There are some highly respected educators locally and across the country who believe that the Common Core Education Standards that have been adopted by New York and many other states are good for the future of the students. The standards were created with the goal of improving critical thinking among students, more fully preparing students for college and helping students compete against other students on the international stage. Read more
The turmoil in Bloomingburg continues, with developer Shalom Lamm and his supporters going to court and fighting local officials over seemingly every issue that arises. Most recently the courts decided that even though Lamm’s property was annexed into the village illegally, it was done too long ago for residents to do anything about it. The Town of Mamakating plans to appeal. Read more
Recently, Pine Bush High School sparked controversy after the Pledge of Allegiance was recited in Arabic at a school assembly during National Foreign Language Week. Students quickly became divided as they posted angry Tweets about the incident. When the news broke, it sparked further furor. Chief among the criticisms seems to be that the reading is conceived as an insidious piece of Muslim propaganda. Amidst the storm, the school issued an apology. Read more
Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards recently requested that the Honesdale Borough Council allow Honesdale police officers to be trained in the use of Narcan™, which is the brand name of naloxone, a prescription drug that can almost immediately reverse the effects of an overdose brought on by heroin or other opioid drugs such as oxycodone or morphine. Read more
On February 26, the five members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted three to two, along party lines, to adopt net neutrality rules. The intent of the rules is to prevent Internet service providers (ISP) such as Comcast and Verizon from charging some content providers more money to get their content to consumers more quickly, while leaving others to languish in the slow lane of the Internet. Or, to put it another way, under net neutrality, all Internet traffic must be treated equally. Read more
As perhaps one of his last truly significant actions while in office, President Barack Obama would very much like Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, which officials and multinational corporate representatives have been working on since 2008. The agreement would cover the United States, Australia, Japan and nine other Pacific Rim countries. Read more
Spring is once again approaching, and that means construction season is just around the corner. If the past is any guide, in some towns in Sullivan County some of those construction projects will mean the expansion of nonconforming uses.
What is a nonconforming use? It’s one that was allowed to exist in an area in the past, for instance at a time before local zoning was established, but would no longer be permitted to be established. In Sullivan County, examples of nonconforming uses would be racetracks, junkyards, summer camps or hospitals located in residential neighborhoods. Read more