Over the years that we have written this column, we have made any numbersof errors. But several weeks ago now, we made a real blunder when we wrote that we hoped festivities to celebrate the start of the 22nd century would be held until Jan. 1, 3001. It was, we willingly admit, a ridiculous request as the 22nd century will actually begin on January 1, 2101 and chances are indeed slim that anyone would want to wait another 900 years to celebrate.
Now had we said we hoped celebrations for the beginning of the next millennium would be held until January 1, 3001, we would have actually conveyed what we were thinking, assuming, of course, that we were thinking. We would like to thank reader Larry Perkins for calling this glaring error to our attention. He assumed he would be one of many to point it out.
But alas, he is the only one to mention it, which makes us wonder if he was the only one who read it or just the only one who was kind enough to bring it to our attention. Obviously we do not like making such errors. But when we do, we do like to be able to correct them.
At the November meeting of the Literary Discussion Group, sponsored by the Women’s Club of Cooperstown, it was decided that the group would not meet in December. Thus, the next meeting of the group will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, when the book for discussion will be “Milkweed” by Jerry Spinelli. The meeting will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Village of Cooperstown Library.
The list of books to be read 2012 was also chosen at the meeting and includes for Feb. 23, “The Greater Journey” by David McCullough; for March 22, “Talking to Heaven” by James Van Praagh; for April 26, “Making the Rounds with Oscar” by David Dosa; for May 24, “Killing Lincoln” by Bill O’Reilly; for June 28, poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke; for July 26, Look Again” by Lisa Scottoline; for Aug. 23, “The Silent Girl” by Tess Gerritsen; for Sept. 27, “The Book Thief ” by Markus Zusak; and for Oct. 23, “The Housekeeper and the Professor” by Yokohama Ogawa. The Nov. 15 meeting will be book selection for 2013. No meeting has been scheduled for December of 2012. We would also like to note that the group has added a monthly email reminder for those who are interested in attending the group’s meetings.
Anyone who would like to be added to the email list, or who would like more information about the group, should contact us by telephone or e-mail as listed below.
We must admit that we were somewhat surprised by the response we got from last week’s column. We have received an unusual number of emails and spoken with a fair number of people about it. Many of them shared their experiences with less than civil behavior which they have encountered of late.
Others expressed their dismay that the community has become so uncivil. And while we were saddened by what we heard, we were glad to realize that we are not alone in our thinking.
We do think the email which truly touched us came from Steve Walker, who wrote: “Wow, your latest ‘In These Otsego Hills’ hit me hard. You would never know unless I told you how important your articles have been to me since I moved from my ‘beloved’ Cooperstown 6 years ago...I have always admired you for your community cheerleading. After Jerry died, you could have left Cooperstown and returned to a sweet life in Michigan, but to Cooperstown’s benefit you choose to stay. The Ellsworth family’s wonderful legacy in Cooperstown lives on thru you...My heart sank as I read the recent New York Times front page ‘expose’ on Cooperstown... You, of course, will follow your own destiny...I, for one, sure hope it includes continued Cheerleading for Cooperstown...”
We would like to assure Steve that, for the time being at least, we will keep the pom-poms at hand, putting them into use when appropriate.
While we are dismayed by the atmosphere of the moment, we will do our best to continue to champion that which makes Cooperstown the Cooperstown that we have long loved. We know full well that there are still many, many people who feel that while we may disagree, we do not need to be disagreeable. And we hope, as we all go forward, that we realize we do not need to see eye to eye on every issue.
But we do need to respect the right of everyone to have his or her opinion on any issue. And if we indeed do not agree, we should then have the courage to agree to disagree without trying to shout each other down.
After all, with Thanksgiving fast upon us, we do all have much for which to be thankful, not the least of which is each other, no matter how much we may disagree.
And thus we wish, on this Thanksgiving, to remember all that we have to be
thankful for with the following: For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
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