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Steven H. Kurlander was born and raised in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. He graduated from Cornell University and the University of Buffalo Law School.

After being admitted to the New York State Bar, Kurlander practiced law in Monticello, New York and was elected twice as a Sullivan County Legislator. He also worked there as a correspondent, photographer, and columnist for local daily and weekly newspapers. Kurlander founded and published a free weekly community newspaper, The Independent Weekly Review in the Catskills and Hudson Valley the 1990s.

Kurlander moved to South Florida in 2000 and has worked in the technology and real estate sectors. He was also Victory Field Director for the McCain/Palin campaign in Palm Beach County and was recognized as one of the campaign’s top grass roots organizers.

Today, Kurlander is a regular columnist with the Sun Sentinel and Florida Voices. He is a Communications Strategist consultant to politicians and small businesses. He also publishes a blog called Kurly's Kommentary, which can be found at
Kurlander lives with his wife Jodi and daughter Hannah in Rock Hill, New York and practices law in Monticello, New York. His son Aaron attends the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in New York City.

Entries by Steven Kurlander

A Pet Peeve Against 'Pet Parenting' -- Time to Push Back Against Equating Animals With Children

(291) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 1:24 PM

The other day I was winding down, lying half comatose on the couch watching cable network news when I was tossed out of my stupor by a PetSmart commercial.

It featured a couple of "new parents" who adopt not one but two puppies from its store.

"What's it...

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The Required Metaphysical Metamorphosis of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC

(11) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 12:21 PM

There was a report last week that the Democratic Party, which is coming off a huge midterm defeat in the recent congressional elections, is doing some soul-searching.

The Democratic National Committee released a preliminary report from its "Democratic Victory Task Force" outlining a number of steps to improve...

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Harshing Brian Williams

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 11:40 PM

I don't know about you, but I'm really feeling sorry for NBC's Brian Williams.

Seriously, did anyone ever have any expectation of depth, truthfulness, or quality reporting from him?

Maybe I feel this way because I'm a serious news junkie and, as such, I read a lot more than watch...

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Romney Redux: Jeb Bush Should Think Twice About Playing to Iowa GOP

(2) Comments | Posted February 8, 2015 | 4:40 PM

With Mitt Romney announcing that he will not seek the GOP presidential endorsement again, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is positioned to be the uncontested "establishment" favorite to run in 2016.

But a newBloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll spells trouble for Jeb. He's already "toast"...

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The NFL Meets the WWE: The Deflating of the Super Bowl

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 9:44 AM

The Super Bowl is only days away, yet if you open the sports pages, there's not much real football being written about.

The rancor surrounding the game sounds more like a scripted build-up to a WWE WrestleMania than the biggest game in legitimate American sports.

The whole build-up to Sunday's...

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Give All Americans a Mandatory Civics Exam

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 8:08 PM

Most of us who are born American citizens take for granted the basic freedoms and affluent way of life that our country gives us.

Living in the U.S.A., we're spoiled because we don't encounter abysmal poverty, despotism and the lack of value of human life that exists in the rest...

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Truly Bad Grits: The GOP's Curse of the South

(40) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 2:13 PM

With convening of the 114th Congress and the swearing in this week of new governors and state representatives, the GOP on paper is sitting very pretty in the Capitol and the nation's statehouses.

Republicans now hold majorities in both the U.S. House and the Senate. They also hold 32 governorships...

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Race Relations in the Catskills: A Letter to Sandra Cuellar Oxford

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 11:16 AM

Dear Sandra:

As we discussed last week, I am writing this letter (ok, its really an op-ed) to not only congratulate you on becoming the new Sullivan County NAACP president, but also to offer you some of my insights on race relations here in Sullivan County.

The purpose...

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Feeling Less Thankful on This Thanksgiving Holiday

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 11:49 PM

Last year, I wrote a Thanksgiving article where I beckoned my readers to really sit back a moment on Thanksgiving and appreciate our greatness of our nation's institutions such as Congress, even if they were stocked with useless, enriched turkeys who were failing to serve their purpose.


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True Expectations: Catskill Casinos Mean Jobs, Period.

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 8:46 AM

Once upon a time, there was a popular slogan in the Catskills that summed up the reason why most residents living the antithesis of the American Dream in the region favored the building of casinos in the once renown resort area.

"Casinos mean jobs."

Those three words defined the dream...

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Getting Rid of "Ghost" Structures: Perceiving the Catskills as a Place of Renewal, Not Decay

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 1:28 PM

With or without the citing of one or two casino gaming destination resorts, it's certain that the Catskills encompassing both Sullivan County and southern Ulster have turned the corner and are on their way back to economic viability.

It's also certain that such a statement would be met with great...

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Voting in Absentia: Why I Would Cast My Ballot for Charlie Crist in Florida

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 12:48 PM

Occasionally, refugees who have settled in the US, including naturalized citizens, cast ballots in elections that take place in their origin countries that allow them to vote in absentia and in effect allow them to still have an impact on events in those countries.

I used to...

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A New Beginning in the Catskills: No More Bungalows

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 11:33 AM

The Town of Fallsburg in Sullivan County recently put forth a number of changes to its zoning laws that would essentially limit the building of new bungalows.

The purpose of the new changes is simple.

"It is the intent of the Town of Fallsburg to not promote the...

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Even With 'Gaffes,' Biden Building Momentum for Democratic Nomination in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 11:31 AM

If you follow Vice President Joe Biden, you know he has a reputation for being politically incorrect and too blunt.

Recently, he made a series of comments that earned him the title of "Having The Worst Week in Washington" from the Washington Post. In September,...

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A September Contrast: Classy Jeter vs. NFL Misfit 'Switch' Hitters

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 12:07 PM

September is usually a time in American sports when devoted sports fans are treated to both baseball pennant races and the start of the NFL season. Traditionally, it's a time when stars are born and veterans build their legacies.

September 2014 has been a bit different, a season of contrasts....

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We Should Encourage Obama to Play More Golf, Not Less

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 5:25 PM

Does our president really play too much golf these days?

That's the question being debated lately after questions were raised about President Obama's commitment toward dealing with foreign policy problems in the Middle East and the Ukraine and racial tensions in Ferguson, Mo.


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Gaza and Obama's Castigation of Israel: A Sign of the Growing Insignificance of the 'Jewish Vote' in American Politics

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 9:56 AM

For the moment, the prolific images on CNN of bleeding and maimed Gazan children being used as human shields by Hamas in hospitals have ceased. So has the castigation by the White House of Israel's use of harsh military force to stop the rockets from being shot from these humanitarian...

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A Necessary Intervention: The Need to Bring Back Teddy's Big Stick for the Border Children

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 5:42 AM

The debate about our failed immigration policies is back in full force in the American consciousness with the recent news of tens of thousands of "children" trekking to our southern border dominating the headlines.

It's been described as a "humanitarian" disaster, further evidence of a failed immigration policy that for...

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Next Year in Philadelphia: A July 4th Afterthought

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 11:13 AM

by Steven Kurlander

Like every year, many patriotic editorials and articles were written July 4 holiday, about the significance of the Declaration of Independence, the tremendous impact it's had on Western civilization, and the bravery of those patriots who told the British to kiss...

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Enforcing Good Behavior: The Checkout Line Shouldn't Be the Front Line in Battling Alcohol and Drug Abuse

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 8:37 AM

It seems that teenagers are not being as bad as they used to be.

A new study of 13, 000 American teenagers by the Centers for Disease Control has found that our nation's youth are drinking and smoking less than previous years.


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