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MEG KENNEDY CITIZEN OF YEAR

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MEG KENNEDY

CITIZEN OF YEAR

Representative Shepherded In

Professional Management, More

County Rep. Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick/Milford/New Lisbon, has been named Citizen of the Year for 2019 by www.AllOTSEGO.com, The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, for her role is leading creation of a county administrator position. She also led the formation of the county Energy Task Force, and became the first Otsego county representative in history named to the board of directors of the New York State Association of Counties. More in this week’s Freeman’s and Hometown, available now at Cooperstown and Oneonta supermarkets, and on all newsstands this afternoon.
BENNETT: In Land Of Plenty, Many Are Needy

WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

In Land Of Plenty,

Many Are Needy

By LARRY BENNETT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

This column is titled, “We are all in this together,” but it doesn’t always appear to be so.

Larry Bennett, retired Brewery Ommegang creative director who is active in local causes, lives in East Meredith.

The U.S. economy is the world’s largest – our GDP will exceed $21 trillion in 2019. Our GDP represents 20 percent of total global output, is larger than China’s GDP, and is projected to grow 2.5 percent in 2019. Our GDP per person is seven times the world average while we have 1/20th of the population. We are the richest nation on earth, and you’d think we would all be doing well. But – according to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – we have the second highest poverty rate of the OECD nations and the worst income inequality rate. How can this be?

In 1960, an average American couple with two kids lived on a single income. With saving and planning they bought a modest home. Unless they were big city residents they owned a serviceable automobile. They saved for their kids’ educations. While it is true that many African Americans, Native Americans, and others were often excluded from these opportunities, it was still the case for many Americans.
Early 1960s corporate-CEO-to-employee pay ratio was an average of 20:1. In 2018 it was almost 300:1. Since 2006, corporate profits grew 30 percent while household income grew only 4 percent.

According to one Federal Reserve Bank study, the share of the national income that workers receive has fallen to its lowest level since World War II, even as worker productivity has gone up six-fold. Workers fuel the success of the companies but executives reap the rewards at increasing levels of inequality. This money grab deprives company workers of a fair share in what they help create.

What does this mean in Otsego and Delaware counties? We are a microcosm of the nation: What we see here is happening everywhere. At least one Fortune 500 company operates here; in fact, Walmart has been #1 on the Fortune 500 list for six years running. Their CEO was paid $22.8 million in 2018. That’s 1,188 times the $19,177 median wage of employees. In just two hours of one week he made more than those employees made in a year. An average Walmart has 280 employees who are paid around $20,000 each.

With a payroll of $5.6 million a store typically brings in around $46.7 million in revenues. The majority of these Walmart revenues leave our area and go to Walmart’s corporate coffers: to highly compensated executives, to pay dividends to stock holders and Walton family members, and to support a $500 million private art collection and museum.

This flood of money makes the Walton family the richest in America, with assets of over $160 billion in 2018.

Yet the average Walmart employee makes around $20,000 per year. The corporate starting wage is $11 per hour. Fifty percent of employees are approved only to work part-time, which curtails benefits and opportunities for raises and advancement. Employees are cheap to hire and fire. They are intentionally disposable. It is also known that a significant number of Walmart employees depend on food stamps to feed their families.

If this is how the wealthiest company in America treats its employees everywhere, including here, what model does that set for other employers? I do not mean to pillory Walmart alone. This is the model under which American businesses currently operate.

From the largest to the smallest businesses, many working people are treated poorly, and this keeps or pushes many into poverty. As a business problem, a political problem, and a social problem it is crucial to fill this vast income gap. As a nation, if we expect those who struggle to be able to escape poverty, income inequality must be addressed.

This Week — Oct. 17-18, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Oct. 17-18, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Mary Margaret Sohns of Cooperstown, having recuperated from a heart transplant required after the debilitations of Lyme Disease, celebrated after raising more than $17,000 for the “Heart & Sole” walk she participated in in Verona, N.J. The money raised will help the heart failure and transplant teams at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark.

