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deBLIECK: ‘Right To Bear Arms,’ An ‘Unalienable’ Part Of U.S. Constitution
LETTER from GARRETT deBLIECK

‘Right To Bear Arms,’

An ‘Unalienable’ Part

Of U.S. Constitution

To the Editor:

It seems writing this out shouldn’t be necessary. 2AS, spelled out is “Second Amendment Sanctuary.”

The word “sanctuary” meaning a place of safety, refuge and protection. The Second Amendment is one of 10 listed “unalienable” Rights written in our Constitutional Law. So, put together, it is a cause of protecting and safeguarding an American Right. So where is the problem?

Perhaps a proper start is identifying that the origin of the Bill of Rights is grounded on the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration lists 27 transgressions of Great Britain against the Colonies. These transgressions manifested by virtue of violating basic rights of the people. As the Declaration states, “…that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights”…” That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Therein lies the necessity of the Bill of Rights. Rights which function as what government is prohibited to violate.
If there is ever a word among all written within the Constitution, I cannot imagine any more actively ignored than “infringed.”

Taken straight from the Merriam-Webster dictionary; “to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another.”

Enter now the nonstop obsession toward “gun control” laws. By their very definition, manifest as infringements. For decades, we have, as a people, generally permitted various gun control laws. But over the past few years in particular, it seems like the sun cannot set without some other invented form of gun regulation or prohibition.

The straw that broke the camel’s back has been the proposed draconian prohibitions, bans and ever more gun controls in the state of Virginia. This was compounded by various federal government politicians who removed their masks and called for outright gun bans. Further, Governor Cuomo has in mind yet another chain of regulations and prohibitions. The Bill of Rights be damned. We, of 2AS, stand united claiming, “Enough Is Enough!”

There seems so much that the “anti-gunners” do not understand concerning the function of the Second Amendment. One prime example is the phrase “no sanctuary for guns”. And another manifested as a statement decrying America embracing a “gun culture.” Whether these people were misinformed or deliberately deceived, they are clearly embracing what the Right isn’t.

This may come as a surprise to some, but the foundation of the Second Amendment is NOT about guns. It is about ensuring a balance of power “to the security of a free State.” Thomas Paine expressed it in this way, “The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute in arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside.”

In other words, if all firearms on this earth were to evaporate into thin air, would we still need a Second Amendment? The answer is yes, because arms of other forms (axes, knives…etc) remain. Imbalances of power can still exist. Human history is filled with examples where oppression, ages before any firearm came into existence, could have been avoided.

But firearms exist in the modern world. Therefore, a balance of power can only be achieved by virtue of equal firearm possession between the governing and the governed. This is less a “culture” than it is a free civilization necessity. Supporting gun bans will not make the guns disappear. Rather it creates a power imbalance. “Peace” exists only at the pleasure of the powerful. History teaches this a fool’s errand.

GARRETT deBLIECK
Unadilla

County Worker Charged With Touching Child

County Worker Charged

With Child Endangerment

UNADILLA – An Otsego County case worker was charged with forcible touching and child endangerment after an incident in January, according to state police.

Robert J. Horan, 55, Unadilla, was arrested and charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Forcible Touching, after an investigation into an incident that allegedly occurred in a Unadilla home. According to state police, Horan was not in the home as part of his official capacity with the county.

Two More Arrested In Walmart Vandalism

Two Men Arrested

In Walmart Vandalism

ONEONTA – State police have arrested the other two men accused of vandalizing the Walmart craft aisle in early January.

Jamie R. Sophie, 21, and Nathaniel Rubera 21, both of Unadilla, were arrested and charged with the felony of Criminal Mischief in the third degree and the misdemeanor of Conspiracy in the fifth degree for allegedly entering the store on Jan. 8, and opening bottles craft paint to damage more than $250 worth of merchandise in the fabric and craft aisles.

Phyllis G. Cooke, 86; Former WAC, Four Daughters Survive

IN MEMORIAM: Phyllis G. Cooke, 86;

Former WAC, Four Daughters Survive

Phyllis G. Cooke

UNADILLA – Phyllis G. Cooke, 86, of Unadilla, a former WAC and mother of four daughters, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at the state Veterans Home in Oxford.

She was born on April 9, 1933, in Preston Park, Pa., to Ward & Hope (Phillips) Sherman.

