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October 3, 2013

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---- — Re-elect Rosenthalin District 7

We are writing to express our support of Beth Rosenthal for re-election as County Representative in District 7 (Middlefield, Roseboom, Cherry Valley). She is running on the Democratic and Sustainable Otsego lines. Beth has been an important addition to the representation of district’s interests in county matters. We have found her to be fiscally minded and forward thinking, with a clear vision of what our area should be working towards to bring clean economic growth to Otsego County while maintaining our rural heritage. We have seen her work well with the other members of the County Board, striving to reach consensus among disparate views, yet remaining firm in the face of pressure over issues upon which she knows cannot be compromised.

Beth is always available by email or by phone to explain a County Board issue or listen to a constituent’s opinion or concern. She is a regular participant in Town Board meetings, showing up to report on current matters at the County level and meet and chat with her communities’ citizens.

Beth Rosenthal is a woman of intelligence and integrity. Middlefield, Roseboom and Cherry Valley are very lucky to have her as our Representative on the County Board. Middlefield Neighbors urges the citizens of District 7 to re-elect Beth Rosenthal.

Respectfully, Kelly and Michael Branigan, John Davis, Marion Karl, Peggy and John Leon, and 41 other members of Middlefield Neighbors, Middlefield

October seems like ‘food month’

Looking through my calendar of national observances, it appears that October is turning into food month, beginning with World Vegetarian Day and World Day for Farm Animals on Oct. 1 and 2, continuing with National School Lunch Week on Oct. 14 to 18 and World Food Day on Oct. 16, and culminating with Food Day on Oct. 24.

World Day for Farm Animals Day (www.WFAD.org), on Oct. 2, is perhaps the most dramatic of these. It celebrates the lives, exposes the abuses, and memorializes the slaughter of billions of sentient animals raised for food. Recent undercover investigations showed male baby chicks suffocated in plastic garbage bags or ground to death, pigs clobbered with metal pipes, and cows skinned and dismembered while still conscious.

Moreover, a recent Harvard study of more than 120,000 people confirmed once again that meat consumption raises mortality from cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Animal agriculture accounts for more water pollution than all other human activities. A 2011 United Nations report recommends eating less meat to reduce greenhouse gases.

The good news is that our meat consumption has been dropping by nearly 4 percent annually! Entering live vegan in a search engine brings lots of useful transition tips.

Calvin Tillamayo

Fort Plain

Bryan Pernat for Town of Otsego Highway Superintendent

Remember that name because you won’t see it under a major party line. Bryan will be running on the Safe Highways Independent line. He has the experience and temperament to manage a highway department and keep our roads safe.

Bryan worked for the Highway Department for five years and was appointed by the Town Board as Highway Superintendent to fill out a term when the former Highway Superintendent retired. He has driven school bus for Cooperstown Schools so he knows that the plows need to be on the road in plenty of time for safe travel. Being a farmer, he knows that people do not just work Monday to Friday and that our roads need to be passable at all times. Having also worked for the Office of Emergency Services he knows that emergencies can happen at any time and our roads must be ready for travel.

Bryan’s experience and lifelong commitment to the Town of Otsego are assets that cannot be overlooked. You won’t find a more dedicated, hardworking individual for the position. It’s time to distance ourselves from the party politics and look at the individuals. Bryan has my vote and I hope he will have yours too.

Meg Kiernan

Fly Creek