In a season of generosity and placing others above ourselves, an unnamed person this week gave the gift of life. A good Samaritan found a puppy hobbled by a broken leg and called authorities who brought the injured animal to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society. Read more

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The crooning of a saxophone in the streets of Hudson could be heard as mothers, fathers and their children weaved in and out of the little shops and restaurants Saturday. It was Winter Walk 2019, and the sax, played by Santa Claus (who else?) got visitors in the right mood.

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Louise McRoberts of Windham is a World War II veteran. Life changed for McRoberts and the nation after the events of Dec. 7, 1941. Japan’s sneak attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, resulted in the deaths of 2,403 Americans, 68 of whom were civilians. The surprise strike by the …

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Holding a lantern festival in Greene County is a stellar idea, but the Friar Tuck Inn in Kiskatom, as it stands, is not the place to have it.

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A nationwide survey recently found the New York State Police are one of the few large-scale city and state police agencies across the U.S. that do not use body-worn cameras. Now, the legitimate question must be asked: Should the state contribute funding for body cameras?

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In a recent statement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asserted that counting every New Yorker in the 2020 Census is critical to ensuring we are accurately represented in Congress and receive the federal funding we deserve.

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Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30 this year, is a day to support the little guys. They are the merchants who own and operate the modest shops along Main Street in almost every town in America and especially here in the Twin Counties.

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Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. In this age of anxiety and alienation, rudeness and senseless violence, Thanksgiving offers a warm embrace, a feeling of serenity in the company of family and friends. Thanksgiving, unceremoniously set on the calendar between Halloween (not a true holiday but cl…

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Greene County lawmakers are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to veto the Preserving Family Bonds Act, which will allow parents whose parental rights have been terminated due to proven abuse, permanent neglect or abandonment of their children to obtain court-ordered visitation or other contact with t…

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As you plan to take your children and your neighbors’ children trick-or-treating today, we want to offer an extensive list of Halloween safety tips to help you prepare to have a scary good time.

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As many area farms teeter on a precipice, farmers and other interested spectators are getting a look at how different elected officials are tackling this complex but elusive problem.

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“Affordable broadband access is critical for rural families, farms and businesses across the country,” U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, warned in a bipartisan letter to congressional leaders last week. “It allows small businesses to thrive, farmers to use precision agriculture technology, st…

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When a governing body doesn’t know what to do, it forms a committee. And when the governing body really doesn’t know what to do, it appoints a subcommittee.

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Robert Owen loved to draw and play the guitar. He loved the outdoors and spending time with his family. Robert Owen also put a human face on the area’s opioid crisis.

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If the Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, True Choicers, Your Voice Hearders and Working Families — to say nothing of the colossal voting blocs of police, firefighters, first responders and seniors — have their way, Tuesday will be the most democratic election ever held in the Twin Counties.

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Much as I like Thanksgiving (and I do like it), I find it an ironic celebration. In the mythology of our country, the Thanksgiving I learned about as a child in elementary school, the Pilgrims, newly arrived in the New World, shared a meal in 1621 with their neighbors, the Wampanoag Indians,…

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A bipartisan bill introduced in the House last week could give long struggling immigrant farm workers, including those in the dairy industry, access to work visas and green cards and complete another road to citizenship.

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We lose lives when products that are supposed to be safe turn out defective and deadly. When we lose infants who have barely tasted life to defective or unsuitable products, the grief is multiplied many times.

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The first grades are in on the 2019 early-voting experiment in New York state and the average scores range from poor to passable in Greene and Columbia counties: Too much money and effort spent on too little return, too few new voters were enticed to come to the polls, a case of the staffing…

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What began six months ago at caucuses and conventions ended Tuesday with voters getting the final word. Election Day 2019 is over but the story isn’t, and it won’t be until all the results are signed, sealed and certified by the boards of elections in Greene and Columbia counties.

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Monday is Veterans Day, 24 hours set aside for the nation to salute and share stories about the servicemen and women who, with astonishing selflessness and courage, risk body and soul to protect an abstract philosophy called democracy.

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We know voting is not an exact science given the technological shifts from the old curtained voting booths with pull-down levers to relatively new card-reading computers. Until all the bugs are winnowed out of the system, there are bound to be gremlins.

