Opinion
Mark Sherman: Am I not what I appear to be?

Mark Sherman: Am I not what I appear to be?

“I’m not what I appear to be.” – The Beatles, “I’m a Loser” (1964)   It does get harder to get new ideas when you’ve been writing a humor column for more than 30 years, so I do what everyone does: I check in on the Internet to see if it brings anything to mind....
Paul Brown: Listen, do you want to know a secret?

Paul Brown: Listen, do you want to know a secret?

While sorting through the Town of New Paltz invoices for 2013, I came across one from David Clouser & Associates in the amount of $1,085.30 for ‘professional engineering’ services (No. 102696, dated October 2). As I read the description of the services provided on July 22, 2013, the familiar 1962 Beatles song title sprang to...
Mark Sherman: What can I do?

Mark Sherman: What can I do?

As usual at this time of year, I take a break from humor and talk about serious matters. As you might imagine, most of my talk and thoughts during a typical day is indeed about serious stuff. There is a lot to be serious (and, to be honest, quite distressed) about. But as a husband,...
Susan Slotnick: Where is the love?

Susan Slotnick: Where is the love?

In 1978 I was riding with my girlfriend down Route 9 on the way back from Marshall’s in Poughkeepsie. We were chatting enthusiastically about the bargains accrued when a white policeman pulled us over. “Why are you stopping me?” I asked. His reply, “You were so busy talking to your boyfriend here. You weren’t paying...
Mark Sherman: Too close for comfort

Mark Sherman: Too close for comfort

Many years ago, when e-mail began replacing genuine human contact even between close friends, I received one from a friend who lived some 260 miles away, in which, among other things, he mentioned a woman he’d met — professionally — who was quite attractive. He followed this up with sending me an article containing her...
Paul Brown: Signs of the times

Paul Brown: Signs of the times

As I drove home last week along Route 299, I wondered about the effectiveness of the large numbers of political campaign signs lining the sides of the road. I also thought about the motivation behind the candidates’ decision to display them and what they thought they achieved. Did they believe that the signs influenced voter...
Mark Sherman: She was an American Girl

Mark Sherman: She was an American Girl

As the father of three sons and grandfather of four grandsons, and with no sisters or nieces, I am in the sad position of having never watched a girl grow up. And so I have been deprived of the fun of watching my child or grandchild play with what is a staple for girls: dolls....
Brandon Missig: Elect people, not corporations

Brandon Missig: Elect people, not corporations

Campaign financing in America is a really fun game for corporations. The legislation surrounding the issue implicitly extends the right for corporations and interest groups to advertise on issues without any restrictions. Donor disclosure becomes a grey area as corporations send their money to interests groups created to support their cause, which then scrub the...
Hugh Reynolds: Election roundup

Hugh Reynolds: Election roundup

The barnburner campaign I had hoped for in the 103rd Ulster-Dutchess Assembly district, Kevin Cahill versus Kevin Roberts, has been something of a fizzle. It seemed as though all the elements were in place, Cahill as villain, Roberts as accuser. Cahill set the stage last year, said his detractors, by holding up sales-tax extension for...
Paul Brown: Comptroller’s report…enough to frost your pumpkin

Paul Brown: Comptroller’s report…enough to frost your pumpkin

Ulster County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach has done us all a favor by overseeing the publication of a concise, comprehensive report titled “A Study of the Impact and Best Practices for Industrial Development Agencies.” The October 7, 2014 report highlights the true cost of job creation and retention in our county with regard to the projects...
Paul Brown: Collectible and suitable for framing

Paul Brown: Collectible and suitable for framing

When I walked into Starbucks last week to meet a friend, I was delighted to see a woman poring over the first annual edition of the Explore New Paltz map published by the founder and former owner of PDQ Printing, Craig Shankles. Delighted because I had recently interviewed Craig about his publication and was planning...
Mark Sherman: Door dilemmas

Mark Sherman: Door dilemmas

“Be an opener of doors” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)   We hear all the time about how civility is going down the tubes, but I wonder. Of course, if someone were to stop me in the street or call me because they were doing a survey on the topic, I’d tell them where they...