Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To the Live Aid fundraiser held Thursday night. Fulton and Montgomery county communities and the Amsterdam Latino community came together for “Live Aid: Rebuilding/Never Broken, Fulmont For Puerto Rico” fundraiser at Amsterdam High School. Everyone had one goal in mind — help raise funds for Puerto Rico which was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Thousands are still without power and water on the island.

The event was full of energy, featuring various food stations from nearly a dozen vendors for The Taste of Mohawk event. There were baskets full of goodies to raffle, T-shirt sales and hundreds of volunteers making the night a success.

The fundraiser capped off with a performance from Flame and the crowd seemed to really enjoy the energy of their performance, dancing and clapping to the rhythms of the local band known worldwide.

CEO of St. Mary’s, Vic Giulianelli, told The Leader-Herald he expected the event to raise close to $50,000 to help the people in Puerto Rico. Kudos to everyone who volunteered, donated, or attended the fundraiser. Every little bit helps.

CHEERS — To the wonderful holiday parades recently held in Gloversville, Broadalbin and Johnstown. These types of holiday events give families an opportunity to get in the spirit of the season, whether participating in the parade or enjoying the festivities. It is not only good for residents and visitors from other communities, but in today’s world where everything is rife with tough news — a growing number of sexual abuse allegations, North Korea’s missile muscling, a White House that always seems to be in chaos, and mass shootings — we need to have these types of moments to remember that there is good in the world and there are good people. These types of events give us a moment to get away from the chaos of the world and enjoy a few smiles, laughter and memories.

JEERS — To Mayor Dayton King’s suggestion for a proposed local law before the end of the year that would change several appointed position terms to four years from the present one-year term. Those positions include the director of public works, city clerk, deputy city clerk and city attorney.

While we understand King’s reasoning — why re-appoint every year, just make the appointments concurrent with the mayor’s term — it doesn’t leave any wiggle room if an appointee is not working out. Plus, in the wake of an election that first gave the win to Bill Rowback — then the official count reversed the win — giving the victory to King, we feel it is prudent to wait until after the first of the year.

While Rowback has not yet asked for a recount — only 28 votes separate King and Rowback from the mayor’s position — it would be best if King left things as they are, at least for this year. By changing the length of the appointments, if another upset happened in a recount, Rowback would be forced to keep King’s appointed positions and that is a legal maneuver that would be unfair, in our opinion.