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September 17, 2009

Letters to the Editor: September 17, 2009

Did my best for Brookwood



To the Editor: I am writing in response to the recent letter from Vera Talevi.



1. I am not, and have never been, an employee of the Cook Foundation. The work I have done for Brookwood has been as either an independent contractor or a volunteer.



2. During a six-week period of July and August 2007, I occupied the house at Brookwood at the request of the board of directors, to discourage the theft and vandalism that had been occurring.



Some background: In 1990, I donated my time to build railings for both bridges on the property, using local hemlock for the rustic style, to complement this property’s landscape.



The approximate value of this donation was $1,200.



In recognition of this work, for which I was not compensated, I received the Brookwood Award in 1992. In 2003, the railings at the bridge near the house needed replacement. Cory and Michael Moffat donated the hemlock, and I donated my labor to rebuild those railings. The value of this work was approximately $600.



These same railings were damaged by a vehicle in 2007, and I was paid $600 to replace them. At the same time, I rebuilt the stone retaining walls on both sides of the bridge, and I donated my time for the stone work. Value, $400.



I believe my donated labor gives me a stake in the future of Brookwood and I will continue to oppose any attempt to divide and privatize this public treasure.



While my contributions may not represent a large amount in terms of what the property needs, it is the best I could do given my circumstances. Any implication that I did less than my best for Brookwood is not supported by the facts.



Michael Whaling



Sharon Springs



Locked and loaded



We were more than a bit surprised to read in the Cooperstown Crier that the Village of Cooperstown is cutting back on its police force by reducing the number of shifts worked. Meaning, that at times there will be no police on duty in the Village. We were really surprised that this cut was made over the lack of $38,000 in the budget. Without getting into how this might impact crime stats - or the hourly patterns of crime - you can be sure that there will be some surprised 911 callers once this goes into effect.

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