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Cheers and jeers

May 26, 2012
The Leader Herald

JEERS - To a melee. Every resident should be outraged over the free-for-all fracas that occurred in Gloversville this week. People should be outraged at adults who have nothing better to do than show disrespect for law enforcement and find it necessary to play the part of immature spectators. The incident involved a 33-year-old woman in a fistfight with a 17-year-old, police said. The brawl ended with five arrests. Incidents such as these take up the time and resources of our law enforcement agencies. If this is any indication, it's going to be a long, hot summer for local police.

CHEERS - To Pat Rogers. Some people say heroes are born and not made. Well, there are four Navy men who are thankful for the birth of Broadalbin resident Pat Rogers. Retuning home from work, he rounded a bend in the road and saw an orange glow, which turned out to be flames coming from a house. His actions led to those four Navy men getting out of the burning house - alive. Rogers said he felt compelled to act when he saw the fire. "I just had to do something," he said. "I would have felt really bad if I'd read in the paper the next day that four guys burned to death." He isn't comfortable with the label of hero, but he is one. Will Rogers said, "We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by." Pat Rogers, we are applauding you.

CHEERS - To young leaders. Five area high school seniors were honored with Leading By Example Awards given by the Fulton County Youth Bureau. The deserving recipients included Meghan Clemente of Broadalbin-Perth, Elaina Galea of Gloversville High School, Northville's Dustin Nelson and Olivia Orth of Mayfield High School. These young people have been committed to strengthening their communities and themselves. We cheer all of their efforts and contributions.

JEERS - To fiscal restraints. Fulton County students selected for the Leading By Example Awards (deservedly cheered above) used to be treated to a dinner. They were given the opportunity to speak and to be spoken about. The event was attended by family, friends and elected officials - all there to honor the students. This year, at the 11th annual event, those selected were given certificates at the county office building. Their state representatives sent certificates of merit, but they didn't attend or send a representative. We think that sends a poor message, especially when youth programs have suffered major state funding cutbacks.



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