- Guest Column
- Saturday, November 2, 2013
Election choices: what are they, really?
It's going to be an interesting election, and one that determines our future for a long time. The governor is asking us to legalize casinos in upstate New York. Sustainable Otsego is asking us to support hops and breweries as our future. Most every candidate is promising to oppose fracking.
- Saturday, October 26, 2013
Nothing 'sustainable' about Otsego
By definition, our local economy is not sustainable. We are losing people due to their inability to find jobs and high taxes. Our local governments and school boards are cutting programs. The county is being forced to find a new owner for the Manor. Those things we know.
- Saturday, October 19, 2013
Sustainable Otsego is part of the problem
In a flurry of letters to the editor last week, Sustainable Otsego unfurled its banner in support of its candidates.
Harpersfield track is criticized for a reason
A recent commentary by Steve Pushkar, who describes himself as a resident of Oneonta and New York Safety Track's "marshal," complains that everything he has been reading about the track has been negative. There is a simple reason for this.
- Saturday, October 12, 2013
Sustainability shouldn't be a dirty word
There has been some confusion recently about the definition of sustainability. There has also been some willful misrepresentation.
- Saturday, October 5, 2013
Who are the real conservatives?
The old way of thinking about politics doesn't work anymore. Let me explain why the current stereotypes fail us.
- Saturday, September 28, 2013
Some considerations on shale gas
We have been told that it is not economically profitable to extract natural gas from shale deposits, be they Marcellus, Utica, Bakken, or any others, unless the market price is at least $5 to $6 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf).
Motorcycle track's critics need to relax
For the past year, all that I have been reading about in The Daily Star concerning the New York Safety Track has been from one point of view, and it has been negative.
- Saturday, September 21, 2013
Gay rights push threatens free speech
Newspapers are usually advocates of free speech. But I've come around to the idea that liberals, including their print edition mouthpieces, are the greatest threat to free speech in America.
- Monday, September 16, 2013
We must do more to prevent bullying in schools
As a new school year commences, the routine for most children and teens remains quite similar to when I attended school several decades ago. This includes back-to-school shopping, anticipation of new classes and teachers, and the excitement of getting reacquainted with friends. Unfortunately for many, another part of the routine includes the fear of being the target of bullies. What's most unfortunate is that although we as a civilized society have made tremendous strides in sciences and technologies, we have yet to find a way to end this highly destructive problem, and until we do, we must not rest.
- Saturday, September 14, 2013
It's harvest time at farmers' markets
If you haven't had a chance to discover local farmers' markets, there's still time.
- Saturday, September 7, 2013
Frack dreams are based on hogwash
Chuck Pinkey has never met an intellectually suspect right-wing idea he doesn't adore.
- Saturday, August 31, 2013
What makes good sense, and what doesn't
- Saturday, August 17, 2013
How does one define self-defense?
The George Zimmerman case in Florida, and the public reaction to the jury's verdict of non-guilty, has given rise to much public discussion of the laws that govern the use of deadly physical force in self-defense.
Time for the Oneontas to go it alone
It's time for the two Oneontas to go it alone!
- Saturday, August 10, 2013
It takes a village to raise a showman
Just last night, after singing my last song, a charming 8-year-old girl came up to the bandstand and asked if I would sing one more song.
Finding common ground for the common good
Based on an article in the July 27 and 28 issue of The Daily Star by Sustainable Otsego spokesperson Adrian Kuzminski, it appears that there is some common ground with the group Citizen Voices.
- Saturday, August 3, 2013
Pipeline firm is offering landowners a raw deal
I met with Bob Lidsky the other day, a Davenport landowner whose property sits in the path of the proposed "Constitution Pipeline." Bob told me about his interactions with the pipeline company's "Right of Way Agent," and showed me the documents he had received.
- Saturday, July 27, 2013
Fossil fuels, freak flooding go hand-in-hand
New York hit a couple of amazing milestones recently. Unfortunately, they weren't the good kind.
- Monday, July 22, 2013
Crime prevention starts with you
In this day and age, it is my belief that as an evolved law enforcement agency, our responsibility is not only to respond to crimes but also to work towards reducing future criminal acts through methods of deterrence and community education.