City should support officer

Yes, Ed Deitch of Port Crane (Daily Star Opinion page, Oct. 13), it does appear that Oneonta has taken a step toward becoming part of the "big time" that you refer to in New York City and Long Island (where crime runs rampant).

The city has awarded a huge sum of money in a payoff/deal to a person who was legally placed under arrest and charged on Jan. 28 for aggravated unlicensed operation; resisting arrest; harassment; possession of marijuana; and fleeing the scene on foot. This case belonged in city court, not in City Hall!

The entire case is a despicable example to set forth to teenagers and other young people in the area.

Officer Breen should be commended for his fast action in subduing any individual under such circumstances instead of being charged with false arrest and, of all things, "intentional infliction of emotional distress." I might feel a degree of such distress if I were to see the flashing lights of a city or state police vehicle only to be told that I have a broken tail light. Should I sue? Let's get real here, folks!

Personally, I feel secure knowing that our Oneonta police force is out there doing its job, and do not like the thought that their hands are being tied by actions such as this case is implying.

B. Thomson


Fracking can harm artifacts

Another string to the anti-fracking bow: In its November-December 2011 issue, Archaeology magazine has an article detailing the devastating effect fracking has had on Pennsylvania archaeological sites.

And _ if I am allowed a thorough non sequitur _ whether Tea Party or Occupy, it is truly wonderful to see so many participants, right or wrong.

Up the people!

Sue Avery


Old songs still resonate today

It's been said that good songs always speak/sing about some of life's realities. Several older songs come at once to mind, the "messages" of which touch on present-day conditions.

1. "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" and "I've Got the World on a String" (corporate CEOs).

2. "I've Got Plenty of Nothing" and "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" (more and more old and poor people in the U.S. and the rest of the world).

3. Roy Acuff's "This World Can't Stand Long ('Cause It's Too Full of Hate)" (no explanation necessary, is there?).

William F. Roberts


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