2017-04-19 / Commentary

Dogs and Cats: Equal Time

Cunningham's Corner
Douglas Cunningham


Douglas Cunningham is publisher and editor. Reach him at doug@pcnr.com. Letters to the editor, on this or other topics, are welcome. Send to editor@pcnr.com by 10 am Mondays. Douglas Cunningham is publisher and editor. Reach him at doug@pcnr.com. Letters to the editor, on this or other topics, are welcome. Send to editor@pcnr.com by 10 am Mondays. A three-day reprieve. Until Tuesday, April 18, that is. The tax man waits for no one, certainly not for very long. I have, again, great appreciation for small business people across New York. And for the accountants who keep us from making horrible, no good, very bad mistakes.

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My wife noted the paw prints on the PCNR vehicle this week. Little cats’ paws, surely using a high vantage point for hunting. Well, maybe just to look around, but let’s say he was hunting. Which means we are now, it’s confirmed, officially a newspaper of dogs and cats. Equal time, you might say. Not that the cat especially cares.

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I wrote last week about the cone of silence that seems to have descended over Haldane school. We shall see whether efforts are made to remedy this, rather than simply hope that the week’s recess just past caused everyone to forget that a principal left in virtual dark of night, and that some parents have little trust in the school’s methods of assessing and reviewing parent concerns. Doing stuff – like the wonderful field and the accompanying theater and locker room improvements completed in 2013, the last really big project at the school – takes a high degree of community trust. A high degree. I’m not sure Haldane has that, right now.

Maybe it’s just me, but I still marvel at that field, moreso having seen the iron-clad preparation that went into the proposal. It was going to be tax neutral, and it was not going to exceed $2 million. Some parents wanted lights, a concession stand, bells and whistles. They believed they could get it passed, and they may have been right. They were rebuffed, to keep it tax neutral and within the $2 million price tag. It passed. It had been pitched as tax-neutral; it was going to stay that way.

Even now, in my head, the words “a thing of beauty” turn over every time I walk by the field.

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Easter by the Numbers:

At the Cold Spring United Methodist Church's Easter egg hunt last week, a rousing turnout of 50 kids. They nabbed at least 2,250 eggs in a mere nine minutes. Fast work. And their soup supper Maundy Thursday featured six, yes, six, kinds of soup. That took a bit longer than nine minutes.

At at the Knights of Columbus Easter Egg hunt at Tots Park, there were 582 jelly beans in the jar. Sela Lant had guessed 580. That’s some pretty slick calculating.

Until next week.

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