Commentary

Tuning out infrasound dangers

The Nuremberg Code (1947) is the universally accepted regulation on human experimentation. Each of the Code’s 10 stipulations apply to the ongoing experiment in Arkwright where residents are subject to infrasound. No one, not even those who signed contracts with the wind turbine industry, ...

Town supervisors hold too much power

To avoid tyranny — the concentration of too much power in too few hands — James Madison, long ago, gave us the three-branch model of American public administration. In forming a government, powers are to be separated and divided among three independent branches-legislative, executive and ...

God’s holy people

We recently observed a day that many would associate with the Roman Catholic Church because of the title Saint. Even more identify him with the Irish people, even though he was not Irish. The title of Saint Patrick recognizes the great mission work God enabled him to do as he brought the whole ...

Wall is not only divide country faces

Several recent events sent my head spinning at a time when I thought that there was nothing more that could cause my head to spin. The first was a bit of Kabuki theater that was played out when Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi and Charles “Chuck” Schumer engineered a stalemate over ...

Bird watching and wondering

As a longtime bird-watcher, I feel I’ve learned to recognize quite a few. It still surprises, however, when the briefest split-second glance tells me without a doubt that I have just seen a nuthatch. Or perhaps the beady-eyed grackle, now that those hungry pests are back. Maybe again the ...

There’s no greater good from turbines

Finally, a commentary by the OBSERVER Publisher John D’Agostino strikes at the heart of a major problem, a source of growing divisiveness. Ten people, who are Arkwright and Villenova Town Board officials, have arguably made an undemocratic decision for the towering wind turbines that dot ...

Health care is privilege, not a right

Pope Francis, Former President Barack Obama, and Sen. Bernie Sanders all claim that health care is a right, not a privilege. Pope Francis states, “[H]ealth is not a consumer good, but rather a universal right, and therefore access to health care services cannot be a privilege.” Former ...

Your limitless horizons in America

You cannot hold intelligence in your hand. You cannot smell it or taste it. Awareness of it exists, but only to human minds. All life exists as a form of intelligence. Life is the only thing in creation that is self motivated to modify its environment for its own satisfaction. Other life has ...

Putting a new standard to the test

This a quote from a disgruntled taxpayer: “I work. They pay me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as they see fit. But in order to get that paycheck, in my case, I am required to pass a random urine test, with which I have no problem. What I do have a problem with is my ...

Hidden causes of student failure

Public interest in school curriculum is often only about troublesome topics. Subjects like biology (evolution), health (sex education, vaccination), language arts (i.e., controversial literature) and history (e.g., correcting myths about the Pilgrims) generate more public interest than other ...

Putting it all into words

I always had a thing for libraries. Maybe it was the shelves of books and the freedom they represented. There one would be transported beyond the present existence to other worlds and times and live another life between the pages. I was reading books very early in my life to the point of ...

New world for area without Young

Things will change with the retirement of Catharine Young. It is not often that our region has an elected official who achieved the level of political leadership that she did in Albany. Among Republicans, you may have to go back to when Joe McGinnies of Ripley was Speaker of the Assembly ...

Wealthy life was no perfect fit

By GEORGE SEBOUHIAN Compiled and edited by Damian Sebouhian Abandoned as an infant in 1931, Roy Sebouhian was taken into the care and custody of the New York Foundling Hospital. The hospital set Roy up with foster homes, one home after another until his biological father would eventually ...

Differing voices on Brooks’ move

Process has been ‘ridiculous’ Editor, OBSERVER: I try to read the many articles regarding the relocation of Brooks Hospital with an open mind, but the “people in power” make it so difficult. One statement made by the current hospital chief executive officer was the hospital ...

Separating state is our only hope

This is in response to the Publisher’s notebook from March 1 regarding the possibility of “separating the state.” John D’Agostino stated how we are tied financially to the New York City area. I believe it. So, if the upstate region cannot survive without the downstate region ...

The luck of the Irish

There must be something to the saying for, in the 16 years I’ve been keeping daily weather records, the sun has always shone on March 17. The day may be “partly sunny” but seen there definitely some time which is a record I suspect few, if any other, dates can match. Not here in ...

Mood swings of a teenage boy

In the first of three articles we meet Shirl and Brian. Shirl and Brian are a mixed race couple who called me about their adolescent son, Austin. I requested the initial session to only include Austin’s parents. Austin, age 14, was left at home with his older sister, Elise, age 18. So, Shirl ...

Communities, workers lose in ‘Green’ deal

New York’s Green New Deal will start to unfold during the state budget process. The “deal” has a major part of its foundation on “Environmental Justice” and “Just Transition.” With respect to impacts on jobs in the new clean energy economy, few have felt more injustice than the ...

Finding a balance in our lives

This is a good time of year for people who love basketball. The college tourneys are gearing up and the NBA’s regular season is winding down. For us folk in these parts, basketball is a distraction from our ruminations about how sick we are of winter. So there is good reason for us to get ...

Focus on problem, not blame

Pointing a finger and assigning blame to a problem accomplishes very little and may even hinder advancement. You know, a little common sense goes a long way. We can accomplish much more when we focus on fixing the problems that we encounter, rather than spending time fixing the blame. At least, ...