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September 15, 2011

Your Opinion: September 15, 2011

DEC overstates gas reserves

The DEC has overestimated gas reserves by times in their DSGEIS socio-economic impact statement, using the older DOE projection of 410 trillion cubic feet instead of the newly released USGS projection of 84 trillion cubic feet.

Correcting this error would reduce gas estimates by 80 percent. Unfortunately, we can still expect 100 percent of the drilling activity.

Worse, you can’t build 20 percent of a pipeline. The pipelines, compressor stations and  associated infrastructure will allbe as intense.

Why won’t there be less drilling?

Go to any casino. The odds are not good, but everyone thinks they’re the ones that are going to win. So do the gas companies.

Moreover, we have just seen how unsafe gas operations can be. These 200 year floods are now happening every 5 to 10 years and can wash out everything in their path, including drilling pads, flowback water trucks, and wastewater pits in Pa.

So much for safe drilling that will not contaminate our water. The “flood plains” in NYS must be redrawn.

We need your help to submit comments demonstrating the flaws and shortcomings of the DEC DSGEIS during their 90-day comment period. It is critical that NYS officials see the enormous concern, expressed by the number and content of these comments, for preserving and protecting our water, property and community in the area we love.

Submitting a comment is very simple with the help of the website TinyURL.

 com/2011SGEISFlaws. It providesyou with source material to reference your comment so it is based on facts rather than emotion. You can then submit your comment through this link:

You can submit more than one comment.  Please tell everyone you knowto help. We are counting on each other.

John Kosmer

Fly Creek

Mayor says thanks

On Sunday, Sept. 11, the village of Cooperstown was host to several events that honored the memory of those who tragically lost their lives 10 years ago.

The day began with members of the Sgt. Walter P. Eggleston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7128 raising the American flag on Main Street and lowering it to half-mast.

On behalf of the residents of Cooperstown, I would like to thank our VFW members for their act of honor and remembrance. The day concluded with beautiful ecumenical service at Council Rock overlooking picturesque Otsego Lake.

Community members walked down a lighted pathway  and gathered to hear wordsof courage, selfless service, remembrance and hope.

I would like to thank the Cooperstown village clergy group including the United Methodist Church, St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, Christ Episcopal Church, and Hartwick Lutheran Church for organizing this event.

I thank all agencies for their efforts to honor this day and  thank all residents who participatedin these ceremonies.

Thanks to all who proudly displayed our flag to show unity.

Joe Booan

Cooperstown Mayor

McCaffery deserves the thanks of all

August 30 was the last concert  of the 2011 Lakefront ConcertSeries. Every Tuesday inJuly and August a free concert was held featuring a different group offering a wide variety of entertainment for the entire  family. It was delightful to seethe large number of people of all ages sitting in the chairs they had brought with them or on blankets on the grass and children dancing to the rhythm of the music, in this beautiful park setting. Many of the same people attended each week and there was always a happy camaraderie among them.

Thanks to the village of Cooperstown Parks Board, who with support from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, sponsored the concerts.

However there is one person, Rich McCaffery, who deserves the thanks of all involved, both the entertainers and the audience.

Rich was involved in all aspects of the concerts from helping to choose the groups who entertained, to being at every Tuesday concert to see that everything ran smoothly.

He saw to the needs of each group and made them feel welcome. He was unfailingly gracious to both the entertainers  and the audience and theconcert series would not have been the success that it was if it were not for Rich.

This was the Concert Series’ 7th season and let’s hope there will be an 8th next year and many more after that.

Grace Kull


CYF needs help Cooperstown Youth Football

(CYF) is part of a youth football league that includes Delhi, Richfield Springs, Morris, Sherburne, and Oneonta. Each community fields two divisions: a junior division made up of third- through fifthgraders, and a senior division of fifth-, sixth-, and seventhgraders.

Cooperstown Youth Football’s goal is to teach youngsters the fundamentals of football, introduce players to a team sport, and develop a passion for the game. We are pleased that we are collaborating with both the modified and varsity football programs at Cooperstown Central School.

Each year, CYF purchases equipment that supports our goal and safety. Helmets, pads, and uniforms make up the bulk of our purchases. This year, we have grown to over 60 young men and a cheerleading squad of over 20 young ladies!

We need community support to fund our program. On Friday, Sept. 9, we held our annual canvassing event. We are thankful over the generosity of our community as we raised over $1,900 to support  our players. Money donated by you stays in the Cooperstowncommunity and directly benefits our football squads. If we missed you last Friday and would like to make a donation, please send your donation to: Cooperstown Youth Football, P.O. Box 1001, Cooperstown, NY 13326

On behalf of all our players and coaches, we thank you for your continued support of our youth football program.

Mike Perrino, President

Joe Booan, Vice President