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FREE The Costs of Having Donald Smith as Sheriff

It seemed at first, in 2017, almost a quixotic notion, when Robert L. Langley Jr. decided to challenge the incumbent Sheriff, Donald Smith. He was from Philipstown, and everyone knew that Philipstown wasn’t going to drive a countywide election. Smith was not only an incumbent, but a powerful one. Even as county legislators decided that summer to fork over $125,000 […]

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Winter Garden Work and Flu-Fighting Braised Vegetable Broth
(with Mushroom Cheddar Polenta/Grits)

Illustration by Peter Gergely Winter Garden Work: February is galloping along, and winter garden work calls us outside. The biggest job on this month’s docket is replacing the rotten wood that has caused the sides of the vegetable garden’s raised… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content. Username Password Remember Me […]

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FREE A Cancer in the Body Politic

What I’m listening to: I commend to your attention Monday’s episode of The Daily, the New York Times podcast. It was called The End of Privacy as We Know It?, and outlined the efforts by a new tech company to scrape every photograph from the web, I mean every single photograph, apply artificial intelligence and facial recognition to the database, […]

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Little Love Notes, Chocolate
(and Chocolate Chess Pie)

Illustration by Peter Gergely Little Love Notes: the February garden is full of them. Even while rain, sleet, fog, and snow create a cold, quiet landscape, the garden gives us tender signs of the warmth and fullness that will follow soon. The f… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

On the Big Issues of Today

I’m a single issue voter. Although most people in today’s political climate vote along party lines, I vote for a candidate that supports an issue that I’m passionate about. For some, it may be raising the late term abortion age of the baby up up till… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access […]

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FREE Bail Reform: Will People Die As A Result of This?

You may recall that I have written previously about how terribly screwed up our criminal justice system is regarding the differing treatment accorded people of different races. And, how our system tends – not all the time, but much of the time – to coddle those who have money, and bestow advantages that the ordinary among us do not have. […]

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Ancient Grains for the Modern Cook
And Farro Pudding (Bars)

Illustration by Peter Gergely It might seem like ancient grains are just the newest food fad being promoted by ever-fancy big city chefs. However, The New York Daily News referred to ancient grains as far back as 1996 and it wasn’t in a gossip ite… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this […]

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FREE Consolidate the Bridges with the Thruway, He Said. It’ll Be Efficient

It is almost a throwdown joke, a cheap laugh; “I’m from Albany, and I’m here to help you.” So it is with some skepticism that we should view the proposal from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to consolidate the NY State Bridge Authority with the Thruway Authority. Efficiency in government, it sounds almost seductive, doesn’t it? Who doesn’t want efficiency? It’s all […]

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Now Look Ahead (and Frozen Garden Tomato Bisque)
The Garden in 2020

Illustration by Peter Gergely Frozen slabs of snow remain in the garden. But, in a few sunny, bare spots near paving stones or walls, shiny new crocus leaves are sprouting. Peter has planted hundreds of crocus in the kitchen allée that will soon s… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

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FREE A New Year: Filled with Promise, Right?

Let’s hope the 2020s end better than the 1920s did. But as 2020 begins, I rather doubt the decade will be filled with the same sense of optimism and post-war possibility. The use of electricity became widespread in the 1920s, for instance. Think of it, all the possibility that brought. Today, it’s a crisis if we can’t find a phone […]


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