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Expanding Medicaid; Health insurance for low-income households

The clock is ticking in Pennsylvania (PA) for state government to decide whether to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid to cover an estimated 613,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians now eligible under Obamacare, aka the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which will be fully implemented nationwide in 2014. As this month winds down, PA lawmakers are working to complete a state budget for the coming fiscal year, and what the budget looks like in the end will depend on whether there is an influx of federal Medicaid funds or not.  Read more

We say, ‘label it’

Last week, Connecticut’s legislature did the right thing when it passed a bill (the vote was 134 to 3) requiring food manufacturers to label products that contain genetically modified (GM) ingredients. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy indicated he would sign the bill into law, making Connecticut the first state in the nation to pass such broad legislation.  Read more

Wanted: A ‘clean economy’ revolution

Recently we read with great interest Sullivan County Legislative Chair Scott Samuelson’s State of the County Report, in which he called for sustainable economic development to be the foundation for our future. We agree that sustainable development is a necessity, but not everyone agrees on the term’s meaning. As we see it, without environmental preservation factored in, no economic development plan can be truly sustainable.  Read more

Will we sleep for 17 years?

The noisy return of the cicadas got us thinking. These insects that are making news these days have lived underground for 17 long years, emerging for only a portion of one short summer to mate and start their kind’s unusual lifecycle all over. The next generation of these cicadas won’t emerge again until 2030.  Read more

Becoming men of good character

A man who is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent can very likely be called a man of good character, a man of integrity. Chances are he may have learned these ideals in the Boy Scouts. These qualities, which a scout strives to embody, comprise the Scout Law. With the Scout Oath, the youth further pledges to “do my best to do my duty to God and my country...  Read more

The rules apply to all candidates

Campaign finance reform has been moved to the front burner in New York State (NYS) in recent weeks. Little wonder, in light of a number of elected officials involved in political corruption scandals that have rocked Albany lately.  Read more

The importance of ethics in government

Since taking office in 2012, the new mix of Sullivan County legislators has been working hard to improve government fiscal accountability by reining in expenses, ferreting out waste and redundancy, and by trying to deliver more value to citizens for the taxes they pay.  Read more

Consumers’ choice? Food labeling matters

The food fight over genetically engineered (GE) agricultural products in what we eat is heating up again.

Last week, the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. It would require food manufacturers to clearly label any product containing genetically modified organisms (GMO), also called GE organisms, or risk having that product classified “misbranded” by the Food and Drug Administration. Senator Kirsten Gellibrand (D/NY) is one of nine co-sponsors of the Senate bill. There are 22 co-sponsors of the House version.  Read more


One of our Upper Delaware Valley’s most beloved institutions, WJFF, appears to be in crisis. In case you did not know, all but one of Radio Catskill’s Board of Trustees (BOT) resigned last Friday. The week before, the station manager of the past four years resigned. These very personal decisions came after a number of public, standing-room-only BOT meetings where vigorous, even harsh, criticism boiled over concerning the management and governance of the station.  Read more

Celebrate Earth Day….; But then get down to work

For many people, Earth Day is for celebrating the beauty and diversity and everything else we love about our planet, and perhaps that is the way it should be. But on this Earth Day, we also know that the planet is in trouble and that far too little is being done to effectively address its many problems.  Read more