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WALKER: Protest Take Away Free Speech Rights

Other Voices

WALKER: Protest Take

Away Free Speech Rights

Editor’s Note: CCS graduate Bobby Walker, chairman of the state Federation of College Republicans, was present at the Nov. 18 appearance of Dr. Arthur Laffer at Binghamton University that was blocked by protesters.

It should have been a peaceful and educational evening at SUNY Binghamton.

The College Republicans were hosting Dr. Art Laffer, economic policy adviser to Presidents Reagan and Trump. But the presentation quickly turned into a frenzied attack.

Shortly after Dr. Laffer started his speech, members of Antifa and the student group Progressive Leaders for Tomorrow (PLOT) began to shout him down and cause an extreme disruption.

This organized mob of violent, far-left, radical students then confronted officers of the State Police and
University Police, who were attempting to restore order.

Myself, members of the College Republican Leadership, and other attendees witnessed at least two students assault law enforcement officers.

A phalanx of State Police rushed Dr. Laffer and College Republican leadership and myself through a back service entrance of the auditorium for their safety while the auditorium was brought This is becoming commonplace on campuses across our state and our nation.

Conservative students are beaten for committing the high crime of being brave enough to wear a red MAGA cap on campus or express views that do not line up with the socialist views of radical progressives.

These students worked incredibly hard to raise money and put together this expensive event, only to have their money taken by the University and, now, banned by the student association, run by students who fall on the extreme left of the political spectrum.

Their offense this time? “Tabling without a permit”… WEEKS AGO.

This school will find any reason to silence conservatives while radical leftist thugs go unpunished and have free reign to wreak havoc on the campus community.

This is not the only one. This is the climate that conservative students face in every corner of our country. And the worst part is, these student groups believe they are doing a service to this nation by assaulting students and police officers, and quashing the freedom of speech of our students.

This political violence on college campuses has so far basically gone unchecked by the universities nationwide.

I am truly fearful for my fellow conservative students but I always pass along this message: We will never stoop to their level. We will firmly place our MAGA hats on our heads, take their punches and keep getting up to take more.

We will keep hosting speakers and also support all speakers who come to campus. We are on the right side of history, they are not.

Spooky Activities Around The County

HALLOWEEN 2019

Spooky Activities

Around The County

►Friday, October 25
TRUNK OR TREAT – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Decorate your car, bring candy to hand out. Must be child-friendly, candy must be store-bought & individually
wrapped. Cash prizes for best dressed cars. E-mail to sign up your car. Cherry Valley Springfield Central School, 597 Co. Hwy. 54, Cherry
Valley. 607-264-3265.
GHOST TOURS – 5:30 – 9 p.m. Join a guide to explore the museum after dark, learn about the mysteries, ghostly happenings in the village. Learn what Things Go Bump In The Night. Cost, $17/non-member. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450.
HYDE & SHRIEK – 6 p.m. Ghost tour visits places where ghostly manifestations have been reported by the Ghost Hunters Halloween special. Cost, $20/person. Reservations required. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Rd., Cooperstown. 607-547-5098.
PARANORMAL – 7 – 9 p.m. & 10 – Midnight. Join seasoned investigator for fun, education, exploration of paranormal possibilities of the opera house. Earlville Opera House, 18 E. Main St., Earlville. 315-691-3550.
HALLOWEEN COMEDY – 8 p.m. Theatrical performance ‘Blithe Spirits,’ farcical tale of novelist who becomes haunted by the spirits of his 2 dead wives after a seance. Performed by Catskill Community Players, written by Noel Coward in 1941. General admission, $18. Wieting Theatre, 168 Main St., Worcester. 607-397-8500.

