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Letters To The Editor

WHELAN: Transfer Station Needs Attention
Letter from Mary Anne Whelan

Transfer Station Needs Attention

While it’s all very well that things get recycled once they reach Albany, our local “Northern Transfer Station” is a disgrace. Anyone who doubts this is cordially invited to visit—Tuesday or Wednesday are especially good days. It is a stinking, filthy mess. Furthermore, the bins in which recycled material is supposed to go, are open: When weather gets in and dampens the contents, they go to garbage.

Casella may be the lowest bidder but they are not fit to manage this task, and I urge that they be replaced the next time their contract comes up. Management was much better under MOSA [Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority].

Additionally, cleaning up the blowing plastic along the “fence” line on the way up to the trash section is the responsibility of the county, not Casella. This is chronically neglected, despite complaints. I think the County Board should do it themselves, since they apparently can’t find the way to do it otherwise.

Mary Anne Whelan
Cooperstown

WELCH: To Biden – Pardon People, Not Turkeys
Letter from Gerry Welch

To Biden: Pardon
People, Not Turkeys

President Biden pardoned two turkeys and gave the death sentence to how many other turkeys? Instead of pardoning turkeys, wouldn’t it be more in keeping with the meaning of Thanksgiving to pardon two humans from the criminal justice system so they can be home with their families? If the president searched, he could find two incarcerated humans more deserving than the two turkeys he chose.

Gerry Welch
Cooperstown

BERLIANT: Journalistic Efforts Appreciated
Letter from Leslie Berliant

Journalistic Efforts Appreciated

I just wanted to send a note of thanks to you and your colleagues in the media. I am very grateful for what you do to keep the public informed and to hold elected officials and candidates accountable. Please keep doing that, our democracy needs you! We need you to keep questioning authority, dig into claims, and help get to the truth, even when it’s inconvenient for those in a position of power—especially when it’s inconvenient.

I know that some of you work at outlets that are under-resourced but you keep going, and some of you work incredibly long hours, all because you care about accuracy of information. And I know that many of you locally and nationally have been maligned by those who do find your work inconvenient for their purposes. Please know that I see you and appreciate you for all that you do.

Leslie Berliant
Cooperstown

Hamill: SUNY Oneonta Is On the Right Track
Letter from Andrew Hamill

SUNY Oneonta Is
On the Right Track

As a student and as another generation of my family attending SUNY Oneonta, I was and still am captivated by the speeches of those who spoke at President Cardelle’s inauguration. Those who gave inspirational speeches did a phenomenal job.

I was and still am impressed by the articulation, dedication, and the creativity of those who addressed, those who were in attendance whether in person or via streaming. As a student of the said university, I can say that this administration has already done an amazing and outstanding job in the first year of the new administration.

I think it’s safe to say that this new administration will help guide the students at SUNY Oneonta in the right direction and will be a beacon of opportunity for all future and current students of SUNY Oneonta.

Andrew (AJ) Hamill
City of Oneonta

CUMMINGS: Polly Renckens Lauded for Service
Letter from Constance Cummings

Polly Renckens Lauded for Service

The Richfield Springs Food Pantry thanks and congratulates Mrs. Polly Renckens for her six years of devoted service to the Richfield Springs Food Pantry and its mission of ensuring that all members of our community have access to nutritious food. The Richfield Springs Food Pantry has made great strides since Polly Renckens began her leadership role with her husband, Jim, in 2017.

During the time of Mrs. Renckens’ service, the organization has expanded its reach from serving 100 households in 2017 to over 200 households in 2022. Mrs. Renckens had a central role in helping the pantry obtain a grant to purchase additional food and increase service to those in need from twice a month to a weekly basis. Her other responsibilities have included managing the volunteer schedule, ordering food deliveries, and serving as Vice President of the Board of Advisors.

The Richfield Springs Food Pantry’s volunteers and board members are grateful for Mrs. Renckens’ friendship and celebrate her numerous years of commitment to our local community.

