- Cary Brunswick
- Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Like newspapers, obituaries have evolved
When I left The Daily Star a few years ago, I promised our news clerk that I would be sending along my obituary so she could keep it on file. That way, when the time came, all she would have to do is plug in the date.
- Tuesday, January 8, 2013
We get fooled again on FISA amendments
While everyone was busy teetering on the edge of the fiscal cliff 10 days ago, there was little fanfare or outrage when President Barack Obama signed a five-year extension of a Bush-era surveillance program.
- Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Fracking in N.Y. poses dilemma for Gov. Cuomo
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who could be squaring off with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, is stuck between shale and a hard place on the question of whether to allow fracking in the state.
- Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Keep up-to-date on condition of fuel-oil tank
Former Oneonta residents Rob Kamerling and Cynthia Marsh Kamerling had a lot to be thankful for this past Thanksgiving -- family, friends, good health and a new community near Boulder, Colo.
- Tuesday, November 13, 2012
U.S. inches closer to edge of 'fiscal cliff'
I'm not sure who came up with the term "fiscal cliff," but it has been bouncing around for decades with one meaning or another. Now, with looming spending cuts and an end to tax cuts at the end of the year, the phrase has become a fearful household word.
- Tuesday, October 30, 2012
My two votes for McGovern weren't nearly enough
Back in the 1960s, a verse in a folk song by Barry McGuire proclaimed ``you're old enough to kill, but not for votin'.'' That's because the voting age was 21, while you could join or be drafted into the military at 18.
- Saturday, October 20, 2012
A 'democratic' system, but with caveats
- Saturday, September 29, 2012
Violence over film goes much deeper than blasphemy
- Saturday, September 8, 2012
Calling Ryan's words 'lies' is an understatement
It's no shock to learn that our presidents lie. Nixon did it. Clinton did it. And George W. Bush did it. What is shocking is that they are so easily forgiven, or that we so easily forget.
- Saturday, August 18, 2012
A few titles to help answer the deep questions
I have had a copy of Wittgenstein's "Philosophical Investigations" in my library for about 40 years now, and only one person has ever borrowed it.
- Saturday, July 28, 2012
Crying 'Marxist' alone is not a valid argument
It is strange that so many people like to throw around the "Marxist" label whenever someone advocates a little more planning for our economy or supports a more-inclusive and less-profit-making health-care system.
- Saturday, July 7, 2012
Affordable Care Act doesn't make care affordable
When the Supreme Court upheld the health-care reforms known as "Obamacare" as constitutional last week, there were not nearly as many people cheering as there were jeering, though often those jeers were for the wrong reasons.
- Saturday, June 16, 2012
An independent bookseller reads her market well
- Saturday, May 26, 2012
What books would you recommend for a young reader?
What then, would be on that short list of books you might pass along to young people to help them prepare for life, and how do you decide which titles to include and which to omit?
- Saturday, May 5, 2012
Some wisdom is best passed down through books
I was visiting a friend out-of-town recently and the subject of providing a "reading list" to young people came up in conversation. He said years ago he had asked a respected acquaintance in Oneonta to compile such a list for his teenage daughter, to help her be better prepared for life, culture, education, politics and people.
- Saturday, April 14, 2012
Let pragmatism, not politics, determine birth control debate
Since I began a career in journalism 35 years ago, a lot has changed in news, style and technology. One aspect of the former I find most irritating is that through the decades what people say is often treated just as newsworthy as events.
- Tuesday, March 27, 2012
As Center Street Elementary goes, so goes Center City
The Oneonta school board is considering balancing its budget for next year on the backs of the Center City and its residents, especially parents and young children.
- Saturday, March 3, 2012
U.S. intervention in Syria's uprising would be a gamble
So, what about Syria? That question has been posed for nearly a year now, since the Arab Spring uprisings led to the overthrow of authoritarian regimes in Egypt, Tunisia and eventually Libya.
- Saturday, February 11, 2012
Santorum, Obama both got it wrong on Honduras
In one of the recent GOP presidential debates in Florida, candidate Rick Santorum ripped President Barack Obama for his policies on Latin and Central America in general and Honduras in particular.
- Saturday, January 21, 2012
Pumpkin seeds and the problem of China imports
I was shopping at a local supermarket recently and bought some organic pumpkin seeds. Ordinarily, I check over food-product labels but didn't think about it this time, knowing there are so many pumpkins grown not only in upstate New York but also in the nation. The shock I experienced when I got home points to what I believe is the biggest facet of the economic and jobs crisis facing our country.