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
Before the turn of the 20th century, there was very little regulation of food and drugs in this country, and residents were free to buy worthless or even dangerous elixirs, diet remedies that contained live tapeworms, cocaine and many other questionable substances.
Then in 1906, under President Theodore Roosevelt, the U.S. Congress passed the Pure Food and Drugs Act, which according to the present-day U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is “a law a quarter-century in the making that prohibited interstate commerce in adulterated and misbranded food and drugs.” Read more
Now that former speaker of the New York Assembly, Sheldon Silver, lost that position because of allegations that he received some $4 million in bribes or kickbacks, and with reports that the majority leader of the New York State Senate, Dean Skelos, is also under investigation for corruption, this might be a time when some real reform in Albany is possible. Read more
Now that Sheldon Silver, as speaker of the New York State Assembly arguably one of the three most powerful people in Albany, has been arrested, there is bound to be renewed talk of ethics reform. The complaint filed by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is sweeping and damning. It says, “Silver used the power and influence of his official position to obtain for himself millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income earned by Silver, as a private lawyer.” Read more