Bad times for Eldred
… so good, as the saying goes. The year has been good to us commuters, trains have heat, snow hasn’t caused any real major delays and the commutes have been relatively uneventful. The rest of the year will be another story. Amtrak is doing a major repair of the tunnels leading into Penn Station.
I have become the passenger in my own car since my teenage daughter, Lily, got her New York state drivers permit in November.
I receive a decent number of letters to the editor here at The River Reporter—nothing that’s overwhelming my email or weighing down the mail carrier, but several per week. I appreciate whenever someone takes the time to write us, or to engage with the news and offer their feedback.
A few weeks after Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (BWCA) announced it would hold a three-day event in honor of the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival, promoter Michael Lang announced he too was holding an anniversary event.
High property taxes
I’m often heard telling folks that it’s important we “take care of our own”—that we pay county employees a living wage that doesn’t require them to be lining up at our Social Services office just to put food on the family table, or, just as bad, taking their skills elsewhere. I’ve written about that topic in this very space.
It’s official: I have now lived in Sullivan County longer than I have lived anywhere else. Celebrating this happy milestone, I remember how forlorn but full of promise our derelict little house looked in 1997.
Sullivan County Clerk Dan Briggs has some predictions about what 2019 will bring to his office. One was that there would be longer lines of people waiting to get drivers’ licenses because there are now three different forms of licenses to choose from.
The money doesn’t add up
Since Mexico is not paying for Trump’s wall and the GOP wants us to pay for it, what exactly can we expect to receive for this $5 billion in American taxpayer money? The Department of Homeland Security estimates that it will cost $21.6 billion to build a wall where none exists.