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October 12, 2013

Kosmer values the environment

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The Daily Star

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In November, the town of Otsego will choose a county representative, and we can vote for one of the best-informed leaders. John Kosmer has personal and longtime experience in energy conservation.

He has also promoted home rule while educating us on the pitfalls of fracking. John certainly does not want to pollute the drinking water by drilling for more fossil fuel. That would only be adding natural gas to the climate-change fire.

John Kosmer can be found at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market most Saturdays ready to talk with constituents and farmers. He was aware when the heavy rains affected early vegetables and flooded some roads and farms. He appreciates the local farmers providing good meat, wool, milk and cheese. He knows that the chickens and their eggs are free range and not factory-tainted product. Last year the apple crop was decimated by snow after unseasonably early blossoms and the heavy winds of a thunderstorm that hit recently. This is the component of climate change that brings uncertainty to agriculture but supports buying locally, using less energy for transportation.

Voting is more important than ever. What disheartening deadlocks there have been in Albany and D.C. What we are seeing is high-pitched desperation that includes the ongoing Arab Spring.

We are all in a crisis. This could be summed up as the increased population’s demand on finite resources, and pollution, including the invisible CO2.

As a result, citizens, freedom fighters and terrorists alike are aiming to hold on to life as we have known it. Sustainability is the goal and humans have been stressing the balance of nature. Climate deniers aside, the majority of us are aware that we ourselves need to carefully manage resources in order to sustain nature. Voting matters.

Dorothy Hudson

Cooperstown