Constance Cummings
Richfield Springs

NORTHRUP: Communities Urged To Safeguard Lake
Letter from Chip Northrup

Communities Urged
To Safeguard Lake

Proposition 1 passed last week. It authorizes state bond funds for environmental infrastructure—including $650 million for clean water projects. The Otsego Lake community should make a proposal to address harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the lake.

The funding proposal should come from the Village, the townships and the county. The proposal should be crafted by the lake stakeholders and experts—led by the Biological Field Station.

HABs can be reduced by better watershed management and in-lake remediation. As of last week, state funds may be available to support our effort to keep Glimmerglass Lake from turning into Pea Soup Pond.

Let’s work on a plan to address the problem.

Chip Northrup
Cooperstown

LORD: Many Hands Protect Otsego Lake
Letter from Paul Lord

Many Hands Protect Otsego Lake

The Otsego Lake and SUNY Oneonta communities worked together to protect property, life, and the environment around Otsego Lake on Saturday, November 5.

Saturday morning had me concerned about whether the autumn no-wake zone buoy Buoyfest would be a success or would be only the first day of a multiple day effort to retrieve our NWZBs. Winds were strong enough to cause concern, and we had lost the services of four divers, who we had planned to work with us, in the 24 hours prior to the event.

Health and other good reasons prevented those four divers from participating. The preparation work provided on Friday by Otsego Lake Association members Bill Richtsmeier, Mickie Richtsmeier, Doug Willies and Peter Regan facilitated an early departure. The focus and experience of graduate students Sarah Coney and Brian Hefferon provided core successes which inspired our SUNY Oneonta undergraduate students and recent graduates, Liv Bartik, Alan Brault, Zach Lebid, and Katlin Mancusi, to see the work through to completion.

The OLA Board of Directors was well represented, providing essential tender services: Wayne Bunn, Peter Regan and Kiyoko Yokota. Chuck Hascup masterfully employed his barge to support our work. I am grateful to all.

The last two NWZBs, at Springfield Landing and Lake Front, will be retrieved and swapped for spar buoys, as is our tradition, on the weekend prior to Christmas Eve. That typically involves breaking through thin ice along the shoreline to reach those buoys, but the shallow depths involved encourage a lighthearted attitude about this December work.

Paul H. Lord
SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station Divemaster and Instructor

STRAUB: Last Week’s Letter Clarified
Letter from Sue Straub

Last Week’s Letter Clarified

Hello again. I am so sorry that my original comment implied that people over 70 cannot do as much. What I meant is that our local American Legion/VFW needs more retired veterans of all ages to get involved, take on leadership roles and plan projects.

Please forgive any negativity that may have resulted from previous comments.

Sue Straub
Fly Creek

HILL: GASO Opportunity for Smokers To Quit
Letter from Jennifer Hill

GASO Opportunity
for Smokers To Quit

Seventy percent of smokers want to quit, but fewer than 10 percent of adult smokers manage to quit each year because nicotine is so addictive. The American Cancer Society began an annual event, Great American Smokeout, over 40 years ago to encourage smokers to take the first step to quitting smoking. On the third Thursday of November, thousands of smokers nationwide participate in GASO, using it as an opportunity to make a plan to quit or make one beforehand and initiate the plan on that day. This year’s GASO is on Thursday, November 17.

Smoke- and tobacco-free policies can also help cessation efforts, not only because they reduce the opportunities for using tobacco, but because they de-normalize tobacco use. For some smokers who are trying to quit, these policies can help them get over their final hurdle. These policies also protect and enhance everyone’s health and experience in those spaces and help prevent kids from becoming tobacco users themselves. Research has shown that the more kids witness people using tobacco, whether on screen or in real life, the more likely they will use it themselves.

