Editorials

Reaching the Omicron crest?

Signs suggest that the post-holiday COVID surge may be subsiding. The number of active cases in Orange County, as reported on Jan 14, was 14,000. That’s a drop of 2,300 cases from the …

What would happen if we reject an ambulance district?

That question has been raised numerous times in recent weeks during the deliberations over whether or not to create a town-wide ambulance district, serving the entire Town of Montgomery, including …

Tim Mains: trailblazer and educator

At a time when it most needed to show an inclusive face, the Pine Bush Central School District hired Tim O. Mains as its superintendent of schools. Mains, once hailed as the first openly-gay …
Letters to the Editor

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is a very confusing subject for most of us. We don’t immediately recognize the subtle changes associated with the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia. We …

From Dick’s Book of Prophecy, page 2022

I like thinking about the future. Few confirm I am prescient, most contending I am no better, nor worse, than anyone else at prophesy. My prognostications are, basically, for fun. Of course, there is …

Hochul continues NY climate leadership

Kudos to Gov. Kathy Hochul for continuing New York’s leadership on climate.  She included important commitments in her State of the State speech delivered Jan. 5.  I’m …

Tim Mains

Bullying can lead to serious outcomes. Those who cannot handle it may withdraw, become depressed, lose interest in schoolwork, develop a school phobia, or even commit suicide. It is worse than kid …

In a woodshop of hazy dreams

I have a bunch of beehives at my buddy Dan’s house. The hives are along the bank of a pond. His little valley is surrounded with large trees and flowering shrubs and historical elements of the …

A happy and healthy 2022

As a new year begins, I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2022 as well as share a ‘year in review’ of sorts – what the work we’ve been doing in …

Biodiversity

The end of December saw the passing of a great figure in the scientific world - E.O. Wilson, whose ground-breaking study of ants brought a usually unappreciated insect to the attention of …

T.O.M. Ambulance District

Let’s see, currently being sold as nice to have but it comes with another tax on the property owner. I wonder, if I were to need Ambulance Service in the future would I still be billed for this …

Dying for Joy; A Christmas Tale

I’ve never in all my life cared so much about Christmas as I do this year. In fact, I’ve mostly held contempt for it. The unbridled consumerism, its white Christian/colonizer, pagan …
Wallkill Valley Times