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July 8, 2014

In Our Opinion: Cheers and Jeers

To the approval of a second judge in Delaware County Court.

County Judge Carl Becker thanked the Delaware County Board of Supervisors at a meeting June 25 after hearing that the county will get a judge in 2016 to help him with the caseload.

Not only will Delaware County get help in getting through its backlog, the cost will not come out of the county’s budget. 

“The costs for the judge will be paid by the state, not Delaware County taxpayers,” Becker said.

We will still have to wait a bit for relief, but it is good to know it is coming.


To a ruling by a federal judge that upheld the regulation that allows public schools to bar unvaccinated students when another student has a vaccine-preventable disease.

Judge William Kuntz II ruled against three families who claimed their right to religious freedom was violated when their children were kept from school because of the city’s immunization policies.

Otsego County Public Health Immunization Coordinator Peggy Benjamin said she agrees with the decision. If there is an outbreak, those without vaccinations would help spread it.

We agree. 

We strongly encourage everyone to get themselves and their children vaccinated when at all possible. Public health must come first.

We applaud Kuntz on his ruling.

To the inaction by the state Legislature on a 2 percent bed tax for Delaware County.

The request for a bed tax was approved by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors in May and sent to Albany for approval.

But at the June 25 meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Board Chairman Jim Eisel of Harpersfield announced: “The request for a 2 percent bed tax in Delaware County ... died in committee at the state level.”

We don’t understand the inaction by the state. It was approved by the county; why not move forward?

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