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The Freeman’s Journal

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta Sept. 17-18, 2020
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THIS WEEK — Aug. 20-21-2020
THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS July 2-3, 2020
COMMENTATORS:  Is Word ‘Indian’ Even Offensive?

From Our Comments Section

Is Word ‘Indian’

Even Offensive?

Editor’s Note: Here are reactions that appeared on www.AllOTSEGO.com’s comment section regarding an aritcle, “Village Board Concludes: It’s Time To Revisit Use Of Word ‘Indian’ On Plaques, Statues,” posted Monday evening, June 22.

►JOE BRANT – If you really want to be sensitive to Native Americans we should return to them the lands that were taken in Cooperstown. I am sure Trustee Sternberg’s house with a view of Otsego Lake was occupied by native Americans, as was Trustee MacGuire’s mother’s house, where he lives. Isn’t that the correct way to be sensitive to the original inhabitants of the village?

►ANONYMOUS – From the website of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian: “What is the correct terminology: American Indian, Indian, Native American, or Native?
“All of these terms are acceptable. The consensus, however, is that whenever possible, Native people prefer to be called by their specific tribal name. In the United States, Native American has been widely used but is falling out of favor with some groups, and the terms American Indian or indigenous American are preferred by many Native people.”
►DOREEN BUSH – Be very careful not to take away or minimize the real history of the village.

►JOHN WARD – If the signs need to be changed, then the Indian hunter statue needs to be taken down, as it depicts a Native American in a stereotypical appearance that could offend someone, and the name is no different than the name on the state signs. James Fenimore Cooper wrote “in defense of slavery”. That dictates that his statue in Cooper Park should be taken down (and the name of the park changed), and the name “Fenimore Museum“ needs to be changed. William Cooper, the founder
of Cooperstown and father of James Fenimore Cooper, owned slaves right here in Cooperstown. Thus, the very name of the village needs to be changed. Since the Village Board has opened the door these
actions are the only logical thing to do – how can the village board possibly pick and choose what might be considered offensive and insensitive to others? What is the standard used? Best to take it all down and change all the names. George Orwell would be proud.

►ALEX D. TOCQUEVILLE – Why has our village thwarted our constitutional right to elections? With the primary elections being held (Tuesday, June 23), we should be able to vote Benton out of office. However, the village has allowed him to act unabatedly, continuing to suppress our right to vote and have effectively kept him in office indefinitely. This is not democracy! And the Democrats thought it would be Trump postponing elections to stay in power – pot meet kettle in Cooperstown.

►DOM – Why not change everything and start over.

►BRIAN HINDENBRAND – Who in the h… said “Indian” is racist? No white person has that right? And if it was offensive, don’t you think it would have been changed years ago!! All of a sudden white people are afraid of offending “1” person in the world, so the world should change! Well I tell you what, the thought of these type of changes in history offends ME big time. Now back off young Mr. Benton: Learn about the Indians and Cooperstown history before thinking about walking the streets and saying, “change this, change that.”

►JOHN DINEEN – Ridiculous

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THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS May 28-29, 2020
THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS MAY 7-May 8, 2020

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

May 7-May 8, 2020

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Jeff Joyner, Fox Hospital president, waves as the LifeNet helicopter lands at the FoxCare Center after a fly-over on Tuesday, May 5. The fly-over was part of a parade of decorated fire trucks from 17 area departments, including police and EMS, which drove past the hospital to thank staff for their work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Only One COVID Case Left Locally

Glimmerglass Festival Out

All Star Village Holds On

In COVID Era, Moms Salute CCS Grads 

Drive-In Graduation Out, But OHS Seeks Novelty

1st Community Foundation Grant To Helios

AllOTSEGO.COVID-19

To Beat Blahs, Victory Gardens Return

Oneonta Merchant Tells Story Of Local Business

Libby’s List Of Virtual Things To Do

EDITORIALS

War Not Over, But Let’s Take Victory Lap

For Good Of All, Hope Marty Patton Right

First Cooperstown Election Was A Wild One

COLUMNS

HAYES:  All Had ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences’

