HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 26
HOF CLASSIC – Noon. Get hyped for the game with the Home Run Contest then enjoy the 9th Hall of Fame Classic Game. First pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Doubleday Field, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/events/classic-18?date=0
LIVE AUCTION – 3 p.m. Find beautifully painted tables, chairs, and paddles for auction. General Clinton Park, 2507 Hinkley Ln., Bainbridge. Call 914-262-3216 or visit www.jerichoarts.com
To the Editor:
There are many fine Democrats running for Congress in the 19th District, but Pat Ryan rises above the rest. His selfless commitment to public service, deep ties to our district, and authentic support for progressive values make Pat Ryan the best champion for the working people and middle class families of our district. This year will be the first opportunity for Democrats to weigh in on the divisive policies of the current administration. We must choose wisely. If we want a representative to stand up to the president and do-nothing Congress, we must nominate a Democrat who will win in our rural and moderate swing district.
A recent poll shows Pat Ryan is the only Democratic candidate who beats the incumbent and there is good reason for that. Pat was raised in Kingston, where his mom was a teacher and his dad owned a small business. After graduating from Kingston High School, Pat Ryan attended West Point and served two tours in Iraq. There are many forms of public service to our country but few are more selfless than risking your life for our democratic values.
After Pat’s military service, he came home and, along with two women, co-founded a successful business. Of their 150 employees, over half were military veterans. Pat believes in universal health care, strong environmental protections, reducing gun violence, saving Medicare and Social Security, and building an economy that works for all of us. We live in a cynical age when too many politicians put their own personal and financial interests before their country and when our democratic rule of law and values are under attack. It’s time to send someone with integrity to Washington who will fight for what’s right and make us proud and I believe Pat Ryan is that person.
Unfortunately, we are being told this race is already over. The front page headline of last week’s edition of Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal declared that “Top Dems Say” another Democratic candidate is preferred. The implication was that based on a limited sampling of opinion, almost entirely from Cooperstown and Oneonta, that candidate would be victorious. This is the same regrettable approach we saw during the 2016 election. Then, as now, most media failed to focus on the issues or embrace a diversity of opinion. Instead, we heard reporting on the “horse race” of who’s up and who’s down and a few well connected politicos were consulted for their opinions, which all tended to match.
While I like and respect all the individuals quoted for the article and their opinions are certainly valid, we must encourage a diversity of perspectives, hear from regular folks, and avoid the temptation to repeatedly prognosticate elections. When the media creates only an elite echo chamber and suggests that elections are foregone conclusions, it frustrates the public and depresses turnout or even creates a voter backlash. Additionally, the collective wisdom of a closed group often has limited perspective and is wrong! In 2016 our county party committee endorsed a congressional candidate with very little debate and less than a handful of dissenting votes. Despite the accepted wisdom that she was a sure winner, she lost the County by 13 points (a wider margin than Secretary Clinton).
While my analysis of the candidates has led me to support Pat Ryan, my opinion holds no greater value than the perspectives of the tens of thousands of independent thinking individuals who will be voting this month and again in the fall. Keep in mind this District is vast and largely rural and most voters have very different life experiences and opinions from those we may encounter in the distribution range of this paper. All voters matter.
My candidate selection was made just last month after a year of observing the race and after conducting an informal “focus group.” I attended the candidate forum in Delhi with 6 of my friends from Delaware County who planned to vote but had not made up their minds. All of them care deeply about their communities and the direction of our country but none are politicians or actively involved in party machinery and their names wouldn’t appear on a reporter’s rolodex. We attended the forum with open minds and afterward discussed our impressions. From our group, attendees came away supporting 3 or 4 of the candidates, none of whom were the candidate identified by this paper as the inevitable pick.
So my message to all Democrats is that this election is not predetermined and your vote is important. Please support the candidate who most closely matches your values and who you believe would most effectively represent the people of our district- Democrats, Republicans, and independents. Seek out different sources of news and speak to people who are unlike you before making your decision. I respect the opinions of my fellow Democrats who differ from me but on June 26th I plan to vote for Pat Ryan who I believe has the background, integrity, authenticity, and values to best represent us in Congress.
