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Book Notes
  • Going the Distance to White House Every president of the United States goes through difficult periods. It comes with the job. There are the daily demands of national security issues, the economy, policy initiatives, personnel, Congressional meetings, and social events. Heaven forbid a scandal breaks out. It takes a massive ego to be president since the pressures outweigh the perks. It's little wonder that presidents age in office. The stress is unrelenting.

    February 6, 2014

  • New book a good primer on fracking controversy The leading controversy around here the past few years has been fracking. It is a highly emotional issue for residents who see it as destroying both their property values and way of life. Natural gas companies see it as an economic boon, and farmers see it as a way to produce badly needed income on their land. It's one of those issues that are so emotionally charged that rational debate is often impossible.

    January 30, 2014

  • New book a good primer on fracking controversy The leading controversy around here the past few years has been fracking. It is a highly emotional issue for residents who see it as destroying both their property values and way of life. Natural gas companies see it as an economic boon, and farmers see it as a way to produce badly needed income on their land. It's one of those issues that are so emotionally charged that rational debate is often impossible.

    January 30, 2014

  • Dr. J autobiography details a classy man It's easy to envy professional athletes. They seem to have it all. Who wouldn't want to make a living playing a game you love and get well compensated for it? Athletes often make more in a year than the rest of us do in a lifetime. But it isn't all peaches and cream. Many of them suffer through the indignities of life that prove that money does not buy happiness.

    January 23, 2014

  • Library has great children's program Think of all the books that made an impression on you when you were a little kid. Whether it's The Cat in the Hat, The Five Chinese Brothers, or Make Way for Ducklings, there are always children's classics that stay with you for the rest of your life. It's a rite of passage that all kids should experience. Children's books open up our imaginations, educate us, and provide us with an introduction to how reading can enrich our lives.

    January 16, 2014

  • Football injuries make for scary reading Football is the most popular sport in this country. The National Football League is a $9 billion industry and its popularity continues to rise. To complain about the violent nature of the game can border on heresy. But a major issue has arisen that cannot be ignored. Concussions have become endemic to the sport and current research shows an alarming rate of brain damage to former players. Is the game becoming too dangerous for its own good?

    January 9, 2014

  • Grisham makes civil law dramatic in new book

    January 2, 2014

  • Libraries benefit everyone and are worth funding Libraries are wonderful institutions that offer something for everyone. Whether it's finding good books or movies, accessing the Internet, attending one of our many adult or children's programs, doing research, or just hanging out to read or socialize, the Village Library of Cooperstown has it all. We're open seven days a week and offer both a community center to the public and an outlet to the information world.

    December 26, 2013

  • Bushkin offers window into Carson's life For most people Henry Bushkin is not a household name. Even many of those who have heard of him may not be aware of who he is. Bushkin was Johnny Carson's lawyer and business manager for 18 years and the butt of many of his jokes during his monologues on The Tonight Show. Carson always referred to him as "Bombastic Bushkin" and enjoyed revealing the latest investment scheme his manager had conjured up. My favorite was getting Carson exclusive rights to Weight Watchers in Bangladesh.

    December 19, 2013

  • Book proves democracy unpure Four years ago Mark Halperin and John Heilemann published the best-selling book, Game Change, an inside look at the 2008 presidential race. It was a fascinating description of what went on behind the scenes to make or break the candidates. It is not surprising that the two authors joined forces again to write a sequel for 2012.

    December 12, 2013