Editorial Page

  The following conversation was recorded and sent to us by one of our secret agents whose identity can’t be revealed because we don’t know it.  It was recorded in the hallway of an unnamed government office building by an unauthorized listening device worn by an unauthorized...
  The following conversation was recorded and sent to us by one of our secret agents whose identity can’t be revealed because we don’t know it.  It was recorded in the hallway of an unnamed government office building by an unauthorized listening device worn by an unauthorized...
  There are few better friends to authors and book lovers than Scott Meyer, owner of Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook, New York. For years Scott has tirelessly championed authors in the old-school tradition of hand-selling, promoting books on local radio shows and publications, sponsoring and...
  America’s Great Game, by Hugh Wilford   My Promised Land, The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, By Ari Shavit      

In recent months I have had the opportunity to talk with many members of our community—teachers, administrators, parents and students—about the state of education in New York State, particularly the critical and controversial issues of Common Core, “high-stakes” testing, and student privacy....

  We like to start the year in a hopeful mood.  We like to think that this year we will get around to doing that which we put off in past years.  That sentiment explains why Bennett once more graces our front page, a reminder of things undone that should have been done.  Things...
              The Honorable Kirsten Gillibrand   U.S. Senate   Washington, D.C. 20510       Dear Kirsten:
    More Scenes from the Rural Life by Verlyn Klinkenborg, Princeton Architectural Press, 239 pp., $24.95        
  From the Top: the Dolph Traymon Story, a memoir. Round House Press.                  
  Our county government “balanced” its budget by imposing a tax on fuel and electricity.  Both had been exempt from the county sales tax. The exemption was voluntary:  the county did not have to do it. The impact on the many who struggle with fuel and energy bills will be drastic....