- Saturday, February 15, 2014
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.
In Your Opinion: Corporate 'morality' is all relative
It is of late reported that CVS will stop selling all cigarette and tobacco products, estimating that as a result it will forgo $2 billion in revenue. Walmart, which refuses to sell Playboy, Penthouse and other gynecology-through-the-picture-study-method magazines, continues to sell tobacco products.
In Your Opinion: Safety Track's buzz must be silenced
Remember that mosquito last summer? Whining around your ears. Diving in for your blood. Slap, whap! Aghh. Can't stand it! Can't get away from it!
- Monday, February 10, 2014
In Our Opinion: GOP move hurts Hispanics and itself
There were three big losers and one big winner resulting from Speaker of the House John Boehner's announcement Thursday that immigration reform won't be passed in any form in 2014.
In Your Opinion: Chili Bowl shows CANO's role in community
We all know that arts and culture organizations contribute much to the quality of life in our region. What some may find surprising is these organizations also contribute to the economic vitality of the communities they are located in.
- Saturday, February 8, 2014
In Our Opinion: Talk about Manor is anything but cheap
A nursing home with more services, more beds, medical offices, new therapies, assisted-living residences and day-care programs that will create dozens of new jobs.
In Your Opinion: Volunteers are fine, but system needs work
Mr. Wyckoff, as a former volunteer, I do greatly admire those who volunteer. I stopped volunteering when I assisted the coroner in placing a burned 6-month-old baby in a body bag. Although it was a while ago and the protocol might have changed some, I do know how it works.
In Your Opinion: Not enough buses to throw Grandma under
There's more than one way to throw Grandma under a bus.
- Friday, February 7, 2014
In Our Opinion: College drug study is too simplistic
Usually when a local college gets ranked at the top of a national list, we're ready to cheer "We're No. 1!" along with everyone else.
In Your Opinion: We need clarity on federal budget expenses
Our biggest problem in solving the deficit and debt is burying the programs and related numbers to anyone who would look at them with hope of some kind of understanding.
- Thursday, February 6, 2014
In Our Opinion: Lure of heroin ruins local lives
"You know when you're underwater, and you need to come up for a breath? And it's taking too long to get to the surface? That feeling, of having no oxygen left, your whole body feeling like fire, salty and aching with the desperate need to breathe? That's it, only not exactly, because it's worse."
In Your Opinion: Marcy South battle will be fought again
They were veterans of the unending battle between the Albany/Power Company alliance and the citizens of Otsego County. There were veterans of the war of Marcy South. They had come out meet as the thermometer hovered at zero. They told stories of their land being taken, of surveyors invading under cover of darkness, of crops destroyed, of trees clear-cut, of fields which continue to be defoliated and of streams poisoned. They were veterans of the battle of NYRI in 2008. Now the enemy is back. They continue the war between New York City's wants and Otsego County's needs.