- Letters to the Editor
- Friday, May 30, 2014
In Your Opinion: With pipelines come invasive species
At what price, Mr. Zagata, at what price your Constitution pipeline? When I heard you speak about how songbirds benefit from pipeline construction, meanwhile choosing to ignore other well-documented threats to fish and wildlife, your smoke-and-mirror game of playing environmentalist was exposed as a sham.Continued ...
- Thursday, May 29, 2014
In Your Opinion:
As another election approaches, one thing amazes me: the amount of attention many candidates are giving to the environment. In the past, environmental issues usually took a backseat, but no more, and with good reason.Continued ...
- Wednesday, May 28, 2014
In Your Opinion: State is not the same as a person
Andrew Stammel's May 3, 2014, letter to the editor is a great example of a stereotypical response from a statist.Continued ...
In Your Opinion: Facts missing from Medicare column
Mr. Shepard's article about "Getting to Know More About Medicare Eligibility" published in The Daily Star omitted some very important information. Mr. Shepard neglected to mention -- when someone uses the General Enrollment period running from Jan. 1 to March 31 -- that the actual date that Medicare benefits can commence is July 31.Continued ...
- Tuesday, May 27, 2014
In Your Opinion: Pets can prosper even with smoke
I need to respond to L. Hall's opinion from May 9. Even though my family's three cats presently (and four prior) may be healthier without smoke, they are treated as family. None of them had or have the symptoms you wrote of. They are fed well, get annual checkups, are petted and groomed, and taken outside in good weather.Continued ...
- Saturday, May 24, 2014
In Your Opinion: Honor, don't celebrate, war dead
Monday is Memorial Day.Continued ...
- Friday, May 23, 2014
In Your Opinion: Service to country comes in many forms
This weekend, we remember those who fought and died in the service of our country. Over 70 years ago, I remember a young man who also served his country with the city of Oneonta.Continued ...
In Your Opinion: No need to bash Unadilla, Binghamton
I read in the Daily Star the excitement that Cooperstown Mayor Katz has for the presidential visit. This is understandable, but for Mayor Katz to disparage two other upstate communities by saying "No one from New York City gets in their car to go to Unadilla or Binghamton" is uncalled for.Continued ...
- Thursday, May 22, 2014
In Your Opinion: Think about true meaning of Memorial Day
As a veteran, grandson of a veteran, son of a veteran and father of two boys serving, I feel compelled to get more citizens to recognize Memorial Day for what it is: a day to honor the more than 1 million men and women who have lost their lives defending America.Continued ...
- Wednesday, May 21, 2014
In Your Opinion: Accused shouldn't be identified
I am writing to express my dismay over the publication of the identity a local woman who was accused of stealing $74 worth of merchandise from the Oneonta Wal-Mart, and who has been banned from that store.Continued ...
In Your Opinion: Make sure donations can be used
Our area's food pantries play an important role in ensuring the basics of life for our neighbors who are in need. So food drives like that recently organized by Post Office employees are an important contribution to our community, for which we all should be thankful.Continued ...
- Tuesday, May 20, 2014
In Your Opinion: Zagata can't have it both ways
In Mike Zagata's letter to your newspaper of May 5, he speaks out of both sides of his mouth. He again signs his letter as a former New York State Commissioner of Environmental Conservation, a post he held for a short period of time approximately 18 years ago. Yet he objects to a newspaper article from The New York Times from the same time period that was extremely critical of his job performance as being "old news" (submitted by me in a prior letter to the editor). The article was contemporaneous with his short tenure as a state commissioner.Continued ...
In Your Opinion: Some pipeline thinking is absurd
Occasionally we glimpse how multibillion-dollar energy corporations actually think, and usually it's not pretty, as many landowners in the path of the Constitution Pipeline fear.Continued ...
- Monday, May 19, 2014
In Your Opinion: Put animal abuse into penal law
The paper's excellent article ("Animal abuse draws Otsego's attention"), which notes, "A wave of incidents involving mistreated pets ..." highlights the need for prompt remedial action in response to severe cruelty cases.Continued ...
In Your Opinion: Obama is playing many race cards
In his effort to present a transparent fraud -- I mean front -- Obama is switching from golf to "race cards," a game he learned from Jeremiah Wright, America's No. 1 racist. Some of the cards are:Continued ...
- Saturday, May 17, 2014
In Your Opinion: Workers should be lauded for patriotism
A few weeks ago in the early afternoon I was at Southside Oneonta on State Highway 23 on an extremely windy day. I noticed that the American Flag had become dislodged and became entangled with the line at the Southside McDonald's restaurant. The care and display of the American Flag and voting are important matters to me as they should be with all the people who live in this great country.Continued ...
In Your Opinion: Donate time and blood for others
It's that time of year again. Memorial Day will soon be upon us and I am again asking for all of you to consider adopting a grave this year.Continued ...
- Friday, May 16, 2014
In Your Opinion: Brown commited to education
Voters in the Oneonta City School District will have an opportunity on May 20 to elect to our school board a person with unique experience, an unmatched work ethic, a commitment to all levels of education and organizational skills needed to work successfully with all constituencies to improve education in our community.Continued ...
In Your Opinion: Butterman opinions balanced, thoughtful
Dan Buttermann is running for one of three vacant seats on the Oneonta School Board. Those of us in the Oneonta School District have the opportunity to elect Dan to this important position May 20. I have had the opportunity of speaking with Dan about issues that are critical to the success of our treasured educational programs.Continued ...
In Your Opinion: Buttermann has passion for service
I'd like to put in a good word for Dan Buttermann, who is running for the Oneonta City School District Board of Education.Continued ...