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Please, sir, may I have some more?

There is a lot of activity involving food programs these days. At the state level, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proudly proclaimed that New York would become the first state with a food pantry or “stigma-free food access” at every school in the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY)  systems.


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Labor Day

Two bald eagles, one green heron, a blue heron and an egret, a flock of geese, several jumping fish of indeterminate type. This was the visual haul of a two-hour paddle down the Delaware River on a perfectly beautiful Labor Day, the result of a chance encounter between friends at the farmers’ market in Callicoon the day before.

Labor Day blues

It’s been a rough four decades for labor. President Ronald Reagan ushered in the modern era of taking away the rights of workers and handing them to employers in 1981.


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National Park Service: ally or adversary? – the jury is still out

There are many in this Upper Delaware Valley that clearly remember or were part of the intense, heated battle to "Keep the NPS Out of Town." A myriad of concerns prevailed: a distinct lack of trust of the Feds; draft agreements with generalized phrases and weasel-out clauses; suspicion over initial ‘bait’ funding to towns to cover additional cos


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Shine on

As I was walking up from the train in Penn Station, I was greeted by conductor Mike from one of my evening trains.


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The last straw

When someone orders a large, cold drink from most fast-food places, it typically comes in a plastic cup with a plastic lid and a plastic straw. It seems the plastic straw may soon become a thing of the past in many locations.


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Theatre gets real

Around the turn of the 20th century, realism in theatre was all the rage. The idea was that theatre should be as much like real life as possible. Putting life onstage would allow the audience to observe how it all worked. Makes sense, right?

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