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February 26, 2010

Letters to the Editor: February 25, 2010

We will relight the church



This year during Lent, February 17 _ April 3, residents of Cooperstown may wonder why the facade and steeple of the First Presbyterian Church on Pioneer Street is not being lit. It is intentional.



As Christians, we believe that God expects us to be conscientious stewards of the earth. Unfortunately, we are not living up to God’s expectations.



The burning of fossil fuel to produce electricity is contributing to ever increasing atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide _ a greenhouse gas. The result is changing weather patterns and climatic conditions. Glaciers are rapidly retreating; ice caps are melting, and semitropical plants and animals are steadily advancing into more northern latitudes. We are concerned that rapid environmental change will adversely affect societies around the world, especially those that are poor and thus less capable of adapting toáthis change.



As a reminder that we must all act responsibly when it comes to energy conservation and use, the church decided to extinguish its outside lighting during Lent. Furthermore, some of our members are observing Lent by participating in a ``carbon fast.’’ On Easter we will relight the church and steeple to celebrate our faith in God’s providence and grace and proclaim our renewed commitment to tend this garden _ our earth _ until Christ comes again.



Diane Kenworthy



Cooperstown



We will support Katz



In the upcoming election, we will be supporting Jeff Katz for mayor of Cooperstown. Over the past five years, Jeff has a proven track record of service on behalf of the village and its residents. During this time he has worked diligently to balance the needs of the village residents with those of businesses and organizations within the community. This task will only become more difficult in the next several years as the village struggles to solve the ongoing problems of parking and infrastructure repair and tries to move toward a more modern and sustainable future as outlined in the Notre Dame study.

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