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March 11, 2014

In Our Opinion: Cheers

The Daily Star

---- — To Leadership Otsego, which has been helping local residents develop leadership skills since 1997.

The program is accepting applications through April 1 for the 2014 program. Participants will meet for one full day each month for six months.

Leadership Otsego was founded by the Future for Oneonta Foundation, Hartwick College, the State University College at Oneonta, the United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties and the Otsego Chamber of Commerce, and is now presented by the Chamber and the Executive Service Corps.

Scores of participants of many different backgrounds, have heard from nearly 150 experts on commerce and trade, education, health care, government and leadership.

Leadership skills are important in all industries. For more information about the program, visit and click on the link under Leadership Otsego 2014, or contact Otsego County Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Barbara Ann Heegan at 432-4500, ext. 202, or


To Oneonta High School for encouraging people to take the pledge not to drive distracted.

The effort is a follow-up to a program last year to make students aware of the dangers of texting while driving and other distractions, Oneonta Principal Thomas Brindley said.

Two tables were staffed in the main hall of the high school for half a day last month where students, staff and other members of the community took the “Eyes Forward” pledge, which calls for people to promise not to text or be otherwise distracted while driving.

The Otsego County Sheriff’s Department, the Oneonta Police Department, WBNG and the Southside Mall also participated in the event.

Driving takes concentration, and every distraction, whether it is texting, talking, eating or messing with the radio, increases the chance of an accident.

We encourage all drivers, even if they didn’t take the pledge, to keep distractions to a minimum when behind the wheel.


To the installation of a prescription drug drop-off box in the Oneonta Public Safety Building.

The box is a partnership between Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and the Oneonta Police Department, and will be a place where people can dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Lt. Douglas Brenner said he has seen countless elderly people walk into the Oneonta Police Department with big bags full of old medicine they don’t how to properly discard. The drop box, he said, will provide a more efficient way to do this.

Anyone can drop off prescription and over-the-counter medications in any container. Liquids and needles will not be accepted. After drugs are dropped off, they will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The box serves many purposes. It gives people an environmentally friendly way to dispose of unused or outdated medications, lessens the chance of a medication mix-up, and helps combat prescription-drug theft.

We hope to see more of these boxes throughout the area.