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On January 6th, 2021, a mob stormed the capital of the United States. Call it a riot, an insurrection, an attempted coup d’etat, whatever, their actions were knowingly instigated by President of the United States, Donald J. Trump and his henchmen, his co-conspirators.

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As the year turns from 2020 to 2021, I’ve been thinking about some of the things that I’ve gotten wrong over time. Some of these things lots of other people whom I respect have gotten wrong, too, but that doesn’t make me happy. In this case, my misery doesn’t love company; I’d rather have go…

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A recent news article in the Catskill Daily Mail reported on a Durham Town Board meeting where a developer presented a controversial plan to build a new housing development in the hamlet of Cornwallville (“Community opposes Durham residential development,” by Melanie Lekocevic, Dec. 2.) As a…

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Over the past few weeks, everyone has been getting very agitated in Cornwallville, a bucolic Northern Catskills village that is part of the town of Durham. The big issue is “the 90 acres” — a parcel of land on the edge of the village where a developer wants to build a dozen homes.

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What does it mean to be alive, to be a human being? A big, universal question, not only in this particular time in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, in the midst of the political maelstrom that has engulfed our country, but at any time, in any place. And, perhaps as important, is there a si…

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During the fall of past years, the Dept. of Human Services provided a luncheon for all Greene County volunteers to thank them for their services to the community. Unfortunately, this year is different. All volunteers are highly appreciated for their selfless devotion to others.

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“Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time,” observed Winston Churchill. In a democracy selecting the head of government is a critical issue. Our Founding Fathers sought a middle ground between the “Absolute Tyranny” of Geor…

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The days between Veterans Day and Thanksgiving present to all us Americans an opportunity to reflect on those who served (and are serving) our country as we prepare to give thanks for our blessings in this part of the world. Frankly, in my mind, the two go hand-in-hand. Veterans Day and Than…

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This column has nothing to do with our current obsessions. It has nothing to do with Donald Trump, Joe Biden or the election in any of its manifestations. Of course, it has nothing to do with the pandemic either. After all, as Trump’s Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, told us, the administration…

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“This is not the country I brought you to.” So worried 87-year-old grandmother to my friend, her son. Fifty years ago, his father received a United States visa reserved for accountants. The family traveled from India to the United States, drawn by the American promise of a hopeful new beginn…