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December 20, 2012

Our Readers' Opinions: Dec. 20, 2012

Cooperstown Crier

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say thanks

The Cooperstown Friends of Football Committee would like to thank everyone who helped support us in 2012. Your generous contributions at the Hartwick breakfast and other fundraisers allowed us to provide the players, cheerleaders and coaches with individual and team photos and buttons, bag lunches for away games, a homecoming game under the lights, awards banquet, modified pizza party, team gifts, and team video.

Congratulations to the winners of the cash raffle: first place, 25 percent of funds generated, Michael Powers; second place, 10 percent of funds generated, McKayla Fay;and third place, 5 percent of funds generated, John Ford.

Special thanks to the Cooperstown Booster Club, Country Junction Candles, Smith Ford,

Stewarts, NY Pizzeria, Reis Moving and Storage Automatic Carwash, TOPS grocery and Price Chopper for their continued support. Thanks to the players, cheerleaders and coaches for an exciting season. We look forward to next year.

Joe Booan, Chris Hage, Conney Haney, Lisa Booan and Mary Harmon

Friends of Football


Gas prices too high

The gasoline prices in Cooperstown (and Oneonta) are totally out of line. Go in any direction away from this area and the prices drop drastically. For the last four months the price of gasoline in Richfield Springs had been approximately 16 cents or more per gallon cheaper. And that is at stations owned by the same companies which own stations in Cooperstown; Stewart’s and Taylor’s. They both want to be known as our “Hometown Neighborhood Store.”

On Friday, Aug. 22, the price for regular gas at most stations I saw in Utica and Richfield Springs, was $3.699. On the same day, the price in Cooperstown at our “Hometown Neighborhood Stores” was $3.979 and $3.999 respectively. That’s a 28 and 30 cents per gallon difference.

On Nov. 9, I went to Albany. In Cooperstown the price of gas was $3.979 at both stations. On U.S. Highway 20 in Sharon Springs at Stewart’s the price was $3.859; in Esperance and Duanesburg at Stewart’s the price was $3.819. Around Albany the prices were between $3.759 to $3.809. I purchased gasoline for $3.699.

In the past, I asked a representative of Taylor’s why the cost of gas was so high in Cooperstown? I was told that it costs more to truck it to Cooperstown. Oh, silly me, I didn’t figure that cost in because the company-owned delivery truck leaves Cooperstown in the morning and returns in the afternoon. After I laughed, I was advised the higher price here helps to make up for the lower prices in other areas, where they have to be competitive due to the competition. I have talked to a representative of Stewart’s in Saratoga, who assured me that they were doing everything to keep the gasoline prices down in Cooperstown.

I hope everyone in Cooperstown appreciates our “Hometown Neighborhood Stores.” Maybe all of the year-round residents of this area should show our appreciation of these stores. For one week we should give the local gas stations a break and purchase our fuel out of town. This would be a way to show our support to them, for the way they treat us during the year, especially during the off-tourist season.

James Tallman



When will we grow up?

“Land of the free, home of the brave” where any nut with a little care can get a gun to kill people. When an attempt is made to limit the purchase for the sole purpose of hunting, there’s an uproar. I guess a lot of people’s manhood is threatened. Does any other country allow civilians to wander around the streets armed to kill? 

When will we grow up and limit guns strictly for hunting? There are thousands of gun killings every year in our country, but we have to have another massacre to (hopefully) get concrete action. Let the NRA have its hunting rifles. No more killings of the innocent.

Nancy Waller