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Walter Maxwell and the importance of community

Walter Maxwell and the importance of community

As political scientist Robert Putnam, author of the turn-of-the-21st-century classic Bowling Alone, America’s Declining Social Capital, expressed it, “If we can get more people engaged in community life in contexts that respect American pluralism, many of our other problems —to begin with, our politics — will be different.” Walter Maxwell lived that belief. Walter got it. Walter lives.

Hugh Reynolds: Bad apples annoy Mike Hein

Hugh Reynolds: Bad apples annoy Mike Hein

Damned media! Ulster County Executive Mike Hein served up an estimated 4,000 words on dozens of subjects at his ninth annual state of the county address last week in New Paltz. What did most of the media pick up? Only a passing gotcha, complete with fuzzy Muppets graphics of two tired old bad apples who had the gall to question several executive initiatives over the past few years.