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August 6, 2013

In our opinion: Cheers and Jeers

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The Daily Star

---- — 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.

Cuomo claimed the victory, but the taxpayers lost. This was more of a photo-op for the politicians involved than a tourism booster.

We feel that money couldn’t have been better spent drawing actual tourists to the area rather than politicians.

 

To the lack of signs and warning to the public regarding traffic pattern changes in Oneonta on lower Main Street after repaving was completed.

We understand the goal of the change is to make the intersection with River Street and Neahwa Place safer, but by not even putting up a sign along side the road stating “Warning: Traffic patterns have changed,” it left folks scrambling to get into the correct lane, making it less safe for everyone.

In time, we’ll all get used to the new traffic flow, but just a little notice it was coming would have been nice.