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Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

May 26, 2013 With Memorial Day just around the corner, it has us thinking about how so many Americans have forgotten the true meaning of the holiday that we, as veterans, hold so close to our hearts. more »»

Common Core Should Be Repealed In New York

May 26, 2013 “STTPP Beacon,” publication of Southern Tier TEA Party Patriots, keeps members informed of critical issues, such as, currently: New York’s Race To The Top, Common Core State Standards and curriculum... more »»

Tell Legislators To Support Gender Non-Discrimination

May 26, 2013 To The Reader’s Forum: The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) was passed by the NYS Assembly for the sixth time on Tuesday. Our Assemblyman, Andrew Goodell, voted against this bill. more »»

Another Group Targeted For IRS Scrutiny

May 19, 2013 In a press conference last week, White House press secretary Jay Carney fielded insistent questions from a variety of news agencies regarding the Internal Revenue Service’s alleged actions toward te... more »»

How Do Children Learn About Farming?

May 19, 2013 “Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm he had some cows, chicks, pigs, ducks,...” That’s how I started learning about farming when I was a child. more »»

Hydraulic Fracturing Is A Dead-End Path

May 12, 2013 In the 1960s the tobacco industry tried to counter evidence that smoking had serious health impacts by spending millions to make ludicrous claims about the benefits and safety of smoking. more »»

Hydraulic Fracturing Is An Economic Necessity

May 12, 2013 The Southern Tier counties of New York state have been languishing in a politically induced limbo over hydraulic fracturings’ future for close to five years. Though Gov. more »»

Balancing The Constitution’s Stance On Guns

May 5, 2013 Our county legislature has had two votes about gun violence, one vote each in its last two sessions. The vote in May was about newspapers printing the names of people who had gun permits. more »»

Farming Community Does Its Part To Protect Lake

May 5, 2013 The article “Prendergast Library Holds Critical Discussion on Lake Health” that appeared in the May 1 edition of The Post-Journal included the statement “Seventy-one percent of the phosphorus that... more »»

New Dairy Farms As Economic Stimulus

April 28, 2013 Over the last couple of years yogurt processors have flocked into Upstate New York, bringing hundreds of millions of dollars of new investment. more »»

Music Quickly Becoming A Forgotten Language

April 28, 2013 “Come in on the off-beat of ‘one,’ then rest for a measure before repeating that phrase again. And watch the syncopation. more »»

Make Your Health Care Wishes Known

April 14, 2013 This Tuesday, April 16, is National Healthcare Decisions Day, when you are encouraged to initiate an ongoing conversation with loved ones and your physicians about your health care preferences, and... more »»

A Tax Day Message

April 14, 2013 April 15 is Tax Day. As we race to get our taxes filed, let’s consider what we actually get for our tax dollars. more »»

The Absurdity Of ‘Universal’ Background Checks

April 14, 2013 Those who favor “universal” background checks on gun buyers make some ridiculous arguments. more »»

Equal Pay Act Celebrates 50th Anniversary

April 7, 2013 This Tuesday marks Pay Equity Day for the calendar year 2012. It is the day women’s average pay for the year 2012 catches up with men’s average pay. more »»

For All The Postal Service Bashers

March 17, 2013 The recent editorial in The Post-Journal bashing the Postal Service also comes as no surprise. What these bashers don’t seem to know or don’t want the public to know are the real fact. more »»

Not Bigger Farms, Gov. Cuomo, More Farms

March 17, 2013 The economy of Upstate New York has been in decline and serial malaise for several decades. This has been the economic bane and supposed obsession of several previous governors’ administrations. more »»

Logic, Common Sense Will Provide Real Solutions

March 10, 2013 As I sit reading The P-J with cable news on in the background this early Friday morning, it’s being reported that authorities continue the search for former LA police officer Christopher Dorner. more »»

Data Backs Rothner Purchase

February 24, 2013 “In God we trust, all others must bring data,” is a quote from William Edwards Deming an American statistician, professor, author, lecturer and consultant. more »»

Legislator: Rothner Is Wrong Choice For County Home

February 24, 2013 The following was adapted from the speech I gave on the floor of the County Legislature last mont. more »»



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