- 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).
- Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Internet tax would benefit local businesses
Let's suppose you're the owner of a bicycle business in our area, and a customer comes in to look at a new bike. He asks you questions about it, maybe even sits on it or takes it for a spin. He compares it with other models, looks at the color and checks out what would be the best size for him.
Leadership lacking in Manor decision
Because sacrifice for American ideals was universal, a child born today inherits a turnkey country, most of which was built and paid for since 1940. Roads, bridges, schools, airports, weather equipment, the USPS, colleges, hospitals, communications, medical and commercial technologies -- enough to add 15 years to the average life, all local, county, state and national parks and buildings, and our military were added through citizen labor and taxes. Add war costs except President George W. Bush's.
Extremists threaten our national security
Last Sept. 11, there was total lack of, and disregard for, security in Benghazi, and four American lives were lost at the American Embassy, for Pete's sake!
- Tuesday, May 7, 2013
To the city of Oneonta's tree giveaway, the town of Hartwick's "Clean Sweep" day, and Bassett Healthcare's patient-centered medical home program.
Water a commodity worth protecting
Raised in the 1940s and 1950s, I never thought water would be such a hot commodity. Clean water, for the most part, was a given, but not anymore.
Gibson must take action on guns
The following is a message I sent to my representative in Washington:
- Monday, May 6, 2013
In our opinion: Take steps to prevent fire tragedy
Oftentimes it takes a tragedy to remind us to do the little things that may save our lives.
Newman Development good for city
As a center city resident and landlord, I too am concerned about the Newman Development.
Columnists' opinions were misleading
I urge that you publish a response to the misleading statements about the Social Security Disability program that were presented in your paper in the columns by Froma Harrop, so called "From the Left," and Pat Buchanan.