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January 4, 2010

My Turn: Tough financial times will make our community more important to us

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The Bresee's project is under way. Our parks system is the envy of other communities of our size, and we have more than 400,000 tourist visitors each year.

While the Oneonta Theatre and Foothills are challenged financially in the short term, they offer a wonderful future for the performing arts.

We have attractive neighborhoods and are well on our way to preserving them by revising our zoning ordinances and increasing code enforcement. We have an extraordinary city staff and Common Council who are dedicated to improving our collective future.

I believe that a consequence of the significant national financial restructuring that is affecting us individually will be that our families, neighborhoods and communities become more important to us. Oneonta is uniquely well-positioned to flourish in this environment.

What could be better? There are problems to solve, but there are even greater opportunities to exploit. I relish the task at hand, and look forward to working with all the good people of Oneonta so that we continue to advance our already wonderful community.

Miller can be reached at City Hall at 432-6450.

To write for "My turn," contact Daily Star Published Tanya Shalor at tshalor@thedailystar.com or 432-1000, ext. 214.

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