- Cary Brunswick
- Tuesday, March 4, 2014
It's time for warmer relations with Cuba
It has been 55 years since Fidel Castro and his bands of nationalist fighters and supporters took over the government of Cuba. The United States immediately took issue with that regime change, and ever since has had serious problems with the tiny nation just south of the Florida Keys.
- Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Unconventional events changed my outlook
On the night of Aug. 28, 1968, I put away my books, turned on the 13-inch, black-and-white television and sat down to check on the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. I hadnâ€™t planned to watch it, since Vice President Hubert Humphrey was supposed to be a shoo-in for the presidential nomination. But I had heard reports on the radio of unrest both inside and outside the convention hall, so I decided to tune in.
- Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Keystone XL pipeline is still a terrible idea
It is hard to believe, in fact unbelievable, that a government report could claim that the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline would have no major impact on the environment and not contribute to more airborne carbon pollution.
- Tuesday, January 21, 2014
We shouldn't trade privacy for security
If it were not for Edward Snowden, President Barack Obama would not have been making a major speech Friday about the government's massive spying program, acknowledging that debate about surveillance practices is important and will "make us stronger."
- Tuesday, January 7, 2014
I'm pleasantly surprised by Pope Francis
When some Internet websites reported just before Christmas that the pope had made some startling remarks about Catholic doctrine, my first reaction was that, "boy, was I ever wrong about Francis being a rotten choice for pope.''
- Tuesday, December 24, 2013
After 15 years, sharing my words still worthwhile
I keep wondering, if our high court had not declared George W. Bush president after the 2000 election, what would I have written about during those eight years that he led the nation.
- Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Obama knows if you've been bad or good
``This weather is terrible,’’ the president said to an aide as he boarded Air Force One for his flight to the North Pole. ``I was expecting all this snow and ice up there, but not here in Washington.’’
- Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Instead of boycotting, buy locally
Buy Nothing Day, that international day of protest against rampant consumerism, is traditionally reserved for Black Friday in the United States and for the next day, Saturday, in other countries.
- Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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.
- Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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.
- Tuesday, October 15, 2013
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.
- Tuesday, October 1, 2013
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.