- Tuesday, June 17, 2014
In Our Opinion: Cheers
To the 65th annual Pageant of Bands, state track and field medalists, the Oneonta Elks, and the First Baptist Church of Walton.
In Your Opinion: GMO foods should be labeled
New Yorkers want access to safe, healthy, properly labeled food. New Yorkers want to make informed choices about their food. Labeling has been going on for a century, and pasteurized, homogenized, irradiated or concentrate foods must all be labeled. Even peanuts get labeled.
- Monday, June 16, 2014
In Our Opinion: Trading for Bergdahl was correct move
Now that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back on American soil after five years of captivity with the Taliban in Afghanistan, it is absolutely correct to ask whether President Barack Obama did the right thing by trading five terrorists to get him back.
In Your Opinion: Obama broke law releasing Bergdahl
Can the president break the law and get away with it? He broke a National Security law passed with bipartisan support and signed by himself in transferring the five detainees. The law stated that in order to release terrorists from Guantanamo, Congress would have 30 days notice.
- Saturday, June 14, 2014
In Our Opinion: Fathers give roots to families
Editor's note: This editorial first ran in The Daily Star in 2001. It runs again this year in tribute to all dads for Father's Day.
- Friday, June 13, 2014
In Our Opinion: A grand old flag, indeed
Editor's note: This editorial was first printed on June 14, 2012. We reprint it again this year in honor of Flag Day.
- Thursday, June 12, 2014
In Our Opinion: Bill offers help on doctor shortages
Fifty years ago, they weren't called "primary care physicians" or "family practitioners." They were simply called doctors.
In Your Opinion: Parents, schools right to push nutrition
Kudos to the Daily Star for sharing the parent perspective. I found it refreshing to see the PTA's support for the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act included in a recent article about school menus. Children may not want to eat their vegetables, but sometimes parents and responsible adults need to make the right decisions for our kids by providing an environment for them to be successful in. A predicted shorter lifespan and high rates of chronic disease are clear indicators for a systematic approach.
- Wednesday, June 11, 2014
In Our Opinion: Obama student loan program has merit
Let's say you come from a middle-class family. You had seen all the statistics that said those without a college degree were pretty much consigning themselves to a lifetime of near-poverty, so you were determined to get an education.
In Your Opinion: Lawlessness is our nation's worst problem
It seems there is a terrible epidemic which has taken over our country these days. Tens of thousands of people are kiled by this problem. Everything from highway fatalities, to gun violence, illegal drugs and gang violence, just to name a few. This terrible problem is called lawlessness.
- Tuesday, June 10, 2014
In Our Opinion: Cheers
To sports sectional finalists, spelling bee contestant Buddy Noorlander, Bark for Life and the Move-Out Donation & Reuse Program.
In Your Opinion: Altering nutrition law would do harm
Thanks to The Daily Star for voicing support for changes in school food with the passage of the 2010 Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.
- Monday, June 9, 2014
In Our Opinion: Local sports teams deserve support
Summer is the traditional domain of baseball, but we're lucky in Oneonta to have another sport to enjoy this season as well.
In Your Opinion: Government no longer 'by the people'
Webster's dictionary defines "socialism" as any of various systems in which the means of producing goods are publicly owned, with all people sharing in the work and the goods produced. What that in fact means is that whoever controls the government owns everything.
In Your Opinion: The Second Amendment needs amending
Government owes its people protections, one of which is the profound human need for safety. For example, government does well monitoring motor vehicles through registration, driver licensing, traffic regulations, insurance, annual inspections, transfer of ownership documentation, and so on. Why do we not question these governmental controls over our use of vehicles? We realize these regulations protect our safety and without them the traffic death rates would soar.
- Saturday, June 7, 2014
In Our Opinion: Home rule question finally to reach end
Perhaps there is at long last one thing upon which the pro- and anti-fracking sides can agree.
In Your Opinion: Pipeline, fracking links no coincidence
In a letter to the editor on May 5, Mike Zagata objected strongly to my linking fracking to the proposed Constitution Pipeline and called it "a deliberate attempt to confuse, scare and mislead. The two are not dependent upon one another."
- Friday, June 6, 2014
In Our Opinion: 70 years after D-Day, we're failing vets
Seventy years ago today, they fell from the sky in parachutes or shivered in landing craft approaching a hostile beach in Normandy, France. It was a place almost certainly most could not have found on a map before they were drafted or enlisted, but whose real estate was for those turbulent hours the most valuable on Earth.
In Your Opinion: 'Service' has many different meanings
It's clear from his May 3 letter that Mr. Stammel missed that certain word I used: context. In researching the idea of "service over self," I found that it has its expression in the belief systems of two very different areas of life: religion and politics. And both the meaning and practice of "service" in each is as different as night and day.
- Thursday, June 5, 2014
In Our Opinion: Yorkies highlight need for cruelty officer
What Susquehanna SPCA director Liz Mackey described as an "appalling" case of animal neglect is yet another reason for the county to take action.