Town of Oneonta
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
DISTINGUISHED LECTURE – 7 – 8:30 p.m. Presenting this years Mills Distinguished Lecture, Bryan Stevenson is author of “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” describing the early years of Stevenson’s legal practice after founding Equal Justice Initiative to represent the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children and the injustice he and his clients encountered in our Justice system. Free, open to public. Alumni Field House, Dewar Arena, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2644191
PUBLIC SPEAKING – 5:30 p.m. Practice public speaking with the toastmasters. All welcome. The White House Building, The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1466 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WBNG Back On
Cable In Oneonta
Seward: Lineup Changes Wednesday
ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today joined WBNG-TV to announce that beginning this Wednesday local programming from the Binghamton station will again be included as part of the Time Warner Cable/Charter Communications cable television lineup in Otsego County.
“Last summer, when WBNG-TV was dropped from Time Warner Cable’s Otsego County lineup, I heard from a sizable number of concerned constituents,” said Seward. “From a public safety perspective, it didn’t make sense that a longtime source of news and information was being eliminated. I worked to bring the parties together and broker a solution and am extremely pleased that we were able to accomplish that goal.”
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
GUITAR CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Headline concert of Classical Guitar Fall Festival features The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo performing de Falla, Rossini, Moravec, more. Fine Arts Building, SUNY Oneonta. 607-865-8775 or visit cgsuny.org
CONCERT SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Open 49th Cooperstown Concert series featuring Molly Tuttle, performing distinctly original works. Ballroom, Village Hall, Cooperstown. 607-547-1812 or visit cooperstownconcertseries.org/molly-tuttle-saturday-october-27/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
FINE ARTS – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fine arts on the lawn features works for sale by local artists, members of CAA. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com
WEST KORTRIGHT FAIR – Noon – 6 p.m. Celebrate regions agricultural bounty with afternoon of fun, music, food. Live music features PALEFACE, Richie and Rosie, The Big Takeover. Enjoy local food, group art show, silent auction, rummage sale, activities, local vendors, more. West Kortright Center, 49 West Kortright Church Road, East Meredith. 607-278-5454 or visit westkc.org/event/west-kortright-fair-2018/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, MAY 15
OPENING RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. The first exhibit of the season, “Abstraction” – emerging images and interpretations. The Smithy, Cooperstown. Info, www.smithyarts.org
SPAGHETTI DINNER – 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a dinner with homemade sauch, sausage and meatballs, bread, salad, drinks, and dessert. Take out available. Support the Boy Scouts. Cooperstown Vets Club, 60 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, Maria Deysenroth, email@example.com
Column by Mike Zagata for November 2, 2018.
Is Upstate Downbeat?
Blame Slow Recovery
According to a newly released report from the Empire Center for Public Policy, “New York’s Uneven Economic Recovery: A Tale of Two States,” those of us who live in Upstate New York escaped the real estate/housing bubble that led to the economic crash in 2008. Why? Because our economy was so bad that we didn’t experience a bubble like the rest of the country. How’s that for good news?
Since the economic downturn, the Governor has claimed he has grown the state’s economy back to recovery. Have you experienced a recovery? Here’s how he’s been able to make that claim.
According to the governor, “We created 1,000,000 jobs (since 2011). New York State today has more private-sector jobs than it has had in the history of the state. Period. Unemployment went from 8.5 to 4.2 percent, and the recovery was statewide. In the old days you would see New York City doing very well, and Upstate would be struggling. Look how even the recovery is all across the State.”
The data don’t support that claim. In fact, to the contrary, it shows a sharp and growing economic divide between Upstate and downstate. According to the “Report,”, “By any standard, Upstate New York’s economic recovery has been among the weakest of any region in the country”. Only West Virginia, Wyoming and Arkansas, coal and minerals-dependent economies, have fared poorer. According to the Report, New York’s annual rate of real GDP growth has been lower than the rate for ALL states in six of his first seven years in office.
New York City, followed by Long Island and the lower Hudson valley, suburbs for the City, has enjoyed the highest rate of job growth in the state. At the same time, Upstate has gained private-sector jobs at about one-third of the national rate.
