Opinion
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...
Wedding vows for modern times

Wedding vows for modern times

Have you been to any weddings lately and listened to the vows? Naturally, as you’d expect, things have changed and they have come a long way from what the bride and groom used to pledge. For example, back in the Pleistocene the groom promised to “love, honor, and cherish,” while the bride vowed to “love,...
Something is rotten

Something is rotten

As I met one evening last week with a group of neighbors negatively impacted by the water drilling and exploration project being conducted at a quarry at 101 Plains Road, I felt compassion at the situation in which they find themselves. I could see the fear, worry and anxiety in their faces as they sat...
Paul Brown: Ebola and UCIDA have something in common

Paul Brown: Ebola and UCIDA have something in common

They both can bleed you dry. The Ebola virus first appeared in 1976 when a more benign infection mutated into the deadly form of the virus that the medical community is faced with today. Ebola attacks the vital organs and causes internal and external bleeding, resulting in death in more than 50% of cases. The...
A day’s work: Kelly Antonelli

A day’s work: Kelly Antonelli

Kelly Antonelli is good at providing options. Viable ones. She’s been doing it for close to 30 years at various positions within Ulster County’s umbrella social services programs, both public and private. Ever since becoming a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) after receiving her master’s degree (MSW — master of social work) from SUNY Albany,...
A Day's Work: Matt Gallucci

A Day’s Work: Matt Gallucci

On the face of it, Matt Gallucci has one of the village’s least desirable jobs — he’s the New Paltz parking enforcement officer. You know, the meter man, the guy who writes tickets if you’ve overstayed your welcome (or time) at any particular meter in his jurisdiction; the guy you may want to argue with...