Op-ed

Point of View: Hate hangs like a cloud

Point of View: Hate hangs like a cloud

“Staring me in the face when I got out of my car was a white Silverado truck plastered with symbols of hatred and racism — including multiple stars and bars, a “F*** Joe” sticker (with the F-bomb spelled out in full), and a stick-figure man engaging a stick-figure woman from behind while she grasped an ATV,” writes Charlotte Adamis of Kingston.

While I Waited — A COVID-19 Christmas Story

While I Waited — A COVID-19 Christmas Story

While I waited in my car in the mall parking lot, I tried not to think about COVID. I thought about my friends, my dogs, my ex-girlfriends, dumplings (pan sautéed, not steamed), the new standing desk I got myself for Christmas, online dating, the most recent episode of the sci-fi show I was binging, whether or not the chocolate-dipped strawberries I ordered would arrive before Christmas. But my mind kept returning to COVID, like a baseball player who realizes he tried to steal a base a bit too late and then decides to double back. It was Thursday, Christmas Eve, and I had been exposed on Monday; still no symptoms of the virus.

Point of view: Cyclists speak for the trees

Point of view: Cyclists speak for the trees

“Several letters in the August 12 edition of Hudson Valley One and several people cited in an accompanying article make unfounded accusations. While I feel an absolute sympathy for people who see the project as an intrusion on their lives and property and feel their voices need to be heard, I believe their wilder assertions cannot go unchallenged,” writes William Weinstein of New Paltz.

I’m done choosing silence  

I’m done choosing silence  

In this op-ed, Ulster County comptroller-elect March Gallagher acknowledges she was one of the unnamed women in the investigation of county legislator Hector Rodriguez for inappropriate behavior, and that she did not speak out until now because she needed Rodriguez’s vote on the budget for her office. “More than a few of my advisors have cautioned me that I risk my reputation by admitting I traded acquiescence for the comptroller’s budget,” she writes. “That, actually, is the whole point. For too long women have had to make horrible tradeoffs in silence. By speaking out I hope to effect change.”

Kingston alderwoman: Law enforcement, do your job

Kingston alderwoman: Law enforcement, do your job

Here’s the issue with DA Carnright’s statement that cops are handcuffed in trying to make Midtown Kingston safer. Blacks really do experience enough casual, reflexive racism from law enforcement officers to make them understandably fearful that racism permeates the criminal justice system.