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The Twin Counties are struggling with two problems that are frustratingly resistant to solutions. One is the seemingly bottomless supply of heroin and other opioids flowing into the area. The second is the surging number of fatal overdoses taking a horrible toll in the area.

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A serious question has been answered by a federal judge about President Donald Trump over access to his tax records. The question is simple: Is the President of the United States above the law? The answer is equally simple: No.

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When the question, “Who is the hardest-working congressman in Washington?” comes up, the answer very well might be U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, at least within the borders of his 19th District.

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Controversy over the Greener Pathways’ mountaintop mobile clinic led the organization to ramp up its education efforts about the service. It should not have come to this.

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Controversy over the Greener Pathways’ mountaintop mobile clinic led the organization to ramp up its education efforts about the service. It should not have come to this.

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When New York regulators blocked construction of the Williams Pipeline, a $1 billion natural gas conduit that would have run from Pennsylvania to New Jersey and New York, in May, National Grid imposed a moratorium on downstate areas, claiming that without the pipeline, they were not able to …

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Nevermind what the Greene County Legislature will do with a proposal to acquire the former Bank of Greene County building in Coxsackie that is now home to the temporary Greene County Sheriff’s Office. The asking price for the building is $400,000. Running to form, the Legislature, without mu…

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The Twin Counties are struggling with two problems that are frustratingly resistant to solutions. One is the seemingly bottomless supply of heroin and other opioids flowing into the area. The second is the surging number of fatal overdoses taking a horrible toll in the area.

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The Twin Counties are struggling with two problems that are frustratingly resistant to solutions. One is the seemingly bottomless supply of heroin and other opioids flowing into the area. The second is the surging number of fatal overdoses taking a horrible toll in the area.

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When it comes to adoption, we tend to think of poor, rejected babies from Asia or Russia and Eastern Europe — and the United States. But famous people are adopted, too, and some of the names might surprise you. President Bill Clinton, John Lennon, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, Jack Nicholson an…

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Maybe Chris Gibson could teach Congress a thing or two about leadership and getting things done. Gibson took himself out of the political arena about a year ago to fill a teaching post at Williams College in Massachusetts. Things have changed a lot in Washington. A whole lot.

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Joining a lawsuit with 10 other counties in the region accusing eight big pharmaceutical companies and four physicians of propagating the opioid epidemic with false advertising sounds like the correct prescription for Greene and Columbia counties.

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U.S. Senate Republicans are quietly tinkering with the framework of the American Health Care Act passed by the House of Representatives about two months ago. The silence is deafening… and ominous.

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Soldiers are called brothers-in-arms because of the sacrifices they are willing to make — up to and including their lives — for each other. Zach and Ben Swart, of Saugerties, are brothers prepared to make sacrifices in an entirely different type of war.

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“Fatherhood is not a matter of station or wealth,” said Ezra Taft Benson, secretary of agriculture for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. “It is a matter of desire, diligence and determination to see one’s family exalted in the celestial kingdom. If that prize is lost, nothing else really matters.”

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How many kinds of state lawmakers are there? Three. The kind that defends stipends, or lulus, as a just reward for extra jobs well done. The kind that fakes records to collect stipends for work they didn’t do. And the rarest species that refuses to accept stipends on principle.

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It’s rare to hear about a lawsuit involving a public official that doesn’t also involve the municipality the official represents. It’s rarer still to discover a private lawsuit that crosses over into the public sector.

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As Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told it to Congress, the goal is to cut to Title I funding for low-income districts and after-school programs. Title I is a grant program for schools with high percentages of students from low-income homes.

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Former FBI Director James Comey’s astonishing testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday blew President Donald Trump’s assertions out of the water and appeared to leave Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, so shaken he couldn’t sort out one investigation from another.

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Back in 1966, when Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm and Muriel Fox founded the National Organization for Women, the small activist group had no way of knowing their mission — women’s rights, feminism, passage of the Equal Rights Amendment — would be transformed five decades later by the spect…

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Ready or not, here comes Uber. Or Lyft. Or maybe the upstart Juno, if it launches successfully. In any case, ride-hailing (or ride-sharing) will be allowed to expand north of New York City to upstate New York, ushering in a new era of public transportation.

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Ready or not, here comes Uber. Or Lyft. Or maybe the upstart Juno, if it launches successfully. In any case, ride-hailing (or ride-sharing) will be allowed to expand north of New York City to upstate New York, ushering in a new era of public transportation.