- Guest Column
- 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.
- 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