BOCES has done a tremendous job

In the coming weeks, a serious decision will be made by Commissioner of Education Richard P. Mills regarding part of our educational system. The Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES could possibly be dissolved or merged with another BOCES.

The facts are that ONC BOCES has done a tremendous job in maintaining a progressive educational system in our area. This organization alone has had a significantly positive impact on our students and community for more than 40 years.

Many programs and other valuable contributions to the youth of this area have increased the level of practical education of our students. ONC BOCES has done this in a professional and economic manner and opened a vast vista of possibilities for careers for our school-age population.

This cost-effective educational system should be continued without change as was recommended by the Rockefeller Institute in its study. We can count on ONC to be a positive force in the future.

We as community members should show our support for ONC BOCES by attending the public hearing at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m.

Marshall De Gruchy


Hate groups exist along racial lines

In Editor Sam Pollak's column of last Saturday, there is one large hate group he somehow overlooked. Much to my amazement, through the course of the recent presidential clash, the sheer intensity of some black churches' promotion of liberation theology, or in plain words, "hate whitey," was brought to light

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Father Michael Pfleger (you remember him _ the white priest who talks like a sharecropper and sports a "flying saucer" hair-do) are famous for their scathing rhetoric against the white race. I had long thought race relations in this country had come a long way, but it's obvious that there is a segment of the black community that disavows any Christian outreach for their white neighbors. President-elect Obama, in a quote from his book, and he is here quoting Rev. Wright, said "A white man's greed runs a world in need."

Hate works both ways, Sam. You can't print only half the story!

Joel Canfield


Community theater a great area asset

Tri-Town Theater's latest production, ``Scrooge: The Musical,'' was held last weekend at Sidney High School. I was thoroughly amazed at the quality of the production. Everything was fantastic: the sets, costumes, acting, singing, special effects, music, etc.

We are fortunate to live in an area with several theater companies of such high caliber, and hopefully we remember to support them. It is a major benefit not just to the viewing audience of these performances, but for the cast and crew involved. It helps create a sense of belonging and fosters beneficial community involvement.

All types of talent and abilities are needed to put on a successful show, so theater brings together many different avenues for creative expression and mutual cooperation. Kudos to Tri-Town Theater, and let's not forget other companies, such as Orpheus, Foothills, Out of the Woodwork Players, and others I am not yet familiar with.

Janine Iversen


Headline on Oorah story was misleading

Patricia Breakey's fine reporting job about Oorah (Nov. 21) carried a sensational headline that was grossly inaccurate and that simply did not match the main content of the reporter's story. The editor who wrote the headline decided to pull a sentence from the bottom half of the story, which was used by the reporter as background from a Daily Star story published more than six months ago.

Reporters have to do their homework when writing and strive to be accurate. Editors have the same obligation to their readership _ and to their reporters _ to write accurate headlines that match the lead news of the story, not the background.

Eli Mintz


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