Commentary

Disappointed in WIC Commentary

To the Editor, I found it quite disappointing that the editor of The Putnam County News and Recorder and the Putnam County Courier, Doug Cunningham, featured in his June 4th edition of “Cunningham’s Corner” an editorial entitled “WIC Program on the … Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content. Username Password […]

CUNNINGHAM’S CORNER

A County In Mourning

 As an editor, I’m always wary when human thoughts are ascribed to inanimate objects or to animals, like our pets. Nonetheless, I think it’s fair to say that Putnam County, from the Hudson River to the border with Connecticut, is in mourning ove… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

gardening GUSTO

Have Some Herbs
(and Fresh Strawberry Cocktails)

Illustration by Peter GergelyI am astonished at the price of fresh herbs in the grocery store. Additionally, I am dismayed by the limp, tasteless, short-lived quality of those expensive herbs. For the price of one plastic package of cut basil that wi… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

CUNNINGHAM’S CORNER

FREE WIC and Putnam County, Part II

I wrote last week about Putnam County lawmakers’ pending decision to offload the WIC nutrition progam (Women, Infants, Children) to an outside non-profit agency, ostensibly to save the $100,000 to $125,000 the county expended last year and will spend this year. That amount is beyond the federal grant of $437,000 yearly. My goodness, you folks have some feelings about this. […]

Comments on County & WIC Misleading

To the Editor, I found the editorial “WIC Program on the Block” misleading and emotionally inflammatory: “At the end of the day, we’re talking about whether babies of 4 months or 6 months old, or children of 2 or 3 years old, and their mothers, have … Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to […]

On Saving $100,000

To the Editor: Thank you for your request for ideas to save Putnam County $100,000.00 at a go, which could help fund WIC, senior services, veterans’ services, etc. Here are a few things that occurred to me: To save more than $100,000.00: *Don’t buil… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

Gardening GUSTO

Game of Thorns, Season Three:

Illustration by Peter Gergely How to Save Your Roses from Pests and Diseases (with The Upgraded Sloppy Joe) It’s been a long, cool, wet spring. It’s difficult to believe, but we are still holding back some of our seedlings – baby tomatoes, pepp… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

CUNNINGHAM’S CORNER: The unfolding WIC program debacle

FREE WIC Program on the Block

For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ Deuteronomy 15:11, English Standard Version One of the things about irony is it often passes completely, entirely unnoticed. As it has done at the Putnam County […]

gardening GUSTO

Our Iris Interlude
(with Rotisserie Chicken Soup and Farro)

Illustration by Peter GergelyEveryone is talking about it: we have had an amazing spring for the stately, colorful, perfumed iris embellishing our gardens, popping up inside tree pits, and parading up and down Main Streets all over Putnam County. The… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

CUNNINGHAM’S CORNER

FREE And the Nominations Begin

No, it’s not the political season, at least not here, thank God. Merely the nominating season: What road in Putnam County most deservedly will wear the “corridor of death” moniker? I wrote last week about my experience with Route 9W, in Orange and Ulster counties. And asked simply, what road deserves that title in Putnam County? One nomination is below. […]


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