de·bate noun \di-ˈbāt, dē-\ Definition of DEBATE : a contention by words or arguments: as a : the formal discussion of a motion before a deliberative body according to the rules of parliamentary procedure b : a regulated discussion of a proposition between two matched sides

Due to weather conditions and prior engagements, the writers here at the Hudson Valley News Lies were  unable to atttend this year's debate. With the exception of the promotion on the HP Chamber of Commerce website and by the HV News, there was no other information available. Last year's debate was advertised in the Poughkeepsie Journal. As of today's edition, there is still no coverage of the event. Is it that a legitimate periodical considers the debate not to be newsworthy?

According to attendees there was a rather interesting occurence.  Mr. Jim Langan was a no-show. Instead, John Coppola moderated the event. Where is Mr. Langan, the Madoff of Hyde Park. Has he pulled a Houdini?

The debate itself was rather comical according to those that attended. Rather than a debate, it was an affair of agreement. "I have to agree with you...' was the catch phrase of the evening.

Mr. Kakish apparently knew nothing and Ms. Rohr knew a little more.  Considering Mr. Kakish has a desire to practice law, he should be aware that the profession is nothing more than ultimately a series of arguments and debates based upon prior case law. If his idea of debating is making agreements with the other party, he will be in for a rather large surprise when he fails miserably in court. Can you imagine a defense attorney agreeing with the prosection on a felony murder case throughout the court proceedings.

The two candidates have now been labeled the 'Goofy Gophers' after those two comical Looney Tunes characters that were in constant agreement with each other.