- Guest Column
- Saturday, June 15, 2013
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.
- Saturday, March 2, 2013
Taking a closer look at our regional economy
- Saturday, February 9, 2013
Investment in DEC isinvestment in state's future
What is the relationship between Gov. Cuomo's proposed budget and your desire to protect New York's environment? What is the relationship between Gov. Cuomo's proposed budget and the economic potential of tourism to upstate? What is the relationship between Gov. Cuomo's proposed budget and the value you get back from your hunting or fishing license? What is the relationship between Gov. Cuomo's proposed budget and his claim that New York is once again business friendly?
We need to work toward living in love
Heads swirl, stomachs ache and hearts throb when violent thoughts rear their hideous heads and commit atrocious acts. Unfortunately, the aches and throbs only wane after follow-up regulatory efforts are made to stop the sadism, or after we seek solace in religion or spirituality. Itâ€™s not that the rules and religion are useless, but that the challenge to do better never goes away. Consciousness is constantly on the move to overcome its own challenges.