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October 15, 2013

In Our Opinion: Cheers and Jeers

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The Daily Star

---- — To whomever it was in the city of Oneonta who came up with the idea of a trial period to change the annoyingly long traffic light at Center and Church streets to a three-way stop sign. 

Not only is the three-way stop far more convenient and logical, but the city stands to save $100,000 in its budget by not having a traffic light there. Assuming there isn’t a preponderance of accidents as a result of the change, it should be approved and made permanent. While it is at it, the city should explore changing the traffic light at Center and Elm into a four-way stop.

 

To the Make-A-Wish Foundation, for making an Oneonta girl’s dreams come true.

Isabelle Ewing and her immediate family will travel to Disney World for 1½ weeks, thanks to the charitable organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Isabelle suffered a rupture of an abnormal collection of blood vessels embedded in her brain stem in May. Her mother stayed with her during the 78-day hospitalization, and the 10-year-old known as “Tink” faces another surgery, which may or may not allow her to live a normal life.

It is wonderful that organizations such as Make-A-Wish exist. We encourage everyone who can to support Make-A-Wish and others that make a difference in a child’s life.

 

To everyone who participates in and volunteers for 4-H. 

National 4-H Week is celebrated annually during the first full week of October.

Often thought of as an agricultural organization, 4-H is much more. Programs range from the traditional animal science programs and sewing to public speaking and science, technology, engineering and math-inspired robotics activities.

Otsego County hosted informational meetings last week, and Schoharie will have a “Discover 4-H Day” on Saturday.

4-H is a valuable tool for area youths, and we thank everyone locally who makes it possible.

 

Jeers

To anyone responsible for vandalizing trees in Oneonta. 

Two young trees on Division Street and one on Elm were vandalized recently, prompting action by city Environmental Board Chairman David Hutchison.

“It’s been going on for years,” he said, but he got so angry he reported it to the city police.

In recent years, several hundred have been planted in parking areas and medians, and the city offers free tree planting to those who meet criteria and want trees on their property.

The city is encouraging residents to prevent vandalism by leaving a porch light on around newly planted trees or discouraging people around them from harming the trees.

Trees make the city a better place in which to live. If the vandals are caught and found guilty, we hope the judge sentences them as Hutchison suggested — make them plant trees.