At Your Service by Maggie Inge

At Your Service by Margaret Inge is a weekly column that examines a number of business issues directly related to the Central Catskills’ service economy.

At Your Service: Oct. 1, 2008

When I logged on to file the column that I had written for this week, I received the disturbing news that Congress did not pass what is commonly referred to as the “bail out bill.” While I know more than many about the workings of Wall Street, everything I know is not enough to understand the complexities of the need for this legislation. So, I do not have an opinion on whether it is the right or wrong thing for our government to do.

At Your Service: September 24, 2008

He’s 97 years old and every day he visits his wife of 72 years in the nursing home. He took care of her at home until she needed more than he could provide. “We did it all together; it is so hard to go on without her by my side,” he says. His visits are as close as they can get to being together again. So, given the choice, he chooses to buy the gas for the trip rather than eat three meals a day.

At Your Service: September 10, 2008

This fall on television begins the last season of the long-term hit series "ER," the show that brought us George Clooney and nonstop action in a metropolitan emergency room. A visit to our own MMH ER tells a similar yet very different story and gave me the chance to meet some local stars.

At Your Service: September 3, 2008

Dreams are the lofty stuff of which futures are made. As we humans aspire to improve our lot on this earth, we envision that which is beyond our reality and call it our dreams. For the last couple of centuries, this country has been the source of dreams for millions of people.
The yearning for religious freedom carried British and Dutch subjects over hazardous waters to these shores. As settlements were established, other Europeans followed their dreams to this land. When the ties to their nations of origin became oppressive, they fought for independence, declaring themselves to be The United States of America. In the proclamation that declared their intentions, they wrote that it was a self-evident truth that “all men are created equal.”

At Your Service: August 27, 2008

In these weeks that are ending and just before us, we are being treated to a great deal of spectacle. The Olympics in Beijing included the most elaborate opening and closing ceremonies ever conceived, sandwiching incredible accomplishments by athletes from many nations. Ahead are the Democratic and Republican conventions where dynamic speeches and rhetoric will be enhanced by wide screen presentations and other tech-based fanfare.