Heard Around Our Towns...
There is news, and then there's lots of talk...
In Ellenville –
Last Friday evening, apparently between 6:30 and 7:30
p.m., someone smashed into the side of the Lucille Hand
real estate office on Main Street, smashing up the building's
roof and front. It looks like it was tall box truck,
which left without notification. Call us or the village police
if you saw anything. Meanwhile, we're hearing about
parental complaints about elementary school punishments
including in-school suspension for a variety of infractions
at ECSD. We're waiting to see if anything comes up at the
next school board meeting.
In Sullivan County –
It turns out that the Thompson Education Center (once
known as China City) was going before the town of
Thompson planning board this past Wednesday, April
12. More on what happened in next week's issue...
In Orange County –
County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus delivered his
fourth State of the County address last week. The takeaway
(drum roll, please...) is that everything looks good
and may get better as Stewart Airport revs up again and
Legoland plans move forward.
In Ulster County –
After rejecting a resolution calling for the repeal of
Obamacare the legislature has been wrestling with a motion
to get rid of all "memorializing" resolutions. Next
up: the county's position on serving as a sanctuary.
In The Region –
What news sources can be trusted? How does one start a
conversation about politics? Why is it important to share
different views? These were just a few of the topics discussed
at a recent "The Mount Speaks Out: Politics" panel
at Mount Saint Mary College that included an Orange
County Democratic committee person and former party
chair, a local mayor who doubles as director of communications
for Sen. Bill Larkin, and an assistant professor of
communications at the Mount. The takeaway here? Talking
about politics may be uncomfortable, but we need to
do it to get at new ideas and better solutions to problems,
as well as a better sense of community and well-being. We
need more of such discussions.