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Cheers and jeers

April 21, 2012
The Leader Herald

CHEERS - To responsible volunteers. Unfortunately, this week's report of an individual who was charged with felony third-degree grand larceny and four misdemeanor counts of second-degree falsifying business records is not the first of this type in our area. In the midst of the allegations and people's strong opinions about the situation, let's not lose sight of the responsible actions of three volunteer board members. These board members did not let the alleged theft get swept under the carpet. They didn't put on blinders or shirk their responsibilities. They were conscientious enough to take their suspicions to authorities.

JEERS - To eliminating zeros. The Gloversville Enlarged School District is considering a new grading policy. A portion of the proposed policy says if a student doesn't take a test and doesn't exert the effort to make it up, he or she would be given a grade of 50, not a zero. We're sure this will be a topic debated among many this weekend. We tend to side with critics who find this frustrating and argue it will allow a student to avoid responsibility and refuse to commit to learning. Educators may agree with the writings of education consultant Ken O'Connor, but when these students get into college and the workforce, they may have a false impression of what's expected of them.

CHEERS - To another drop in rates. Congratulations to the apparently successful operation of the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility. For the sixth year, residential rates will decrease. There is a public hearing on the proposed rate Wednesday. Wouldn't it be great to see residents show up and say thank you for a well-run operation? We also should remember the importance of having Fage, the yogurt maker, in our community. Fage is a major sewer-plant user adding to the plant's revenues. The decreasing residential sewer rate is an example of how local companies affect the lives of many.

CHEERS - To a special tail gunner. Locally, we are aware of the kind-heartedness of Gloversville resident Dr. John Esper. Recently, he had a special opportunity, while visiting Florida, to see the only B29 Super Fortress still flying. John had been a tail gunner in the Pacific Theater and had flown 32 missions during World War II. During his Florida visit, he was allowed to climb the ladder into the tail-gunner spot. He certainly earned the privilege. Others in Florida who met Dr. Esper say they were impressed by his military accomplishments. So are we.



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