Editorial Page

November 19, 2014 

We noticed that gas prices have suddenly broken the three dollar barrier.  Commodity prices are down in general.  This means that producers and consumers will benefit. Transportation will be cheaper.  More people will fly.  Factories will save...

November 19, 2014 

November is a month of contradictions; the brilliance of nature made all the more breathtaking by the inevitability of its wintry demise. It is a month of exhilaratingly cold midnights and deceptively bright days, a month of opposites and intricacies—of tension,...

November 19, 2014

Composer Carl Orff (1895–1982) enjoyed one great success in his lifetime: Carmina Burana (1937), a work that endures as a popular classic. One secret of its success lies in the rhythmic roots of children’s music, a subject Orff taught. But the choice of material was also...

November 19, 2014 

Christine Gevert once again showed that when scholarship and musicianship are combined  they can produce a singularly interesting concert experience.  She paired two Bach cantatas with six works by the Italian-Argentinian Baroque composer Domenico Zipoli...

November 19, 2014

A quartet of Bard Conservatory singers graced the main living room of the imposing Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park on Sunday Nov. 9, filling it with songs from the American songbook.   The subhead on their program...

November 19, 2014

Miranda Cuckson and Blair McMillen performed an extraordinary recital on Monday, November 17, at Bard College’s Lazló Z. Bitó Conservatory Building. The program opened with the world premiere of Vassar professor Harold Meltzer’s Kreisleriana, a series of post-modern...

A few weeks ago, we wrote about a safe harbor at an undisclosed location on the Black Sea. Since then we have been besieged by hedge-fund managers, tycoons of varying nationalities and stockbrokers, all wanting to know exactly where this idyllic place was and how to get to be...

Most of the candidates we interviewed in advance of yesterday’s election claimed they would “cross the aisle” and seek bipartisan support for whatever initiative they espoused. Are those empty promises, or will their actions prove their sincerity?

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October 25, 2014

The right to vote is the foundation of any democracy. This year on Election Day, Tuesday Nov 4th, we will vote with a paper ballot when voting for Governor, Senator, Representatives, Etc.  Please remember to flip the ballot over since there are 5 proposals on the...

On November 4 voters will make some important choices.  The composition of the New York State Senate will be decided.  The issue is whether it will be controlled by Democrats or Republicans.  Our own state senator, Terry Gipson, is a Democrat.  By most...