboggan through the wintry finale of the year—Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s. It’s an exhilarating journey for some, but for others it can … more
December 12 to 18 more
Our small-business owners are the lifeblood of our community. At a time when monster malls are sitting empty and Amazon is gobbling the world’s retail economy, they are the ones we go to every … more
Life goes on.  After a long absence, June was back on the 5:10 a.m. from Port Jervis to the city. We regulars asked where her husband Pat was. June’s face was twisted as she spoke the … more
I know you have been contemplating issuing an executive order on gun control in the state, so I am writing this to urge you to actually take immediate action on this urgent matter. I am sure you are … more
Fall is a time to gather perspective after the relaxed days of summer. We recommit ourselves to work. Kids go back to school. We put snow tires on the car in anticipation of the ice and snow soon to … more
Congratulations, America! We’ve made it through yet another election season. I hope that everyone found something in the recent results to be happy about, whether locally or nationally. I … more
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