Did my best
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.
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.
Did my best
- Please Click Here
- OUR READERS' VIEWS OUR READERS' VIEWS
- Please Click Here Thank you to all of the participants in the Paint the Town Purple event on Friday, May 9. You made Paint the Town Purple truly a message of hope!
- Please Click Here I have always gone to the library. When I was young, my mother took my siblings and me to our local library at least once a week to select books. I felt I had the world at my fingertips, so many books to explore!
- Please Click Here Never have I written back-to-back letters to the editor, but so many Cooperstown people have called our home or talked with me on the street to comment on my previous letter about the Furthur concert.
- Our Readers' Opinions Once again nature is wreaking havoc with our properties surrounding the lake! The amount of rain we have received in the last month is approximately 13 inches -- three times the normal amount!
- Honest Brook Music Festival to celebrate 25th anniversary The Honest Brook Music Festival has announced its 25th anniversary summer season classical concerts.
- Our Readers' Opinions After living in the western southern tier for 10 years, my wife and I decided to visit the Hall of Fame today, June 20, before moving out of the area in a few weeks. We enjoyed the museum, but parking in Cooperstown proved to be a formidable gauntlet.
- Our Readers' Opinions To Those members of the local government who care about the economic future of Cooperstown and the maintenance of its character: Has Town Hall gone mad here?
- Our Readers' Opinions I applaud the Baseball HOF's move of the Classic to Memorial Day Saturday. I just wished it had not been rained out.
- More Letters Headlines