Opinion
Paul Brown: What is the New Paltz ‘brand’?

Paul Brown: What is the New Paltz ‘brand’?

When we hear the names or see the logos of companies such as Apple, L.L. Bean and Hershey and consider their brand, we are likely to think of the Merriam Webster definition of “: a class of goods identified as being the product of a single firm or manufacturer.” Were we to seek a more...
Susan Slotnick: Two sides to every story

Susan Slotnick: Two sides to every story

My brother died three years ago. He did not live to see marriage equality prevail, ending triumphantly in last week’s Supreme Court’s historic ruling allowing homosexuals to marry in all 50 states. He was against gay marriage on the grounds that “marriage should be between a man and a woman.” His sexual orientation was never...
Paul Brown – Seeing double

Paul Brown – Seeing double

Holding up a plate I had just washed and eyeing the ketchup along the edge, my wife sighed and said, “You really do need to get your eyes checked.” She had been saying this more frequently over the past several months but, as I am wont to do whenever she brings up anything even remotely...
Mark Sherman – Has Caitlyn released us all?

Mark Sherman – Has Caitlyn released us all?

Having taught at a college for more than 25 years, I am very aware of political correctness, and hence I know that to say anything humorous inspired by the recent transitioning of the male Bruce Jenner to the female Caitlyn Jenner is taking a big risk. So I will say right up front that I...
Sarah Slotnick: Facing Tsarnaev

Sarah Slotnick: Facing Tsarnaev

Disclaimer from the writer: Identifying details such as descriptions, events, places, times and incidents have been changed to protect the privacy of some individuals. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.   Today marks the day Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returns to court for the penalty phase of his trial. This is what...
Paul Brown: Accent on the positive

Paul Brown: Accent on the positive

“Protein Partners” is how I like to describe the seven restaurants in New Paltz that have each been generously donating ten pounds of protein to the Family of New Paltz food pantry every month for the past two years. It all began in early 2013 when a group of New Paltz High School students, enrolled...
Mark Sherman: Finding something to like

Mark Sherman: Finding something to like

A friend of mine says that he is completely honest virtually all of the time — and, of course, I wonder if he is telling me the truth when he says this — except for one situation. He says, “You go to someone’s home for dinner, and you know they worked very hard at making...
Mark Sherman: Ladies and gentlemen

Mark Sherman: Ladies and gentlemen

Once upon a time (you looked so fine, threw the bums a dime, etc.) — I’m sorry, but every time I hear or say “Once upon a time,” I can’t help but think of Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” — we didn’t have to worry about every word we said. For example, words like “lady”...
Paul Brown: Everything you always wanted to know about assessments, real estate taxes and more

Paul Brown: Everything you always wanted to know about assessments, real estate taxes and more

Ever wonder what the assessment is on that big house down the road and what the owners pay in taxes? Nah, me neither. How about that in-ground pool you get a glimpse of from the road? Curious about how much that adds to the assessment? Nope, me neither. Well, good for us, since satisfying that...
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...