To the Editor:
I read with interest your article (“Why Buffalo Matters in Otsego County,” Nov. 11, 2021) skewering left-wing Democrats and blaming them for the losses sustained by Democratic candidates in some of this year’s local elections in New York State.
I hope that you will apply the same caustic criticism to Republicans when they lose in 2022 in Otsego County and elsewhere because of their cavorting with right-wing fanatics who brandish Confederate and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags and various Trump slogans on their clothes, trucks and lawns. Our county and your esteemed paper will both be the better for it.
John A. Rudy
To the Editor:
The September decision by the Otsego County Board of Representatives to implement a county-run emergency medical services (EMS) system is an unfortunate and ill-informed solution to the very serious problem of inadequate volunteer rural EMS in Otsego County. To the best of my knowledge, this plan was adopted without any public hearing or other public comment.
I just wanted to say how much I’ve been enjoying the “Dog Charmer” column that Tom Shelby writes for All Otsego. My husband and I have a rescue dog of our own, and it’s been really helpful to hear other people’s experiences and Tom’s advice for them. I had a question that was answered one week, and Tom gave some wonderful feedback that I hadn’t considered before.
Did you know we live in the Mohawk Valley Region?
Traveling east on I-88 at exit 12 (mile marker 46) there is a relatively new NYS sign promoting area businesses.
At the bottom of the sign in huge letters it says: “MOHAWK VALLEY REGION”!
With around three weeks until the Nov. 2, election, we are writing to encourage Middlefield residents to vote for Peg Leon and Jenn Pindar van Kampen for Middlefield Town Board.
They have pledged to oversee the policies and laws of Middlefield in an open and respectful manner.
They seek to protect farms and rural life while encouraging small business growth as it fits the needs and desires of the citizenry. Broadband availability to all is high on their agenda.
I have known David Bliss for over 15 years during all of which time he has served in public office.
He is open, collaborative, fair, and dedicated to our community.
He is a true public servant.
Please re-elect him as a representative to our county legislature.
Every once in a while something happens which restores faith in common decency. Last Thursday, I left my wallet on the farm stand at the corner of Allen Lake Road and Route 80. When I discovered this and went back, over an hour later, it wasn’t there (of course).
I went to the house of the owner — no one was home — but someone had left the wallet, contents intact, on a porch chair, near the door.
Who ever you were, thanks for the wallet back — and for a great uplift, not only of gratitude, but respect and faith in the common decency of people in our local community.
Or, maybe you weren’t local and were just passing by.
Anyway, thank you. For several things.
Mary Anne Whelan
Your Sept. 16. editorial, “Live free and die?” on the difference between “Freedom” and “Liberty,” as espoused by Thomas Jefferson, should be read by every anti-vaxxer and anti-masker and their political and media endorsers.
You were correct to point out that there is no unfettered freedom to do whatever one wants in America, regardless of the consequences. As you note, Jefferson’s central belief was that the exercise of one person’s freedom could not impinge upon the freedom of others who are equally endowed.
A half-century later, the great English philosopher, John Stuart Mill, made the same point about the limitations of liberty in his eponymous Essay, when he said: “(T)he sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection.”
Almost three weeks ago, my 84 year-old father and 83 year-old mother tested positive for COVID-19. They were breakthrough cases. My mother had no symptoms, but my father, who has asthma and an irregular heartbeat, had shortness of breath, chest congestion and light-headedness. He was given powerful flu medicine to alleviate his symptoms and because of his chronic medical conditions and his age, he received a monoclonal antibody infusion, a cocktail of manmade proteins designed to boost a person’s immune system to fight off viruses. Both made him feel much better and he felt he had recovered several days later.
This is a letter I sent to Assemblyman John Salka:
Dear Mr. Salka: I read that you are holding a meeting to facilitate so-called “religious objections” to getting vaccinated. My wife and I are in our 80’s and were both vaccinated in February.
Rumors and misstatements are rampant in New Lisbon about the proposed new highway garage. We don’t need a new garage! We can fix the old garage! Taxes will go up by 20%, 30% (pick a number)! There are conflicts of interest! Professional fees are exorbitant! The proposed garage is too large and too lavish! Plans are being rushed! No one is considering alternatives! And more.
He looked, with his shock of snow-white hair, like Boris Yeltsin. His bearing was ambassadorial, with all that the word implies: courteous, cordial, tactful, informed, balanced, refined.
George Goetz, longtime summer resident of Springfield, died in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, on July 25 at 90, in the gentle loving presence of his family.
In the Sept. 2, edition, you wrote: “There should be no shame in being unemployed because you don’t want to take a job you don’t want. If you have the ability to hold out, God bless you.”
Wow. And by “ability to hold out,” you mean stay at home and let the federal government and state give you free money while you don’t pay your rent under a moratorium.
Because experts are saying we must prepare for the new reality of flood events, I suggest the Cooperstown dam be modified to allow large drainage. Any early signs of potential catastrophic rain events approaching release as much water as possible to reduce backup. Best way to accomplish this task is to build floodgates.
I’ve been visiting your area and going to the opera for more than 20 years. This year it was Friday, Aug. 12, and we were leaving from Rochester and anticipating Mozart’s “Magic Flute” at The Glimmerglass Festival.
I rejoiced that I had remembered to look on the back of my calendar for the envelope holding the tickets I had ordered about a month before. WHAT A SHOCK! No such luck … the envelope was empty, and I was full of dread! All I could think of was having to climb back into the car and start back on Route 28 toward home.