It comes down to empathy. To grope, try to undress and then cover the mouth of someone else to prevent that person from screaming for help indicates to me a dramatic lack of perception of the fear that person is feeling in that moment. That’s an empathy deficit of profound depth. While we all can grow out of many things, I don’t know if anyone can go from being like that to being able to get over the extraordinarily high bar to be on the Supreme Court.
Recalling the stunned silence that greeted the planning board’s 3-2 vote Monday to reject the site plan for Rupco’s Landmark Place project for the old city alms house, I feel pretty safe in saying that no one in the room, maybe not even those who voted against it, expected it to fail.
Hudson Valley people do really respond to rap music, and a lot of us, as deeply Caucasian as some of us inescapably are, respond to it very positively indeed.
As you might expect, we at Ulster Publishing reacted with shock and sadness at the shooting at the newspaper office in Maryland which killed five people who do for Anne Arundel County pretty much the same thing we do for Ulster County.
Folks who are using our local swimming holes, like Big Deep and Little Deep, have got to stop trashing the places.
To a greater or lesser degree, six of the candidates are running on their potential to serve our community. Dave Clegg is running on his record of serving our community. His work in helping to found Ulster’s Habitat for Humanity and the Darmstadt homeless shelter, as well as his service on the county Human Rights Commission, the board of the Caring Hands Soup Kitchen and as public defender stands head and shoulders above the local achievements of any other candidate.
It’s an imperfect world, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take measures to improve it. Some people prefer certain kinds of improvements. Others suggest other improvements. The people who prefer some kinds of improvements criticize the people who don’t share their preferences, and vice-versa. In the public political sphere, things can get nasty. In friendly Saugerties, they often seem to get nasty. That’s a fact of life.
I wasn’t sure I wanted to go to Washington D.C. and do the tourist thing for a couple of days early in October. I am angry at the government, feel as if those in power are taking actions that are harmful to the general public, to you and me, in favor of those replete with wealth.
He appeared in the Oval Office, seemingly out of nowhere, late one night while the president was pondering handling a heavy matter of state with a tweet. Was he someone who had been hiding out in the little private anteroom behind the bookcase?
Pardon my French, but I have had enough of this Confederate bulls–t. Americans are exceptional in many ways, one of