On Community, Snow & Trees


Sunday, my friends, is something of an auspicious day for us. It is the anniversary of our buying the Courier and the PCNR, and starting this wild adventure. It has been three years! We will begin our fourth year next week.

We are grateful for so many loyal readers. Do you know we actually have a number of people now who renew for two or three years at a time? It is, I think, even in today’s fraught time – maybe especially so – a sign of optimism. They’ll be around, we’ll be around. Not even a roll of the dice. And, we are grateful for so many advertisers, both old and new. No other paper can provide the size and impact for your advertising message that we can. We appreciate the business, and seek to earn it every single week.

Too, we appreciate our vendors, the people who sell the Courier in their delis, gas stations and convenience stores. At a time when outfits like Starbucks are stopping selling newspapers entirely (so much for the coffeehouse experience, right?), these local folks help put the Courier in your hands.

As ever, if you have a tip, want to buy an ad or have a complaint, just call us. We can handle it. 845-265-2468. Or email me, The Courier has put the news in county residents’ hands for 178 years. We’ll be here.


I attended two Christmas tree lightings last week, and will attend one more this week. I hope you’ve gone to one or more. In Putnam community after Putnam community, from west to east and north to south, we can see that being a good neighbor is not a lost art. That not all of the holidays is about merchandising and consumption. That gathering for something so simple still has a value. And if you see a firefighter, thank him or her for continuing the Santa-run tradition. Quaint, yes. But it’s pretty wholesome.

A story: I spent some quality time last week staring up at the wheel well of our Subaru. With some frequency, a headlight goes out. These particular headlights are very difficult to replace, far harder than any Subaru we have owned. The inside wheel well liner must be loosened, with those plastic fasteners removed, then the liner bent back, then you snake your hand up to the headlight from the bottom, disconnect the power cable, pop the wire piece that holds the light in, and remove it. Then, of course, install the very expensive new lamp. All while not be able to see this occurring in the moment.

Sometimes, things change only when the boss experiences them. Like when the boss ends up in voice mail. For instance.

I think the executives at Subaru should conduct an experiment, an exercise. See how many of them can change the headlamp and how long it takes. Heck, let their teenage daughters and sons take a try at it. Somehow, I think fix would be ordered up quickly.

It is quaint, I know, to hold this view, but I don’t think one should have to go to the dealer for what is a pretty minor repair.

Until next week.

Douglas Cunningham is editor of the Courier and the PCNR, in Cold Spring. Reach him at 845-265-2468 or

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