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In 2021, the New York State Senate voted to pass 11 pieces of legislation as part of a package to reform oversight and care at nursing homes in the wake of outrage over state COVID-19 policies and publishing public health data from congregate facilities. We applaud state Attorney General Let…

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Are you breathing a sigh of relief (if you’re a Democrat or maybe a non-MAGA Republican)? If you are a Maga Republican, are you looking at the sky, wondering if it’s about to fall on your head? Clearly, the much-vaunted or feared red wave did not happen. As others have noted, it was more of …

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For a long time, it’s been common knowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic kept people with mental health issues from making in-person visits to therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists for months and up to two years. Result: The number of suicides rose and substance use became a public healt…

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Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November to be “a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” quoting an item in The New York Times as it appears reprinted by the Tribune News Service.

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About 5.2 million older adults in the United States, including an estimated 7.6% of older adults in New York, were food insecure in 2020, according to Feeding America, a nonprofit organization that responds to the hunger crisis in America through a nationwide network of food banks for more t…

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There is something sensible and something disconcerting about the selection of Hudson as the site for New York State’s gun buyback program.

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The game-changing pledge from the U.S. at the UN climate conference to back a proposal to phase down all fossil fuels as long as it focuses on projects with unchecked emissions is a successful breakthrough. But the odds are long that the U.S. will cash in on its promise.

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If the new $2 million visitors center at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site is successful, it will mean a new cultural revenue source that will help Greene and Columbia counties.

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In flagging the Hunter-Tannersville Central School District, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli might have done HTC a big favor.

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Now that Veterans Day celebrations are behind us, this is a quiet time to talk about veterans beyond the annual saluting that takes place each year. It’s a safe bet that most people have not heard of The World Veterans Federation. It dedicates itself to becoming the cornerstone and promoter …

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In the film “Sergeant York” (1941), a Tennessee farmer and natural sharpshooter named Alvin C. York played by Gary Cooper is drafted in World War I and fights a private battle with his pacifist beliefs and his military duty before becoming one of the most celebrated war heroes in America.

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There’s been a lot of political shifting going on in Columbia and Greene counties, so it’s worthwhile to look at Friday’s analysis of the local electorate. The analysis, or “drill down,” deserves attention because it’s a bellwether of things to come.

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If you ventured out to the polls Tuesday in person, took ballots in hand and marked the spaces for the candidates of your choice, we applaud you. If you were one of the thousands who decided to vote early — days before the official Election Day — good for you, too. You may be pointing the wa…

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We pride ourselves on treating the nation’s veterans with respect and admiration. We live in a country that enjoys, and often takes for granted, the freedoms we might not have without the sacrifice of our veterans. We live in a period when the number of surviving veterans is dwindling and th…

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The attack on the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was a deplorable act of domestic political terrorism and came dreadfully close to an assassination.

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In some ways, Tuesday’s election looks dreary to voters in Greene and Columbia counties. It’s inevitable with no local races and no presidential race in a midterm contest. This year’s election, for our purposes, will be fought in the New York State Senate, state Assembly and the 19th Congres…

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If you’re looking for a reason patience is a virtue, consider the saga of the Exit 21 business parks, a story five years in the making.

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The death of New York state trooper Ivan M. Morales of Catskill from cancer linked to exposure to debris from Sept. 11, 2001, offers stark proof that the specter of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack in New York City still plagues responders and survivors.

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The fledgling 40 Under 40 recognition ceremony is off to an excellent start. And considering it’s a product of deliberation and judgment at a high level, it bodes well for the future of Hudson and the rest of Columbia County.

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Any story about a virus that eludes human intervention by relentlessly changing its form was once the realm of science fiction, but in 2022 real COVID-19 infections are expected to rise in winter even as Columbia County’s cases have dropped as the virus, like the tiny invader of “The Androme…

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Halloween isn’t an official holiday, but TV stations have been showing a plenitude of scary movies for our delectation. Apart from the usual (“Halloween,” of course, “Friday the 13th,” etc.), they have dredged up the Hammer Draculas (including the campy “Satanic Rites of Dracula”) and Godzil…

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Analysis of the region’s employment conundrum of thousands of job openings at the same time we experience staffing shortages would be incomplete without noting the COVID-19 epidemic of 2020-21.

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Nearly 32% of New York women experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. That is a tragedy by any standards.

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To hear Republican lawmakers tell it, the latest sale of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to put a damper on pump prices is a stunt cooked up by the Biden administration and fellow Democrats to pacify gasoline price-sensitive voters before the November election.

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How bad is the opioid epidemic? First, it had to be renamed the overdose epidemic. And second, the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports announced Friday the launch of a new awareness campaign to direct the public to critical addiction resources, help reduce overdose rates…

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It took nearly a year and a half, but Promenade Hill Park will officially reopen Tuesday, just under nine months after the original reopening date of Jan. 31, 2022. That’s good news for the people of Hudson and for the city’s developing waterfront.

