Opinion
Marena Mitchell: Small town proposals

Marena Mitchell: Small town proposals

This week I was presented with a suggestion for my column, one I chose to accept. Using last week as a jumping off point, my task was to figure out what it is that residents of New Paltz would like to see in our town. Now, I’m no journalist. I have little to no desire...
Marena Mitchell: Exercise in free writing

Marena Mitchell: Exercise in free writing

This week has left me kind of stumped as far as writing material, so let’s see where this ends up. My free time has been dedicated mostly to catching up on episodes of Long Island Medium, a Joe Pesci movie marathon, and a weekend spent in rural New Jersey sleeping on a hardwood floor with...
Marena Mitchell: Getting noticed

Marena Mitchell: Getting noticed

Over the past week or so I have been hearing a lot about my own column. Mostly from people I already know, but also from random strangers reaching out to me either through the Internet or by recognizing and approaching me in person. Everyone has had positive things to say so far. I’d just like...
Marena Mitchell: Online dating for the cold-hearted

Marena Mitchell: Online dating for the cold-hearted

The Internet has changed our lives in numerous ways — let’s talk about online dating. Before I launch into my typical cynicism, I’ll start by saying that a majority of my family members have met their significant others because of some online platform. I also have a number of friends who fell madly in love...
Mark Sherman: Hail, hail rock and roll

Mark Sherman: Hail, hail rock and roll

“For most of American history, parents could expect that their children would, on average, be much better educated than they were. But that is no longer true. This development has serious consequences for the economy.” – “The Great Stagnation of American Education” by Robert J. Gordon, New York Times Sunday Review, Sept. 8, 2013  ...
Accent on New Paltz: What have we learned about Wilmorite recently?

Accent on New Paltz: What have we learned about Wilmorite recently?

The New Paltz Town Board granted time requested by Wilmorite, Inc. on its Feb. 27, 2014 agenda, as was reported on in detail in this paper last week. There is a good deal to be learned from what happened at that meeting and the subsequent interchange of letters between New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet...
Small talk by Marena Mitchell

Small talk by Marena Mitchell

Today I went to the mall with my friend and when I asked her to help me think of something to write about, she didn’t really have an answer for me. All I can seem to think about is how much this weather is still killing me, how more snow is coming and how I’m...
Accent on New Paltz: Flawed leadership

Accent on New Paltz: Flawed leadership

I attended the February 10 meeting of the Government Efficiency Committee with high hopes that, after wasting over two years trying to justify the creation of a coterminous government for the town and village of New Paltz, this committee would push the reset button and get back to the business of identifying and recommending specific...
Transhumanism and gray goo

Transhumanism and gray goo

You know, I always like to think about things that put day-to-day life in perspective, and with the 275 inches of snow we’ve had this winter I couldn’t have come up with something better than reading about transhumanism and gray goo. Transhumanism can be defined as “the belief or theory that the human race can evolve...
Accent on New Paltz: Flawed logic

Accent on New Paltz: Flawed logic

SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian displayed a disappointing lapse in logic last week when he attempted to link a slight drop in student enrollment with the lack of housing on campus. As reported by the campus newspaper, The Oracle, Christian linked lower spring 2014 enrollment numbers in part to what he described as a...
Mohonk Mountain House: A love story

Mohonk Mountain House: A love story

Travel worn and exhausted, we pulled into the capital of Iran at 11 a.m. on March 4, 1970. All across North Africa, southern Europe and overland from Istanbul to Teheran, I was not homesick. As our bus pulled into the city, I looked up to see a mountain the same size and distance Mohonk is...
Long Dock Park: Remembering Pete

Long Dock Park: Remembering Pete

Like many in my generation I learned about folk music from Pete Seeger. He taught us to sing in concert halls and auditoriums, but more often in the open air, at our rallies and protest marches. Crowds at protests in Central Park during the Vietnam years sometimes numbered in the hundreds of thousands of people....