FRONT PAGE

AS GOES OTEGO-LAURENS, SO GOES COUNTY

Brockway Family Legacy Makes Politics Natural

National Strife Motivated Ogden Campaign

Adult, 4 Teens Arrested In Worcester Slaying

Cardiff Giant Still Excites 150 Years After Hoax

Slow EMS Response Brings Towns Together

EDITORIAL

McEvoy Memo Warns GOP: You May Lose

COLUMNS

McEVOY: Manager Certain, But Not Energy, Pot

ATWELL: She Would Have Loved That Smile

JEROME: Worldwide, Polio Almost Quelled

LETTERS

FLEISHER: Marcellus To Shallow To Frack

NORTHRUP: Too Little Gas In NYS To Profit

STERNBERG: Revolution’s NOT Yet Won

HAMMOND: Standoff With Bassett K9s Seen

HEWLETT: Porn Root Of Many Modern Evils

WRBA: Where’s Superman When Needed

ALLOTSEGO.life

With A New Heart, Life Renewed

MITT of the Future Coming Our Way

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: Oct. 17, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY: Oct. 18, 2019

IN MEMORIAM

Barbara Rankin, 74; Retired Stewardess

Arthur Strong, 91; Delivered Oil, Meals On Wheels

Virginia Martindale, 93; Seven Offspring Survive

Ronald Bouchard, 86; Foster Dad To 250 Children

Wayne King, 62; Radio Personality In Sidney

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO

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this weeks newspaper Mar 14 – 15 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Mar. 14 – 15, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

6-foot-8 sophomore John Kennedy sinks a free throw for the Hawkeyes.

FRONT PAGE

CCS Basketball: FINAL 4 AWAITS

Plan ‘Transformative,’ But Details Still Fuzzy

Final Sale Packs McLaughlin’s

DiPerna, Back At Vatican: World Working Together On Climate Without U.S.

2nd Time Around, Climate-Smart Idea Wins County’s OK

Deputy Promoted to County Roads Chief

 

CITY OF THE HILLS: Mar. 14 – 15, 2019

COOPERSTOWN AND AROUND: Mar. 14 – 15, 2019

EDITORIAL 

Herzig: Act Today, Look To Tomorrow

Please, County Reps And Trustees: Get Chief Covert Help He Needs

COLUMNS

Zagata: Where’s $93 Trillion Coming From To Pay Bill For A Green New Deal?

Casale: Anti-Amazon Forces Alive – In Oneonta

Youngs: With 321 Events During ’18, Foothills Buoying Downtown

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Be Failing, But Tom Seaver’s Victories Immortal

Apply ‘Golden Rule’ To Global-Warming Issues

Cooperstown Can Have It All – Classical Music, Talk Radio – On WSKG

Support Early Voting, Seward, Salka Asked

League: No Contest, But Exercise Your Right To Vote

Trustee Dewey Outlines Credentials, Asks For Vote

 

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: Mar. 14 – 15, 2019

HOMETOWN History: Mar. 14 – 15, 2019

ALLOTSEGO.LIFE

20 Years On Southside, Piers Also Mark Mega-Store’s Fifth Year

Reducing Fires, Department Makes Village Better Place To Do Business

Happening Otsego:  Funky Philharmonic, Corned Beef Supper And Mom-Son Swing

IN MEMORIAM

Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Lord, 77; Ceramist With Milford, Oneonta Studios

Elizabeth Anne Broten, 30; Beloved Daughter Loved Reading

Dorothy Miller, 96; Retired From Mehan Insurance

Martin R. Patton Sr., 89; Entrepreneur; Restaurant, Realty Investor

John Simonds, 90; Retired From D&H

 PEOPLE

Hometown People – March 14 -15, 2019

LOCALS – March 14 -15, 2019

LOCAL BASKETBALL TEAMS

CCS Boys BasketballFinal Four Bound!

