Pop-up ads are annoying
Reading The Daily Star online has become an unpleasant experience due to the relentless amount of pop-up ads. Every time a link is selected to navigate to a different part of the paper, something pops up or flies across the screen.
I understand that advertising is an important part of the business; however, the online "experience" of reading The Star is irritating and must surely be turning people off.
New York should welcome natural gas development
Natural gas is more efficient than solar power. When the anti-gas people mention solar power, they don't mention the high initial cost, the fact that it isn't always sunny in upstate New York, the cost of a battery, maintenance, etc. The initial costs and maintenance cost make solar power far too expensive for people working hard to even make ends meet.
Natural gas is giving people an opportunity to pay their taxes and keep their homes. It's horrible that there are people out there trying to deny property rights and promote unobtainable goals at this point in time. Let natural gas be the bridge to an energy independent country. It's time for New York to open its door to natural gas exploration!
Town official went too far
I recently attended a town board meeting in Sidney where rude, disrespectful behavior from the supervisor toward other board members and the public was in evidence again. When asked by attendees to stop talking loudly with the town attorney while the town clerk was attempting to give her report, Mr. McCarthy hollered, "shut up" at those citizens. Afterward, Supervisor McCarthy attempted to criminalize opposition to his bullying, abusive tactics.
On May 3, a resident of Sidney received the following letter from Town Supervisor McCarthy on official town of Sidney letterhead:
"Dear Mr. (name withheld)
"You were asked to leave the April 19, 2012, Sidney Town Board meeting after engaging in disruptive behavior. You refused to leave. This is to inform you that you are barred from all future Town Board meetings and you will be arrested and charged with disorderly conduct if you try to attend.
"Sincerely Bob McCarthy,
"Town of Sidney Supervisor"
Banning a resident from attending a public meeting under threat of arrest is an abuse of public office. This is an egregious violation of an American citizen's right to participate in local government and a misuse of the office of town supervisor. This matter should be looked into by state officials and the press. The resources of the police department should not be used to wage a political vendetta.
McNulty is a member of Concerned Citizens of Sidney.