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Homer Simpson

Isn’t Resisting Everything Prescription For Decline?
from JOHN RUDY

Isn’t Resisting Everything

Prescription For Decline?

To the Editor:

Your editorial on The Simpsons’ “D’oh Canada” episode nicely expresses an optimistic counter to the show’s negative portrayal of Upstate New York.

From a macro sense, it would be hard to find fault with your even-handed depiction of the many causes of the decline across the state, as well as the various efforts at reinvention and renewal.

Most telling was your observation that one of the problems of success…is there’s too much to lose in abandoning the status quo. That observation also holds true at the local level.

We would all do well to ponder whether opposition and resistance to change in our villages and towns – whatever the issue – is motivated solely by a desire to leave things as they are, regardless of the economic and social consequences.  For to do so has been shown, time and again, to be a prescription for decline.

JOHN A. RUDY

Cooperstown

As We Toil, Thanks For Nothing, Homer
from JAMES R. DEAN

As We Toil, Thanks

For Nothing, Homer

To the Editor:

Regarding the ongoing New York Times articles about people moving up to the Hudson Valley and the Catskills: It cannot not come soon enough for me.

Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark welcomes Homer Simpson, who was inducted in May 2017. Thanks for nothing, Homer! (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

I have driven back and forth through those areas for 50 years and I have seen the decline and loss of people and interest.

It has gone from not being able to pass cars on the road in the 1970s, to being the only car on the road today.

There are not enough people on the roads of Upstate New York, in many places, to keep a coffee shop open.

It will be while before they get up our way, but I support every effort to encourage them to come.

These new people are critical to bring money, ideas, contacts, children and life back to Upstate New York.

Our fields are turning back to forests, our residents are getting older, historic old homes are collapsing, schools are being closed, the economy is hollowing out.

Upstate New York has some of our country’s best land, fresh air and clean water.

For many reasons, I believe that Upstate New York will rise again. The second home buyers are an important part of that process as they hopefully will transition to full time homeowners.

WHAT’S MORE PATRIOTIC THAN NATIONAL PASTIME?

HALL OF FAME CLASSIC 2017

Whats’ More Patriotic

Than National Pastime?

It seemed like the whole world was standing at attention – more realistically, just all of downtown Cooperstown – as Fly Creek’s Joelle Lachance‘s astonishing voice performing the National Anthem filled Doubleday Field and much beyond at 1 p.m. today. The 10th annual Hall of Fame Cooperstown Classic, featuring Hall of Famers and Major Leaguers, began soon after.  Opera singer Joelle, a CCS grad who went on to study voice at Nazareth and Boston University, returned to her hometown last Christmas to sing solo soprano in Handel’s “Messiah” at Christ Church here.   Woodside Hall has invited her to perform a recital there this summer; details forthcoming.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Homer Simpson Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame

HALL OF FAME CLASSIC 2017

Homer Simpson

In Baseball Hall

With Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the board, Jon Shestakofsky, VP/communications, and Jeff Idelson, president, right, Homer Jay Simpson of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at the end of a 25th anniversary round-table discussion of The Simpsons TV show’s “Homer At The Bat” episode.  Behind Idelson are fellow Hall of Famers and Power Plant teammates Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith. “If the Cubs can win the World Series and a cartoon can enter the Hall of Fame, there are no rules,” Homer said in his acceptance speech. At right, Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz and Homer pose following the opening of the “Homer at the Bat” exhibit in the Hall of Fame, featuring figures, animation cells and signed memorabilia. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Turmoil At Otsego Now, And Homer Simpson, Too

Turmoil At Otsego Now,

And Homer Simpson, Too

Just as its three-year economic-development drive is bearing front in Oneonta’s $14 million downtown redevelopment program, a potential distribution center at Schenevus and other initiatives, Otsego Now’s board of directors appears ready to head off in a new direction, seeking a full-time CEO that makes the future of the architect of the current successes, Sandy Mathes, unclear. The three new board members put in place by county board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego, in the past year have formed a new majority that is pushing the idea. And, by the way, Homer Simpson will be celebrated at the Baseball Hall of Fame this Memorial Day Weekend. All in the week’s Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands now.
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