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One of democracy’s cornerstones is the right to free expression. One individual or group speaks or thinks a certain philosophy and another speaks or thinks differently. That right is among many — a basic human right — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for in the early 1960s and died for in 1968.

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The difference between a surge of COVID-19 cases and a crest of the same viral wave can be only a few miles.

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I am the despair of my thrifty wife. Each year I place huge orders for flower and vegetable seeds, orders based as much on dreams and aspirations as on actual need. I can see in my mind’s eye the way the garden could be, and order accordingly, ignoring the small internal voice that’s asking …

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Mary Palazzolo celebrated her birthday on Jan. 12 at her home with a lovely dinner cooked by husband Steve. A couple of friends joined Mary and Steve for dinner and had a very enjoyable time together. Kaitlyn Knapp has her birthday on Jan. 21. Happy birthday on Jan. 22 to Helen Kerr. Best wishes!

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Our first snow storm of the year. HooRay! I hope you had a way to plow yourself out. It seems that many I have spoken to got all set to plow and their tractor broke down. Judy’s David had bought a new snowblower in the fall, heated handles, the works, and was excited that he finally got to u…

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Winter weather conditions — colder temperatures, snow and ice and early darkness — can be challenging and stressful for the more than 11 million people caring for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Perhaps most frightening is a loved one with dementia who wanders out into freezi…

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“It was a busy year and a complicated year, and the weather didn’t make it any easier, but we got just about everything on the list done,” said Columbia County. Superintendent of Highways Tony DeMarco. “What was left over will be first up in 2022. I am happy with how the year went.”

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There are a few “tips” included in this blog that doubles as a gardening column. Jason is the nephew of my late friend, Larry, aka Lester, whom I often mentioned in these columns in previous years. Jason and his wife just welcomed a baby boy into this world and I suggested they plant a tree …

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They just don’t listen! All around me people that I know are retiring. They ask me how I like it, I tell them and they still retire. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t go back to the work-a-day world for anything. I couldn’t! I have no time to hold down a regular job anymore, I’m trying hard to …

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In the wake of the uncertainty the business community of Greene and Columbia counties went through in 2021 due to COVID-19 and its variants, small businesses offered a glimmer of hope that 2022 will be a year of recovery.

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If Gov. Kathy Hochul wants to continue to highlight transparency and more ethical governing as pillars of her administration, she ought to read the report released Tuesday by the New York Coalition for Open Government showing that a majority of New York county boards of elections fail to com…

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PRATTSVILLE — Our wishes are for your good health and safety. We send appreciation and gratitude to our medical professionals and EMTs and first responders for their response to our ongoing health crisis. All of you are in our prayers. Thank you for keeping us safe.

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Another week in January. I’m sitting here freezing, the wind is blowing, wind chill index is below zero, brrrr. January is the worst month to go through. You never know what to expect. I want to go get my booster shot, but I will wait until Thursday when it is “supposed” to be a little warmer.

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Betty Hapeman’s son, Gary Hapeman, of San Jose, California, has retired as a UPS driver after 34 years as a package driver. He was honored by many of his customers and in one of his delivery areas, he was greeted with balloons and a gathering of customers who expressed their appreciation and…

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This past week I was reading essays from the Thomas Cole National Historic Site’s exhibition catalog Picturesque and Sublime as part of some research on a short article I’m writing for future publication. Within the catalog was Sophie Lynford’s fascinating essay titled “Idyllic and Industria…

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Our school communities have entered our third calendar year of the pandemic. As 2022 begins, I want to thank our students, families, staff and others for their cooperation during this difficult and disruptive time. While 2021 brought us numerous challenges and changes, you demonstrated what …

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Gov. Kathy Hochul wants all New York health care workers to receive COVID-19 booster shots and a negative coronavirus test will be required for visitors to state nursing homes and adult-care facilities as part of the state’s latest efforts to slow virus transmission. All health care workers …

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Here’s some encouraging health news that’s been overshadowed, understandably, by the relentlessness of COVID-19 and its many variants. In 2020, only 2.3% of high school students in NYS smoked cigarettes, compared to 27.1% in the year 2000. That’s a 91% decrease over 20 years, and it has impo…

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In 2021, scandals of sexual misconduct, a coverup of nursing home deaths and favoritism among the inner circle brought down Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration in the most public way possible. It was there for all to see on their televisions and computers. You couldn’t avoid it.

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Contact tracer sounds like the rubric of a private detective in a science-fiction story. But these investigators are unique and undeniable facts of the pandemic world in which live.

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Somewhere between tyranny and mob rule lies a thin, still-to-be-investigated layer known as democracy. Not what we have. What we have is a style of democracy, bearing the same lack of resemblance to the real thing that other products marketed as style bear to the real product.

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On the November night in 2018 when Jack Keller was elected to one of four Catskill seats on the Greene County Legislature, he said he was pleased by the large turnout.

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Welcome 2022! I have decided, again, not to make resolutions, but to focus on getting things accomplished to the best of my abilities. I heard of a new plan that I might tackle this year. Instead of making a general list of “Things to do Today,” divide your day into blocks, and accomplish wh…

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PRATTSVILLE — Happy New Year. Our wishes are that you are, and remain, healthy and safe. Our health care workers are again being asked to give 150% and, as usual, they step forward and do what it takes to keep us healthy. Some of us have been up close and personal with the medical personnel …

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Schools in Greene and Columbia counties embark this week on a great social, health and educational experiment. The 12 school districts in both counties reopened Monday after the holiday recess and are distributing home COVID-19 test kits to 12,000 students. Daunting? You bet.