- 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.
In Your Opinion: Invasives from pipeline will cause problems
In a letter to me about the effect of the proposed Constitution Pipeline on invasive species (Mike Empey, May 30), Dr. Bernd Blossey, director of the Institute for Invasive Species at Cornell University, said:
In Your Opinion: Question yourself before sharing secrets
Words of wisdom -- or the silence of words, kept hush -- come through a thought process, called the "three gates."
- Wednesday, June 4, 2014
In Our Opinion: Trooper's death a reminder of risks
On Tuesday, Christopher G. Skinner was laid to rest by his family. The 42-year-old left behind a fiancee and two teenage children. His death came during an event that, to most of us, seems ordinary, but that to a police officer is a life-and-death situation.
In Your Opinion: Government rule is better than anarchy
This is a response to Dan Rorick's May 28 letter, since it referenced me.
In Your Opinion: Town plan will take away our rights
The town of Laurens is in the process of presenting a new comprehensive plan to the town board.
- Tuesday, June 3, 2014
In Our Opinion: Cheers
To Memorial Day events, the 52nd General Clinton Canoe Regatta, Jordan Beers and Edward Rossley
In Your Opinion: Globalization doesn't benefit U.S.
No nation rivals America's abundance. From food and minerals to fuel, America has been proud to be uniquely blessed with the high quality and vast quantity of its natural resources.
In Your Opinion: Not all socialism created equal
Communism is an extreme form of socialism in which the government aspires to own all industry and where, theoretically, wealth is shared. In its Russian, Chinese and North Korean forms, it has been accompanied by totalitarianism. It failed in Russia and is failing in North Korea. The Chinese have combined totalitarianism with capitalism and are thriving economically.