Since we have been asked, we feel we need to follow up a bit on our discussion of the Common Core Curriculum that we discussed in last week’s column.

The sources we cited are but a few of many available online. A Google search for “Common Core State Standards” will result the official explanation of Common Core as well as articles both for and against the issue. And the items we quoted last week can be found by Googling the articles by their titles, “Classroom chaos? Critics blast new Common Core education standards,” “Do the math” and “Parents who home school ...”

We suspect our reading on the subject has only scratched the tip of the iceberg. But, since we really do not have a horse in the race, except for the expectation that we will pay for this new initiative, we are probably not the ones who need to keep on top of what is happening in our schools. But, we do think parents do need to make the effort to see how all of this might affect their children’s education.

We have been asked to note that Christ Church, Cooperstown, will hold its fall rummage sale on Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5. On Friday, rummage sale hours will be from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. In addition to the rummage sale there will also be a bake sale of homemade goodies on Friday. On Saturday, there will be a bag sale from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. The rummage sale will be held in the Christ Church Parish House located at 69 Fair Street in Cooperstown. Proceeds from both the rummage sale and the bake sale will benefit the church’s Global Mission outreach.

Unfortunately, we feel we must report that the number one son, Christopher, reached his 39th birthday last week on Friday the 13. Christopher not only has been known to celebrate his birthday on Friday the 13, he was born on Friday the 13. And while that particular day was 39 years ago, it still seems to us as if it were yesterday. Not only do we not know where the time has gone, we are unable to explain exactly how or why he is now 10 years older than we are. Nonetheless, we are still working on keeping the myth alive that while he is 39 we are but 29 ... again.

There have been several items in the news of late which have left us thinking that it seems a culture of fear permeates this area. The first, “Seismic device fuels drilling theories,” which appeared in The Daily Star on Sept. 10 started with:

“A federally-funded seismic monitoring station being installed on a farm field in Middlefield has sparked both public curiosity and concern from anti-fracking activists who say they wonder if the research will help the energy industry find sites for injection wells.”

Exactly how one goes from monitoring seismic activity to thinking it heralds the coming of underground storage for fracking fluid quite escapes us. In fact, we thought it most interesting that there would be monitoring of seismic activity in this neck of the woods. Every time we have visited the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake we have been fascinated by watching the seismic activity there.

Also, it is possible to go to a government earthquake site,‎, to check out current earthquakes in the country which register 2.5 or higher on the Richter scale. And while some days have more earthquakes than others, it is still amazing how many there are throughout the year.

The second issue that left us bemused was covered in The Daily Star article, “Town split by push for N.Y. historic status,” which appeared on Sept. 11. We gather one of the overriding concerns about adopting a historic district designation in Springfiled was, to quote one of those opposed, “We don’t want to end up like Cooperstown.” Unfortunately, this desire to not be like Cooperstown is something we have heard more than once. And while we would be more than willing to note that Cooperstown is no longer the community we moved to in 1982, we do still think that overall it is a great place to live and are always taken aback when people put forth the theory that Cooperstown is a place to avoid.

And finally, we were somewhat amused when we realized that a letter to the editor, “No rational reason for local fracking,” which appeared in The Daily Star on Sept. 13 was on the reverse side of a news brief titled “Truck crashes, spills fuel oil.” While the letter to the editor was pointing out a broad range of possible horrors of natural gas development, the news brief read: “Authorities said a truck carrying 8,000 gallons of fuel oil tipped over and spilled its load ... Police said the truck turned over around noon at a roundabout in Kinderhook, about 25 miles south of Albany ... Cleanup crews from the Department of Environmental Conservation were dispatched to the scene and a state of emergency was declared for a two mile radius around the accident site. About 5,000 gallons were drained from the roads with the remainder entering storm drains or remaining in the tank. Officials said they don’t believe the local drinking water supply will be threatened.”

Thus while the debate continues about the possible risk of natural gas development, there never seems to be an equal concern about the very real possibility of an oil spill as a result of a tanker truck accident. If nothing else, all of this gives us a great deal to ponder as does so much of the information that crosses our computer on a daily basis.

However, we must admit that instead of these items which left us quite bemused, we would much rather spend time thinking about the following:

“Chocolate comes from cocoa which comes out of a tree. That makes it a plant. Therefore, chocolate counts as a salad.”

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