As a child, Phyllis attended a one-room school house and was raised by her mother and siblings on a small farm.  A Korean War veteran, Phyllis joined the Women’s Army Corps in April 1951.  She was stationed in Chicago, and attained the rank of Private E-2 as a teletypewriter pperator.

Wrestler, Musician Named To Unatego Hall Of Distinction

Steve Hall, Aaron Foster Lauded By Alma Mater

Wrestler, Musician Named

To Unatego Hall Of Distinction

OTEGO – A former wrestler who excelled as a mechanical engineer and a professional musician were named to the Unatego Hall of Distinction, which celebrates the accomplishments of successful alumni.

Steve Hall was a 1983 graduate of the Unatego High School, where he excelled in wrestling and football, finishing in 7th place at the New York State Wrestling Championships his senior year.  He continued his athletic career at Worcester Polytechnic Institute as a four year varsity wrestler, finishing as a four-time All-New England wrestler and helping his team to New England Championships in 1985 and 1987.  He also earned honors in his senior year as an Academic All American.

 

A successful student throughout his time at WPI, he earned professional accolades throughout his career as a mechanical engineer, owning two US Patents, and serving as the President of the International Association for SMT Equipment Development and finished his technology career as the President of EKRA America, Inc.  He then returned to his alma mater where he went on to serve as the head coach of the WPI Wrestling team, leading them 93 victories in his 8 years as head coach, culminating with his winning honors as the New England Wrestling Association and National Wrestling Coaches Association Northeast Region Coach of the Year.

Aaron “Frosty” Foster, a 2010 graduate of Unatego, grew up listening to Bluegrass music, and received his first guitar as a Christmas present when he was ten.  Aaron, a Wells Bridge native, has always been interested in music and Bluegrass in particular.  While enrolled at Eastern Tennessee State University studying Business Management, he took several music electives, ultimately leading to his graduation with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies.

While in college, Aaron played guitar in the ETSE Bluegrass Pride Band, which earned recognition by being part of two Bluegrass Today top 20 singles.  He continued to pursue his music career after college, producing two albums and several singles, including Reaping the Blues and Opening Doors.  He played guitar for several years as a member of the band Dreamcatcher, and most recently joining the Amanda Cook Band as a guitarist.

The Unatego Hall of Distinction honors graduates of Unatego, or from the previous districts of Unadilla Central and Otego Central, who have distinguished themselves through recognition, honor and distinction during their lives.

This year’s induction ceremony will take place during the Dan Wickham Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, January 11.  A reception is scheduled for 5:30 p.m in the Board Room at the Jr Sr High School followed by the ceremony at 6:00 pm in the High School gym.  Members of the public are invited to attend.

 

Joan C. McLaud, 89; Founded Insurance Firm With Husband

IN MEMORIAM: Joan C. McLaud, 89;

Founded Insurance Firm With Husband

Joan C. McLaud

UNADILLA — Joan C. McLaud, 89, founder with her husband of the Douglas M. McLaud Insurance Agency in Otego, and also pursued a wide range of interests, passed away in her home on Nov. 6, 2019, with her devoted daughters, Mary McLaud and Susan Van Cott, by her side.

Joan was born on Dec. 19, 1929, in Oneonta, at the beginning of the Great Depression, the daughter of Stewart Crandall and Grace Matteson Crandall of Laurens. Her father was a musician and jazz pianist who filled her life with music. She loved playing the piano, organ and sang with a voice like Ella Fitzgerald and could scat with the best.

Armand Charpentier, 70; Vietnam Vet Participated In ‘Guns-A-Go-Go’

IN MEMORIAM: Armand Charpentier, 70;

Vietnam Vet Participated In ‘Guns-A-Go-Go’

Armand Charpentier

UNADILLA — Armand Charpentier, 70, a Vietnam War veteran who participated in the “Guns-A-Go-Go” initiative, passed away on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2019, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City.

He was born in Brooklyn, on Jan. 8, 1949, to Maria and Pierre Charpentier.

He enlisted in the Army at 17 and served in the Vietnam War. He had deployed with the “Guns-A-Go-Go” while serving in the 1st Calvary Division, 1st Aviation Detachment.

FRAZIER: County Manager Job Won’t Pay For Itself

ISSUE & DEBATE

Frazier: County Manager

Job Won’t Pay For Itself

Editor’s Note:  Mr. Frazier’s letter arrived after this week’s editions of Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal had gone to press, and is published here so the public may review it before the first information meeting on the county manager position, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 14, at Oneonta City Hall.  A second is planned at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the county courthouse in Cooperstown.

