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December 2014

The space ship

One of the nice things about riding the train is the diversity of people you meet as you travel. The Upper Delaware is a resort destination and the weekend home to many who come from the city for an escape. We are still home to many of the traditional ethnic diversities that made the Borsht Belt famous in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Over the decades, new ethnic groups have added their particular flavor and flair to our area.  Read more

We get the government we deserve

Late Thursday night, Congress passed a $1.01 trillion spending package—less than 72 hours after the 1,603-page bill was released and less than three hours before government funding was set to expire. Could there have been a more fitting way to end the most dysfunctional and least productive session of Congress in our recent history?  Read more

Open letter to Cuomo

Dear Gov. Cuomo:

I’ve been a local journalist in and around Sullivan County for over 30 years. I’ve watched and reported on the county’s casino efforts—state constitutional amendments, Indian casinos and the rest throughout my career.

I remember trying to get a response about casinos from your dad when he spoke at the state press association convention (at the old Concord) in 1987. He out-foxed me, but that’s another story. The point is that it has been difficult to get an answer about Sullivan County’s problems from anybody in Albany for many years.  Read more

The meaning of Christmas

What is a holiday tree anyway? Should I say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays?”

Should I only sing holiday songs of the season that don’t mention God? Is Christmas just another holiday equal with Kwanza, Ramadan, Vesak and Festivus (from Seinfeld)? Is Jesus Christ the Son of God, fully God and fully man, part of the Trinity?  Read more

Thank you Chris Gibson?

In response to a suggestion that we thank Rep. Chris Gibson for his intention to introduce a resolution to “recognize the reality” of climate change, I have to say to the Congressman that he has not been putting his votes where his mouth is on this issue. He recently voted for instant approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, a climate-damaging project if ever there was one. James Hanson said that if this project is built it is “game over” for the future of humanity. Congressman Gibson also says he supports only safe, clean fracking.  Read more

With community, anything is possible

I remember when I first heard about fracking. I’m sure you do, too. It was many years ago, I’m not sure of the exact date, when I was at a fundraiser for Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and a guy named Josh Fox was there to show clips from his upcoming documentary “Gasland.”  Read more

Honesdale meeting

HONESDALE, PA — The Honesdale Borough Council raced through the 45- minute public portion of its December 8 meeting, as if anxious to get down and dirty in the executive session that followed. It was there that Police Chief Rick Southerton and the council planned to hammer out temporary police duty schedules that fall within the borough’s end-of-year budgetary constraints.  Read more

Damascus braces for winter

DAMASCUS, PA — Barely had those assembled for the December 15 meeting of the Damascus board of supervisors finished reciting the Pledge of Allegiance than Chairman Jeff Dexter was extending the board’s wishes for safe and happy holidays and adjourning the meeting.  Read more

Tusten considers cost of deck

NARROWSBURG, NY — It was recently brought to the attention of the Town of Tusten that the deck on Main Street in Narrowsburg will need to be replaced. In August, the Tusten Town Board agreed that it would be their responsibility to replace the deck. At the September meeting, the Narrowsburg Beautification Group contributed its Golden Feather Award of $25,000 toward the rebuilding of the deck, and the $106,000 grant from the state for the Waterfront Revitalization Project will go to the deck. In November, it was announced that the cost would be around $300,000. Now, at the December Town Board meeting, the board discussed the cost, saying it is too high.  Read more