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March 28, 2013

In Our Readers' Opinions

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Cooperstown Crier

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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 The resolution asked that the nickname, “Redskins be seen for its historical content and intent which was to give form and substance to the competitive nature, institutional pride and indomitable spirit that characterizes the student body, past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.”

Anthony Scalici said it better: “The only certainty that I have concluded from any of the evidence and all of the evidence is that the Cooperstown people, past present and the future never gave or would project any meaning other than endearment and pride for the use of Redskins.”

So what’s the problem? Do those in favor of a change of name object to the fact that over these nearly hundred years, the thousands of CCS students, teachers and administrators held Indians in high regard and wanted to be identified with them, or is it that they object to using the nickname, “Redskins”?

I personally don’t see the point in making an issue of this and making all of the former students, teachers and administrators feel that they have been guilty of something shameful all these years. That is grossly unfair. It seems that the school board agrees with me, hence the resolution that they passed honoring the nickname.

If the name must be changed, my suggestion is simply to change it to the Cooperstown “Indians.”

Grace Kull 

Cooperstown

 

Meeting was informative

On March 20, 2013, I had the opportunity to attend a Town Hall meeting hosted by Otsego County District Seven Rep. Beth Rosenthal at the Old School Café in Cherry Valley. Many of the refreshments were products made in the district, highlighting the economic engine of small businesses within the district.

Rep. Rosenthal provided an understandable presentation as to the current major issues facing Otsego County. The presentation included an overview and how the county representatives are approaching these issues.

Rep. Rosenthal took questions from members of her district (District Seven includes the towns of Cherry Valley, Roseboom and Middlefield) on a wide range of issues, including several about the status of the Otsego County Manor and different options available to the county in addressing the millions of dollars subsidy county tax payers are spending to keep the Manor afloat. While the issues were heated, the discussion remained open and calm between Rosenthal and the audience.

I was very impressed at the depth of knowledge Rosenthal had on the issues and her ability to explain the issues in real terms.

I thank Rep. Rosenthal for taking the time to bring to her district an opportunity to discuss the issues facing our county and her willingness to listen to the views of the members of her district.

Dennis B. Laughlin

Cherry Valley

Pasta dinner a success

The board of directors and the staff of Catholic Charities of Delaware and Otsego Counties thank the Holiday Inn in Oneonta and Kayla Barlow, group sales manager, for all they did to make our pasta dinner fundraiser such a huge success.

More than 250 individuals attended the event at the Holiday Inn on Wednesday, March 6, and the event raised more than $4,000 to support the programs and services of Catholic Charities. The Holiday Inn provided everything for the all-you-can-eat dinner including delicious food, friendly wait staff and a wonderful environment for this very special occasion. Catholic Charities of Delaware and Otsego Counties is very grateful to the Holiday Inn in Oneonta for their support and commitment to the agency, the people we serve, and our local area.

Vicki Fatum

Program Specialist