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BOUND VOLUMES: Feb. 28 – Mar. 01, 2019

BOUND VOLUMES:

Feb. 28 – Mar. 01, 2019

200 YEARS AGO
Music and Dancing are generally taught by masters who profess these arts; concerning which we shall only observe that they are frequently believed to be of too great importance in female education; and on that account that too much time is expended on their acquirement. It is perhaps more desirable, that young ladies should play, sing, and dance, so well as to amuse themselves and their friends, than to practice those arts in so eminent a degree as to astonish the public; because a great apparent attention to trivial accomplishments is liable to give a suspicion, that more valuable acquisitions have been neglected. And, as they are liable to be attended with vanity, and to extinguish the blood of youthful timidity; which is in young ladies the most powerful of their exterior charms.
March 1, 1819

175 YEARS AGO
The City Press seem determined to annihilate the Country Press by offering their weekly papers at the low price of one dollar per annum. This they are able to do with a living profit for the reason that the matter set up for their daily sheet is transferred to their semi-weekly, and then their weekly, without any expense for composition. Added to this, they have printing presses moved by steam, which throw off 2,000 an hour, while the hand press in the country can work only 250 in the same time. Thus, in fact, the only expense to which they are subjected in printing their weeklies, is for paper and ink, and therefore it is that they afford a better profit to the publisher at one dollar than the country sheet receives at $1.50 or even $2. A well-managed paper is of immense importance to a county, in diffusing information of local and other matters among its citizens, besides giving it character abroad, and thus inducing the concentration of capital and industry within its borders. No man can make himself so useful to the masses as a sensible, discreet, industrious editor – and when such a one is found in practice, they should stand by him closer than a brother, from the mere motive of self-interest, distinct from higher considerations.
March 4, 1844

150 YEARS AGO
(Ed. Note: The following was written in expectation that the newly completed railroad line to Cooperstown would bring more people to the village to visit and perhaps to live). Access to the Village of Cooperstown will soon be rendered easier, and then people will be inclined to come here to live if real estate is not too dear, and will come the faster if the attractions are increased. One very desirable thing is a Public Park. Could Judge Cooper have looked ahead 70 years to the wants of this community he would probably have made provision for this object when land about here was cheap. Now it is not so easy of accomplishment.
March 6, 1869

125 YEARS AGO
The funeral services of the late Miss Constance F.
Woolson were conducted in the Chapel of the foreign
cemetery in Rome, Italy by Rev. Dr. Nevin. Among the flowers sent were beautiful tributes from a number of distinguished Americans in Europe. Consul John Worthington commissioned a friend in Rome to lay on her grave a form of sweet violets clustered in laurel, as a tribute from himself and other Cooperstown friends.
The ice now taken from Otsego Lake is about 16 inches thick. The storage house of the milk station has been
filled with it. It required more than 700 tons of ice, or
about 8,000 cakes.
March 1, 1894

100 YEARS AGO
At a congregational meeting of the Presbyterian Church important action was taken looking to extensive alterations and repairs to the church property. Foremost among these, as planned, will be a cloister connecting the church with a Chapel which will add a much-needed classroom for the use of the Sunday School and will link the two buildings together so as to bring them practically under one roof and do away with the necessity of going out of doors in passing from one to the other. The cost of this long-desired improvement will be met by a gift from Mr. James Fenimore Cooper made in memory of his mother, Mrs. Paul Fenimore Cooper, who as Mary Fuller Barrows, united with the church when a young girl.
March 5, 1919

75 YEARS AGO
Pictures loaned by the New York State Historical Association to other museums of fine art include: To the Museum of Modern Art in New York City has been sent a painting of the “Hudson River looking toward the Catskills” painted in 1847 by Asher B. Durand. A view of “Apple Hill” by Samuel F.B. Morse, painter and inventor of telegraphy, has also been sent, and also a canvas describing a scene in one of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales” which was painted in 1832 by John Quidor. In March and April, the Lyman Allyn Museum in New London, Connecticut will display the William Dunlap painting of a scene from “The Spy” by James Fenimore Cooper.
March 1, 1944

