LETTER from ROBERT MOYNIHAN
To the Editor
There should be no more name-calling or evasions from one who lost the popular vote in 2016 by three million votes and in 2020 by seven million. His policy: “The Covid will just go away” – complete with a presidential hand signifying bird flight.
Instead, national policy is now to be founded on observation and science instead of theories from pre-germ mythologies. Intelligent action instead of ignorant reaction—or policy paralysis—arrives.
Just in time.
It’s worthy of observation that a clueless Specimen 45 imitated French professors who met in 1345. These Paris experts “observed” that a conjunction of planets, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars, caused a Black Death—also called the Bubonic Plague.
While no count of fatalities is final or completely accurate, about 25 million died, and from a much smaller world population, many times less than the present crowd approaching 8 billion. Centuries later, patiently working scientists’ discovered that infected fleas thriving on rats spread the disease.
However, National Leader 45 reverted to earlier theories of infection. Diseases strike mankind? Can’t see ‘em? Where are they?
Masks are not necessary to prevent exhaling or inhaling disease—it simply continues to move “in mysterious ways.” Nor was distribution of vaccines in a rational and competent manner necessary.
Instead, we should imitate Parisian scholars of 1345.
Past policy: just look at the planets.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13
ASK THE EXPERT – 2 p.m. Learn the process curators use to evaluate artifacts for use in baseball exhibits. Includes Q&A session in Zoom chat function. Free, registration required. Presented by The Baseball Hall of Fame. 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/events/virtual-ask-the-expert-artifacts?date=0
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, AUGUST 28
FIELD TRIP – 2 p.m. Celebrate Jackie Robinson Day and learn about this Hall of Fame infielder & Civil Rights Pioneer. Learn about Branch Rickey, the bigotry Robinson faced, his successes on & off the field, and his career after baseball in the Civil Rights Movement. Free, registration for Zoom conference required. Hosted by The Baseball Hall of Fame. Visit baseballhall.org/events/virtual-field-trip-Jackie-Robinson-Day?date=0
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 25
BASEBALL – Noon. Virtual Voices of the Game to honor Hall of Fame 2020 inductee Ted Simmons who played alongside hall of famers Paul Molitor and Robin Yount for the Milwaukee Brewers. Join them as they reminisce about the Brewers team and their journey to the Hall of Fame. Visit baseballhall.org/events/virtual-legends-of-the-game-Ted-Simmons?date=0 for details.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 11
ROLLOUT DAY – 10 a.m. Join the Hill City Rollers for fun rolling event to show stance against hate. Worldwide event welcomes all kinds of wheels. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/hillcityrollers/ for info.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 1
SCAVENGER HUNT – July 1 – August 31. Youths and families are invited to participate in 2020 Historic Oneonta’s Main Street Architectural Detail Scavenger Hunt. Search for architectural details on Main Street Oneonta and tell the Oneonta History Center about them. A great lead in to upcoming exhibit ‘Building Blocks Of A City: 100 Years og Architecture In Oneonta.’ Visit www.oneontahistory.org/upcomingevents.htm for info.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JUNE 25
VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP – 1 p.m. Celebrate 100 years since the founding of the Negro Leagues with virtual program about their history in their heyday of the 1920s, 30s, & 40s. Learn about founder Rube Foster, and the great Black Baseball players Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, and many more with the Baseball Hall of Fame. Visit baseballhall.org/events/virtual-field-trip-celebration-of-the-negro-leagues?date=0 for info.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MARCH 14
ST. PATRICKS DINNER – 4 – 7 p.m. Enjoy Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner, performance by Irish Step Dancers hosted by The Knights of Columbus. Take-out encouraged. Free, Donations accepted. St. Mary’s Parish Center, 31 Elm St., Cooperstown. 607-437-4626 or e-mail email@example.com
SHAMROCK SWING – POSTPONED
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MARCH 1
SUGARING OFF – 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Enjoy full pancake breakfast in the morning then contemporary, historic demonstrations of maple sugar production. Admission, $10/adult. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/stec_event/sugaring-off-sundays/0
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
FILM SOCIETY – 7 p.m. Cooperstown film society presents ‘Road To Perdition’ (2002) with special guest Rabbit Goody , textile historian/weaver, discussing her work on this & other films. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Visit www.facebook.com/FilmSocCoop/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18
HISTORY – 6:30 p.m. Learn how our memory of the First US President has changed over time in ‘The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President’ presented by author Matthew R. Costello, Senior Historian White House Historical Association. Fort Plain Museum, 389 Canal St., Fort Plain. 518-993-2527 or visit www.fortplainmuseum.com/viewevent.aspx?ID=1053
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JANUARY 20
MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr. DAY
DOCUMENTARY – 7 – 9 p.m. Showing ‘King In The Wilderness’ depicting the final chapters of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as he deals with criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. Discussion to follow. Red Dragon Theater, SUNY Oneonta.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.
HOLIDAY MARKET – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Find holiday gifts from 50+ vendors selling textiles, herbal products, jewelry, wreaths, more in heated greenhouse. Includes food/wine tasting, hot apple cider donuts, pies more. Sunnycrest Orchards, 7869 St. Rt. 10, Sharon Springs. 518-284-2256 or visit www.sunnycrestorchards.com
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
LUMBERJACK SONGS – 2 p.m. Enjoy afternoon of rousing lumberjack songs, learn about the Adirondack mountain logging camps. Free admission. Arkell Museum, 2 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie. 518-673-2314 ext. 113 or visit www.arkellmuseum.org/events-calendar