- Cary Brunswick
Don't expect high scores from hungry students
It seems odd, almost irrational, to hear all the talk of the new Common Core teaching methods and tests to measure student and teacher performance without first figuring out how to address the biggest problem many schools face: poverty.
Obama's stuck between a rock and a hard place
Poor President Obama. If he hasn't had a rough enough time of it dealing with House Republicans lately, now the facts are surfacing that we have been spying on dozens of world leaders, many our allies.
Common Core had little input from educators
It seems as though every decade there are reforms, new curriculums or so-called higher standards coming out of Washington or Albany to make our schools and students perform better. They have been going on in earnest for 30 years now with no end in sight.
This shutdown stuff is making me nauseated
When my daughters were teenagers, they sometimes read a magazine called ``YM'' for ``Young and Modern.'' The publication had a regular feature titled ``Most Embarrassing Moments,'' where alleged teen girls would write in about publicly humiliating experiences, usually concerning with their bodily functions.
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013
'Birmingham Sunday' was civil
On Birmingham Sunday a noise shook the ground.
- Tuesday, September 3, 2013
A round of golf can keep you in stitches
Over the decades, I've been hit with a few stray balls while on the golf course, but I'd never been hit with a golf club, intentionally or otherwise, until last week.
- Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Lyme disease isn't the only tick malaise
An old friend who died recently had spent decades fighting against the health threats posed by nuclear power, fracking and many other forms of pollution. But it wasn't man-made toxins that took him down; it was a tick.
- Tuesday, August 6, 2013
School district's personnel moves make little sense
It is hard to believe, I know, but for the second time in seven years the Oneonta school district will be paying $100,000 or more for an administrator to sit in the bus garage to serve as transportation director.
- Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Minimum wage, food stamps have their place
Actions by congressional Republicans this year show they apparently have declared an all-out war against low-income citizens and the poor.
- Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Halting pipeline a matter of environmental morality
Have you ever seen a photograph of the Alberta tar sands, the Canadian oil fields that would be the source of the crude flowing through the proposed Keystone XL pipeline?
- Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Privacy is a right, not a privilege
Sixty years ago, on June 19, 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in the electric chair at Sing Sing after being convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage.
- Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Book-banning has a tendency to backfire
So what does the 1960s game show ``What's My Line'' got to do with the Bloomsday festivities occurring in Dublin, Ireland, this week? Surprisingly, there is a link.
- Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Envisioning a world without terror
- Tuesday, May 14, 2013
We've become our own worst enemies
The past month has been marked by a seeming unprecedented number of man-made tragedies, as distinct from those caused by violent outbursts of the natural world, such as earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis.
- Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Plenty of blame to go around for Bangladesh horror
After last week's act of ``corporate terrorism'' in Bangladesh, the irony is that worker advocates there are asking western consumers not to boycott the retailers or the clothing linked to the poor Asian nation's garment industry.
- Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Obama is going against his word on Social Security
President Obama in his proposed budget posited cuts to Social Security cost-of-living increases as a way to get Republicans to go along with higher taxes on the wealthy. It's a strategy that's likely doomed to fail, and if it doesn't, it will tarnish his legacy as a Democratic president.
- Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Reflecting on a Florida trip
After spending two months in Florida, on the southwest coast, I have returned with a few major impressions of the region's wildlife, and some experiences that are entirely unique for me.
- Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Those magnificent spies in their flying machines
- Tuesday, March 5, 2013
2nd Amendment needs rewritten for 21st century
Over the years, I have written mostly about peace and the way our world leaders infringe upon it with war, personal freedom and the way our government tries to steal some away, and the environment, which is under constant assault by corporations.
- Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Cuomo, Obama aren't necessarily environmentalists
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Obama both are stalling on making major environmental decisions on energy development proposals. Meanwhile, the opposition is building as the climate-change issue gains momentum with each new statistic and extreme weather event.
- Don't expect high scores from hungry students