- Guest Column
- Friday, December 3, 2010
Schools can help promote health and nutrition
Parents, schools, and the community, with the support of the health care system, can have a real and lasting impact on the health and nutrition of our children. This fall the Bassett Healthcare Network launched an initiative with five area schools that aims to do just that as part of the Healthy Schools, N.Y. campaign.
Northrup and Muehl are first-rate district attorneys
Residents of Delaware and Otsego counties should feel fortunate to be protected by their respective district attorneys -- Richard Northrup and John Muehl. I have opposed hundreds of prosecutors at the state and federal levels, and can say without hesitation that these two men are among the fairest, most knowledgeable and hardest-working prosecutors I've ever faced.
Hydraulic fracturing poses grave dangers
It's nightmare season for the animals
The hunting season is here once again. And while hunters strap on their boots, don their hunting gear, take out their guns and head for the woods, it is hardly a time of celebration for the animals soon to be victimized by the exploits of the hunters. No, for the animals it is the season of the nightmare.
Property rights argument doesn't support gas drilling
In a Nov. 12 article in the Daily Star, Otsego County Rep. Stephen Fournier predicted that banning natural gas drilling would give leaseholders the right to bring lawsuits under the Takings Doctrine. This is the legal concept stemming from eminent domain that if government regulations are so onerous that a property owner no longer has any economically beneficial use of his property, the government must pay the property owner for that land at its fair market value had the regulations not been in place, because the government has figuratively "taken" the entire value of his property. Mr. Fournier, an obvious proponent of private property rights, is letting his pro-drilling ideology trump reality.
- Saturday, October 30, 2010
Brand captures what makes Oneonta special
I am impressed with and buoyed by the passion of the criticism, controversy and feelings expressed by so many about the "City of the Hills" and "Life Enjoyed."
Tired of all the fighting?
“I can’t believe the way that they are disrespecting our President, the leader of the free world,” the woman in front of me said. “It’s horrible, I have never seen anything like this in my life,” she commented.
- Saturday, October 9, 2010
Now is the time for Sidney to show strength
I have been following the unfortunate controversy in my hometown of Sidney regarding the Islamic cemetery with some concern. The town does not benefit from its new-found fame, and it tends to paint an incomplete picture of Sidney residents. I graduated from Sidney High School in 1976 and lived on Wheat Hill Road in Sidney Center in the 1980s. I worked on the farms there; started the Sidney Center (Maywood) Historical Society and served as its president; and helped create the museum in the O&W railroad depot. I'd like to share a few lessons that I have learned from Sidney's history.
- Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Environmental movement is polluting minds
The environmental movement has polluted our country and the minds of our youth. Never has there been such an agenda with so little science, so much emotion and so little common sense.
- Saturday, September 4, 2010
Drilling won't necessarily bring jobs for locals
While I was preparing for my first trip to the Marcellus Shale region, I was approached by someone who lived in upstate New York to discuss the issues going on in DISH, as well as the Barnett Shale in general.
- Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The media needs a true journalist to expose the truth
Chuck Pinkey is pinch-hitting this week for Tom Sears, who is working on a project. Sears’ column will resume upon his return.
- Saturday, August 28, 2010
Red Cross pushes for more disaster preparedness
Many people know the Red Cross for its disaster relief work or blood donations, but helping people be prepared for emergencies is another important part of our work.
- Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Local column: Little said about health effects of drilling
Although opponents of the "hydrofracking" method of drilling for natural gas have raised many concerns about potential for contamination of water and air, little has been written about what this would mean for human health.
- Saturday, August 21, 2010
Local column: An alternative to signing with 'Land Man'
Recently I read a commentary by Marti Stayton concerning gas drilling. I had the pleasure of meeting Marti five years ago when she assisted me in my unsuccessful quest for political office. Marti is extremely bright, articulate and an outstanding legislator.
- Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Chuck Pinkey: ‘Ancient history’: A simpler time, not so long ago
Last week we were on vacation at the Finger Lakes. My wife and me, our two daughters, my son and his fiancee all piled into a small cottage for a week of fun in the sun. Had the makings of a real disaster.
- Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Immigrants should become Americans legally
CHUCK PINKEY is pinch-hitting this week for Tom Sears while Sears is in Romania. Sears’ column will resume upon his return.
- Saturday, July 31, 2010
Science supports medical marijuana
This is in response to Julia Dostal's column of July 17 about medical marijuana. She is largely misinformed.
Guest Column: 'Mostly safe' not good enough for gas drilling risks
- Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Mothers show greatest love of country
Having recently attended the Rally for America sponsored by Steve Anderson in Sidney, one’s thoughts are fixed on God and country. This remarkable event spotlights the patriotism and sacrifice of our veterans. Our debt to them can never be paid.
Mothers show greatest love of country
Editor’s note: Chuck Pinkey is pinch-hitting this week for Tom Sears, who is in Romania. Sears’ column will resume upon his return.