►Saturday, Oct. 26
BOO WITH BEAR – 1 – 5 p.m. Bring the kids in their halloween costumes for party featuring ice cream, decorated playhouses, treats, pumpkins, more. Polar Bear Homemade Ice Cream & More, 5212 St. Hwy. 28 South, Oneonta. 607-432-0901.
TRICK OR TREAT – 1 – 5 p.m. Bring the kids to trick or treat through the historic village. Admission free to kids, accompanying adult with donation. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450.
ESCAPE ROOM – 1 – 2 & 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Solve the mystery of who killed Mr. Body before you become the
next victim. Enjoy atmospheric room, puzzles. 6 people/room, aged 12+. Registration required. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980.
TRIVIA TOURNAMENT – 2 – 5 p.m. Museum hosts Trivial Pursuit Tournament for Edmeston Spook Fest. Edmeston Museum, 1 North St., Edmeston.
HAUNTED HOUSE – 4 – 8 p.m. Celebrate the spooky season with treats, exciting tricks, & haunted fun. Chestnut Park Nurshing & Rehab, 330 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-8500.
MURDER MYSTERY – 5 – 9 p.m. Foothills annual fundraiser presents “Chicago Caper.” Dinner theater murder mystery where clues, red herrings, motives and mystery abound. Solve the mystery, win a prize. Cost, $120/person. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080.
GHOST TOURS – 5:30 – 9 p.m. Join a guide to explore the museum after dark. See 10/25 Listing.
HAUNTED HOUSE – 6 – 10 p.m. Get your heart racing as you explore house filled with terrifying creatures, specters,
more. Recommended ages 12+. Admission, $2 or dona-
tion to Toiletries Closet. Oneonta Teen Center,
4 Academy St., Oneonta.
607-441-3999.
HYDE & SHRIEK – 6 p.m. Ghost tour visits places where ghostly manifestations have been reported over the yearsSee 10/25 Listing.
HAUNTED OPERA – 7 – 9 p.m. Test your bravery against the ghoulish creatures infesting funeral parlor, the Arts Cafe, & the theater graveyard. Enjoy candy at the end, if you survive. Free, donations welcome. Earlville Opera House, 18 E. Main St., Earlville. 315-691-3550.
HALLOWEEN COMEDY – 8 p.m. Theatrical performance ‘Blithe Spirits.’ See 10/25 Listing.

►Sunday, October 27
COOP LOOP – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 19th annual 5k & 10k race through streets of Cooperstown. Begins at 1. Cost, $30/adult for 5k, $35/adult for 10K, day of race. Win prizes for scariest, funniest, best costumes. Starts, ends at Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 607-547-2800.
MALLOWEEN – Noon – 2 p.m. Enjoy fun crafts, games, snacks, and costume contest at 1. Followed by Zumba Fright Fest. Southside Mall, Oneonta. 607-432-4401.
DROP OFF – 1 – 6 p.m. Bring your carved pumpkins (with candles) to show at the Pumpkin Glow. Cooperstown Art Associaiton, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-9777.
ZUMBA – 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Enjoy fun dance at fright fest. Includes bake sale to benefit Oneonta YMCA. Southside Mall, Oneonta. 607-432-0010.
HALLOWEEN COMEDY – 8 p.m. Theatrical performance ‘Blithe Spirits.’ See 10/25 Listing.
PUMPKIN GLOW – 6 – 7 p.m. See carved pumpkins on display, enjoy treats, cider, spooky stories by Bruce Markusen. Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-9777.

►Tuesday, October 29
FILM – 7 p.m. Showing ‘The Dragon Murder Mystery’ (1934) by Oneonta author S.S. Van Dine. Includes introductory remarks & talk session. Oneonta History
Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960.

►Wednesday, Oct. 30
CARNIVAL – 5 – 6 p.m. Bring the kids to enjoy annual Halloween Carnival followed by trick or treating through Residence Halls. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-2514
HORROR IN THE MUSEUM – 6 – 8 p.m. Annual story-telling event features readings/performances of classic & current tales of spooky fiction, poetry, songs. Yager Museum, Hartwick College, Oneonta. 607-431-4480.
ART IN THE DARK – 6:30 p.m. Tour folk art exhibit by Lantern Light, learn some of the mysterious untold stories behind the pieces. Limited to 15/tour. Cost, $14/non-member. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400.

►HALLOWEEN!!! Thursday, Oct. 31
HALLOWEEN PARTY – 9 -11 a.m. Bring the kids for preschool party featuring spooky ghosts, spiders, more. Bring a dish to pass. Cider provided. Costumes encouraged. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 607-547-2800, ext. 109.
TRICK OR TREAT – 3:30 – 6 p.m. Bring the kids for safe trick or treating at participating businesses. Includes activities in the Plaza. Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-2941.
CELEBRATION – 3:30 – 5 p.m. Children in costume, with parent/guardian, receive free admission to museum. Then trick or treat through Plaque Gallery. Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. 607-547-7200.
PARADE – 5 p.m. Dress your best and show off your costume in this years Halloween parade down Main St., Cooperstown.
ESCAPE ROOM – 5 – 6 & 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. See Oct. 26.
PUMPKIN GLOW – 6 – 7:30 p.m. Bring your carved pumpkin to enter in a contest or just to display to the trick-or-treaters. After dark, stroll through park. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980.
PARADE – 7 p.m.
Celebrate Halloween, enjoy various costumes and floats on parade. Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-2941.

