Commentary

It’s Patterson Week

FREE It’s Patterson Week

There’s a great bit in Spalding Gray’s Terrors of Pleasure in which, in his broken-down house in the Catskills, he’s getting a new refrigerator. He’s so excited he wakes up and exclaims, “It’s Refrigerator Day! It’s Refrigerator Day!” Last week, by week’s end, was Patterson Week. In ways roundabout and direct, I spent some quality time there. Perhaps not quite […]

On the Morningthorpe Bridge

To the Editor, I was really pleased to read in today’s edition about the funding of reconstruction of this bridge. The decision-making abilities of our local, state and federal legislators and employees are outstanding! I drive by this bridge every … Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content. Username Password Remember […]

Mark Your (Gregorian) Calendar for George Washington’s Birthday (with Martha Washington Cake)

Mark Your (Gregorian) Calendar for George Washington’s Birthday
(with Martha Washington Cake)

  We are now in the middle of that confusing period called Presidents Week. It begins with a federal holiday, Presidents Day, and then slides into a mishmash of unofficial days off: When are public schools closed? When are private schools closed? … Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

Happy Valentine’s Day: Sugar for Your Sugar (and two Sweet Cookie Choices)

Happy Valentine’s Day: Sugar for Your Sugar (and two Sweet Cookie Choices)

  Valentine’s Day comes this week. Bring on the sugar, Sugar! Date sugar, maple sugar, coconut sugar, dextrose, fructose, and, of course, the ever popular cane sugar. And don’t forget beet sugar. Where did all this sweetness begin? Sugar from s… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

County Legislator Urges Careful, Slow Path by State on Legal Pot

To the Editor, Whether you are for or against the legalization of recreational marijuana, there are many things the state government should look at before enacting such a major policy change. Research from throughout the United States shows signifi… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

If it’s Tuesday, it must be snowing. Right? Surely it seems that way.

FREE If it’s Tuesday, it must be snowing. Right? Surely it seems that way.

A number of local officials around the state are sounding the alarm bells on legalizing pot for recreational use, something Gov. Andrew Cuomo seems hell-bent on doing. The NYS Sheriffs’ Association is the latest such group, joined by the statewide Parent-Teacher Organizations and AAA. Several, including Putnam’s Sheriff Robert L. Langley Jr., said that legalization has the potential to make […]

Lincoln’s Prudence


 In June 28, 1862, as the Army of the Potomac was stalled outside of Richmond, President Lincoln wrote Secretary of State William H. Seward: “I expect to maintain this contest until successful, or till I die, or am conquered, or my term expires,… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

The Dynasty, The Game, The Decline

FREE The Dynasty, The Game, The Decline

Perhaps I am jaded by familiarity. I mean, we’ve all seen the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl before, right? Or maybe it’s just age (mine), or the increasing and justified concern about injuries. Could Sunday’s Super Bowl have been more bland? My goodness. New England won, again, but what a slog. The teams barely scored. The kickers saw […]

Do Good and Eat Well (Chicken and Dumplings)


This week’s Gusto is a do-good and eat-well double whammy. Do good by buying food from a local farm. This week. Today. Now. This is a tough time of year for farmers. Support their 24/7/365 workdays by purchasing their products, especially during thes… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

The Kids Are Doing Fine

FREE The Kids Are Doing Fine

It is disturbingly common for adults, usually those of my age or older, to think that the younger generation has gone to the dogs. Of course, that’s really about two generations now, but let’s not quibble. This week’s news should put that idea to rest. On page 1, we have stories about two quick-thinking youth, both 14. One pretty much […]


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