STERNBERG: Your Arm, My Nose

SEWARD: Don’t Forget Lyme Disease

LETTERS

SHELBY: Relieve Dogs Separation Anxiety

COLONE: Let’s Revisit One Oneonta

NORTHRUP: The Answer? Conservation

FLEISHER: No Future For Plastics

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES:May 7, 2020

HOMETOWN HISTORY: May 8, 2020

IN MEMORIAM

Johnelle Lea Griffith, 30; Hartwick 

Jeanne W. Carey, 85, White River Junction

NOTICES

Amber J. Constable, 30; Oneonta 

Alvin L. Osterhoudt, 91; Oneonta

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ANDREW CUOMO FOR PRESIDENT

EDITORIAL Reprinted From This Week’s

Hometown Oneonta, Freeman’s Journal

ANDREW CUOMO

FOR PRESIDENT

He’s Ready For White House;

Americans Ready For Him

Governor Cuomo at the Baseball Hall of Fame, May 22, 2014. Cuomo was late, and missed President Obama. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

Andrew Cuomo for president.

Already, he seems presidential,  never more than this past Monday in announcing his collaboration with five other Northeast governors in a multi-state council “to restore the economy and get people back to work.”

Let’s do it.

In the five weeks of New York State’s fight against the coronavirus invasion, the governor’s shown all the qualities of leadership. He’s told the truth, good and bad. He’s had a plan. He declared a State of Emergency and implemented its most Draconian measures, unstintingly. He’s been decisive. He’s been human, and at times actually humorous.

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This Week — March 19-20, 2020

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

March 19-20, 2020

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Sharon Oberriter, Cooperstown Food Bank president, and volunteer Ian Robinson pack food boxes Monday afternoon at the food bank on Church Street.  Local food banks are facing a double bind: an expected spike in the need as layoffs caused by the Coronavirus emergency take off, and the need to shift to takeout operations. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

CORONAVIRUS EDITION

1000+ PLUS CALLS TO BASSETT HOTLINE

SCHOOLS: What About SATs, Sports, More?

GOVERNMENT: 50% Of Workers Sent Home

BUSINESS: Merchants Look For New Niche

POLITICS: Governor Cancels Village Elections

Baseball Hall Of Fame Closes ‘Indefinitely’

Hall of Fame Classic Weekend Canceled

Local Food Banks Bracing For Onslaught

Non-Profits Take Hit From Cancellations

Distillery To Distribute Free ‘Cooper’s Clean’

EDITORIALS

Rah, Team! Beat Coronavirus! (Like So. Korea)

Your Favorite Business Needs YOU To Survive

COLUMNS

MACHOLZ: Protect High-Risk 60+ Somethings

SCHARFENBERGER: Catholics May Waive Mass

BENNETT: This Is What ‘Worst’ Looks Like

LETTERS

NORTHRUP: Close Schools, Then Dreams Park

WELCH: Be Strategic – Care For  Vulnerable

FALK, CROWELL: CGP, Army Teach Each Other

deBLIECK: ‘Right To Bear Arms’ Unalienable

GIBSON: Don’t Be Flippant On Serious MatterS

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: March 19, 2020

HOMETOWN HISTORY: March 20, 2020

AllOTSEGO.life

County Volunteers Help Honduran Town

Richfield Man Promotes Vintage Snowsleds

IN MEMORIAM

Richard Hanna, 69; Served County In Congress

James Paternak, 87; SUNY Business Office Retiree

Bob Benson, 89; Founded Oneonta Insurance Agency

Sarah L. Wilcox, 76; Waitressed At The Otesaga

Thomas Porteous, 86; NYSEG Retiree 4H Enthusiast

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THIS WEEK — Jan. 30-31 2020

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Jan. 30-31, 2020

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Honoree Fred Lemister of Cooperstown received a lot of hugs, including this one from Hartwick EMT Sue Hascup, as well as handshakes and accolades at the Saturday, Jan. 25, testimonial in his honor at Bassett Hall.  Lemister retired on the second Monday in November, after 48 years with the Cooperstown Ambulance Squad, where he responded to a record 9,400 calls  He also trained hundreds of local EMTs over his career. At right is Sue’s husband Chuck. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

FRONT PAGE

Oberacker Runs To Succeed Senator Seward

Hundreds Honor Fred Lemister At Testimonial

Republican May Dent Village Democratic Wall

OYA Solar Seeking Leases In Town Of Otego

Arson Trial Testimony Sorts Tangled Tale

EDITORIAL

Parties Should Find Local Candidates For Senate

COLUMNS

KUZMINSKI: Let Home Rule Guide Sanctuary Idea  

ATWELL: William The Conqueror Seized Moment

ZAGATA: How To Reduce CO2, Trees Or Panels?

