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July 30, 2013

In Our Opinion: Cheers

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The Daily Star

---- — To the installation of a veterans memorial in the town of Middlefield.

A dedication of the memorial was held outside of Old Schoolhouse No. 1 in the hamlet of Middlefield on July 21.

The Town of Middlefield Historical Association raised about $2,000 for the memorial, which consists of an inscribed black stone. Tied in with the memorial effort is a veterans book, which aims to chronicle every veteran who was ever born in or lived part of their lives in Middlefield.

The idea originated with Francis Morton, a member of the Middlefield Historical Association. In February 2011 she wrote a letter to her fellow historical association members suggesting that a monument in honor of veterans be erected in Middlefield. The letter also said that she would be willing to make the first donation.

We cannot ever say “thank you” enough to those who served,  or fully honor the many who died, to protect our freedoms. We thank Morton and the members of the Middlefield Historical Association for providing a way to honor and thank those heroes.

 

To continued funding from the federal government in support of local fire departments.

The Delhi Fire Department is the latest local group to receive a grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Delhi Fire Department will use the nearly $100,000 in federal funds to purchase hoses, nozzles and thermal imaging cameras. The hoses and nozzles will help the department meet safety standards, and will also lower the department’s ongoing maintenance and repair costs, according to a media release.

Anything that can help make local residents safer, especially without a direct cost to local taxpayers, is worthy of applause.

  

To the First Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown and the Quakers-Butternuts Friends Meeting in Oneonta for hosting Lynne Jackson on her “Journey for Justice.”

Jackson, co-founder of Project SALAM (Support and Legal Advocacy for Muslims), walked from Albany to Binghamton collecting signatures for a petition asking for the reconsideration of the sentence of Yassin Aref of Albany. Jackson says Aref was unfairly prosecuted in the U.S. War on Terror. She and her supporters also aim to bring attention to what they say are “pre-emptive prosecution tactics used by the U.S. government including agent provocateurs, criminalization of charity finance, draconian material support laws, and guilt by association.”

Some feel the U.S. is spot-on in its handling of the War on Terror; others feel officials have gone too far, stepping on the liberties of citizens.

It’s important to hear all sides of an issue before making a determination as to what is you believe is right. We are glad the Quakers and the Cooperstown church hosted forums for Jackson to voice her views.