Of the State’s 62 counties,
23 of them, all but one
Upstate, have yet to recover to their pre-crash private employment levels. Knowing this, the Governor banned fracking in an attempt to court the “green community” and stopped the pipelines that could have brought much-needed natural gas and jobs to our region.
Did the unemployment rate in Upstate really drop or was it made to look that way – remember the old “shell” game? Based upon information in the Report, total private-sector employment Upstate grew by 6.3 percent since 2010. That is about one-third the U.S. rate of growth (17.8 percent) and even worse than that for downstate (21.2 percent). The Southern Tier counties ranged from having a loss of jobs to zero-5 percent growth. Guess where we fell in the ranking?
According to the Report, the 48 up-state counties saw a drop in employment “by a combined total of 87,500 from August 2010 to August 2018. Yes, the unemployment rate Upstate fell, but only because the labor force in those counties decreased by 210,000 people” – a result of fewer people looking for work because they had either given up, left the state or both.
Mike Zagata, DEC commissioner in the Pataki Administration and former environmental executive with Fortune 500 companies, lives in West Davenport
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, MAY 29
ONEONTA MEMORIAL DAY PARADE – 10 a.m. Line up on Market St., members of the armed services, and many more organizations will proceed down Main St. to Neahwa Park for memorial services by the American Legion. Info, Vic Bronner, (607) 263-5349, firstname.lastname@example.org
COOPERSTOWN MEMORIAL DAY PARADE – 11 a.m., from the Cooperstown Vets Club up Main Street to the Soldiers & Sailor Monument in front of the county office building, where commemorations are planned.
GENERAL CLINTON CANOE REGATTA – 7 a.m. Entrants in the 55th annual, 70 mile canoe regatta, enter the river for this test of endurance. Brookwood Point, 6000 St. Rt. 80, West Lake Rd., Cooperstown. The finish line is in the General Clinton Park, Bainbridge. Info, otsegolandtrust.org/places-to-explore-103/brookwood-point
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JUNE 5
CCAL CLASS – 1-3 p.m. “Swart-Wilcox Ephemera: Piecing History Together Through Documents.” Learn how to use items of a short-lived nature, such as letters, checks, newspapers, flyers, tickets, etc, to piece together the history of a family, house, or town. Swart-Wilcox House Museum, Wilcox Ave., Oneonta. Info, Debra email@example.com or visit swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com/summer-schedule/ccal-classes/
LOCAL SCREENING – 2-4 p.m. The Lincoln Center streams the reunion of band mates Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, and Robert Ellis. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org/adult-programs/
ONEONTA – Candidates for state Senate, Assembly and the Oneonta Town Board will answer questions this evening at a forum that begins at 7 p.m. in SUNY Oneonta’s Morris Hall.
The evening is sponsored by the Cooperstown and Oneonta chapters of the League of Women Voters.
The evening will begin with presentations by the two candidates for Oneonta Town Board, Randal Mowers and Michael Stolzer.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 24
WILBER POOL OPENING – 1-5 p.m. The Wilber outdoor pool opens for the season. Featuring open swim, family swim from 5-7:30, and lap swimming. A great way to spend a hot day. Cost, free for Oneonta residents, $1 per child, $3 adult, $8 family. Wilber Pool, 1 Wilber Park Dr., Oneonta. Info, www.oneontaymca.org/upcoming-events.html
COMEDY – 8 p.m. Presenting the hysterical words of Kevin Johnson and his guests, local funk reggae ensemble, Hanzolo. Tickets, $15 adults, $12 youth, seniors, and veterans. The Church, at the decommissioned Baptist Church, 2381 St. Hwy. 205, Mount Vision. www.upsi-ny.com/upcoming-events-news/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 29
AWARDS PRESENTATION – 4:30 p.m. Features the presentation of the Ford C. Frick award for baseball broadcasting excellence and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. Gates open 3 p.m. Followed immediately by the Parade of Legends Doubleday Field, Cooperstown. baseballhall.org/events/Awards-Presentation-2017?date=0
PARADE OF LEGENDS – 6 p.m. The Legends of baseball ride down Main St. to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. baseballhall.org/events/Parade-of-legends-17?date=0