- Cary Brunswick
- 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.
- Monday, August 8, 2011
Don't let frack proposal go unchallenged
What a frackin' mess.
- Saturday, July 16, 2011
Memories will stay on ink, paper
Join me now in the disorder of boxes and paper folders wrenched open after years of abandonment, saturating the air with dust, the floor covered with yellowed paper, some covered with ink, others type. NetSummary
- Saturday, June 25, 2011
Grads must discover who they are
High school graduates this weekend are hearing speeches from administrators and their top academic classmates about how important their parents, teachers and friends were as they enter the new paths they've chosen from what life has to offer.
- Saturday, June 4, 2011
Some war vets' experiences too harrowing to retell
The Little League season was winding down and it hadn't been a great year for my American Legion team. After practice, my father, the coach, stopped by the Legion for a glass of beer and said I could go in with him. It was June 6.
- Saturday, May 14, 2011
Peace, not death, would be cause for celebration
"I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy." _Jessica Dovey, English teacher, after hearing of Osama bin Laden's death
- Saturday, April 23, 2011
Nuclear risks as scary now as 32 years ago
A little more than 32 years ago, a small group of homesteaders huddled in a cabin on a Fingers Lakes hilltop on the day a nuclear emergency was declared at the Three Mile Island nuclear-power plant near Harrisburg, Pa.
- Saturday, April 2, 2011
'Obama Doctrine' is same tune, different words
I've been witness to the United States intervening both militarily and covertly in the uprisings and civil wars of other countries for half a century, and what's now being termed the Obama Doctrine in Libya doesn't look much different from many of our other forays.
- Saturday, March 12, 2011
Let's not blame workers for the gains of unions
I was a member of a labor union years ago when I worked for a railroad. I was forced to join because it was a closed shop. For $7 a week for dues taken out of my check, I made a dollar more than minimum wage and the bosses couldn't make me get a haircut.
- Saturday, February 19, 2011
Lack of jobs, opportunity drive revolts
Just as in the United States when economic struggles can cause incumbent presidents to be ousted in their re-election bids, it's the economy that is fueling the unrest and revolts in northern Africa and the Middle East.
- Saturday, January 29, 2011
Our vision for future demands a response now
On Tuesday night, President Obama in his State of the Union address offered his vision for our future, but what will the world really be like in 2040? Peaceful, poison, hungry or thriving?
- Saturday, January 8, 2011
Smartphone holdout resists pace of technology change
My television is square, and my phone is stupid. But I might not be any brighter than my phone, because I'm not one of the 100 million Americans who bought smartphones last year. (Yes, believe it or not, "smartphone" is now considered a word.) And apparently I'm not any cooler than my TV, because I have to look up what abbreviations such as LCD and LED mean when I see them in television ads. Somehow, I was able to figure out on my own what HD stood for.
- Saturday, December 18, 2010
Tax deal: Plenty of bitter taste, likely poor results
"The agreement left some lawmakers in both parties with a bitter taste, and they complained that their leaders had sacrificed too much in the interest of striking a deal." -- Associated Press, Jan. 24, 2008 Sound familiar? It should, because you've been hearing or reading about that same sentiment during the past few weeks.