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March 28, 2013

In Our Readers' Opinions

Thanks to our generous community

The organizers of the seventh annual Empty Bowls fundraiser would like to thank everyone who volunteered, donated and attended our event on March 2. Because of all of you, we raised $6,600 for the Cooperstown Food Pantry. To date, we have raised more than $37, 800 for this worthy cause. 

Our gratitude goes to the scores of people who make Empty Bowls successful. More than 20 potters gave their time and talents to creating hundreds of bowls. Delicious soups, breads and needed items were donated by 35 different businesses and individuals. And area students artfully decorated bowls and joined the hands-on volunteers at the event itself. Most importantly, 315 people lined up around the block to be served at the Cooperstown Veterans Club.

We extend our deepest thanks to this generous community and all the guests who make this possible.

Donna Bailey-Mackie and the Empty Bowls organizers

What’s in a name?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”

This is a commonly quoted part of a dialogue in William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet argues that the name of things do not matter, only what things are.

The nickname “Redskins” has been used with pride by Cooperstown Central School for almost a century. Now we are being told by some people that it is not politically correct to use this name as it is insulting to the American Indian. As Juliet said, “the name of things do not matter, only what things are.”

So what are “Redskins”? The School Board unanimously passed a resolution honoring the nickname. The resolution asked that the nickname, “Redskins be seen for its historical content and intent which was to give form and substance to the competitive nature, institutional pride and indomitable spirit that characterizes the student body, past and present.”

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