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The Hudson Valley’s progress toward a pristine Hudson River has been slow and sometimes painful. It’s had setbacks ranging from sewage dumped into the river from communities with stormwater infiltration problems to the infamous and deadly PCB contamination and dredging caused by General Electric.

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With thousands of dollars in stolen car parts and many more thousands spent on subsequent repair bills, Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation and announced several steps to fight a growing crime — the thefts of catalytic converters.

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Consider the near-record heat of the summer just past. Consider the drought and the severe thunderstorms with their gusty winds and monsoon-like rainfall. And who can tell what the upcoming winter will bring. One group did something last week to hit back at this phenomenon known as climate change.

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The New York State Public Service Commission announced last week that the utilities we depend on to heat our homes in the dead of winter have adequate supplies to carry us through the season. We hope they’re right.

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We applaud the Hudson River Watershed Alliance for taking a step toward recognizing that climate change has an impact on the river and its communities.

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On Oct. 3, the Greenville Central School District Board of Education approved the preliminary design and budget for a proposed $14.5 million districtwide capital improvement project. District voters will go to the polls Dec. 6 to decide on the referendum.

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There’s a push in medical, government and law enforcement circles to prioritize response and recovery over incarceration for opioid substance abusers. One program based in Ulster County seems to be making it happen.

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In a time when Americans were beset by the Vietnam War, Cold War fears and assassinations of popular leaders, debate raged about reducing the legal voting age from 21 to 18, and young people by the droves stood up to be counted.

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The Hudson City Streets Seasonal Use program had a successful run in its third year and organizers said they learned from a few mistakes they won’t repeat next year.

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Hudson is a river town, an arts town and a proudly inclusive town. And it is a football town. It doesn’t have the cache of, say, those small communities in Texas where fans get rabid over their high school football teams. But when those Friday night lights are switched on, all eyes are on th…

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It’s the Columbia County equivalent of a mysterious and insidious invasion of creatures without form or substance. Several Chatham village residents found small plastic bags containing white supremacist literature and beans in their front yards on Sunday and Monday. The beans were suspected …

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Remember the fantasy adventure films where a strong earthquake revealed the lair of hidden creatures or the graveyards of prehistoric beasts? Something very close happened in Alaska; it’s no fantasy, but for scientists it’s a true adventure.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to remind women to get regularly scheduled mammograms. It is also the ideal time to note a valuable resource available in our own back yard — the new Center for Breast Health at Columbia Memorial Health, scheduled to open in January 2023.

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The Liquari brothers — Peter, Nickolas and Dylan of Greenville — made bravery very much a family affair when they rescued a man trapped in his car when it burst into flame after a head-on crash.

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Ninety-two years ago, the Gochman family opened the Academy Tire Shop in New York City. Ninety-two-year-old George Soros is a Hungarian-born American businessman, philanthropist and Holocaust survivor.

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If the human experience of COVID-19 and its variants has taught us anything, it’s that viruses of all kinds can morph into any form or, worse, be replaced by something worse. So it’s disturbing to learn that less than a year since Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease killed thousands of deer across…

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month is observed every October, and this year’s theme serves as a poignant reminder to all of us: “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation.”

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“Dilbert” cartoonist Scott Adams, arguably Windham’s favorite son, said Monday his popular comic strip exploring the absurdities of office culture was being eliminated by dozens of newspapers. Yet the 65-year-old creator’s famously odd, inflammatory comments have a certain ring of satiric deadpan.

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Libraries are essential contributors to an informed, participatory society and are enablers of positive change within their communities. Accordingly, several local libraries are fulfilling a vital role in educating, connecting and empowering their communities to take actions to mitigate clim…

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Affordable housing is an important ingredient for growth in Hudson, and a lot of thought and a lot of work have gone into the city’s housing crisis. Every chance should be viewed with an open mind.

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We hear a lot these days about the best way to keep veterans alive is to pass on the stories of those veterans from one generation to the next. With the launch of the Catskill Hometown Heroes Veterans Banner program, banners honoring Catskill’s military heroes will line roads and streets sta…

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Imagine if you owned a vintage Cadillac, you wanted to sell it and you wanted to get top dollar for it, but you knew the engine was on its last legs, the transmission was faulty and the exhaust system would collapse at any moment. Yet you put it on the market for thousands of dollars more th…

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Greene County emergency medical services expert Aidan O’Connor was appointed as the newest member of the New York State Rural Ambulance Services Task Force after he was nominated for the position by state Sen. Michelle Hinchey. Smart choice, right?

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Libraries are essential contributors to an informed, participatory society and are enablers of positive change within their communities. Accordingly, several local libraries are fulfilling a vital role in educating, connecting and empowering their communities to take actions to mitigate clim…