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Mark Sherman: Why isn’t this a major feminist issue?

Mark Sherman: Why isn’t this a major feminist issue?

I have often wondered why feminism, which has dealt with so many important issues, seems to have largely ignored one — at least to my knowledge — that is perhaps the biggest. Ladies’ rooms. A woman could write about this much better than I could (and as a man, I know I’m entering dangerous ground...
Susan Slotnick: Guns and stuff

Susan Slotnick: Guns and stuff

Does the worst mass shooting, determined by numbers killed, make this one different, really? The other shootings — 23 mass shootings since Obama became president — are all equal, perpetrated by madmen. It’s not a numbers game, it’s just one more prong on the fork of America’s descent into madness. We are insane, allowing deranged...
A column by Susan Slotnick: The most dangerous man in the world

A column by Susan Slotnick: The most dangerous man in the world

I was helping a new friend with a problem — a matter of the heart. Her issue was full of drama, intrigue and I was finding both her and her situation very engaging, until we became Facebook “friends.” She is a supporter of Donald Trump, among other unacceptable beliefs. On her wall was a picture...
Paul Brown: New Paltz government needs competitive bidding now

Paul Brown: New Paltz government needs competitive bidding now

Last month, the New York State Authority Budget Office criticized the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency (UCIDA) for hiring auditors without using a competitive bidding process. UCIDA was cited in a report by the Budget Office as one of nine industrial development agencies (IDAs) in New York that did not use competitive bidding practices for...
Drug of choice: From then to now

Drug of choice: From then to now

In 1958, the drug of choice among teenagers was tobacco. In my “crowd,” all the boys smoked Lucky Strikes and all the girls smoked mentholated Kools. The girls — eyes outlined in heavy black — sauntered around in tight clothes, chewing a wad of gum, acting tough and flicking away the butt of cigarette after...
Susan Slotnick – Keeping up with the times

Susan Slotnick – Keeping up with the times

“Wow!” I thought. Me, a mediocre student who barely graduated with a 2.25 cumulative average, left back twice in the sixth and again in tenth grade, invited to speak at an Ivy League school! I was impressed! The subject I was to talk about was my modern dance program in a men’s prison. It’s a...
Susan Slotnick: What’s Up America?

Susan Slotnick: What’s Up America?

Red faced, angry, self-obsessed (you know who)! He refers to himself in the third person; a brand more than a human. He sells his name to appear popular and successful, a name I refuse to mention. How did he get to be the frontrunner for the GOP nomination? What’s the undying attraction when all over...
Accent on New Paltz: Wilmorite’s $73,000 debt a burden on New Paltz taxpayers

Accent on New Paltz: Wilmorite’s $73,000 debt a burden on New Paltz taxpayers

Town records show that the Wilmorite corporation owes $73,113.50 to the Town of New Paltz taxpayers for costs incurred during the review of its application to construct the Park Point rental housing project on lands owned by the SUNY New Paltz Foundation. While reviewing charges submitted to the town by independent consultants, I came across...
Mark Sherman: Don’t keep me waiting

Mark Sherman: Don’t keep me waiting

Although I’ve always been good with deadlines, I do have a problem with being late when I’m meeting someone. I am not proud of this, since I know how I feel when someone is late to meet me. But, hey, I’m a really busy guy, and even though I’m supposed to be joining someone in...
Accent on New Paltz: Bon voyage, Moustapha

Accent on New Paltz: Bon voyage, Moustapha

This month, long time New Paltz resident, master drummer and drum maker, dancer, teacher and occasional house painter Moustapha Diedhiou will depart from JFK airport on a seven-hour flight to Dakar, Africa. Over the next two days he will drive 235 miles south, passing through Gambia, in order to reach his home village of Brikamanding...
Mark Sherman: Conversation starters

Mark Sherman: Conversation starters

Do you have trouble starting conversations? If so, I’m here to offer solutions. But before I do, keep in mind that, as usual when it comes to difficulties and behaviors, you’re not the only one. Okay, if you are the kind of person who enjoys lying face down on your lawn with your nose buried...
My personal credo

My personal credo

You know, when you’ve been doing a humor column for as long as I have, coming up with new ideas is not as easy as it used to be. Actually, at my age, nothing is as easy as it used to be, except perhaps sitting in a chair. (Of course, getting up from the chair...