- Friday, May 17, 2013
Hoping many will adopt a grave
It's that time of year again; adopt a grave. I am hoping when you buy flowers or a plant for a family member or friend's grave that you will buy some for another grave. I wish everyone would open up their heart and honor someone else by putting flowers on their grave. My hope is that groups, families and youth groups adopt a cemetery or a grave, and at least once a year that person or persons will be remembered. I started out with two and now am up to 14. It doesn't have to be expensive; just what your heart tells you to do.
- Thursday, May 16, 2013
IRS, Justice actions violate our trust
After the recent actions of the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Justice Department, belief in the integrity of our government is hanging by a very slender thread.
Blame Dems for Social Security woes
In his inaugural address President Kennedy said: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.'
- Wednesday, May 15, 2013
After 40 years, it was time to get married
This newspaper publishes lots of wedding announcements, but one that appeared prominently in Monday's edition was especially heartwarming.
Newman housing would benefit city
I would like to comment on the excellent letter written recently by Alan Cleinman concerning the "Newman Development."
Paying what you can afford won't work
Our president said:
- Tuesday, May 14, 2013
To three longtime public servants who recently announced their decisions to leave their posts.
What will happen when Manor is gone?
Iâ€™m writing this letter as I was unable to attend the Otsego Countyâ€™s board meeting in regards to the sale of the Otsego Manor. My grandmother is 75 and resides at the Otsego Manor; she has for the last three years. The county has a lien on her home to recoup money that they have spent out in regards to Medicaid. My family does not mind this as we are thankful the staff is able to provide the care we cannot.
We must move ahead to thrive
Recently, we had some compelling letters and opinions on the gas industry and how it can benefit local economies. Marie Lusins' letter explained how the Manor home and its woes could be, or could have been saved with vertical-well gas drilling.
- Monday, May 13, 2013
Military culture of abuse must change
Public scrutiny crucial to governing
We in Delaware County are often asked by Otsego County residents why there is not a stronger county-wide response to fracking or pipelines or the closing of county homes.
Pa.'s water troubles may help New York
The biggest concern I hear from my neighbors about New York state developing natural gas has to do with drinking water protection.
- Saturday, May 11, 2013
Remember mothers on their day
Passenger trains could ride again
It has been in the news recently about how more and more people are riding on Amtrak trains these days. I wish there were more passenger trains nationwide. Passenger trains have not gone through Oneonta since the early 1960s. At that time, the automobile took over and our new interstate highway system was formed.
Pipeline won't spell destruction of park
I live in the city of Oneonta. There are sewer lines, gas lines and telephone poles surrounding me. The street my house is on has constant vehicle traffic, joggers and walkers. Even so, I have to treat all of my flowers and shrubs to prevent the deer from eating them. (Even on my front porch and rear deck.) There are lots of birds. There would probably be more if the squirrels did not eat the bird seed. I must be careful not to leave a door ajar or the chipmunks will come into my house. Daily, I see rabbits, raccoons, woodchucks, wild turkeys, skunks and fox. Last year, I think I even saw a coy dog.
- Friday, May 10, 2013
In Our Opinion: Cellphone alert system can only help
Since the early days of radio, broadcasters have been able to break into programming to alert listeners about dangerous situations.
U.S. spending priorities misplaced
Here are some recent headlines that make my stomach turn:
- Thursday, May 9, 2013
Home rule decision is good for all
What lawyer Thomas West called an "exit strategy" for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, we call common sense, plain and simple.
Animals' lives are worth saving
People have been complaining about how animal shelters are putting animals down too quickly. Some say animal shelters are to give animals a happy life. Others say it is too much or a waste of money. Some people simply don't care. Most people think animals should be nurtured no matter the cost.
Board rushed to judgment on Manor sale
The Otsego Manor sale was transferred to a limited development corporation, based on the mysteriously expanding financial model of $5.6 million (according to Otsego County Dan Crowell), to $8 million, then $11 million (according to interim county treasurer Russell Bachman).