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News of Otsego County

Letters To The Editor

PUCCI: Miller Support
Letter from Ray Pucci

Miller Support

Assemblyman Brian Miller has been a highly effective representative for this region throughout his tenure in Albany. He is seeking another term this November in a reconfigured district and many voters may not be aware of his commitment to service. Allow me to describe a few of his qualities in hopes that it may inform decisions when residents enter the ballot booth.

Assemblyman Miller works toward common sense results. His background in engineering leads him to find solutions by building broad support from both sides of the political aisle. Brian is well-respected by his Assembly colleagues because of his temperament and genuine desire to work in the best interest of those he represents.

Brian has surrounded himself with a staff that shares his commitment to service. Brian and his team have helped dozens of business owners navigate the labyrinth of state agency regulations, brought big-issue concerns to the attention of officials, and have connected communities with resources needed to grow.

As a result of the redistricting process, Brian Miller will no longer be my Assembly representative. I will, however, continue to treasure our friendship and rely on his knowledge. I look forward to his continued service to our region.

Ray Pucci

SCALICI: Value of School Staff
Letter from Anthony Scalici

Value of School Staff

This being the start of another school year, and for some the first, I would like to offer from my perspective a few remarks about the state of our school today. The last number of school years, particularly the most recent two and a half, have been rocky and unique in many ways. As this is the start of my 30th year on the school board, I could go on about how different public education has become, but let me say first what has not changed — the value and importance of teachers and support staff. These are the people who students see and interact with every day. What has changed in no small way are the uncertainties and pressures under which they have had to work during the long COVID restrictions. This should be enough to warrant community-wide admiration. But to this, add the not so visible demands placed upon them by New York State for data collection and reporting, attention to social/emotional lives of children, documentation of NYS Standards adherence, and the external haunt of school violence. These have made their jobs much more. Our school employs an impressive new generation of professionals in every position who maintain concern and caring for each child and young adult in the building.

MASKIN: Domestic Violence
Letter from Dan Maskin

Domestic Violence

There are increasing studies on Social Determinants of Health which are conditions in the places where people live, learn, work and play that affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. While domestic violence affects people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic classes, and religious affiliations, the effects of domestic violence can result in a wide array of issues, ranging from broken bones to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

More and more healthcare providers are screening for domestic violence. But it’s difficult for survivors to admit or talk about. Which is why it is important to repeatedly call attention to domestic violence because it is not only a crime but a health crisis as well. The Violence Intervention Program at Opportunities for Otsego, Inc. joins hundreds of domestic violence programs and coalitions around the country in declaring that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

More prevalent than most realize, one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. Anyone, regardless of gender, race, sexual identity or orientation, or socio-economic status, can become a victim of domestic violence. This year’s campaign theme, #Every1KnowsSome1, strives to highlight how common domestic violence is and that it is more than physical violence.

Last year, in Otsego County, the Violence Intervention Program at Opportunities for Otsego, Inc. assisted over 180 victims of violence, answered over 800 Hotline calls on our 24/7 staffed Crisis Hotline, and provided emergency shelter to over 20 victims at our Safe Shelter.

The Violence Intervention Program 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 607.432.4855. This program’s services are free and completely confidential. The program can assist with individual counseling, legal advocacy, medical advocacy and accompaniment, Crime Victims Compensation Assistance and emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Dan Maskin
Chief Executive Officer
Opportunities for Otsego

MACMILLAN: Thanks To All Involved With CAA Flowerbeds
Letter by Dr. Roger MacMillan

Thanks to All Involved
with CAA Flowerbeds

While I wish to thank the Clark Foundation for their generous comments regarding the flower bed in front of the Cooperstown Art Association sign, I would be remiss if I failed to thank the many people who have aided me in this endeavor over the past years.

One should note a large maple tree adjacent to this garden bed. Every spring, using forks and a mechanical tiller, the maple roots are removed from the garden bed, and peat moss and fertilizer worked into the soil under direction of Ms. Deborah Ackerman.

Over the years Ms. Ackerman and I have tried various combinations of flowers that included petunias, coleus, marigolds, and alyssum, to name a few. These have been especially ordered in the early spring from Mrs. Laurie Schmidt of Sunnycrest, Sharon Springs. These plants have consistently arrived very fresh and ready to plant. This year we tried a variety of zinnias obtained from Mr. Harry C. Teich of Hartwick. Everyone has praised this planting such that we plant to repeat it next year with a few additions.

So while I thank the Clark Foundation for their praise, I have included the other people who have made this display such an attractive one each year! They also should share in the credit for the above accolade.

Dr. Roger MacMillan

NORTHRUP: Carefree Gardens + Origins = Paradise
Letter from Chip Northrup

Carefree Gardens + Origins = Paradise

As the days grow shorter and the nights grow colder, we begin to think of heading back to Texas. But we never leave before the closing event of the season: the plant auction at Carefree Gardens on October 10, Columbus Day.

One of our great pleasures at Cooperstown is our time spent at Carefree and at Origins Café, where, if I’m lucky, I get to shoot the breeze with my pal Brent Leonard. There are various versions of what Paradise may be like, but I prefer the Muslim one: a fragrant garden filled with bubbling fountains, with food and drinks served by beautiful women. I think I’ll convert to Islam so that when I die, if I’ve lived a good life, I’ll get to go to Origins Café and Carefree Gardens.

