Op-Ed Columns

Our long path to limited gov’t

Americans should light 800 candles for the birthday of the document that began paving the meandering path to limited government. Magna Carta laid down the law about "fish weirs" on English rivers, "assizes of darrein presentment," people being "distrained to make bridges," and other "liberties ...

In Turkey and Mexico, voters strengthen democracy

BY MICHAEL BARONEAnother election, another surprise. Actually, two elections, in two countries recently, with surprisingly pleasant surprises. And in two very large countries: Turkey (population 82 million) and Mexico (119 million), both very important to the United States.In the runup to the ...

Related to hope

The first time I met Marcia Grace, she adopted me as her project.She was 5 at the time.Marcia Grace was the niece of my future husband - I didn't know that yet - and the youngest granddaughter of his mother, an intimidating woman of Southern grace and iron will. I was meeting her for the first ...

Lies the government tells you

Last week, Republicans and Democrats in Congress joined President Barack Obama in congratulating themselves for taming the National Security Agency's voracious appetite for spying. By permitting one section of the Patriot Act to expire and by replacing it with the USA Freedom Act, the federal ...

The right caves on social issues, then loses

By BEN SHAPIROThis week, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showed a significant drop in the number of Americans identifying as conservative, and a significant rise in the number of Americans identifying as liberal. As the Journal described, "For the first time since 2010, conservatives are no ...

Lower tuition necessary

Earlier this year, President Obama introduced a plan "to make community college as free and universal as high school."This proposal, which generated both support and opposition, is important for two reasons.One, it provides a partial answer to a pressing national problem: the price of higher ...

It’s the economy, stupid

Seldom mentioned by any in authority is the real source of value, dollars and products. There is only one source, and it has been that way since the beginning - Mother Nature. We take everything we have from her.This is done in countless ways: from seeds to minerals, from elements to the fish ...

Obscenity not free speech

In the March issue of Decision Magazine was the feature story, "I am not Charlie."Charlie Hebdo is a satirical publication located in Paris, France. A shooting spree by Muslims left 12 employees dead. In 2012, Charlie Hebdo was firebombed.Here is the scoop: Charlie Hebdo downgrades Christians, ...

St. Mary’s dropping proposal

Much has been written over the past couple of weeks about the possibility of St. Mary's acquiring the NBT Bank building in Gloversville. I have received letters and have read letters to the editor, as well. I've met with members of the Gloversville Housing and Neighborhood Improvement ...

Criminals are not protesters

I am not certain what happened in the Staten Island incident that resulted in the death of Eric Garner at the hands of police officers, or in the Ferguson, Mo., incident that ended in a police officer shooting and killing Michael Brown. Even eyewitness accounts of the two fatal events are ...

Voters want change

This country just had a midterm election, which is traditionally seen as delivering unimpressive turnouts and phlegmatic voter participation. On a national level, the election is beginning to be seen as a mandate to the Republicans elected to forge ahead and battle the incumbent Democrats to ...

Metastatic cancer in focus

I took on the position of executive director at Susan G. Komen Northeastern New York in July. My grandmother and several friends had beaten breast cancer, I was a volunteer with the organization and I was trained in public health. I was green, but I was confident I could respond to any comment ...

Some in chains for faith

Life has its twists and turns, its bends and forks in the road. Circumstances change. People change. An employee must plan for the unforeseeable ahead of a corporation downsizing. That's from the book, "Repositioning Yourself. Living Life Without Limits," by T.D. Jakes.On the other hand, ...

Know your rights

Right: a moral or legal entitlement to have or obtain something or to act in a certain way.Duty: a moral or legal obligation; a responsibility; or a task or action that someone is required to perform.Opportunity: a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.Apathy: lack of ...

State Ed. gets ‘F’ for test security

Just in case you have not heard, there has been some controversy going around in educational circles lately regarding the testing of students in public schools. Teachers, school administrators, parents and politicians have been weighing in almost daily on the good or evil of testing and how it ...

No cheers for Board of Regents

Huge news came out of the recent New York state Board of Regents meeting. It did not have to do with the Common Core, teacher evaluation, student testing, state aid to public schools, the New York state "bar exam" for teachers, cuts to the teaching force in all school districts or the budget ...

The Fed has failed to help

In order to find a solution, we have to describe the problem accurately. In searching for the causes of inflation, a strange method of fighting inflation was noted. The Federal Reserve Bank, which was in charge of the economy, was raising interest rates and caused a recession. Instead of ...

Think of real gift for Christmas

From Eugene Peterson's contemporary language translation of the Bible come these words: At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, "Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?" Jesus replied, "Seven! Hardly! Try seventy times seven." [Matthew 18: ...

Exploring ‘Happy Accidents’

With a forward by Carol Burnett, the serendipitous events of Jane Lynch's life are told by the comedian in her 2011 memoir, "Happy Accidents," published by Hyperion.I had to admit I started this book about a year and half ago. It has taken a very long time to finish this because the weather was ...

Body and brain work to curb pain

This week, I decided to skip the questions I have been asked recently and focus on an event that happened to me recently.I have a patient who came in to see me for pain control. The patient has had a rough few months after being diagnosed with cancer, undergoing chemotherapy and then developing ...