On cellphone service:
“From just outside of Cherry Valley village, headed south on State Road 166, there is NO cell service. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. We are living in 2019, how can there not be service?”
On separation of church and state:
“In 1892, Baptist minister Francis Bellamy wrote the original Pledge of Allegiance when he was chairman of a committee of state superintendents of education in the National Education Association. He structured a public school program around a flag raising ceremony but avoided the word “equality” in his Pledge, because some state superintendents on the committee were against equality for women and “the negro.” Bellamy’s pledge didn’t include the words “under God,” until 1954, when Congress added those words, after a vigorous campaign by the Knights of Columbus. Subsequently, the pledge became both a patriotic oath and prayer. Francis Bellamy wrote the original Pledge of Allegiance before the separation of church and state doctrine was undermined. Next, Republican President Eisenhower inaugurated the prayer breakfast and Congress added the words “In God we Trust” to all paper money. Without genuine separation of church and state doctrine, thoughts and prayers sometimes become meaningless.”
On sheriffs releasing mugshots against Gov. Cuomo’s wishes:
“Thug cops flouting the law. No surprise there. And any elected official who expects them to abide by the law is supposedly ‘anti-cop.’ Again, thugs with badges forget who works for whom.”
On a grant for a nurse practitioner program at Bassett:
“Bassett needs doctors! I’m tired of PAs.”
On Gov. Cuomo:
“Dictator Cuomo strikes again! Democrats are hell bent on taking America’s freedoms away from Americans, just like this governor, who just signed legislation for farm workers wages that will close what few farms are left due to his earlier antics that have stalled the upstate economy! The real question is, can New York endure the rest of Cuomo’s tenure?”
On a law allowing the extension of the waiting period to purchase guns:
“What’s wrong with a waiting period? Why would one need to buy a gun in a hurry?”
On State Police warning of scam calls:
“I never answer. If they want me, leave a message, then I’ll decide if I want to call back. By the way no one ever leaves a message! Screen your calls, people!”
“I recently got a call that left a message saying my Social Security number was suspended due to suspicious activity and to call back with important information to unsuspend it. It was an 888 number that I couldn’t find any listing for. It was another scam, I’m sure.”
“Of course it is. The troopers would be able to find out the information needed.”
On our story on Evan Sitts:
“Great interview, very mature young man! He will do well in golf and more importantly in life.”
“He should be very proud of his accomplishments.”
“Always a champion in my book.”
“You did great. More to come.”
On Think Differently Day at the Otsego County Fair:
“This is a great thing for our community.”
On our editorial on athletes and political statements:
“I guess they have a right to their opinions too. People may not like it, but that’s the beauty of living in this country.”
“The Daily Star’s opinion of this would be different if the opinions of players were conservative. Just my opinion.”
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