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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Topics include: Cuomo’s performance; Kingston’s trees; Ulster Pub’s prospects; helping neighbors; Stop the Danskammer project; time to ponder; New Paltz strong; bring your own pen; a few opinions about 45; and more.

Sports in the time of COVID-19

Sports in the time of COVID-19

All local sports have been sidetracked by the brand-spanking-new COVID-19 (sounds like a phone number from the land-line era) — which all of us peasants know as the non-scientific and plebian corona (think Mexican beer) virus (think common cold, with a twist), as well as the vicarious world of sports viewing: no NBA, no NHL, no MLB, no NCAA, no NASCAR, no NFL, no XFL, no MLS, no WWF and even, unthinkable as it may become: no more BLT, no more FBI, no more CIA and even no more BB King.

Pandemic prospects

Pandemic prospects

The Covid 19 pandemic is putting the Hudson Valley healthcare system under unprecedented pressure. As the number of infected people inevitably rises, more deaths will be reported. More protective masks and a greater supply of protective equipment will help only to a limited degree. It is more than possible that a spike in the number of people requiring machine help in order to breathe will overwhelm the limited capacities of an already strained system.

Beauty from your backyard: The most amazing Evening Star ever

Beauty from your backyard: The most amazing Evening Star ever

We are all finding new ways to have fun at home. Naturally and predictably, I’m recommending you step into your backyard and simply look up around dinnertime, just as darkness falls. So happens, this is a most extraordinary time to gaze at the heavens. Halfway up the western sky you’ll see an unbelievably bright “star.” This is of course the planet Venus, also known as the Evening Star.

One hell of a week

One hell of a week

Locally, it all started with a couple of public officials doing a fist bump instead of a handshake, and before you know it practically every meeting, celebration or parade in Ulster County worth its salt was being postponed or cancelled. Ditto events, conferences and reunions. Young people at every educational level are being sent home from school, allowed to stay at colleges only if they have nowhere else to go.