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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Paul Brown: Visiting virtual New Paltz

Paul Brown: Visiting virtual New Paltz

For those interested in our town’s local culture (something that I admit to being fascinated with), (and, yes, I am aware that I ended with a preposition!), visiting with those who like to communicate with one another on the Internet can be quite informative. Several Facebook group pages make up our cyber neighborhood, and some...
Paul Brown: Taxation by publication

Paul Brown: Taxation by publication

Here’s an idea. When you receive your next tax bill from the town, tell the tax collector that you think the assessment is too high and make a counter offer. What’s to lose? If the tax collector doesn’t agree, ask the town to consider the fact that your offer, meager as it is, is certainly...
Susan Slotnick: My secret regimen for staying in shape

Susan Slotnick: My secret regimen for staying in shape

“Whistle while you work!” — Snow White   For the past 19 years, I have resided for two weeks during each of those years at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs where I practice a form of mindfulness espoused by Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer, which appeals because it is simple. She doesn’t recommend meditation, mantras,...