CHEERS - To swift justice. In August in Gloversville, there was a robbery and a man ended up shot. Less than six months later, three men are convicted and likely headed to prison, and two additional arrests related to the incident have been made. This is an excellent example of good work on the part of local law-enforcement agencies, the Fulton County district attorney's office and the court system.
JEERS - To a decision. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at state government buildings today in memory of Whitney Houston. Why? His tweeted response to a Twitter user chastising him for not doing this for fallen soldiers was, "Every NJ soldier who has been killed in action during my Adm had the flags lowered in their memory. Learn your facts before accusing." He added, "Not saying sacrifices were equivalent. Her cultural contributions 2 this state merit the honor, in my opinion. Sorry u disagree." He ended his tweet with, "Flag being lowered for her cultural contributions as an artist & New [Jersey.] Her struggles w/substance abuse r a diff topic." To non-Twitter users, his typos are what people accept for words now. As for when a flag should be flown at half-staff, if you care about honor and tradition, do some research and read.
CHEERS - To 30 years. Today marks three decades from when a local couple invested in a local business. The two still run the business, which is among those woven into our community. Congratulations to Patricia and Bill Denman, owners of Patricia's in Johnstown, on this milestone. They undoubtedly will receive many words of congratulations, but none is as heartfelt as a published note to them in Thursday's edition of The Leader-Herald from one of their children.
JEERS - To the lunch caper. By now, you may have read or heard a version of a story about a North Carolina elementary school forcing a preschool student to eat cafeteria chicken nuggets for lunch after officials reportedly determined her homemade lunch wasn't up to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's health standards. The story says a 4-year-old girl brought, from home, a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, potato chips and apple juice. The meal didn't meet with approval from a state government agent, who was at the site inspecting lunches. All who care enough to prepare a lunch your child would eat should know that apparently, there are government requirements that all lunches served in prekindergarten programs meet USDA guidelines. Meals are required to include one serving each of meat, milk and grain and two servings of fruit or vegetables. The young girl's lunch was confiscated. She was given a cafeteria lunch that consisted of chicken nuggets, fruit and a vegetable, and the mom was charged for it. If what has been reported is factual, and if this were your child, would the government's action be acceptable? Don McLean's words come to mind: "Bye bye, Miss American Pie."