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Opinion

November 1, 2013

Sustainable Otsego about more than fracking

In his recent guest column, Tom Armao clearly failed to understand that the economic issues facing Otsego County are the issues that Sustainable Otsego seeks to address. The 10-point plan on the Sustainable Otsego website ranges from agriculture to tax policy to affordable financing. It calls for municipal power grids and broadband internet. Just two items relate to fracking: home rule … and clean water, which our growth depends on. Candidates’ backgrounds include agriculture, small business, education and biochemistry. These people are hardly “opposed to everything,” just poor planning and lack of vision.

The boom-and-bust economy of fracking, however, is an issue that they oppose. Few decisions will bear more heavily on us. Converting millions of gallons of fresh water to toxic and radioactive waste, while driving out beer, yogurt, tourism and organic farms would create more problems than solutions.

Decreased property values and increased health risks do not increase our tax base.

Simply promoting business as usual and grabbing the fast buck is “kicking the can down the road.” We can find innovative solutions without degrading our land and our children’s future. We must court work-from-home businesses, those demanding high-quality food and clean, high-tech industry. Sustainable Otsego-backed candidates are leaning forward, and with your vote, Otsego County will not be left behind as other communities find a way to accomplish this.

Paul Mendelsohn

Cherry Valley

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