“Reel Irish” celebrates traditional Irish music at WIOX

Community Voices

Tom Wadsworth was a musician before he was a program host; a fact obvious when his “Reel Irish” airs on WIOX Radio. For about 20 years, Wadsworth has played the Uilleann bagpipes, a traditional Irish instrument. He was teaching the art to Richie Berger, the original host of the Saturday program and when Berger left for college, Wadsworth took over […]

Anti-Semitism deserves more effort than a photo op

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made another of his surprise visits to the area last week, this time to deplore outrageous anti- Semitic incident by a 21-year old man to an 18-year-old female co-worker at the Mother Earth’s Storehouse health food store in the Town of Ulster. William Sullivan was arrested for second-degree aggravated harassment for allegedly shutting off the lights of […]

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

According to the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), more than five million Americans are estimated to have a developmental disability. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that one in six children, 15 percent, are currently being diagnosed with a developmental disability or delay. Developmental disabilities occur among all socioeconomic groups and races. These disabilities are defined […]

Poets save people

To the Editor: In 1991 my first husband shot me in the chest with a shotgun. In 1996 my younger brother killed himself with a shotgun. There was Columbine and Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, Walmart and Parkland. Everyday approximately 100 people don’t escape death as I did. I can’t list all the cities and all the statistics of gun violence […]

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DEC Forest Rangers Town of Denning Ulster County

On March 9, DEC Central Dispatch received a call from Sullivan County 911 regarding a 57-year-old man having chest pains while hiking to the top of Table Mountain in the Slide Mountain Wilderness Area. Communications were poor and the patient was nearly four miles from the Denning Trailhead, which made the mountain rescue challenging. Three different groups of rescuers, including […]

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NY needs early voting To the Editor: New York State can now join 32 other states, including such liberal bastions as Texas and South Dakota, in allowing no excuse early voting; but only if the state budget contains dedicated funding for this purpose. New legislation allowing for nine days of early voting before each election beginning this year was signed […]

From hopeless to hopeful

The “opioid crisis” has taken its toll on our country, our county and our communities. We sue the term “opioid crisis” with reservations because the substance abuse/mental health crisis this region faces goes way beyond the opioids which have gained national attention and exacerbated a long-standing problem of poverty, depression, alcohol and other substance abuse which have had a grip […]

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