- Cary Brunswick
- 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.
- Saturday, November 27, 2010
U.S.-made gifts should be the goal this holiday season
The Christmas holiday shopping season is now in full swing, and the challenge for gift buyers this year should be to avoid more debt and buy American-made products as much as possible. Those goals would have positive results for all.
- Saturday, November 6, 2010
Examining the effects of the Internet on us
Debate has been going on for years _ decades _ about the effect of television on people, especially the young, and the resultant influence on our social relations. Whatever the consensus of that discussion, it is nothing compared to the mind-altering impact that personal computers and the Internet have achieved.
- Saturday, October 16, 2010
It's high time we got out of Afghanistan
Nine years and nine days ago, we began our invasion of Afghanistan in response to the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. We had a goal back then, but now it has been lost. Let's bring the troops home.
- Saturday, September 25, 2010
Support intellectual freedom by reading banned books
When I studied American literature in high school back in the mid-1960s, the books I most enjoyed were contemporary novels about young people. Holden Caulfield in "Catcher in the Rye" seemed smart-alecky as he trudged around Manhattan, and I remember thinking at the time how wonderful it was to have to read a book that teenagers could relate to, compared to the usual dry fare of Hawthorne or Emerson.
- Saturday, September 4, 2010
Downtown vision finally beginning to take shape
Sixteen years after the closing of Bresee's Department Store left downtown Oneonta adrift without an identity, visions past and present appear to be melding into a vibrant landscape that blends the arts and a diversity of retailers.
- Monday, August 16, 2010
Life could be enjoyed more by saving resources
This is all about the flush. But don’t blush, or cuss, or wish I would hush, because even a lush knows many toilets gush way too much. Yes, I was looking at a newspaper advertising insert the other day and noticed that some modern toilets selling for less than $100 offer 1.1 gallon tanks, which are much smaller than the older models that remain prevalent in so many of our older homes, apartments and businesses.
- Saturday, July 24, 2010
Parents should decide on children's television viewing
Back when my daughters were teenagers, the big debate over television viewing centered on the "Beverly Hills, 90210" series that most weeks featured high school kids playing tonsil hockey while bumping and grinding on living room couches.
- Saturday, July 3, 2010
Start talking to get troops home on time
As our combat mission nears an end in one war, the big debate today is when — or if — we'll ever be able to end our fighting in another.
- Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Garden bounty hinges on fate of woodchuck
I didn’t know woodchucks could flatten themselves out like a pancake, so I’m at the point where I’d like to flatten a few out with a twoby- four.
- Saturday, May 22, 2010
Stop drilling for oil and plug holes with sunshine
The oil leak deep in the Gulf of Mexico should give us another hint that the time has long passed when we should stop drilling holes in the Earth for our major energy sources.