Chip Northrup

Remembering the Queen
Letter from Andrew Hamill

Remembering the Queen

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, knew the definition of duty, service, and leadership from the time she was young and up until her passing. One way her leadership became known was during the world’s annus horribilius (horrible year)
and the United State’s second day of infamy: September the 11th, 2001, when Her Majesty instructed the Coldstream Guards to play our National Anthem to help display unity.

She led a long life of service, duty, and leadership as a Sovereign, Monarch, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, but most importantly as the matriarch of her family, the Windsors. Regardless if we support the Monarchy or not, let us remember Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Andrew (AJ) Hamill
City of Oneonta

Dept. of Health Needs Your Help
Letter from Abigail Mosenthin

Dept. of Health Needs Your Help

My name is Abigail Mosenthin, and I am the current New York State Public Health Corp (NYSPHC) Graduate Fellow for Otsego County, at the Otsego County Department of Health.

I will be working on data visualization and analyses in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I am collecting data on the residents of Otsego County. I am hoping your readers will go to and take a short survey.

If they prefer to mail the return in, instructions are listed on the survey or they can email a copy to

Abigail Mosenthin, M.P.H.
Public Health Graduate Fellow
Otsego County Department of Public Health

NORTHRUP: Keep the Glimmer, Lose the Slime
Letter from Chip Northrup

Keep the Glimmer, Lose the Slime

Dr Willard Harman of the Biological Field Station understands the biodynamics of toxic slime (“blue green algae”) and he knows what can be done to mitigate their blooms — which may become chronic if left unaddressed — in which case lake water would become non-potable, fish would die, and people would get sick. The Biological Field Station is going to come up with plans to attempt to address the problem —before Glimmerglass Lake becomes Pea Soup Pond.

Other watersheds have had this problem, other watersheds have addressed the problem, other watersheds have solved the problem. We are fortunate that we have Dr. Harman and the Biological Field Station to attempt to keep the glimmer in Glimmerglass without mercilessly maligning mussels.

Chip Northrup

HAMILL: We the People Must Unite
Letter from Andrew Hamill

We the People Must Unite

“A House divided cannot stand”. This was not only quoted in the gospel of Mark, but also by Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson on two separate occasions.

Our beautiful and majestic country is becoming more divided than it ever has been. The only solution to help end this division is to have unity, to help defend our rights, and to get along.

In the Constitution under the Preamble, it states “We the People.” In that particular sense, “we” means unity. I personally feel that we simply do not have unity, we as a Country will capitulate. If the above mentioned quote will not unite the Country, then maybe this quote will: “Divided We Fall, United We Stand.”

Andrew (AJ) Hamill
City of Oneonta

WELCH: Politicians Are Beating the Drum
Letter from Gerry Welch

Politicians Are Beating the Drum

Again the drumming of politicians promising the moon. Lowering taxes, attacking crime, public work projects, offering handouts! What is needed: Refine existing programs, reduce waste and stop making promises that can’t be kept. They should offer to shore up our Social Security system.

Gerry Welch

WELCH: Rising Temperatures
Letter from Gerry Welch

Rising Temperatures

“The Snowball Effect explains how small actions carried out over time can lead to big results.” The Fireball Effect explains the opposite. Melting streets.

Gerry Welch

WORMUTH: Please Rethink This
Letter from Tim Wormuth

Please Rethink This

This plea is in response to Mr. Dan Maskin and Opportunities for Otsego:

Please, rethink your decision to build “a strategic plan that is centered on social justice”. You provide a wonderful service to our community, there is no need to politicize that work by pursuing “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”. These are simply inoffensive words used to divert attention from what it really is, Critical Race Theory. As the old saying goes, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig”. This focus will divert resources and attention away from the real needs that you have been having an impact on: alleviating poverty and fostering self-sufficiency through comprehensive and holistic client-centered services.

Thank you for all you do and keep up the good work!

Tim Wormuth

NORTHRUP: Unnecessary Nuisance
Letter from Chip Northrup

Unnecessary Nuisance

The Cooperstown firehouse siren is noise pollution at its worst — far above the Village’s own decibel limit, and totally unnecessary, unlike say a heavy metal concert. Pagers and cell phones can and have replaced these ridiculous noisemakers. If the firemen get a page or a text, they get the address of the fire — they can go straight there — they don’t have to go to the fire station first.

When the Queensbury, N.Y. Fire Department turned their firehouse siren off for repairs, there was a 100% response rate — for 7 years. No volunteer fireman missed getting to the firehouse for lack of a siren. And the neighbors certainly didn’t miss the siren going off at all hours. When the repaired sirens were turned back on, the town protested, and the sirens are going to be replaced as unnecessary nuisances.

There is nothing traditional or necessary about ruining property values with sirens. There is nothing traditional or necessary about ruining people’s hearing. Replace the sirens with pagers and cell phone texts. This will improve property values around the sirens and will make the fire response more efficient.

Chip Northrup

NORTHRUP: Hapless Mussels

Letter from Chip Northrup

Hapless Mussels

The hapless mussels didn’t want to come here. They were as happy as clams in Siberia — before they were Shanghai’d to the Great Lakes. They have no political advocates in Albany — so they get the blame for everything. Count the votes

Chip Northrup

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