- Chuck Pinkey
- Tuesday, September 24, 2013
If anyone knows upstate farmers, it's yours truly
I've been dealing with dairy farmers in Delaware and Otsego County for the last 42 years, and while there's no way of knowing the exact number, I'd bet 90 percent of them have gone out of business. I suspect that I've seen it all.
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013
If fracking can't save us, what will?
Last night, I had a terrible nightmare about the future. New York had followed Pennsylvaniaâ€™s lead and allowed fracking, and now the effects of gas exploration and fracking were coming home to roost. It was worse than any sorority house slasher movie and more terrifying than the implementation of Obamacare.
- Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Sustainability crowd doesn't get economics
A few weeks back in The Daily Star, a guest commentator wrote an article titled "Does Our Local Economy Have a Future?" He noted our 16 percent poverty rate, 8 percent unemployment, inability to lure outside manufacturing, maxed-out tourism, and the exodus of our young. He forgot to mention the slow, agonizing death of the dairy farmers in our area, but that has been going on for a generation, and all they have ever gotten is lip service.
- Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Trust me, I'm as old as I need to be
As I slump further and further into senior citizenhood, certain things begin to annoy me that I'd have ignored a few years back. You know, little things that lead one to believe that the gene pool could use a good cleansing.
- Tuesday, July 30, 2013
A campus is no place for race baiting
In the late '60s, I was filling out my major in English Secondary Education, and during Presentation Day, where professors showcase their courses, Professor Williams asked if I was considering taking his course. His class was African-American Literature.
- Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Border war, or battle of the bulge?
Sadly, I heard the other night that the United States of America ranks second in obesity. That’s right, we are second only to Mexico in our percentage of fat people. I wonder why that is?
- Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The grass isn't always greener over in Europe
My wife and I were recently visited by old friends from Europe -- Austria, to be exact. We met Peter and his lovely wife, Edda, years ago when he worked for the UN, and they bought acreage for summers in upstate New York.
- Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Obama has violated our trust
Last Tuesday evening, I had to drive from Hartwick to Andes. A couple of farmers needed tractors and my boys were already out on service and sales calls, so they called the retired guy for help. Ah yes, once again decades of experience paid off.
- Tuesday, June 4, 2013
NRA succeeds because it defends freedom
Ryan Charles Pinkey was born Sunday, June 2, 2013, at 1:19 a.m., weighing in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces. A great job was done by Stacey, Adam, the doctors, nurses, midwives and staff of Bassett. He arrived kicking and screaming just like his father did 34 years ago.
- Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Obama's just getting better and better
I've always been an admirer of President Obama. One can only marvel at a man who writes his autobiography before he does anything noteworthy.
- Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Let's do what's needed to keep America safe
Some may find this column offensive, but I don't care. I have an email of unedited news photos of the Boston bombing. Do you want to see Americans with limbs blown off, muscle and flesh torn away from bones, and the streets smeared with our blood? My email address is at the bottom of the page. Let me know, and I'll forward it to you.
- Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Federal gun bill vote showed Obama was wrong
At the time of this writing, one Boston Marathon bomber has been killed, and I wouldnâ€™t give a shovel of manure for the otherâ€™s future. Reports are that the two young men are refugees from an Islamic region in Russia. If so, is that the thanks we get for giving them asylum?
- Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Top 10 reasons Skip West is wrong
This past Saturday in The Daily Star, there was a guest columnist named Skip West, who wrote a piece titled "Gun column fuels lawlessness, paranoia." Skip takes issues with my stance on Gov. Cuomo and the NY Safe Act. To get up to speed, they may be viewed on www.thedailystar.com under Columns (Chuck Pinkey Section and Guest Column Section).
- Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Cuomo policy: Informing on gun owners
According to a Rockland County Times article, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services recently sent this letter to police agencies to remind them of an existing free resource:
- Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Obama not living up to America's past
Throughout American history there are examples of men and women facing undeniable death or forthcoming doom. Our history shows that as evil and death smiled upon us, Americans stood up, took a deep breath, and smiled back. Here are but a few examples.
- Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Government really is trying to take your guns
On Feb. 16th, our editor, Sam Pollak, wrote a column titled, "No One Is Coming To Take Your Guns." In my circle of conservative, pro-gun friends, Sam Pollak is a Darth Vader, if not worse! Sam and I will never agree on any political issue, and our most volatile area of disagreement is on firearms, but he is my friend, and I respect a man who puts his name on his opinion for all to see, no matter how wrong he may be.
- Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Cuomo goes too far with gun control
Gov. Cuomo, what have you done? Without the usual three-day debate, a period of input from constituents, you have rammed down the throats of New York's gun owners the most stringent gun control package in the United States. If this law is so "great" and of such benefit, why was it passed so quickly in the dark of night?
- Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Know the facts about guns
Let's get right to the meat of the matter. What are "assault weapons?" They are semi-automatic rifles, meaning one round is fired per trigger pull, and they use a detachable magazine. Usually, an "assault rifle" features a black synthetic stock, a pistol grip, a bayonet mount, and a flash suppressor.
- Wednesday, January 2, 2013
NRA is right about armed guards in schools
It is hard to remember so long ago, but at age six, a week or so before Christmas, I'm sure my thoughts were about visiting Grandma, opening presents, trimming the Christmas tree, and just waiting for school to be over. To a 6-year-old, it is unimaginable that your life will someday end. Certainly unimaginable that it will end in school, days before Christmas, surrounded by the safety of caring teachers, and screaming in agony for Mommy and Daddy.
- Tuesday, December 18, 2012
A public Christmaswouldn't be theend of the world
According to the Mayans, the world is going to end on Friday, December 21, 2012. This prophesy is talked about everywhere from the History and Discovery to the National Geographic Channel, and even on the main network news outlets.