If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.

  • 0

Lawsuits filed by upstate lawmakers and parents aimed at ending the statewide mask mandate for millions of students in New York schools don’t reflect well on a new governor trying to get a handle on a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 0

Earlier this summer, as the debate over a new nickname for Coxsackie-Athens sports teams roiled a community split between keeping “Indians” or dropping it and finding a name less offensive, C-A’s identity became a flashpoint.

  • 0

As forms of government go, democracy enjoys an excellent reputation. Especially in the countries that have it. Short of having a superman running things, or an all-knowing computer program, the democratic principle is intellectually satisfying. How to do the fairest for large numbers of people?

  • 0

E.M. Forster, the famed novelist, wrote this passage in “A Room with a View”: “The situation was so glorious, the house so commonplace ... and yet the house ... was the home of people who loved their surroundings. ...”

  • 0

A federal court Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order against Gov. Kathy Hochul’s vaccine mandate for the state’s health care workers. There it is: Less than a month in office, the new governor faces a major challenge.

  • 0

Something we don’t talk about much in these parts is the phenomenon of rising sea levels. Out of sight, out of mind? Probably. But the recent torrential rains and flooding are calling attention to a slowly evolving crisis.

  • 0

My friend since sixth grade sent an email “To my friends of the left and right.” He attached a review by conservative writer Charles Murray entitled “Meritocracy’s Cost”, which analyses a new book by liberal Harvard professor, Michael Sandel, “The Tyranny of Merit”. Murray’s essay ends, “If …

  • 0

Saturday will mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States that killed 2,977 innocent people in New York City, Arlington, Va., and Shanksville, Pa. One of the victims lived in Windham and was aboard the ill-fated Flight 93. He took part in the …

  • 0

All the pressure good-government groups can apply to state lawmakers over the Open Meetings Law can’t reverse the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic is still a clear and present danger. The delta variant has made the coronavirus more contagious and therefore more dangerous.

  • 0

As the Hudson Valley grapples with the spread of COVID-19, I have heard from countless New Yorkers concerned with the health and safety of their parents and grandparents. Across our communities, families have struggled to find home care workers so their aging loved ones could remain safe and…

  • 0

The tribute to 13 U.S. service members who died in the Kabul airport suicide bombings reminds one of the riderless horse symbolic of a hero’s absence.

  • 0

Gov. Kathy Hochul wants state health officials to establish COVID-19 testing requirements for unvaccinated school teachers and expand vaccine requirements for health staff. These proposals come with a significant caveat: Hochul wants localities to set their own policies with minimal advice f…

  • 0

One gem that stood out in a report released Monday by the Columbia Economic Development Corporation and MC Fiber Services identifying all the locations in Columbia County lacking broadband infrastructure was that consumer surveys don’t work.

  • 0

How does a man promise to provide his personal information, including his name, employment and income to a potential landlord, yet never respond to repeated requests to provide it, remain in the residence for at least 15 months and stiff the renters out of thousands of dollars without fear o…

  • 0

It should not come as a shock to anyone that we wear masks not only to protect ourselves from infection but also to protect other people gathering with us in indoor public spaces. If this is a surprise, we have not learned much from the last 18 months.

  • 0

After a long 12 months of partisan bickering over the range and depth of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s extraordinary emergency powers at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, it must have been galling for some lawmakers when Gov. Kathy Hochul said she is seeking to broaden her executive decision…

  • 0

In her inaugural address as the leader of New York state, Gov. Kathy Hochul spoke sternly and confidently about what she envisions for her administration. We hope Hochul can make good on her promises.

  • 0

Try as he might, Andrew M. Cuomo, now the former governor of New York, could not upstage the new governor, Kathy Hochul, with his stubborn vow to fight on against the attorney general’s report of his sexual misconduct and his tearful exit in the manner of an Italian opera from the stage he h…

  • Updated
  • 0

Theories about what area of upstate New York will lose representation in Congress are purely speculative, state officials continue to say, as time runs short to redraw maps with new elective districts.

  • 0

Theories about what area of upstate New York will lose representation in Congress are purely speculative, state officials continue to say, as time runs short to redraw maps with new elective districts.

  • 0

An unidentified Greene County woman who lied to officials about her COVID-19 vaccine status so she could get a third shot to elevate her immunity was ahead of her time by about a day or two.

  • 0

An unidentified Greene County woman who lied to officials about her COVID-19 vaccine status so she could get a third shot to elevate her immunity was ahead of her time by about a day or two.

  • 0

The biggest news in the population declines in Greene and Columbia counties was how modest they were. Disturbing as it may be, it was inevitable given the disappearance of retail, business closings, the roller coaster rides of unemployment and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 1

If you aren’t yelling STOP IT ALREADY! at the headlines surrounding the collapse of the Afghan government, then you haven’t been paying attention, not to the grim news out of Afghanistan but to the last 76 years of American war policy. That’s every American war since the end of World War II.

  • 0

One conjures up images from movie comedies showing a doctor and his tough-guy patient and the doctor says, “Oh, c’mon. Don’t tell me you’re afraid of a little needle.” But it’s no laughing matter now that all New York health care workers, including hospital and long-term care facility staff,…

  • 0

One conjures up images from movie comedies showing a doctor and his tough-guy patient and the doctor says, “Oh, c’mon. Don’t tell me you’re afraid of a little needle.” But it’s no laughing matter now that all New York health care workers, including hospital and long-term care facility staff,…

  • 0

A mask mandate went into effect last week at the Greene County Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Social Services in an attempt to stem the resurgence of COVID-19. Employees and members of the public are required to wear face coverings.

  • 0

A mask mandate went into effect last week at the Greene County Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Social Services in an attempt to stem the resurgence of COVID-19. Employees and members of the public are required to wear face coverings.

  • 0

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who stands to become the first woman in New York history to ascend to lead the state, said Wednesday she is ready to take the state’s highest office and vowed to run a transparent and inclusive administration.

  • Updated
  • 0

You could almost hear a sigh of relief reverberating around the walls of the state Capitol on Tuesday when Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned in the wake of the state attorney general’s damning report he sexually harassed at least 11 women and fostered a toxic culture in the Executive Chamber. The A…

  • 0

If irony were legal tender, New York would have the richest treasury in the nation. It took the Cuomo sexual harassment scandal — a gut punch to the state’s proud history — to bring Democrats and Republicans together in one voice.

  • 0

For the women who came forward to accuse Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment and other forms of inappropriate conduct, the report by independent investigators released Tuesday by state Attorney General Letitia James substantiating their stories with corroborating evidence was no doubt wel…

  • 0

Tired of hearing elected officials from federal to municipal talk about the lack of broadband access in rural areas and doing nothing about it? Yes, we are too, but the latest meeting organized by U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado had a new and welcome dimension: Immediacy.

  • 0

New York doctors, health care workers, first responders, emergency medical technicians, teachers, restaurant workers and thousands of others risked their well-being to protect us from COVID in 2020. We must make sure their sacrifices were not in vain.

  • 1

It’s dismissive to think just because a young adult attends college, the student has no problem getting three square meals a day and has the money to buy all sorts of food in grocery stores, at restaurants and in campus dining halls.

  • Updated
  • 0

Hudson needs a new City Hall. The answer is the former Hudson Library, presently owned by the Galvan Foundation which sits vacant at one end of Fourth Street. Like bookends, the Columbia County Courthouse sits at the other end of Fourth Street. These magnificent structures, which have been a…