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Do casinos deserve tax breaks?

Riding on the promise that a casino will boost their local economy, counties and municipalities in the Hudson Valley/Catskills are racing to compete with one another to win one, or possibly two of these moneymakers to locate within their borders. The jockeying for position in this kind of competition frequently includes offering tax breaks as a way to attract new businesses.  Read more

From ‘me’ to ‘we;’ Volunteerism, a noble calling

“The broadest and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.” — Ivan Scheier (  Read more

The changing face of agriculture; Why we need to support it

Agriculture is a foundation of our community, essential to our social, environmental and economic wellbeing, not only historically, but also today.  Read more

Since last Earth Day

Earlier this week, the world marked its 44th Earth Day, a day to celebrate this beautiful planet, our only home in the entire universe. But amidst our celebrations, anyone who’s followed the news since last Earth Day knows we also need to sound an urgent note of warning for earth’s future.

CO2 level breaks modern record
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The Delaware River: it’s everyone’s water

We who live in the Upper Delaware River Valley are lucky. We get to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us as a part of our everyday lives. The rivers and streams, trails and open spaces—from greenway corridors and conservation areas to acres of rolling farmland that we sometimes take for granted—also draw economic value from tourism dollars that directly or indirectly support many local businesses and benefit our rural communities. Historically, the river helped upstream communities engage in commerce downstream all the way to Philadelphia (and later to New York City via the D&H Canal), and though the industry has changed, it remains true today that the river we value so much is an economic engine.  Read more

Stuffing ballot boxes

Americans hold the ballot box sacred. And so it was no great surprise when many citizens of Bloomingburg, NY celebrated when Judge Stephan Schick, Justice of Sullivan County’s Supreme Court, upheld the county’s Board of Elections (BOE) decision disqualifying dozens of recently registered voters. Those voters had signed up just in time to cast their ballots in the Village of Bloomingburg’s recent election.  Read more

School districts to PA: ‘pay up;’ The taxpayer price tag for unfunded liabilities

What would you do if your school district were considering up to a 6% hike in your school taxes? Who would you complain to (besides the school board, of course)? Perhaps you’d take your complaint to a higher level—to state authorities, for example? (For all the good that might do you in Pennsylvania.) Let us explain.  Read more

Mired in fossil fuel

“Without targets for emissions reductions, incentives for cleaner technologies, or other clear policies, climate action plans will not achieve real reductions in GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions.”

—The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions  Read more

An open letter to our subscribers; Please, tell the post office what you think

As many of you have experienced, the post office has been failing to deliver your weekly issue of The River Reporter in a timely fashion. The problem has been especially acute for our subscribers in New York State. This trouble began when the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) shut down its regional sorting center in Newburgh, requiring all mail to be trucked to Albany for sorting before trucked back to the Upper Delaware River towns and to destinations beyond.  Read more

Military justice denied

Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate had a chance to advance a bipartisan bill (S1752), introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), to reform the military justice system to address the epidemic of sexual assaults that plague our armed services. Though a majority of senators support the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), they failed to muster enough votes to end debate on the bill, falling five votes short of the 60 votes needed to override a filibuster, and so the bill failed to advance.  Read more