We have also discovered since returning home that there is a great deal of seeming unhappiness with the recent concert held at Doubleday Field. We, of course, cannot speak from first-hand experience as we missed it. Yet we find the various reports we have received about all sorts of problems to be rather unpleasant at best. And while we understand people’s concerns with underage drinking, open container law violations and urinating in public, we really feel to be even more troubling is what appears to be the selective enforcement of local, as well as, we suppose, state laws. In fact, even before the concert we asked the powers that be how it is possible that “... according to the paper’s report ... outside vendors will not be required to obtain vending permits while the chief of police has said that all laws will be enforced. We have to wonder exactly which one it will be.”
The response to this was: “How special event weekends play out has always been decided by the board. In this instance we have applied a different set of standards. It’s what the board has voted to approve and what will be followed.”
We must admit that we were unaware that such selective enforcement of local laws would be appropriate. In fact, we wrote back: “... we find it troubling that the powers that be at the village would find it appropriate to enforce laws for some people but not for others. We would not think the government would be in a position to treat people differently. Even though we realize that life is not fair, we guess we are still naive enough to think that the government should attempt to treat all its citizens fairly.” But evidently that is no longer the case in Cooperstown. And we are the poorer for it.
PLEASE NOTE: Comments regarding this column may be made by mail at 105 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326, by telephone at 547-8124 or by email at email@example.com