Cheers and Jeers

JEER — To the continuing and escalating tensions at the town of Johnstown and Palatine board meetings.

Monday’s Johnstown Town Board meeting and Palatine’s Wednesday meeting both were argumentative and distracting from business that comes before the boards.

In Johnstown, issues involving a candidate in an upcoming state election seemed to be the main distracting topic; and in Palatine, a test of who will win in how the meetings are run ended up with the meeting being called to an early halt before all town business could be conducted.

It is time for all the members to take a step back and evaluate what is really best for town residents. We doubt the infighting and arguing is what residents wanted when they voted these candidates into office.

It is time to find a way to get over these differences, political and otherwise, to do what is best for the towns.

CHEER — To the Lazy Eight Radio Control Model Airplane Club for holding an event on Saturday that not only entertains young and old alike, but benefits children in the area who may not have the privilege of a new coat, boots and mittens for winter.

Now in its 32nd year, the annual charity airshow put on by the club is a delight to watch as these model airplane enthusiasts put their aerial devices through stunts and thrilling maneuvers.

Proceeds from the event go to the Warm the Children program. Promoted by The Leader-Herald, the program has been helping keep children warm since 1993 and the children actually get to pick out anything that warms a child.

With help from organizations like the club, as well as individual donations and sponsorships, The Leader-Herald is able to help keep even more children warm. Thank you!

CHEER — To the town of Bleecker, the Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Department and Lowe’s Home Improvement for teaming up and making reflective 911 signs available to area residents for a nominal cost.

Rural areas are especially difficult for emergency response personnel, even in good weather. Having a reflective address sign in an easily-visible spot gives the response teams a better shot of getting to whoever or whatever needs help in the shortest time possible.

The offer of the signs and the free installation make it a win/win for residents and emergency response teams.