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Wednesday, January 22, 2020



Try sports!

In today's world there's so much to do indoors -- browse the internet, social media, stream movies and TV shows instantaneously, etc. While that's great in some instances, it also makes it extremely difficult to leave your couch. And it seems kids are getting hooked on all this new tech earlier and more


What to say?

To the editor:
A few issues ago, a Democrat reader dared other readers to find and report five lies Donald Trump has uttered.
An alert and industrious reader replied (1-10-20) with five (5) researched and documented verifiable, provable, irrefutable, undeniable, substantive, oft-reported more

Inside Out

The truth about teenagers

This was our first encounter in a professional setting, aside from a few emails passed back and forth to set up the call.
So when the thank you came, I was befuddled.
We were nearing the end of a work call, one that started with social niceties about the upcoming holiday weekend before diving more


Why the Democrat Matters

Next week I have the great pleasure of going into my granddaughter Adeline's kindergarten class to talk about our family's tradition of journalism and newspaper publishing. These young students are growing up in the digital age of media and 24-hour news cycles. I am eager to share the important more

Long Ago

The love of friends

Some of the greatest gifts I have ever received are the friendships I share with family and friends. I have always tried to practice the motto “To have a friend, be a friend.”
It isn't difficult when you meet someone for the first time, to offer a smile and a firm handshake. And those simple more

The Way I See It

B.A.T.S. In Liberty

There has been a lot of news on the creation of a Veteran's home located at 15 Dixon Street Liberty, New York. This home was donated to the New Beginnings Community Worship Center of Liberty. The Congregation thought of what would be the best possible use for this generous donation made by the more

Sense of Direction

Lost, Found and Lost Again

In my last column I mentioned some bumps I was encountering appealing to food markets for donations for the Martin Luther King birthday commemoration on January 20. Instead of getting all the bumps smoothed out I hit some new wrinkles.
My fellow committee members have been a big help to me. My more

Here & There

Prosecutors Not Pleased With Bail Reform

New York State Attorney General Letitia James has become the latest voice to speak out against the recently enacted statewide bail reform laws.
Sandra Doorley, district attorney of Monroe County does not like New York's Bail Reform law which she calls one of the most dangerous growing trends and more

Guest Editorial

Light in the Darkness

It is very common for winter holidays to have lights involved in their celebrations. For Christmas, people decorate their trees and houses with lights. Kwanzaa involves a candle lighting ceremony. Las Posadas, celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala and parts of Southwestern US, involve candles inside a more


As I see it …

For the last several weeks, I have been writing articles primarily against Mr. Trump. It has gotten to a point that I will simply be saying the same thing again. It is interesting to note that the folks who write in do not respond to the fundamental questions that I have raised in regard to the more

Cooking in the Country

Some Good Advice

I get readers that message me about recipes they have tried or recipes they want me to try. Some emails are good, some bad, but I am thankful for everyone that reaches out because it pushes me to become a better home chef and writer.
Recently, I received an email from a woman who made the more

My Turn

Yes, Me Worry

The Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is a non- for- profit organization whose mission, in short, is to promote the growth and vitality of the Hudson Valley. This past October they released a report that focused on trends in the Mid-Hudson over the next ten years with Sullivan County (SC) being more

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