- Friday, November 15, 2013
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.
Social workers must be free to use faith|
After reading Dr. Catherine Lawrence's Sept. 21 letter responding to my op-ed column ("Gay rights push threatens free speech"), I am scratching my head in confusion and need to add some clarity to this debate. I found nothing in my article that might cause readers to have "false impressions."
GOP searching for â€¨next attention-getter
"Cruzin'" to the White House? Perhaps not.
- Monday, November 11, 2013
Remember veterans on their day
Editor's Note: This editorial originally was printed Nov. 11, 2005. It runs again this year with minor alterations in honor of Veterans Day.
Commercials are a pain|
TV commercials. Too many, too often and too damn long. I'm sure that I am not alone.
Book will be benefit to Delhi students|
A few comments relative to the recent article ("Author recounts history of State University College of Technology at Delhi, life experience," Oct. 25.):
Shutdown hurt economy, innocent people
We've witnessed the politics of a shutdown, and hopefully recognized that there were no winners. Although, a Standard & Poor's report estimated the 16 days of partial government shutdown took $24 billion out of the economy, we still don't know the full scope of the damage.
- Saturday, November 9, 2013
Let's end bigotry and pass ENDA
Itâ€™s right there in the Pledge of Allegiance:
Ostapeck exhibit was wonderful experience
My wife and I were pleased to attend an art exhibit at the Foothills Center in Oneonta. The exhibit for the evening was a remarkable collection of photographs taken by local artist Lady Ostapeck.
Meat industry is worst horror of all
What scared me most -- and not just during the Halloween season -- was the meat industry.
- Friday, November 8, 2013
DEC records show frack contamination
Kimberly Moore's Oct. 31 letter in the Daily Star asserts that there are no "documented cases of contamination to water by hydrofracking,"
ACA will become as valuable as Social Security|
Despite the poor debut of the ACA due to server issues, we must keep in mind the true benefits of this historic legislation. The problem I see is that the federal government has done a poor job educating people about the law.
- Thursday, November 7, 2013
Devlin wrong to enforce drug laws
I'm feeling much ambivalence about Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin.