- Letters to the Editor
- Thursday, March 28, 2013
James Groves' smile warmed the soul
On March 16, the world got a little colder and darker. You wouldn't have noticed it, because you weren't lucky enough to know my nephew, James Edison Groves III. His smile warmed your soul and lit up the area. He died in Afghanistan in a helicopter crash that day. James made rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3 and was the pilot of a Bell OH-58 Kiowa.Continued ...
- Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Elected officials ignoring public wishes
On March 6, I was one of a great many that attended, as well as one of the large number that spoke out against the terrible idea of privatizing one of Otsego County's treasures; Otsego Manor.Continued ...
County being devious regarding Manor
Look out, citizens! We're about to be LHC'd. That stands for Local Housing Corporation, and it's our county council's way of unloading Otsego Manor without seeming to do the dirty deed itself.Continued ...
- Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Complaints about wealthy are misguided
In his recent letter to The Daily Star, Alan Kaplan seems to think that there is a pile of money somewhere that should be shared equally among all of us. Somehow the very wealthy got there first and took an unfair share for themselves and should be made to give it back.Continued ...
CSO put on great show
My family and I went to the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, which was showing Cherish the Ladies.Continued ...
- Monday, March 25, 2013
Governor wrong on SAFE Act
I am a Democrat and I support Gov. Cuomo. However, I part ways with him on the SAFE Act.Continued ...
- Saturday, March 23, 2013
- In your Opinion: Oneonta mayor is political tool
- Friday, March 22, 2013
Worth spending more for Manor care
I am an Otsego county resident and taxpayer, I am also an Otsego County employee. I do not feel that selling our county run nursing home to the "highest qualified" bidder is in the best interest of this county or its public.Continued ...
War illustrates danger of multi-round guns
I am a combat veteran of World War II and I am grateful that the Germans, like us, had only single-shot rifles with small clips and they tended to be lousy shots. Had they had multi-shot assault weapons like those so disputed now, I would be dead. They could have just sprayed the area as the killer in Connecticut did with those children. Those guns make killing so easy.Continued ...
- Thursday, March 21, 2013
GOP needs the rich to survive
Thomas Hungerford, an analyst with the Congressional Research Service, reports that capital gains tax cuts are by far the largest driver of income inequality. Studies show that the income of the top 1 percent of Americans has been increasing dramatically. Most Americans depend on wages that are subject to a graduated tax, but capital gains have a rate cap, which is currently 20 percent.Continued ...
- Wednesday, March 20, 2013
National debt is a national disgrace
What bold-faced lies we must listen to. According to our president; the sky would fall if sequestration occurred. First off, it was his idea in order to prevent problems before election, but never mind whose idea it was … it's all bogus. The 2012 budget was $3.796 trillion and the proposed 2013 was $3.803 trillion. That was an increase of .007 trillion dollars or about $7 billion. So a few level-headed Washington types said that we cannot continue borrowing from China and expect our grandchildren to pay the bill. We should not have an increase in our spending but a decrease. And it needs to be large enough to reverse the national debt.Continued ...
Article headlinewas misleading
Would the editors of The Star care to explain why they titled an AP report of Obama's suggestion that early childhood education be expanded, as "Obama's pre-K plan draws jeers"?Continued ...
- Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Beware of banks' 'courtesy payments'
Big banks were finally brought to court in class-action lawsuits for their surreptitious fee schemes. Neighborhood-friendly credit unions, swelling with defecting customers, got on board and simply changed the marketing rhetoric of their schemes by making the fees optional: "Opt in (the magic can't-sue words) to our overdraft service and never fall short again."Continued ...
- Monday, March 18, 2013
Law enforcement showed heroism
Words here cannot fully express the heroism displayed among members of the Herkimer area police community during the initial response, investigation, and subsequent manhunt for shooting suspect Kurt Myers.Continued ...
- I won't be fooled by Seward again
- Saturday, March 16, 2013
Development will spell ruin for Oneonta
Our city planners are rolling the dice with the economic future of Oneonta. Newman Development Group LLC is poised to build a private student housing complex near SUCO. With student and other apartment vacancies at a 10-year high, and around 80 unoccupied houses, Oneonta has no need for a three-story 325-bed student complex.Continued ...
- Friday, March 15, 2013
Judgment on fracking must wait for science
I am writing to praise Gov. Cuomo for taking the wise step of delaying approval of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) until data can be assembled that truly represent the implications of fracking for human health. I would further urge the governor to delay his decision until data regarding the long-term economic, social, and ecological impacts of fracking are collected, analyzed and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. It would be careless for drilling to begin until thorough studies are completed.Continued ...
- Thursday, March 14, 2013
Truth has been well hidden in plain sight
If a truth falls into the fourth estate, why can't we hear it?Continued ...
- Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Class divide seems to be getting worse
The disparity between the "haves" and the "have-nots" (and theyâ€™ll never become the haves at this rate) is astonishing.Continued ...
- Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Reps should not encourage unlawfulness
Shame on Mr. Seward and Mr. Crouch for smearing their good names and participating in a rally promoting misunderstanding of New York's new gun legislation -- with rally participants shouting, "We will not comply." I'm sorry, but the law is the law, regardless of your personal beliefs, and as legislators, you are committed to upholding the law -- not lending your support to mob action in defiance of the law.Continued ...