We are happy to report that we had a most enjoyable and traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Thanksgiving Home.

However, not everyone in our family took the traditional route this year. When we spoke with our father Thanksgiving morning, he told us that the family, which had gathered in Grand Rapids, Mich., was going to feast on leg of lamb, not turkey.

We were stunned. It seemed obvious to us that they were confusing the holidays.

We were, of course, musing over the choice of menu when the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade featured the turkey balloon in all its glory.

We could not wait to call our sister to let her know that we had checked and there was no leg of lamb balloon in the parade. Not surprisingly she had not only a response, but an environmental response at that. She pointed out that she had a frozen turkey in the freezer and had purchased the leg of lamb, which was on sale, of course, thinking to freeze it. When she got home from the store, however, she thought she would save energy by not freezing the leg of lamb and leaving the already frozen turkey in the freezer. And we do, we think, have to concede that point.

When we returned from the Thanksgiving Home we discovered we had an e-mail from our niece, Liz, who was obviously the photographer of choice at the leg of lamb meal. We received a picture of one of the dinner’s place settings which included a turkey dinner plate perched on a Christmas placemat which was atop a lace table cloth all of which, we were told, “awaits the lamb.” The e-mail concluded with the thought that “They could really use our imagination on the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade planning committee.”

The first e-mail was followed by two more, one of which showed the post carving of the leg of lamb in the roasting pan. The other e-mail pictured our father, sister and brother all smiles at the prospect of devouring the lamb. And while we still find it to be a rather odd meal choice for Thanksgiving, we do hasten to note that it does at least have one thing in common with turkey. Friday evening found the Grand Rapids contingency preparing leftovers for dinner.

And, we wish to note, that we feel that we had the opportunity to have been a part of two different Thanksgiving gatherings, the one we actually attended here in Cooperstown and the one we were participated in via e-mail and telephone in Grand Rapids.

But now that both our Thanksgivings are over, we are once again faced with the realities of life which unfortunately include an upcoming “You Have Our Ear!” CCS Budget 2011-12 Public Forum.

We willingly admit that we have yet to recover from this year’s 8.6 percent school tax increase. Given the current economic conditions in the country, it was, we thought, a most bitter pill to swallow. And we are indeed leery of what the next budget will bring. Certainly news reports regarding state aid have been less than encouraging.

We recently read an Associated Press article entitled “D. Napoli puts current NY deficit at $1 billion” online at PostStar.com which can be found at http://poststar.com/ news/state-and-regional/ article_28506887-48f1-58e8- b1dd-e000fc34bdf6.html.

The article pointed out that current Governor “Patterson is expected to announce a special  session for the Assembly and Senate in coming weeks with an agenda to cut spending to address a $315 million deficit. That could include cutting school aid midyear, a rare and disruptive action that can trigger higher local property taxes.

We then also read an article entitled “School Officials Brace for Cuomo’s Cuts,” written by Dan Wiessner which we located on-line at the New Rochelle Patch, which can be found at http://newrochelle. patch.com/articles/schoolofficials- brace-for-cuomoscuts.

This article stated that “Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomohas proposed cutting state aid to schools as a way to hold the line on taxes.”

This thinking by the current and future governors would seem to be putting even more pressure on the CCS 2011-2012 budget. In fact, at the last board meeting, it was noted that the board will look at the budget from three different perspectives. One would include a small increase in state aid. One would consider no change in state aid. And one would include a small decrease in state aid.

Yet, if the thinking of the current governor and the future governor comes to pass, we think we would be inclined to ignore a small increase or no change in state aid and instead consider a small decrease in state aid, a moderate decrease in state aid and a hugely disruptive decrease in state aid. And no matter what it will be, we think it will not be pretty.

The “You Have Our Ear!” CCS Budget 2011-12 Public Forum will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Middle/High School Cafeteria.

The Forum will follow the regularly scheduled school board meeting which will begin at 5 p.m. that day. We are of the opinion that one can put one’s two cents in at the Forum or one can put one’s many, many, many, many, many cents in later while paying one’s taxes. And, of course, there is always the possibility that one will be able to do both.

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