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My Turn

November 16, 2009

My Turn: Being a local fan is hard in times like these


I, for one, have come to the realization that we're all in this big regional boat together. I thought our recent election was a great example of the best-qualified candidates who won the job rather than being elected through a party affiliation.

I was proud that people voted with the good of our community in mind. In my opinion, that's what local politics should be. The decisions that elected leaders in our community will make ultimately will have an effect on all of us.

Fortunately, we have quality organizations, churches, businesses and great citizens within our midst. They do incredible work and perform unbelievable deeds for the good of our area.

The health clinic is one good example among many. I believe we need to be better "fans," more active, supportive participants to these cherished institutions and businesses or we simply won't have them anymore "¦ plain and simple.

I don't care if the Oneonta Stallions set the record for the most points scored against them every single season. I'm going to be there to cheer them on next year because they deserve our support.

I'm going to go to more Tigers games next year, attend more Foothills Performing Arts events and help the Oneonta Theatre return to its former glory.

I'll be attending more OHS games, SUNY and Hartwick contests and buying more from local businesses on Main Street this year, because it's something I feel compelled to do.

In times like these, my meager contributions may not seem like much, but if we all contribute collectively, we can and will make a difference in our community. It's the least a local fan can do.

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To write for "My turn," contact Daily Star Publisher Tanya Shalor at or 432-1000, ext. 214.

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