25 YEARS AGO
An unusual number of complaints regarding the failure of village businesses and residents to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice this winter has prompted Cooperstown officials to re-evaluate snow-removal regulations and procedures. The fine for failure to clear a walk may be hiked from $20 to $50 and property owners who leave shoveling up to the village will be hit with a bill from one of three contractors hired to help keep walkways clean. Cooperstown contracts for snow removal with outside companies because the village street crew can’t keep up with the demand.
March 1, 1994

10 YEARS AGO
U.S. Army Corporal Michael L. Mayne, 21, of Burlington Flats, died in a firefight Monday, February 23rd in Iraq, where he was serving with the 25th Infantry Division. He was the first soldier from Otsego County to die in the Iraq War. Michael was born on October 9, 1987, in Ilion, the son of Lee and Cathy Mayne. After graduation from Edmeston Central School he joined the Army in July 2006.
March 6, 2009

This Week’s Newspapers Jan. 25, 2019

 

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Jan. 24-25, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Jim Kevlin – Mom Rebecca Smucker of Cooperstown had herself and daughter Ada, 11 months, bundled up Saturday, Jan. 19, as Storm Harper began dusting the village at about 4 p.m.

FRONT PAGE

So Long, Winter Storm Harper

Rivera Only Inductee Elected By  100%

Hartwick Offers First Master’s Degree

Many Dangers Found At Oneonta Hotel

Hazzard Leaves Cooperstown Chamber 

Under Attack? Avoid, Deny, Defend

Plot Undone To Set Bomb In Islamberg

 

EDITORIAL 

Thrice Struck Down By Misfortune,

Rob RobinsonRose To Inspire Others

COLUMNS

Worried About Global Warming? DON’T Buy An Electric Vehicle

With Hotel Inspection In Hand, City Attorney Due Back In Court

Lacking Pipelines, Con Ed Imposes Moratorium Downstate

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

County Must Explore Fresh Thinking On Energy

Ban Straws? Focus On Worst Recycling Abuser

It’s Only Sensible To Lock Our Doors – And Borders

Posting Too-Complicated Bills Serving No Purpose

Fighting For ‘Purity’ Preferable To The Alternatives

 

HISTORY COLUMNS

HOMETOWN History

BOUND VOLUMES

ALLOTSEGO.LIFE

Cooperstown’s Capozza Deploys With Team Rubicon

Woman Moves To Oneonta, Discovers Family Roots

BEST BETS: Jump Auction, Richfield Events, Winterfest

IN MEMORIAM

Rob Robinson, 66, County Chamber President For 16 Years

Laura Duncan-Bachanas, 39; Bassett Registration Specialisttt

Doris Johnson, 96; Moved To Cooperstown To Be Near Daughter

Phyllis J. Edwards, 86, Cherry Valley; Worked At Baseball Factory

Ella Jean Baumgardner, 96, Oneonta; 1st Husband Killed In WW II

Debbi Barnes, 65, Oneonta; Retired Payroll Director, Fox Hospital

 PEOPLE

Alumni Herring, Bard Join Unatego Hall Of Distinction

United Way Packs Gift Bags to Hang In Huntington Park

Chris Catapano Promoted To Oneonta Police Sergeant

18 Locals On Dean’s List At SUNY Oneonta

Chiba, Laughlin Co-Chair CV Democratic Committee

Young Tennis Player Honored With Sportsmanship Award

Susquehanna SPCA Raises Over $95K In ‘Save A Life’ Campaign

DIGITAL NEWSPAPERS

ATTENTION, Freeman’s Journal Readers!

ATTENTION, Freeman’s Journal Readers!