Ed Frazier is county representative from District 1, Unadilla. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

To the Editor:

I am about to complete my fourth term on the Otsego County Board of Representatives as the District 1 representative for Unadilla. I was recently re-elected to serve my fifth two-year term. It is an honor and a privilege to serve my district. “Thank you” to all that chose to vote for me.

I do not take the duties of the position lightly. A primary responsibility, in my opinion, is fiduciary. Safeguarding the money that our taxpayers send to Cooperstown is a fundamental obligation of my office. Thus, this letter.

Some of my fellow representatives have spent time discussing the development of, and job duties for, a “centralized leadership position” for Otsego County. By creating and filling a county administrator position, they feel the right candidate will be able to identify and fix any so-called “inefficiencies” in our county government.

They contend that the savings from correcting these inefficiencies will more than cover the expenses of the position. That is hogwash.

Janet McKown, 101, Unadilla; Avid Bridge Player, She Loved To Read, Travel

IN MEMORIAM: Janet McKown, 101, Unadilla;

Avid Bridge Player, She Loved To Read, Travel

UNADILLA – Janet McKown of Unadilla passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, at age 101 after a long, happy life, at the Chenango Memorial Hospital Senior Living Center.

Janet loved people and talking to them. She was an avid bridge player, loved to read, enjoyed travel, took many cruises and spent many wonderful winters at her home in Florida. Also she was active in community clubs and activities, including the Unadilla Women’s Club, local Republican committee, Friends of the Library and the local Humane Society.

Troopers Seek Public’s Help To Locate Unadilla Man, 44

Troopers Seek Public’s Help

To Locate Unadilla Man, 44

Donlin

UNADILLA – State Police are asking the public’s help to locate Jesse L. Donlin, 44, of Unadilla, missing since early September.

Anyone with information about Donlin’s whereabouts should call State Police at (607) 561-7400.

Donlin was last seen in the Oxford area and has not been heard from since.  He is described as a white male, 6 feet tall, approximately 185 pounds, with blonde hair and brown eyes.

In addition to Unadilla, the missing man has ties to Chenango County, and the Utica, Syracuse and Binghamton areas.

Brooke Ketchum, 27, Unadilla; Crash Victim Leaves 2 Daughters
IN MEMORIAM

Brooke Ketchum, 27, Unadilla;

Crash Victim Leaves 2 Daughters

Brooke Ketchum

UNADILLA – Brooke N. Ketchum, 27, originally from Gilbertsville, died in the early morning hours on Oct. 4, 2019, from injuries sustained in a motor-vehicle accident.

She was enrolled as an LPN student at DCMO BOCES and was working part-time as a home health care aide. She had finally found a career path that she was passionate about.  Deep down inside, Brooke was a compassionate, caring, loving person who put everyone else’s feelings before her own.

Louise W. Herbert , Unadilla

IN MEMORIAM: Louise W. Herbert , Unadilla

UNADILLA – Louise W. Herbert, 61, of Unadilla passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019.

She is survived by her children, William Sites and Anna Sites, both of Schuylerville; four grandchildren, Brian, Katelyn, Julie and Hunter; her companion, Tommy Denhart, Binghamton, and two brothers, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Peggy Jean Banta, 63; Dies After 8-Year Fight With Cancer

IN MEMORIAM: Peggy Jean Banta, 63;

Dies After 8-Year Fight With Cancer

Peggy Jean Banta

UNADILLA – Peggy Jean Banta, beloved sister and niece, passed away on Sept. 11, 2019, at home on her 63rd birthday after an eight-year battle with cancer.

Peggy was born on Sept. 11, 1956, at The Hospital, Sidney, to Jean Anderson Banta and George D. Banta III.  Peggy grew up on the family farm in Unadilla Center, the third of four children.

She attended Unadilla and Unatego schools, graduating in 1974. After graduation, Peggy remained at home to help her mother with the bookkeeping for the farm.

Jason Harageones; Unadilla Man Dies On 32nd Birthday

IN MEMORIAM: Jason Harageones;

Unadilla Man Dies On 32nd Birthday

Jason M. Harageones

UNADILLA – Jason M. Harageones of Unadilla passed away in the early morning of Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, his 32nd birthday, in Port Charlotte, Fla.

He was born Aug. 31, 1987, at Fox Hospital, the son of Michael and Christine.

Jay was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and just being outside. He also enjoyed sports especially football. But what gave Jason the greatest joy was spending time with his children, family and friends.

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