►Friday, November 1
GHOST TOURS – 5:30 – 9 p.m. Join a guide to explore the museum after dark, learn about the mysteries, ghostly happening associated with the village. Learn what Goes Bump In The Night. Cost, $17/non-member. Famers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450.
FILM – 6:30 p.m. Visit exhibit ‘Duane Michals: The Portraitist’ then enjoy film, starting at 7, connected to exhibit with introduction. This week “Bram Stokers Dracula” with Francis Ford Coppola & Tom Waits (Rated R). Cost, $7/non-member. Fenimore Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400.

►Saturday, Nov. 2
SPIRIT FEST – 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Celebrate All Souls Day with psychic readers, energy healers, a bake sale, more. Registration encouraged. Institute for Spiritual Development, Lotus Center, 41-45 Dietz St., Oneonta. 607-267-4693.
FALL FEST – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 6th annual craft & vendor fair features beautiful items to jump start your Christmas shopping. Southside Mall, Oneonta.
DAY OF THE DEAD – 10 a.m. – Noon. Experience Dia De Muertos and the Latinx community by telling stories in Spanish & English, participating in family activities, enjoy traditional food, more. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-8344.
ESCAPE ROOM – 1 – 2 & 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Solve the mystery of who killed Mr. Body before you become the next victim. Enjoy atmospheric room, puzzles that won’t scare you out of your skin. Great for fans of game and 1985 movie. 6 people/room, aged 12+. Registration required. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980.
GHOST TOURS – 5:30 – 9 p.m. Join a guide to explore the museum after dark, learn about the mysteries, ghostly happening associated with the village. Learn what Goes Bump In The Night. Cost, $17/non-member. The Famers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450.

►Sunday, November 3
FALL FEST – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 6th annual craft & vendor fair features beautiful items to jump start your Christmas shopping. Southside Mall, Oneonta.

Libby’s Best Bets: It’s Mom’s Day

LIBBY’S BEST BETS

Black Comedy,

Treats For Mom,

Princess of Pop

Booze, a branch, two bad boys and four scathing, seething parents make up Yasmina Reza’s savage comedy, “God of Carnage.” 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 10-11, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12, Foothills Performing Arts Center,
24 Market St., Oneonta.
Info (607) 434-6606

Madonna makes her film debut in “Desperately Seeking Susan” (PG-13) as part of the Fenimore Art Museum’s summer film series in conjunction with the Herb Ritts photography exhibit. $5 members, $7 non-members. 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Info www.fenimoreart
museum.org.

Treat mom to a proper English garden party with a high tea and a tour of the new furnishings at Hyde Hall. Free, open to the public. Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown. Info (607) 547-5098.

Explore the history of the Oneonta Theatre and the artists who have come through town with the opening of “The Oneonta Theatre: Reflecting Popular Culture Since 1897” exhibit. 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 11, Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta.
Info 607-432-0960, www.OneontaHistory.org.

Make a lovely garden gift for
Mom and learn how to start seeds
with a Master Gardener workshop
for kids age 7-11. Free. 10 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, May 11, Cooperative Extension Education Center,
123 Lake St., Cooperstown.
Info (607) 547-2536.

Trampoline Debuts ‘We’re Onta Something’ 

Trampoline Debuts

‘We’re Onta Something’

Derek Slayton, partner and creative director with Trampoline Advertising and Design Co. officially unveiled the new branding for the new advertising campaign for Downtown Oneonta during a special event at the B-Side Ballroom this evening. Multiple mock-ups for promotional stickers, gift wrap, signage, shirts, bus wraps and more were on display so visitors could better grasp the campaign that will be rolled out in two weeks. At right, Slayton explains some of the ideas behind the design to Oneonta’s Michelle Catan and Maddy Silber. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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