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DEAN: To Succeed, Otsego County Must Be Known

Column by James Dean, May 11, 2018 To Succeed, Otsego County Must Be Known Editor’s Note: James R. Dean, the Cooperstown village trustee, has been proprietor of New York Custom Curved Wood Stair Railings & Handrailings locally since 1973. In last week’s Part I, he analyzed out economic-development challenges we face. This week, Part II offers solutions. So what is the plan? Almost everything that has been done so far to increase our population and business base, while very good,…

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KUZMINSKI: More Gas? Only If Paired With Equal-Sized Renewable Project

Column by Adrian Kuzminski, May 5, 2018 More Gas? Only If Paired With Equal-Sized Renewable Project When fracking was proposed in New York State a decade ago, the potential benefits were jobs, economic growth, lower energy prices, and energy security. Opponents (like me) worried not only about local degradation of the environment but about the global consequences of methane seepage and emissions for the climate as a whole. In most places outside of New York State, the frackers won the…

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ZAGATA: Christians Told: Help The Poor, But Resist Continental Pipeline

Column by Mike Zagata, April 27, 2018 Christians Told: Help The Poor, But Resist Continental Pipeline Each week while attending church, a member of the clergy reminds us of our responsibility to assist the poor. Doing so is important and something engrained in us by our parents. It is especially important in this area because we are part of Appalachia, a region known for its poverty. Indeed, according to Catholic Charity’s definition of poverty, 30 percent, or three out of…

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KUZMINSKI: Nation’s Two-Party System Guarantees ‘The Iron Law Of Oligarchy’

Column by Adrian Kuzminski, April 20, 2018 Nation’s Two-Party System Guarantees ‘The Iron Law Of Oligarchy’ Most voters enroll in one or the other major party, though the number of non-party enrollees has grown in recent years. In our area, and nationally, it’s very roughly one third Democrat, one third Republican, and one third non-partisan, or independent (small “i”). The two-party system goes back to the battles between Alexander Hamilton’s Federalists and Thomas Jefferson’s Republicans. The Jeffersonian Republicans have since…

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ZAGATA: Audubon Now Says: Young Forest Desireable

Column by Mike Zagata, April 13, 2018 Audubon Now Says: Young Forest Desireable   You’ve just read the Spring 2018 issue of “Living Bird” magazine published by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and were startled, and excited, to read: “Overall, specialists say a healthy forested landscape should include roughly 10 percent of young woodlands.” (Right now, that number for our forestland hovers around 2 percent.) That’s a dramatic shift from just a few years ago when Audubon was adamantly protecting…

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KUZMINSKI: Are Democratic Challengers Connecting?

Column by Adrian Kuzminski, April 6, 2018 Are Democratic Challengers Connecting? As of this writing, seven Democrats and two independents are running for Congress from the 19th District, hoping to replace Republican incumbent John Faso. In his first term Faso raised the ire of many constituents with his proposal to eliminate local tax support for Medicaid and related social services. He made no provision for anyone else to pick up the tab, putting the local healthcare industry needlessly at risk.…

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Hillary E-Mail Scandal: Were Mistakes Made?

TOM MORGAN’S MONEY TALK Hillary E-Mail Scandal: Were Mistakes Made?  Editor’s Note:  The column, Money Talk, by Tom Morgan of Franklin, the retired Oneonta investment counselor, is syndicated nationally.  Here is this week’s column. Random thoughts on the Hillary email scandal: Imagine if you could suck all the political gas from this. You would be left with a pure impartial situation. Suppose you then asked: Did this senior government executive break a bunch of laws? Of course she did. Should the…

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