Reconnecting Rockland: “Back to Our Roots, Part 2”

Reconnecting Rockland: “Back to Our Roots, Part 2”

A forward thinking (and backward looking) monthly column on zoning, planning, and development by Jared Rodriguez, a Stony Point native and recent NYU grad schooled in civil engineering, architecture, and real estate development. Last month I discussed the world that my grandparents and great-grandparents left behind. All that survives of it are our old downtowns, […]

Which Flag Does She Salute?

Dear Editor, I find people like Terri Thal interesting. Why such disdain for the USA, its symbol, and a patriotic expression towards the flag? Is she still hanging on to some 1960s youthful angst? Has some government bureaucracy wronged her in some way so that she now hates all things American? Or is it, as […]

Miele’s Musings — “RAMAPO FLIPS OFF THE TAX CAP”

BY PUBLISHER EMERITUS ARMAND MIELE Last week, we reported in this paper that Ramapo Central’s proposed $128.58 million budget will, if passed, raise taxes by 2.86 percent, a good deal higher than Governor Cuomo’s 2 percent tax cap that was supposed to apply to all local taxing bodies. Supposedly the .86 percent excess is justified […]

CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

BY DIANE DIMOND In a groundbreaking work by journalist Susan Greene titled “The Gray Box,” it is revealed that tens of thousands of American prisoners are being held in prolonged states of solitary confinement in prisons across the country. Now, before you say, “Well, they were convicted criminals — that’s what they get!” let’s delve […]

DOLLARS and SEN$E

BY CHRIS HANLY Investment Consultant, Gary Goldberg Financial Services Noise on dividends and buybacks has reached an almost fevered pitch since Apple‘s (AAPL) $100 billion cash hoard came to light. Accordingly, I thought some context and perspective on dividends and buybacks was in order. Some advisors, brokers, and investors believe that share-buyback programs are “always” […]

MYSTERIOUS TREE CUTTING AT LETCHWORTH VILLAGE

MYSTERIOUS TREE CUTTING AT LETCHWORTH VILLAGE

Editor, Sometime between January 26 and February 4 of this year approximately 26 trees were suddenly cut down on Town of Stony Point property at Letchworth near Kirkbride Hall, behind the courthouse and other locations nearer to the road. Many of the trees were 10-12 inches in diameter and several were larger. The tree trunks […]