- Cary Brunswick
- 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.
- Saturday, December 31, 2011
Unrest, energy, economy were big news in 2011
Perhaps you've seen The Associated Press list of the Top 10 stories of the past year, based on a polling of about 250 editors and news directors from across the country. It's difficult to argue with the selections, but I would combine some of them and certainly rank them differently.
- Saturday, December 10, 2011
Trading freedom for security isn't American
Back in the late 1960s, after the election of President Richard Nixon, one of the common phrases of protesters was that the United States might be the first nation to go fascist by democratic vote.
- Sunday, November 20, 2011
Occupy Wall Street protests changed the conversation
During the past week, numerous Occupy Wall Street encampments have been shut down in cities across the country, with police making arrests and sometimes clashing with campers and their supporters.
- Saturday, October 29, 2011
Nov. 8 looms large for friends, foes of hydrofracking
The future of fracking _ and perhaps our region’s clean water _ will likely be decided in the courts, but perhaps also in the voting booth on Election Day, Nov. 8.
- Saturday, October 8, 2011
Fear and frustration fuel the rise of Wall Street protests
What is it those protesters want, anyway? That's what many people are asking as the demonstrations using Wall Street as their evil icon continue to grow and spread, with rallies this weekend expected to be the largest yet.
- Sunday, September 18, 2011
Airport funds could be better spent elsewhere
Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against private planes and flying, but something's out of whack when the Oneonta airport gets funding of nearly half a million federal dollars while the city's streets are crumbling beneath local motorists.
- Saturday, August 27, 2011
Communication is key to keeping neighbors friendly
When I was in college, I lived in a two-bedroom apartment one year with three other students in a residential neighborhood, long before most communities had zoning laws.