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Editorials

August 6, 2013

In our opinion: Cheers and Jeers

To the state Department of Transportation for starting a study of state Route 8 in Chenango County approaching the Chobani plant.

The DOT has made some improvements, including better warning signs at curves and intersections, according to Sen. James Seward. A guard rail damaged during an accident was upgraded, and center-line rumble strips are to be installed along several segments this summer.

Seward added that the DOT initiated a study to identify short-term, intermediate and long-range improvements for several sections along Route 8 that have greater occurrences of truck and other accidents.

There had been 26 tractor-trailer accidents on Route 8 in South New Berlin in just three years — with most of them happening at one of three curves in the road. Most involved rigs headed to the Chobani yogurt plant.

We applaud the DOT’s quick action and long-range look at this safety issue.

 

To Chobani yogurt for being chosen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a pilot program to serve Greek-style yogurt in school lunches.

Chobani will be served in schools in four states to study the cost-effectiveness of offering the high-protein yogurt in school lunch programs. 

If successful, Greek-style yogurt could become a permanent fixture on the USDA Foods List for school meals.

We’re glad to see a local company get the contract.

Jeers

To the supposed tourism promotion pitting New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a river rafting race last month.

The 25 rafts that took to the Indian River in the Adirondack Park held politicians and members of the media — members of the general public weren’t welcome. 

The event cost taxpayers about $175,000, and taxpayers weren’t even welcome to the two-day “Adirondack Challenge,” which was pitched as a way to promote recreational and tourism opportunities in the Adirondack Park and the North Country.

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