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May 15, 2014

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It’s certainly good news to read that the state Department of Transportation will use an organic substance to control weeds along Route 80 this year, rather than the toxic pesticides they used in the past. This, along with the Village of Cooperstown’s decision to eliminate these chemicals at Doubleday Field, shows it is possible to maintain green spaces without risking public health and threatening the environment.

In addition, the growing presence of organic farms in the region demonstrates that sentiment against use of toxins is real and mainstream.

However, that message does not seem to sink in with Cooperstown’s largest pesticide user, the Leatherstocking Golf Course. This facility, on the shores of Otsego Lake, Cooperstown’s drinking water supply, continues to spray thousands of pounds of chemicals annually, many of which are listed as having acute toxicity. The reason? It is to create an artificially pristine and unnatural landscape for the diversion and recreation of a small group of well-heeled golfers.

To add to its disregard for the public, the golf course refuses to release the details of its pesticide usage. There is an outcry for gas fracking companies to show what chemicals they use in drilling operations. The golf course chemicals are much more dangerous. Should they not have the same requirement?

SUCO’s Biological Field Station and the Otsego County Conservation Association, proclaimed protectors of the lake, remain conspicuous in their silence on this issue. But then both entities are recipients of the largesse of the Clark family, owners of the golf course. Evidently money trumps the environment for these organizations.

So kudos to the state DOT and to the Village of Cooperstown for their sensible decisions regarding pesticides. There is a lesson here for the golf course, but if past practice is any indication, it’s a lesson that will remain unheeded.

Andrew Mason

Jefferson

 

Re-elect Russo

I am writing this letter in support of Theresa Russo for the Cooperstown Central School Board of Education. I have known Theresa for several years and have witnessed firsthand her passion for instilling pride, confidence and a positive attitude for her children, community and school.

Theresa’s experience teaching child development at SUNY Oneonta is her best attribute. She knows what it takes for our children to succeed in college and in the job market. Her approach to education is with infectious enthusiasm. She does her homework on every issue, listens to all sides and then forms an objective opinion. Her positive and passionate views towards education make her not only the best choice, but the only choice.

After attending the “meet the candidates night” last night I definitely will be voting for Theresa Russo on May 20 and encourage everyone to do the same.

Meg Kiernan

Fly Creek

 

Co-chairs give thanks for Paint the Town Purple Day

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!

Also, a thank you to the County Board of Supervisors and the mayors of Richfield and Cooperstown for proclaiming Paint the Town Purple an official day in Otsego County and the respective villages of Richfield and Cooperstown.

We hope to see you at the Opening Ceremony of the 16th annual Otsego County Relay for Life scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at the Cooperstown Dreams Park.

Thank you all again.

Rena Lull and Dawne Dietz

co-chairs, Paint the Town Purple