Watch for your Freeman's Journal right by the door as you enter Cooperstown's Price Chopper, our largest single-copy outlet iin the village.  The newspaper rack has been moved to this convenient spot so you can simply reach for the newspaper first thing as you do your grocery shopping.  (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
From now on, watch for your Freeman’s Journal right by the door as you enter Cooperstown’s Price Chopper, our largest single-copy outlet in the village. The newspaper rack has been moved to this convenient spot so you can simply reach for the newspaper first thing as you do your grocery shopping. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
SUNY Oneonta Aims To Raise Endowment To $100 Million

SUNY Oneonta Aims To Raise

Endowment To $100 Million

Fresh off the "Possibilities Full of Promise" fund drive that pushed its endowment over the $50 million mark, SUNY Oneonta is now planning to top $100 million in 10 years. College Foundation Executive Director Paul Adamo explains how it will be done. Also, read Part One of the adventure story that is Ashok Malhotra's life, and find out why the Cooperstown Village Board forgave $2,600 in fines, all in this week's Hometown Oneonta and Freeman's Journal newspapers.
Fresh off the “Possibilities Full of Promise” fund drive that pushed its endowment over the $50 million mark, SUNY Oneonta is now planning to top $100 million in 10 years. College Foundation Executive Director Paul Adamo explains how it will be done. Also, read Part One of the adventure story that is Ashok Malhotra’s life, and find out why the Cooperstown Village Board forgave $2,600 in fines, all in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and Freeman’s Journal newspapers.
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As President’s Day 2016 Nears: Washington (Probably) Slept Here

As President’s Day 2016 Nears:

Washington (Probably) Slept Here

George Washington visited the site of Clinton's Dam in Cooperstown in 1783, while he awaited the signing of the Treaty of Paris. Find out how much is known, and what remains unclear, this week in AllOTSEGO.presidents, published in both Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman's Journal.
George Washington visited the site of Clinton’s Dam in Cooperstown in 1783, while he awaited the signing of the Treaty of Paris. Find out how much is known, and what remains unclear, this week in AllOTSEGO.presidents, published in both Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on local newsstands today. 
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Oneonta, County Advance As ‘Finger Lakes Of Beer’

Oneonta, County Advance

As ‘Finger Lakes Of Beer’

The Winter Brewery Weekend hosted by Hartwick College Jan. 16-17 showed the county is preparing to provide another essential microbrewery ingredient: malted barley. Details in this week's newspapers, along with former Oneonta Mayor Kim Muller's observations from the scene of Governor Cuomo's State of the State speech.
The Winter Brewery Weekend hosted by Hartwick College Jan. 16-17 showed the county is preparing to provide another essential microbrewery ingredient: malted barley. Details in this week’s newspapers, along with former Oneonta Mayor Kim Muller’s observations from the scene of Governor Cuomo’s State of the State speech.
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Attention, Brides: 1st Bridal Show Of Year Is This Sunday At Foothills

Attention, Brides:  1st Bridal Show

Of Year Is This Sunday At Foothills

Our newspapers' annual bridal section is in this week's Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman's Journal, so brides can preview ads by vendors at Foothills' "I Do" Bridal Show, the first of the year, noon-4 p.m. this Sunday in Oneonta. Also, reporter Libby Cudmore interviews wedding photographers about unforgettable moments, and on the trend toward vintage gowns. Hometown Oneonta includes a report on the first meeting of the new Common Council. And The Freeman's Journal includes a report on Cooperstown Chamber executive Matt Hazzard's 11-month ordeal with cancer; his doctors have now declared him cancer-free.
Our newspapers’ annual bridal section is in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, so brides can preview ads by vendors who will be at Foothills’ “I Do” Bridal Show, the first of the year, noon-4 p.m. this Sunday in Oneonta. Also, reporter Libby Cudmore interviews wedding photographers about unforgettable moments, and on the trend toward vintage gowns. Hometown Oneonta also includes a report on the first meeting of the new Common Council. And The Freeman’s Journal includes a report on Cooperstown Chamber executive Matt Hazzard’s 11-month ordeal with cancer; his doctors have now declared him cancer-free.
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