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January 28, 2014

In Our Opinion: Cheers and Jeers

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The Daily Star

---- — To a series of state funding initiatives that will give farmers an opportunity to cut costs, improve operations and help protect the environment. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $12 million has been designated for the 20th round of the the Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Program. The competitive grant program awards funds to county Soil and Water Conservation Districts, which work with local farmers on projects that make farms cleaner and safer. 

About $20 million will be available through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the New York Power Authority to install anaerobic digester technology, through which farmers often can eliminate a portion of the electricity they would otherwise purchase from the utility grid, according to the governor’s office.

Funding for the Dairy Acceleration Program will be increased by $850,000. Through DAP, the state has awarded funding for dozens of projects for farms with average herds of about 140 cows. Business plans and updates to Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans for feeding operations are among projects eligible for DAP support.

Farmers can use all the help they can get. We’re glad to see this funding available.

  

To Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich, who was recently appointed to a U.S. Senate task force on government regulation of higher education. 

Drugovich and her colleagues will be asked to provide specific recommendations to the Senate committee, and to review the federal reporting and regulatory requirements with which institutions are now being asked to comply.

It is quite an honor to be named to such a high-level panel. We congratulate Drugovich on the appointment.

  

Jeers

To those responsible for the more than $10,000 in damage to Doc Knapp Field on Jan. 18.

Three teens — two 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old — have been ticketed and face charges in family court in the fire than severely damaged the third-base dugout and the graffiti that was spray-painted on Riverside Elementary School and Swart-Wilcox House.

According to police, court action will likely proceed as a civil action case and will probably be handled in Otsego County Family Court.

Oneonta City Police Lt. Douglas Brenner said he spoke with at least one of the suspects, who admitted his involvement in the incident.

Whether the vandalism was done out of boredom, or the vandals’ desire to perform a criminal act, these actions cannot be tolerated by their parents or society.

We hope the punishment for those found guilty of this crime is to fix what they have done, or fix damage done by other vandals.

And, for a cheer within this jeer, we applaud the three Townsquare Media radio stations that raised about $10,500 in two hours to help pay for repairs to the dugout.