Typically at this time of year I depart from my usual attempts to lighten things up, and I write a serious column. But today things seem so serious in the world, I believe it is my responsibility to try to get you to laugh. Or at least to snicker.
New Paltz Times | Opinion
Male predatory behavior is due, in part, to biology. So what do we do?
New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship fails to cover the majority of college costs, which come from room and board. According to NYPIRG, 48 percent of students experience some type of housing insecurity and 64 percent were food insecure. The numbers are higher among students of color.
A few litigious residents are standing in the way of New Paltz’s water needs.
At the end of September, when we stopped at the Wallkill View stand to buy sweet corn (a great year for it), I asked the clerk how long they’d be having corn. “Until the first killing frost,” she replied. When will that be?
Providing medical marijuana as a doctor in end-of-life care, I received calls from organizations urging me to grow my “marijuana practice.” What these organizations were ready to capitalize on is this truth: medical marijuana works. Unfortunately, it’s prohibitively costly and hard to get in New York State.
The university’s Diversity and Inclusion Council will take up the question this year. What do you think?
Unleashed dogs are not often the focus of the rail trail folks as a concern. However, if they are requesting police presence to cite biking violations, then maybe they could cite violations of the leash law as well.
With 200-300 people per day, not counting their families, downtown Gardiner will be like the Port Authority in New York City with people all over the sidewalk, people trying to get to the post office, which should not be where it is now, and the cars and trucks that come around the bend.
I might have been confronted with sudden violence. Because not one member of law enforcement who saw a woman driving alone into the specific terrain of great danger warned me of it, without my having to ask. Because the search area that night was small — maybe 50 very rural households at most — and none of the dozens of police cars or milling officers were assigned to go house to house warning unsuspecting, isolated, vulnerable residents to “barricade yourself in.” Families did not know. If their doors were even locked, they would in all likelihood have opened them to a young couple.