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Anne Pyburn Craig 
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Re: “A Guide to Delaware County: The Catskills Brigadoon

I apologize to anyone who was left out! Space limitations meant that MANY great places went sadly unmentioned. This was in no way intended as a diss. Typically, once we start including a region in our Community Pages, it will be revisited in the future, and we hope to get to more of you wonderful folks next time.

Posted by Anne Pyburn Craig on 12/14/2017 at 2:00 PM

Re: “A Guide to Delaware County: The Catskills Brigadoon

I really felt like I could have gone on and on. Everyone I spoke with had so much to say that was interesting, and there are so many more places worth mentioning! Hopefully, this is just the beginning of Luminary's Catskills coverage.

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Posted by Anne Pyburn Craig on 12/05/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Red Hook, Rhinebeck, & Tivoli: Hudson Valley Classics

Many thanks to those of you who have chimed in here with favorites! And apologies to those whose favorite features were left out.The truth is, writing a fully inclusive guide to this area would take thousands more words than I had at my disposal. My hope is to motivate people to go and explore these villages and find more wonders on their own.

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Posted by Anne Pyburn Craig on 06/29/2016 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Op-Ed: A Mother Reacts to Sheriff Van Blarcum's Comments

Well then, let's allow the CDC to study gun violence, shall we? Then we will presumably have better data.

To characterize all 10,000 carry permit holders as uniformly cool-headed and law abiding is unrealistic. To get a permit, as I understand the process, you need a background check (some of the most dangerous folks anywhere are the ones who just haven't been caught yet) and four character references. They aren't all drunken bullies or vigilantes by any means, but neither are they fully known quantities. (Nor are police; thanks for pointing that out.)

The ones you know, or Sheriff Van Blarcum knows, may be wonderful, but that tells us nothing about the other nine thousand and some. Some people get carry permits because they're embroiled in a dispute with someone, others because they tend toward paranoia, others because it lends a feeling of empowerment. And now every last one of them feels that it's a civic duty to carry everywhere they go.

The chances that someone will misread a situation and escalate the level of violence in it by pulling one of those 10,000 guns to do something other than stop an active shooter are unfortunately huge. We all want to believe that "people like us" don't make those mistakes, but the countless cases of needless escalation and people being shot for no good reason say otherwise. Emotion, self interest, and anxiety are variables that aren't permanently stabilized by training or revealed by a background check, nor are they ruled out because four people think someone is OK and convince a judge.

Sadly, the less stable the weapon holder, the more likely he or she may be to mis-hear the sheriff's words (which I believe were well intended) as a dispensation and a call for semi-deputies. I know it was not his intention, and I know CCW holders don't want to hear it, but this statement does make Ulster County a more dangerous place.

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Posted by Anne Pyburn Craig on 12/05/2015 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Book Review: "Rope & Bone" and "Ruin Falls"

Jenny, your book was so much fun!

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Posted by Anne Pyburn Craig on 01/09/2015 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Woodstock: 10 Things to Know

No, Debbie, he wasn't born there, as a lot of people on the list weren't. I was referring specifically to the Wikipedia page and the big long list of names on it. You got me curious, though, and I looked around and found a reference to him living there briefly in the late 60s while working with Bob Dylan. He was also a Pete Seeger booster, which I hadn't realized.

But hey, it's Wikipedia; there may be people on that list that never set foot in New York State. As stated, I was remarking on the (unique in my experience) fact that "notable people from Woodstock" gets its own page, rather than a subhead.

Hope you liked the story otherwise! Best regards.

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Posted by Anne Pyburn Craig on 12/02/2014 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Best Food Forward

Wow, John, that is AWESOME and I'm sorry I missed out on talking to you about what that was like. Thanks for sharing yet another element in the convergence.

I grew up in the Town of Newburgh, and my parents used to take us straight to the farms for whole milk and fresh eggs, pumpkins and apples. I watched that town lose most all its farmland to simply awful fates, and it thrills me that a lot of people are now paying intelligent attention.

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Posted by Anne Pyburn Craig on 03/04/2014 at 5:11 PM

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