- Friday, February 21, 2014
In Your Opinion: Taxes are never simple for farmers
Concerning the legislation passing to cap raises in agricultural land taxes at two percent per year on eligible land in agricultural districts (should be assessed value, not taxes):
- Thursday, February 20, 2014
In Our Opinion: Cooperstown will enjoy welcoming Jeter
In Your Opinion: Abortion sometimes beats the alternative
Keeping open that uncloseable can o'worms, I am really shocked that the Star allowed a man well-known in the local anti-abortion debate to dominate Jessica Reynolds' article.
- Wednesday, February 19, 2014
In Our Opinion: Public deserves decision on fracking
Most prominent politicians -- despite enormous evidence to the contrary -- are not stupid.
In Your Opinion: Vote Charles King for president
I am writing in reference to the letter by Mr. Charles King of Otego, dated Feb. 6, titled "Nation needs to get priorities in order":
- Tuesday, February 18, 2014
In Our Opinion: Cheers
To the Cooperstown Winter Carnival, a Rotary Fund donation, and the Family Resource Network.
In Your Opinion: Aero layoffs highlight NAFTA's folly
Norwich Aero's tragic announcement that it was laying off 120 local workers and moving its manufacturing to Tijuana, Mexico, came exactly 20 years after NAFTA went into effect. NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) allowed free movement of finance and commodities between the US, Canada, and Mexico but not free movement of workers.
- Monday, February 17, 2014
In Our Opinion: Let's fix Common Core, not fight over it
"Too little, too late" was how Gov. Andrew Cuomo characterized the changes proposed to the state's implementation of the Common Core curriculum.
In Your Opinion: Classical music alive and well in area
On Feb. 7, The Daily Star published an excerpt of Mark Vanhoenacker's article titled "The death of classical music in America." Claims such as these come around every so often, citing companies that are sadly no longer with us or the decline in classical music sales.
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- Saturday, February 15, 2014
In Our Opinion: Lawmakers shouldn't encourage lawlessness
"Non-compliance" was the term used by one of the speakers at last weekend's forum about the NY SAFE Act.
In Your Opinion: 'Don't tell Mommy,' but it's a scam
Here's how the scam works. I get a phone call, presumably from my grandson (sounds just like him).
- Friday, February 14, 2014
In Our Opinion: Have a heartfelt Valentine's Day
"I love you." "Be mine." "You're cute when you're spending money." In case you're wondering, that's what candy-makers, florists, jewelers, card manufacturers and countless other retailers across the nation are thinking this week.
In Your Opinion: County meals requirements frustrating
I am writing because of a conflict I'm having with Otsego County. I am disabled and in a wheelchair, living on my own on a fixed income. I have been trying for more than a year to receive Meals on Wheels because my monthly bills push my budget to the breaking point and I need to try to save money any way I can.
In Your Opinion: IRS rules are an assault on freedom
Another assault on our freedom is occurring. As an American citizen and taxpayer, I hope you too are outraged and motivated to contact your Congressmen and the IRS. New rules (REG-134417-13) further target organizations not in line with the current administration. This is unconstitutional and an assault on free speech. This agency is bent on making its illegal acts legal and proposes new regulations to stifle political speech and make it even more difficult for grass-roots organizations to form.
- Thursday, February 13, 2014
Openly gay player should be welcomed
It would be easy to compare Michael Sam, the University of Missouri All-American football player who came out as gay on Sunday, with Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier.
- Wednesday, February 12, 2014
In Our Opinion: Stop military's sexual assaults
If anyone had any doubt about the respect Congress has for the military, the almost two-minute-long thundering standing ovation received by wounded Army Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address should be all the evidence needed.
In Your Opinion: Can't let fear quash progress
If I was right last month about the predominant mentality behind environmentalism being on of trying to reduce mankind's environmental impact to the lowest practical level, I don't think people put enough thought into just what is involved.
In Your Opinion: To get truth about college, ask the grads
Gee whiz. SUCO has recently gained notoriety by making a very good showing on a few national listings -- the latest of dubious value.
- Tuesday, February 11, 2014
In Our Opinion: Cheers
To the Chili Bowl, Otsego County Chamber award winners, and SUNY Cobleskill's participation in Build Smart NY.