- Guest Column
- Thursday, July 18, 2013
Natural gas, renewables can co-exist
Lately, with more and more data coming on line debunking the Great Bubbling-Up Toxic Fracking Menace and the truth about methane migration (occasional and linked primarily to faulty well casings), the scaremongers among the antis have turned to the more amorphous bugaboo of global warming.
- Saturday, July 6, 2013
State backing for Belleayre project isn't fair
I understand the support the Belleayre mountain expansion project has been receiving, and I acknowledge the positive economic impact it could have. But there are some real negative effects it could have as well on local businesses. My ski area, Plattekill Mountain, is one of those businesses.
- Saturday, June 15, 2013
Who's really benefiting from education reform?
A disgrace to New York
It pays to save emails. As far back as February 2010, I've been getting e-mails about the shady dealings, bullying tactics, and misuse of non-profit funds that Vito Lopez was dishing out from his privileged position of elected official for the 53rd district, in Brooklyn.
- Monday, June 10, 2013
Wise choices can help grads fulfill their potential
This is the first of a series of columns by city of Oneonta Police Chief Dennis Nayor about issues involving police departments and public safety.
- Saturday, June 8, 2013
Hey Gov. Cuomo, are you in or out?
Message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: the data's in but you're out. The decision on drilling that was supposed to be science-based seems more and more political.
- Saturday, May 25, 2013
A closer look at the Oneonta town survey
The Town of Oneonta conducted a survey of town residents during February and March of this year. The survey indicated that generally town residents are satisfied with the quality of services provided and they are happy to live here. They want to balance the quiet, rural way of life we have with additional commercial development and environmentally sound practices.
Farmers markets are in full bloom
It's hard to believe that just a few short months ago the thermometer on our farm was reading 15 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Saturday, May 18, 2013
Records seizure is an insult to free press
Distrust of government secrecy has been elevated to an exceptional level with the disclosure the Justice Department covertly examined two months of Associated Press phone records to determine who leaked details to the AP about a foiled terrorist plot.
- Saturday, May 11, 2013
The evangelical view of same-sex marriage
The issue of same-sex marriage seems to appear on a daily basis in the media these days.
- Saturday, May 4, 2013
Manor's fate will be Otsego board's legacy
The Otsego County Boards (plural) of Representatives, more in the past than in the present, have negotiated the county into a financial corner leaving the present board between a rock â€" increased taxation and/or deficits â€" and a hard place â€" selling the Manor.
- Saturday, April 27, 2013
A closer look at our economy - Part II
We have talked about the public sector component of our economy. Now let's take a brief look at the manufacturing and retail/services sectors.
Use fracking to fill budget gaps
- Saturday, April 20, 2013
The kind of people we 'antis' are
In the controversy over the extraction of petroleum resources from shale, people who oppose this energy industry expansion have been called hypocrites. Claims have been made that practically every dollar diverted from petroleum development defaults to coal, and those who try to promote renewable energy resources wind up assisting that default. I am writing, not to dispute these allegations, but to lament them.
- Saturday, April 13, 2013
Social Security is a system worth saving
- Saturday, April 6, 2013
Gun column fuels lawlessness, paranoia
- Saturday, March 30, 2013
Here's how you fix the national debt
Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, having scorned income taxes and budget-balancing, have left the U.S. in a desperate economic fix by unnecessarily selling national debt bonds.
- Saturday, March 23, 2013
The true meaning of the story of Easter
The weather for Easter 2013 promises to cooperate in helping us to ponder the real mystery of Easter more deeply.â€©Easter is not about fuzzy bunnies, bonnets, colored eggs or budding azalea bushes. Easter is not a way to mark the return of warmth and light after a long winter. Easter is the foundation rock of all that is Christian â€" the Gospel, the Church, the Sacraments, the Scriptures.
- Saturday, March 16, 2013
A flesh-and-blood expert won't hoodwink you
- Saturday, March 9, 2013
Let the markets determine our energy sources
In the Crime section of your local Barnes & Noble, you'll find Elmore Leonard's recent novel "Raylan." In it, Marshal Raylan Givens encounters with a pair of thieves who steal kidneys from the healthy, then sell those vital organs back to their victims. Talk about creating a market! Move down the aisle to economics and change the heist from organs to electricity, and Mr. Leonard could have a category-busting best seller.