- Cary Brunswick
- Saturday, December 5, 2009
Time to look within our borders, not at more war
Here we go again. Thirty billion more dollars and 30,000 more troops for a war that's really just taking sides in a civil conflict of our own creation.
- Saturday, November 14, 2009
In new rules, DEC should ban 'fracking'
More than three years ago, I said energy production was becoming the overriding issue of the early 21st century, and that this region was smack-dab in the middle of the battleground. And that was before drilling for natural gas in Marcellus shale surfaced as perhaps the biggest bout yet between energy producers, state regulators and the people.
- Saturday, October 24, 2009
E-books bring ease but lose familiar thrill
I don't care what anybody says; when I read a book I want to hold cardboard and paper, and turn pages. I want to use a bookmark and lay the book on the table when I take a break.
- Saturday, October 3, 2009
Obama has chance to keep peace with Iran
With Iran, it's starting to sound awfully like seven years ago, when Bush and Cheney were waving their swords at Iraq as their campaign of lies and deceit was under way leading up to the invasion. It seems the only phrase we're not hearing is WMD for weapons of mass destruction.
- Saturday, September 12, 2009
Springsteen, breaking news and 'roll' models
Do you know The Daily Star is probably the only newspaper in the world that has had a front-page photograph carrying a Bruce Springsteen photo credit? And I'm the one responsible for it.
- Saturday, August 22, 2009
What works for people, not the insurers?
It is hard to believe that the national debate over health-care reform has become so nasty. Our invasion of Iraq didn't create such a stir _ as if that, too, didn't affect everybody in some way.
- Saturday, August 1, 2009
The mystery of Mud Lake
Does Mud Lake really exist? We found ourselves asking that question a lot during a recent hike that was supposed to go there and back.
- Monday, July 13, 2009
A changing of the guard at the border
- Saturday, June 13, 2009
Don't bug me about being liberal
Who would have thought my boyhood fascination and handling of toads, frogs and other amphibians would predetermine my so-called liberal beliefs later in life? Some recent studies allegedly show just that.
- Saturday, May 23, 2009
There's still time to end those wars
Memorial Days are never joyous times, for obvious reasons. And this year, the occasion is especially dour for those of us who supported Barack Obama, not only for all the other reasons, but because we thought he was a peace candidate who would put an end to our misguided wars.
- Saturday, May 2, 2009
Flu may be the revenge of the critters
You know, in many ways it all comes down to the way we raise our critters for food. We should realize that the animals might come back to haunt us somehow. Now it's swine flu. Why not just call it pig flu; do they think swine makes people feel any better? And the pigs surely think they're getting a bad rap, since they got it from chickens or some other fowl.
- Saturday, April 11, 2009
Use caution instead of credit cards
Do you realize that now there's double-digit unemployment in this area to go along with the longtime poverty rate in double figures?
- Saturday, March 21, 2009
School merger questions will be asked
Now that a state commission has called on Albany to push _ if not force _ schools to merge, the fiscal crisis surely will put the merger issue on the table again during the next few years.
- Saturday, February 28, 2009
Let's chart a new course economically
As usual when it comes to the economy, nobody knows exactly what to do about it. This time, let's turn that to our advantage.
- Saturday, February 7, 2009
Outwitted by a gruff Billy the goat
She'd been checking around about getting organic, unpasteurized whole milk (you know, from the cow to you), wanting to find a source a bit closer to Oneonta. Finally, she heard back from a farmer not far away.
- Saturday, January 17, 2009
With Bush years over, what now?
It's hard to believe, but it's true. After eight years and dozens of these columns critical of the president, Bush finally is leaving office Tuesday.
- Saturday, December 27, 2008
A reading list for the coming year
Over the years, I’ve often bowed to the closing of a calendar year by offering my alternative Top 10 books of the year.
- Monday, December 8, 2008
The holidays create a web of dangers
I think there was a time when people in general enjoyed themselves and had fun around the holiday season. I'm not sure when it was, however, because it's been a while.
- Saturday, September 13, 2008
Haunted by a thousand similar faces
I have to confess, all squirrels look the same to me. Everybody seems so down these days, she said, because of the way people are being taken in by that Sarah Palin. Why don't you cheer people this time?
- Saturday, August 23, 2008
We can't allow history to be whitewashed
It occasionally happens that people will call or e-mail The Star with an odd request: They want us to purge the historical record (can you imagine it?) of facts that may not reflect well on them.