- Guest Column
- Saturday, January 26, 2013
America at a crossroads in 2013
Our country is at a crossroads. After four straight years of trillion-dollar deficits, our national debt now stands at over $16 trillion. If we don’t change course, based on the policies contained in President Barack Obama’s most recent budget proposal, we’ll continue to have trillion-dollar deficits as far as the eye can see.
- Saturday, January 12, 2013
Obamacare won't cure what ails our system
- Saturday, December 29, 2012
Oneonta's First Night is too good to miss
- Sunday, December 23, 2012
The right to live free from gun violence
- Saturday, December 8, 2012
The reality of renewable energy sources
- Saturday, December 1, 2012
Let's use the Clean Water Act here
- Saturday, November 24, 2012
Growth, clean energy aren't mutually exclusive
The great green energy boondoggle
- Sunday, November 11, 2012
The best-laid plans oft go astray
- Saturday, November 3, 2012
For God's sake, get out and vote!
Making the most of the Catskill Mountains
- Saturday, October 6, 2012
Otsego Manor has no choice but to adapt
Why do I support the thoughtful handing off of Otsego Manor to a provider that has a record of good care?
- Saturday, September 8, 2012
Shale gas drilling can sustain upstate New York's future
A few weeks ago this newspaper printed two AP stories with no apparent connection. However, the Gas Wars make for strange bedfellows, even on the news beat.
- Saturday, August 4, 2012
The deck is stacked against renewable energy
Dick Downey in his latest guest editorial quotes a recent remark I made at an Otsego County Gas Advisory Committee meeting that "a dollar spent on natural gas is one less dollar spent on renewables."
- Saturday, July 28, 2012
Renewable energy vs. the real world
A fractivist ended a recent Otsego County Natural Gas Advisory Committee's meeting by intoning "a dollar spent on natural gas is one less dollar spent on renewables." Deep, man, but what does this mean? It's probably about subsidies so let's scroll back to Economics 101.
- Saturday, June 30, 2012
Vive la hospitality of Otsego County!
- Saturday, April 7, 2012
If we don’t develop a sustainable system, who will?
In Otsego County’s local elections last fall, a number of candidates — most of them on the independent Sustainable Otsego line — ran on an anti-fracking, pro-sustainability platform. They recognized that our current way of life — dependent on increasingly scarce, costly and polluting fossil fuels — cannot continue.
- Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Time to get off the bus and on the computer
Seventy-five years ago, use of a new technology resulted in a dramatic transformation of education in our region and in rural areas throughout the country.
- Thursday, March 22, 2012
Cuomo's Machiavellian maneuvers are a danger
New York State has a long history of problems with money -- high income taxes, high property taxes, and a high lifestyle in Albany that seems to attract lots of politicians with high, even presidential, aspirations. For decades our politicians have sucked up enormous wealth from businesses and individuals, and redistributed it in ways that ensure their continued political employment. The Empire runs on money, and recognizing this fact, it should be simple to figure out how the fracking debate is going to play out over the next few months in Albany.
- Saturday, January 14, 2012
Home rule laws aren't a radical idea
A lot of discussion and debate has occurred in our area lately over the issue of 'home rule' as it would apply to natural gas drilling. Let me offer some thoughts and my perspective on the issue and on the legislation I have sponsored (S. 5830) to enable local governments to treat natural gas drilling the way zoned communities treat any other commercial, industrial or residential use.