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April 8, 2014

In Our Opinion: Cheers and Jeers

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The Daily Star

---- — To SUNY Cobleskill and other dining establishments across New York that have pledged to use more locally sourced food in their meals.

The State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill was one of more than 100 restaurants that recently took the Pride of NY Pledge, a commitment to increase the sourcing, marketing and education of New York state-grown and made products. The pledge is part of the Taste NY initiative.

Jeff Weissinger, director of dining services at SUNY Cobleskill, said the five dining establishments on campus, as well off-campus restaurant Coby’s Cafe, pledged to continue to use as many locally produced agricultural products as possible, including those from the college farm. This year, 25 percent of the college’s total food budget was spent locally, Weissinger said, and next year the college is hoping to raise that percentage to 35.

There are many economic and environmental benefits for using locally raised food. We applaud SUNY Cobleskill and others for embracing the local food movement.

 

To Trooper Timothy West Jr. for assisting a woman in the birth of her baby.

West, based at the state police station in Oneonta, responded to a Delaware County 911 report of a childbirth in progress at about 11 p.m. March 18. The call had come from a car pulled off on the shoulder of state Highway 28 in North Franklin.

West noticed the woman was quite far into labor. Using the training he received on the job, West assisted in the delivery and wrapped the baby in a blanket before turning the care of the infant and mother over to the Franklin emergency medical services and fire department squads.

We thank West for putting his knowledge to use and helping the unidentified woman in her time of need.

Jeers

To the city of Oneonta on its decision regarding the traffic signal at the intersection of Center and Church streets.

The light will remain a green-yellow-red signal part of the day, switching to a blinking light in less-busy times.

The light became an issue when the city decided a guy wire securing the signal needed to be moved because it was attached to a dead tree, which could topple. The city conducted a trial with all-way stop signs at that intersection and at the nearby turn-off from Center Street to Central Avenue, a one-way street. However, police said, the trial left a few motorists confused about who has the right of way.

We feel the city’s decision to change the signal depending on the time of day will confuse motorists even more. The 24-hour all-way stops seemed to move traffic more quickly through the intersection than the new signal. But if we must change it, we’d rather see the green-yellow-red signal be maintained at all hours than see it switch depending on the hour.