In any event, demonizing the mayor and the trustees, and making it seem as though they are putting in paid parking for their own personal gain is hurtful and insulting. And suing them because of what they have done for the betterment of the whole village is wrong, unfair and is embarrassing to many of us who live here, including some of the downtown merchants. There are some who are enlightened and foreword looking and who even have put signs in their windows offering to make change to be used in the pay and display machines. Smart move. It’s friendly and incidentally gets people into the store. Kudos to all of them. One other reminder … people can park in the trolley lots free and for a small fee take the trolley into town and ride around all day.
The unpleasantness and the suing of the village government is what is making Cooperstown look like an unfriendly place to visit and may in the long run do more harm for the merchants than good.
It is a common human trait to get used to something all of us have lived with throughout our lives. It is easy to not even notice or appreciate it over time. And so it is, living in our liberty loving country that honors through our Constitution such freedoms as freedom of religion, speech, press and assembly …
Through the Constitutions Bill of Rights we are also given protection against arbitrary searches and self-incrimination. Our Bill of Rights sets up procedures for trials, giving to all U.S. citizens the right to trial by jury, and to cross-examination of witnesses. It provides that; “no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process.”
Many people throughout U.S. history have sacrificed much, some even their lives, to protect us and the wonderful rights our democracy offers. It is good that we regularly remember this.
Timothy Hume Behrendt