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Community preservation

Ulster County is now signed on to a state law that allows it to levy a 2 percent tax on certain property sales to preserve aspects of community character. We’re talking about real money. One possible local use is to help protect open space.

Letters: Two perspectives on proposed Rt. 28 concrete plant

Letters: Two perspectives on proposed Rt. 28 concrete plant

Tom Auringer writes to clarify what he says were inaccuracies in our article and in some of the comments at a recent meeting concerning a proposed manufacturing facility on Rt. 28 in the town of Kingston. In a separate letter, Maxanne Resnick, executive director of the Woodstock Land Conservancy, writes that the proposal should receive the highest level of scrutiny.

Letter: No more Confederate flags at Delaware County Fair

Letter: No more Confederate flags at Delaware County Fair

“The Delaware County Fair, held in Walton in the middle of August, has been an annual rite of summer for 132 years,” writes a reader from Shandaken. “But the good will of the Fair has been marred in recent years by the Fair Board’s refusal to comply with the community demand that vendors be prohibited from selling merchandise bearing the Confederate flag.”

Give n’ go: Charley’s Sunday morning sermon

Give n’ go: Charley’s Sunday morning sermon

The unselfishness that’s such a fundamental element of every team sport is an extremely important lesson we can take with us when the buzzer sounds (or the final out is made or the winning run scores) and we reenter the rest of our lives. Teamwork. Trust. Self-knowledge. Physical, emotional, and mental resourcefulness. Being so much in our bodies. And, most importantly, the full awareness and enjoyment of the living moment.

Music — Ars Choralis and more

Music — Ars Choralis and more

Optimism rules at Ars Choralis. The chorus’s program last week, which I heard at Overlook Methodist Church on March 30, was entitled “The Poets Speak: Mending a Broken World.” The musical selections were interspersed with inspirational poetry, well read by Gilles Malkine, and included numerous brief works with positive themes.

Cliffs and waterfalls in the Catskills

Cliffs and waterfalls in the Catskills

To geologists, there is a simple question. How did these waterfalls, with their hazards, come into existence? Haven’t waterfalls just always been there? Well no they haven’t; they were brought into existence by geological processes. We just have to be observant enough to figure out those processes.

The coaching game

The coaching game

Forget about all the blathering by the likes of Dick Vitale about what geniuses the two coaches are who happen to be directing the fortunes of the teams he happens to be working. Really, whatever the game, whoever the coaches, Vitale’s over-the-top positive platitudes are monkey-business as usual.