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August 27, 2009

Letters to the Editor: August 27, 2009

Supports Guitar Hall

What a tribute to Cooperstown that such an internationally- renowned personage as Mr. Arlen Roth would seek to develop his dream in our village! One can only hope that Cooperstown’s burghers will work with Mr. Roth in a positive and constructive way to ensure that his Guitar Hall of Fame and Museum is established in our village.

John A. Rudy


Ticket was unfair

Cooperstown is a culturally and geographically rich place to visit, full of charm and history. We drove from our country inn in Round Top to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 22.

We arrived, after a lovely 2-hour journey via Rt 23, and noticed that parking was a challenge.

We waited until a car left a spot and pulled in. We noted that the parking sign read “2 Hour Parking 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.” and a smaller blue sign beneath it read “Free Parking.”

Being residents of New York City and its environs, where parking is a costly endeavor, we could not believe our good fortune. So we asked some people nearby, who confirmed this, but cautioned us to watch our time, since the police were vigilant.

The time was 11:55 am. The walk to the Baseball Hall of Fame was 5 minutes. We waited in line to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame, and received tickets at 12:10 pm. Our visit lasted an hour: our gift shop purchases were stamped 1:15 pm. “Terrific!” we cheered, “We still have over a half hour left to retrieve the car, and then move it to a new parking spot and have lunch!”

But, lo and behold, there was a parking ticket beneath the windshield wiper, for $35., written at 1:00 pm, stating that we parked longer than two hours. How could this be?!

We were outraged and angry, and sought to find the police officer who wrote the ticket. Finally, after a half hour of searching, we found him, a very tall, older gentleman. We asked him why he issued this ticket? He responded, “The man in the store complained that the car was parked more than two hours in front of his store.” We said, “But, he lied! We have evidence of our trip to the Hall of Fame! Who is this man?”

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