LAPIN: Try A Downtown Improvement District

JOHNSON: Often, Jail Time Helps Drug Offenders

LETTERS to the EDITOR

BROCKWAY: Guns Part Of Otsego County Heritage

HUSTON: When CNG Trucks Crash, Inform Public

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: Jan. 30, 2020

HOMETOWN HISTORY: Jan. 31, 2020

AllOTSEGO.life

In Nature, Michael Whaling Finds Inspiration

Bud Pirone Recalled As Inspirational Leader

IN MEMORIAM

Beatrice Merzig, 97; Managed MD Husband’s Office

Rick Pindar, 90; Owned Cross Supply, Golf Shop

John Barown, 67; Veteran, Milford Postmaster

Kenneth Vibbard, 88; Burlington Farmer, Assessor

Ruth Ellis, 87; Longtime Meadows’ Nursing Assistant

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The Christmas Message Gospel of St. Luke

The Christmas Message

Gospel of St. Luke

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Madonna & Child
Giovanni Battisti Salvi
1609-1685

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you;

Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2
King James Version

This Week — Aug. 22-23, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Aug. 22-23, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Mary Anne Whelan, center, the retired Bassett physician, is shown here on a 1961 hike up Mount Kilimanjaro, which has been in the news lately after SUNY Oneonta’s new president, Barbara Jean Morris, scaled African’s highest peak in July. Dr. Whelan believes she was one of the first women to scale Kilimanjaro, as tribes in the area considered it bad luck for women to do so. (Photo courtesy Mary Anne Whelan)

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta May 9-10, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

May 9-10, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Nate Roberts of Oneonta tries on an “Onta” T-shirt Monday, May 6, at a launch party at the B-Side Ballroom, where Trampoline, a Glens Falls advertising and design company, unveiled a promotional campaign for the City of the Hills. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

FRONT PAGE

New Oneonta Slogan: ‘We’re Onta Something’

Cooperstown Noise Law: 88 Decibels Is It

Concertgoers To Help Pick New Conductor

HoF President Mead’s Mantra: Teamwork

Relay for Life Message: You Have Friends

 First UM May Vote To Reject Limits On Gays

EDITORIAL 

Stop the Rot! Village Should Buy CVS, Redevelop It

While At It, Fund Strong Merchants’ Association

COLUMNS

LANDERS: Key To Success: Place, People, Purpose

SCOLINOS: Home Plate Is 17 Inches, Period

ZAGATA: Hidden Consequences Of Saying No:

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

DILLINGHAM: What Are Litterers Thinking?

POKORNY: Milford Requires Live-In Landlord

RUDY: Resisting Everything Prescription For Decline

WILCOX: Change Constitution To Serve Nation

RSS Cites ’40 Years Of Exemplary Service’ To Area

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: May 10, 2019

HOMETOWN History: May 3, 2019

ALLOTSEGO.life

Dial ‘O’ For Murder: S.S. Van Dine Story

Everyone Needs A Mother’s Hug

LIBBY’S BEST BETS: It’s Mom’s Day

IN MEMORIAM

Bill Isaac, 81, Cherry Branch Gallery Owner

Gary A. Weaver, 78; Bassett Gastroenterologist

Richard Kroll, 78, Worked On Apollo Mission

Nelson A. Wells, Sr., 93, Retired WWII Veteran

Debra A. Klein, 66; Otego By Unatego Students

Agnes Ruth Valentine, 80; Raised 5 Daughters

PEOPLE

200 Praise Pathfinder, Grummons At Gala

SPORTS

OHS, CCS Shine At Don Howard Invitational

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