- Letters to the Editor
- Monday, May 12, 2014
In Your Opinion: Vote 'yes' on May 20 library initiative
I urge everyone in the Cooperstown school district to vote yes for the library initiative that will be on the school ballot on May 20. This resolution means that, instead of being a line item in individual municipal and school budgets, library funding for both the Hartwick and Cooperstown libraries will be collected via property tax bills. The annual tax is expected to be about 16 cents per $1,000 assessed property value. For the average home in the district, this turns out to be about the cost of a hardcover book.Continued ...
- Saturday, May 10, 2014
In Your Opinion: What happened to free speech?
While I do not condone what Clippers owner Donald Sterling said to his so-called girlfriend, what happened to FREE SPEECH in this country? That concerns me!Continued ...
In Your Opinion: Wild boar ruling is socialism in disguise
The Daily Star carried a disturbing story. The state Department of Environmental Conservation, under Joe Martens, has finally dropped the other shoe. The crash should wake up state property owners.Continued ...
- Friday, May 9, 2014
In Your Opinion: Pets shouldn't be placed with smokers
In regard to Reuben James, the little dog that was found abandoned in a garbage pail last winter in Toddsville, I can't help but wonder what the criteria for adopting that poor little dog was.Continued ...
In Your Opinion: NBA decision should help move us forward
The April 30 editorial was well-crafted. Your biblical quote speaks volumes. Yes, we have come a long way but the journey still has a long way to travel. Commissioner Silver's decisive action bodes well for the league. I trust that 23 of the 30 team owners will concur with his act of leadership in banishing Donald Sterling from his team for life. He is to be applauded.Continued ...
- Thursday, May 8, 2014
In Your Opinion: Farmers don't need any more 'help'
This is in regard to the story on April 4, "County seeks farmers' input to update plan."Continued ...
In Your Opinion: Cats should be controlled like dogs
I am proud to be the owner of three dogs in the city of Oneonta. I have to make sure my dogs are on a leash while on a walk, confined to my yard while outside and clean up after them when they mess. My dogs are always up to date on their vaccines and get their city license yearly.Continued ...
- Wednesday, May 7, 2014
In Your Opinion: FEMA should be clear on flood insurance
This letter is in response to the FEMA increase article in the March 31 paper. There are families in Otsego County, village of Unadilla, that have had flood insurance increases that far exceed the 18 percent projected increase.Continued ...
In Your Opinion: Evolution, creation can co-exist
The article "Creation debate brought back memories" (Feb. 15 Daily Star) discussed the debate between Bill "The Science Guy" Nye and creationist Ken Ham. Both represented polarized views of the faith-science debate.Continued ...
- Tuesday, May 6, 2014
In Your Opinion: Upstate should benefit from projects
What do all of these have in common: the Neversink, Pepacton and Cannonsville reservoirs, state Route 17 Expressway, Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Power Authority, Marcy South Power (lines), and Continental Pipeline? All of these were ultimately built to serve the needs and money of the downstate metropolitan area without any regard for upstate New York.Continued ...
In Your Opinion: Vote 'yes' for libraries on May 20
On May 20, voters in the Cooperstown School District who vote on the school budget will have an opportunity to also vote on budgets for the Kinney Memorial Library in Hartwick and the Village Library of Cooperstown. Approval of those budgets will provide equitable, long-term funding for these libraries that remain essential assets in our area. I write to urge a favorable vote.Continued ...
- Monday, May 5, 2014
In Your Opinion: Dialogue, not attacks, needed on pipeline
Not everyone agreed with my suggestion that the proposed pipeline could help generate much-needed jobs and tax revenue. One person found some old news written by Democrats frustrated over losing the governorship. That was followed by a piece from an avid opponent of the pipeline and fracking. It stood out for its deliberate attempts to shift focus from the facts by using a tried and true technique -- the personal attack.Continued ...
- Saturday, May 3, 2014
In Your Opinion: Individual shouldn't always come first
This is written in response to two disturbing and hyperbolic letters printed during the past week.Continued ...
In Your Opinion: We can be proud of Obamacare
Obamacare is an outstanding success, the best national accomplishment of the past 25 years. Thank goodness! Due to Obamacare we now have 25 million Americans newly covered by insurance. That means more than a million Americans who will not lose their homes through medical bankruptcy each year.Continued ...
- Friday, May 2, 2014
In Your Opinion: Help local schools promote healthy habits
The USDA recently released a proposed rule for local school wellness policies. These new policies will help districts establish school environments that promote students' health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.Continued ...
- Thursday, May 1, 2014
In Your Opinion: Zagata's past goes beyond DEC
While Mr. Zagata's supporters are crying "foul" over what they call "personal attacks," Mr. Zagata cannot have it both ways. He cannot continue to refer to himself as a former commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation without someone calling attention to his troubled and controversial tenure in that position.Continued ...
In Your Opinion: Equality Act doesn't expand abortion
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 10-point Women's Equality Act (WEA) will help the women and families of New York by preserving access to reproductive health care, ensuring fair treatment at work, and helping survivors of violence. It would help working pregnant women, girls trafficked in the sex trade, women abused by their intimate partners, and employees facing sexual harassment or pay discrimination.Continued ...
- Wednesday, April 30, 2014
In Your Opinion: Criticism of Zagata is nothing new
Thank you, Mr. Waldman, for your April 9 letter reminding all of the record of Mr. Zagata's abbreviated service to the Pataki administration, but next time check things out with his local cronies and Citizen Voices before submitting any such letter to the newspaper.Continued ...
In Your Opinion: Zagata's critics only reveal their own character
I always say out of something bad or untrue something good comes out of a situation. That sentence is directed to you, Mr. Waldman. Your pompous, arrogant letter concerning Mike Zagata says a great deal to me about your character. Amen!Continued ...
- Tuesday, April 29, 2014
In Your Opinion: Research Zagata's background for yourself
The Star recently published a guest column by Michael Zagata supporting the proposed Constitution Pipeline. Mr. Zagata, a Davenport resident, was once commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, a fact duly noted in the column.Continued ...