Smoke-free policies for public spaces are supported overwhelmingly in Otsego County. A 2020 Siena College Research Institute survey found 75 percent of Otsego County residents supported smoking bans on all municipal grounds and 70 percent supported smoke-free outdoor areas around businesses open to the public. Recently, Cooperstown made most of the sidewalks along its Main Street smoke- and vape-free and the Village of Laurens passed a policy banning the use of tobacco and cannabis products on all village property.

Smokers in our area who are thinking of quitting could use GASO on November 17 to start their cessation journey. They can now go to more smoke-free spaces to help them along the way.

Jennifer Hill
Community Engagement Coordinator, Tobacco Free Communities: Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie

Bresee: Oneonta Theatre Future Looks Bright
Letter from Elaine Bresee

Oneonta Theatre Future Looks Bright

The Friends of the Oneonta Theatre is proud to announce the start of the stabilization and revitalization of the Oneonta Theatre, with the help and guidance of Thomas Cormier, who knows the theatre’s workings very well.

As we celebrate this historic event, we raise a glass to FOTOT Board Members. We are thankful for their hard work and dedication.

Thanks to our community and its support that we treasure beyond measure. You have donated generously, supported our fundraisers and volunteered in so many ways.

For now, let us celebrate! For our city and our region, the future looks brighter with The Oneonta Theatre in it.

Elaine Bresee
FOTOT Vice President
Oneonta

STRAUB: Vets Urged To Hold More Activities
Letter from Susan M. Straub

Vets Urged To Hold More Activities

Why doesn’t the Cooperstown American Legion/Vets Club do more events?

We would love to participate. It seems, sadly, that those men and women are over the age of 70 and cannot do as much as veterans who may have served in Afghanistan.

Susan M. Straub
Fly Creek

MARCI: Zeldin Coalition Will Save NY
Letter from James Marci

Zeldin Coalition Will Save NY

I love New York. It’s the tourism slogan here in the Empire State, but I do truly have a love for this place. New York is my home, it’s where I’ve been brought up, and I feel as though I have a loyalty to protect it. New York is my home and fellow New Yorkers are my family. It’s because I have this strong connection to our state that I feel a deep sense of despondency when I hear my fellow New Yorker say that they are giving up on New York and leaving for supposedly greener grass.

LANSING: Voters Urged to Think First
Letter from Douglas B. Lansing

Voters Urged to Think First

Some shared thoughts as you head to the polls:

Each candidate for each election should be evaluated based on their own merit. In my opinion, voting only “for my team” or “against your team” is lazy American citizenship. Down-ballot voting is dangerous for all of us.

American democracy has veered from our Founding Fathers’ intended destination. We, the citizens of America, have to bring the American Republic back on course.

WHELAN: ‘I Want My Republican Party Back’
Letter from Mary Anne Whelan

‘I Want My Republican Party Back’

To the Editor:

I am writing as a Registered Republican and in protest of Stefanik’s representation of our party.  She is a person who consistently misrepresents herself, just as she does the results of the past Presidential election. This is a person who said that Pence, the honorable Vice-president during the Trump administration, did the wrong thing by certifying the clear results of the Electoral College and the popular vote. Which means that in her view he should have helped overthrow the lawful and constitutionally based process, to keep Trump in power.

BECKERT: Vote! Please Help Save Our Country
Letter from Bruce Beckert

Vote! Please Help
Save Our Country

This election is like none other in our time. It will either cement the global elite’s plan for our country or start us back on a path that will ultimately save this country so our grandchildren can have a lifestyle of freedom and opportunity that we have been so blessed with.

The Democrats have gotten used to swaying liberal Republicans, buying key elections with global elites’ dollars or just stealing elections. They have worked our judicial system, our media and the mind of some, so they can pull off most of their tricks. If patriotic Republicans don’t achieve wide margins we will see more elections stolen. Contrary to what many liberals think, a successful Democratic midterm election will lead to a country we will not recognize or be able to reverse. Democrats want a one-party system of government which will end our democracy, our way of life and the principles that have propelled us to the greatest power in the world.

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