Opinion
Paul Brown: What did they know and when did they know it?

Paul Brown: What did they know and when did they know it?

Town of New Paltz Supervisor Susan Zimet has asserted on numerous occasions that ‘there is no plan’ for a sewer plant to be built on two parcels of land adjacent to New Paltz High School, one parcel owned by town councilman Kevin Barry and the second by a Limited Liability Company, of which Tim Copeland...
Mark Sherman: Enough with Trader Joe’s

Mark Sherman: Enough with Trader Joe’s

For the most part I’m good with living in the mid-Hudson Valley. It’s physically beautiful here and there are a lot of interesting people. There are a few things missing, though, and one of them is Trader Joe’s. But I really think I’d be okay with that if people who live right near Trader Joe’s...
Repairing New Paltz

Repairing New Paltz

How does one even begin to address the governmental fiasco being perpetrated on our community by a majority of the Town of New Paltz and Village of New Paltz elected officials? Reaction on the part of citizens to the recent behavior of these officials at public meetings ranges from disbelief to outrage. The officials are...
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...