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On a country road in Pine Plains we came across a few cars parked in the shade of trees that overlooked an expanse of mowed green field.  Horses and people in summer clothes mingled while on the field eight horsemen followed a kind of dance routine as they enacted a set piece from a Tang...

An awed audience heard the premiere of a one-singer opera written by Michael Hersch at BAM last Wednesday (June 25), based on poems written by a Romanian poet, Martin Sorescu. The performance by the sole singer, Ah Young Hong, under the direction of Roger Brunyate, was captivating. She reached to...
The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie was the scene of a gathering of musicians and composers and their supporters last Sunday afternoon, as a new music series had its inaugural concert. It is the brainchild of Josh Groffman, composer and pianist. It drew a good crowd, and it looks like...
  To the Editor,      
  To the Editor,       Thank you for keeping news about these often misunderstood tick-borne illnesses on your front page. We need more research and public awareness of these diseases. A few corrections for your article:  
    A recent unclassified directive from James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, raises some awkward questions. The memo, published on the Internet at dni.gov, provides for the censoring of memoirs and interviews by government workers and supplies guidelines for all 17...
  This column has, with perhaps tiresome frequency, written of failures of democratic government.   Henry Main, writing in 1875, raised serious questions as to the utility of democratic governments. He pointed out democracies are likely to be led or influenced by mobs.  Democracies...
It seems President Obama is not heeding all the advice he was given by the editors of hundreds of newspapers and journals, which was to stay out of Iraq. Just think of all that valuable advice going to naught! Readers of this page will note we were not so generous with our advice as are many of our...
The crash of a Ferrari on Chestnut Ridge Road earlier this month is a reminder that our country roads are not for speeding. They are nothing but old cow paths that have been paved over.  Many were Indian trails, then wagon roads used for driving cattle to market or to the next field. Many...

Congressman Chris Gibson's letter on immigration reform (TMI, June 11) reflects the Republican Party's nyet strategy on this and virtually every other issue of our national life. 

It does not seem that way on the surface, as Gibson protests his openness to consider reforms, and he...