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February 6, 2014

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Cooperstown Crier

---- — This past week seems to have offered all sorts of information which might well give one pause. 

In fact, we have spent countless hours trying to make sense of all sorts of things such as a letter we received from our health insurance company which told us that they would like “... to thank you for taking a proactive role in your health and getting a mammogram. As promised, a $10 ... gift card is enclosed.” 

 What? Not only do we not recall being promised a gift card for getting a mammogram, we are not at all certain a $10 gift card makes the getting of the mammogram any more pleasant. Besides, we are somewhat troubled to think that rewards are now being given to people who are doing the right thing when it comes to their health care. We would tend to think the money might be better spent trying to get those who don’t do the right to do the right thing.

And then there was the segment on television entitled: “Five foods your doctor eats and so should you.” 

Now we must admit the five things, an apple a day, with the peel on; nuts, especially tree nuts like walnuts, almonds and cashews; avocados; coffee, in moderation of course; and blueberries, along with the reasons given to eat these five things, all made sense to us. But we have to wonder how the people on the television know that our doctors eat them. Dare we ask? Might this not be an opportunity to prepare a questionnaire for the doctor, which would be an interesting retaliation for all the questionnaires we have struggled to fill out of late. Of course, if the doctor were to resent it as much as we do, it might not be our best idea ever.

Also we recently read an article in the newspaper where we learned that in New York state children can stay on their parents health insurance until they, the children not the parents, turn 30. Really, 30? The thought quite leaves us speechless.

And then there was the letter to the editor decrying the fact that “Cooperstown and Neahwa Park should be the last thing that needs state funding.” The writer perceived that the state is funding “unimportant projects to increase tourism,” at the expense of more important things such as schools, Head Start and warm meals for our seniors. And while we well understand that there is always debate over what is most important to fund, we are somewhat troubled by the dismissive nature of the letter writer when it comes to the impact of tourism.

While there are most definitely times when we think we have quite enough tourism, we also realize that one of the big benefits of tourism is that tourist spend dollars in the community that do not come out of local pockets. And in the process, additional sales tax is collected. Thus both the state and the county, as well as those entities with which the county shares some of its sales tax, benefit from funding that does not come out of local pockets. And we think that it is relatively safe to say that such sales taxes raised in Cooperstown benefit the coffers of the state and the county far more than the village coffers. Thus we would point out that while the writer of the letter does not see a need to increase tourism, that person will nonetheless benefit at both the state and county level from an increase in tourism.

And beyond that we have learned, in our discussions about this letter with the mayor, that the grant that Cooperstown received was specifically for the project the village outlined. Had it not been given to Cooperstown, it would have been given to a similar project somewhere else. It would, rightly or wrongly, not have been used to increase funding for schools, Head Start or hot meals for seniors. Therefore, we have to think that the fact that Cooperstown is receiving this funding is a good thing for Cooperstown as well as for residents of not only the county but the state as well.

We have discovered that we made a somewhat fatal mistake before Christmas when we purchased a Christmas gift from an errant catalog that had arrived at our door. Needless to say, we are now up to our eyeballs in catalogs. And while we find the situation annoying, we have decided to make the best of it by at least flipping through them to see what is being offered in the marketplace these days. And we have discovered that some of the catalogs contain T-shirts with amusing thoughts on them. And while we cannot image actually wearing one these shirts, we think they are more than suitable to share.

They include such gems as “I’ve been diagnosed with NCD...NO CAN DO!”, “When I was a KID I wanted to be older...this CRAP is not what I expected,” “We’ll be friends until we’re old and senile ... then we’ll be new friends!,” “I finally got it all together, but now I don’t know where I put it,” and “I huffed and I puffed and I got up out of my chair.” 

And there was also one, “You can’t scare me ... I have a daughter!,” that our son quite agreed with although he thought it should read: “You can’t scare me ... I have two daughters.” And we hasten to point out that they are not even close to being sixteen ... yet.

And finally, this past week we have been able to ponder, with a fair amount of amusement, the errant garbage can debacle on upper Pioneer Street. One evening when we were partaking of Chinese take-out with a friend, she mentioned that before she left she would move our garbage can from the end of our driveway. We told her she did not need to do that as it was not our garbage can. In fact, we were not certain whose garbage can it was. The next morning, we discovered the garbage can positioned neatly at our back porch which, given our mobility issues, posed a bit of a problem in that we did not think we could return to the curb so its rightful owner could claim it. So we called a neighbor for assistance only to discover he was the person kind enough to have moved it in the first place. He was also kind enough to return in order to return the garbage can to the curb. 

 It is, we think, a conundrum.

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