Opinion


Here it is: the most reprinted newspaper editorial of all time. This letter, along with the response ran, in The New York Sun on September 21, 1897. At The River Reporter, we think it still holds up pretty well. 

Is There a Santa Claus?

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O’Hanlon

115 West Ninety Fifth Street


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The wind on Mars

Last week toward the end of the nightly TV newscast, spliced in with reports of wildfires, the Mueller investigation and President George H.W. Bush’s funeral, there was a story of great optimism and progress. Easily overlooked in the chatter of the day, we heard a new sound. We heard the wind on Mars.


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Big ag and contamination

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) seemed to react with a bit too much caution in October, when it warned U.S. consumers not to eat any romaine lettuce, at all, from anywhere, because of the possibility of contamination.


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The winners of the holiday decorating contest, receiving their oversized ribbons from Diane Marston (contest organizer/volunteer), and Gina Fenton (CBA fundraising committee chair/contest organizer).
 

Wayne Bank wins best door decor

CALLICOON, NY — The Callicoon Business Association’s first decorating and lighting contest, which encouraged shop owners in Callicoon to decorate their storefront for the holiday season, announced the winners at its annual “Dickens on the Delaware” event over the weekend.

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