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During the last two years of high school I was able to choose from a plethora of onsite college courses taught by college professors, many of whom have doctorate degrees in their field of study. BHSEC graduates receive both a Regents diploma from New York State and an Associate of Arts degree from...
There are so many issues facing us of global proportions, it amazes us that the media gives so much attention to the petty behavior of our elected legislators in Washington while neglecting what is happening in the bigger picture. Congress is going to have to extend the debt limit if they want to...
The Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College holds its fall conference this week, on Thursday, October 3, and Friday, October 4. The conference will be devoted to the thorny issue of education in a modern world.  
The November ballot contains what looks like a modest proposal: Should Section 9 of Article 1 of the State Constitution be amended to allow the Legislature to authorize up to seven casinos in New York State for the purposes of promoting job growth, increasing aid to schools, and permitting local...
The population at the beach before 8 a.m. runs to one fisherman and a man and a boy walking a dog.  The fisherman stands with his long pole facing the water.  The man and boy and dog have left footprints that I follow.  They pass me on their return.  The dog’s footprints mingle...
If you were part of a group gathered in a public square in the name of social protest (such as Occupy Wall Street) and were asked to provide music, what music would you choose?  And what would be your choice if the location were a city in Russia, China, Egypt or China?    This is the...
by Arvolyn Hill

In last weeks issue it was noted that Deborah Pegg was the winner of the Community Day Apple Pie Contest. We would like to make the correction that there were two winners....

  We used the term “no legitimate interest” last week in connection with the discussion of the possibility of our bombing Syria.  The term bears discussion.   The term “legitimate interest” is taken from the field of international relations, wherein countries have interests outside...
Dutchess County is soon approaching its 300th anniversary of democracy in Dutchess -- the ability to elect our own leaders and limited self-determination. It's also a time to celebrate our heritage and the positive impact and contributions that our form of government has made in the lives of...
The deaths of two teenagers in Pine Plains brings out thoughts about guilt, missed opportunities, failures in education, failures of society in general.   How do these accidents continue to happen when we are supposed to be a civilized society aware of the statistics on teenage driving?...