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November 26, 2013

In Our Opinion: Cheers and Jeers

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The Daily Star

---- — To the Oneonta High School girls soccer team for being the best in the state this year in Class B.

The girls beat Marcellus, 2-1, in the state final game on Nov. 17.

The Yellowjackets (20-2-1) became the fifth team at OHS to win a New York State Public High School Athletic Association title, joining the squads that earned back-to-back girls basketball titles in 1997 and 1998, the boys soccer title in 1999 and the baseball championship in 2012.

We congratulate Coach Jerry Mackey and his team on the impressive achievement.

 

To an effort by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department to provide a law enforcement presence in the county’s school districts.

The collaborative effort pledges a consistent police presence on the campus in return for a space in the school building to accommodate a sub-station. Sub-stations are indoor work spaces at which officers can conduct business and complete basic reporting and are equipped with a phone and a computer with Internet access.

This seems like a win-win situation to us. The sub-stations are an efficient way for deputies to perform their duties, and the schools will have regular access to a sheriff’s deputy.

  

To Catholic Charities for opening an office in Delhi.

The new office, on the second floor of the Delhi Senior Community housing complex, will offer Dispute Resolution, Caring Connections and other services.

“The new office is small, but it’s a good start and it will make it easier to reach people in Delaware County,” said Lynn Glueckert, executive director of Catholic Charities in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties.

The organization offers valuable services to those in need in the three counties. We’re glad for an easier way for Delaware County residents to access those services.

Jeers

To Edward Lentz, who is accused of electioneering at a polling site in Milford.

The Otsego County Republican Committee has filed a formal complaint with the state Board of Elections against Lentz, who was elected as the Otsego County Board representative in District 5 by 25 votes over Republican Jamie Waters. 

The complaint said in part that Lentz was observed engaging with voters and election inspectors at the polling site. He did not possess or deliver a required poll-watcher certificate to the inspectors, the complaint said. Given the close nature of the race, “it is our claim that Mr. Lentz’s actions affected the outcome of the election in his favor,” the complaint stated.

Lentz said he did have a poll-watcher certificate, and denied the charges.

The state Board of Elections did not act on the complaint because it was received too late, but we feel Lentz was wrong to have been at the polling site. As a candidate, an appearance of impropriety can be just as bad as doing something improper. His appearance violated the spirit of no electioneering at the poll site.