- Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Orange can save a hunter's life
Dear hunters, as the rifle season begins, I would like to take the time to remind hunters to be safe in the woods.
Minimum wage boost would help economy
The raising of minimum wages would benefit this economy we are living in today. There have been many strikes from Walmart to many fast food places that want more money so they can make a living. President Barack Obama has stated plans to raise minimum wages to around $9 an hour. This has sparked a lot of debate on whether it would not only help individuals but also help our economy or not.
- Monday, November 18, 2013
Voters must consider facts, not rhetoric|
The recent government shutdown has led to frustration and outrage throughout the United States. Support for Congress has reached an all-time low. Perhaps rightly so; the shutdown was caused by an inefficient and highly polarized government. The only thing the government can agree upon is that it cannot agree upon anything.
A few simple fixes for Obamacare|
The obamanation administration is having a great deal of difficulty instituting its signature healthcare program. Let me offer a few quick and easy fixes. First allow all adults to remain on their grandparents' insurance policies until they reach the age of 65. When an individual turns 65 he is automatically enrolled in Medicare.
Citizen Voices committed to area's future|
Now that the election is over, it's time to gather together all participants and seek consensus, formulate a plan of action that all can rally around and proceed forward with a unified force whose sole purpose is to provide increased employment opportunities while increasing the tax base.
Housing plan a good start for city
For years now, our wish list for Center City Oneonta housing has been the same: More single-family homes; more affordable rentals; fewer vacant properties.
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- Saturday, November 16, 2013
Adapt, not adopt, those lesson plans
If you've been paying attention to the debate over the Common Core curriculum, you can be forgiven for thinking that "module" is becoming a dirty word.
Walk a mile in a special-needs kid's shoes
Editor's note: The Daily Star is departing this one time from our policy of requiring authors of commentaries to identify themselves. The reason is so as not to expose children's identities in what we feel is an important message for the benefit of all special-needs children and their families.
Don't punish needy for mistakes of a few
I am writing to bring up a current issue concerning a certain bill that is still simmering in the government: the Farm Bill. In June of 2013, the Farm Bill was passed, but without the proposed funding cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, as it is commonly known.
Mom's words, memory will live on forever
Words can't begin to express the loss of a dear mother, "Lillian." These were her last words, left behind, to pass on to all others: "Love those who add to your life and love those who subtract from it.
- Friday, November 15, 2013
Single-payer better than Obamacare
I agree with Justin Vernold's commentary (Oct. 19) on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare): It doesn't address the fundamental problem facing our health care system. In some ways it makes things worse by requiring us to buy private insurance from the very companies that have been ripping us off. That said, it will extend some kind of coverage to millions of Americans, and I'm glad for that.
Help food pantries serve those in need
Just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas! Try volunteering at a food pantry and having to tell the mother of three small children that we're out of milk coupons for the rest of the year after she tells you she just got notice that her food stamps were cut.
- Thursday, November 14, 2013
Americans just don't like being lied to
It is difficult to fathom that it has only been little over a year since America re-elected Barack Obama president by a healthy five-million-vote margin.
'Law of the land' doesn't make something right
People say, "Obamacare is the law of the land." Years ago, Prohibition was law of the land, and how did that work out? Speaking of how well things worked out, Social Security now gives you less benefits, and raises the age of eligibility. So too, Food Stamps were supposed to support people on hard times. Now, those on Food Stamps have access to movies, beer, liquor and cigarettes because they "deserve" the same as working people. Also, let's not forget the SNAP and HEAP programs.
Minimum wage hike would be bad news
Raising minimum wage is a bad idea. When raising minimum wage you're creating a recipe for disaster in having fewer jobs. This will put small businesses in an unacceptable bind that no one benefits from.
- Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Follow your STAR to get tax relief
If you're a homeowner and you're considering whether to apply for a New York State School Tax Relief (STAR) property tax exemption … stop considering and apply already.
New York should legalize marijuana
Marijuana should be legalized for recreational use in New York state. If New York legalized marijuana, there would be many different benefits for the whole state. New York would be able to tax it very heavily, which would help boost the local economies and the state as a whole.
A tale of two quotations
Recently, I have received two rather important quotes I had forgotten over the years.
- Tuesday, November 12, 2013
In Our Opinion: Cheers and Jeers
Cheers to Halloween events and the Otsego SWCD's composting program; jeers to the planned Common Core protest.