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Cheers and jeers

June 2, 2012
The Leader Herald

JEERS - To the banning the Big Gulp. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing an unprecedented ban on the sale of large servings of soda and other sugary drinks in the Big Apple's restaurants, delis and movie theaters. His actions are in the name of curbing obesity. Do we really need to go into detail why this is absurd? In an interview, Bloomberg compared sugary drinks to asbestos and defended his plan, saying it is the government's responsibility to regulate how New Yorkers quench their thirst. Come on, Mayor, government may encourage healthy choices, but at the end of the day, how people eat is not something that should be governed.

CHEERS - To the Valachovics. Johnstown residents Bonnie and Jack Valachovic have voluntarily and unselfishly coordinated the effort that goes into the weekly planning and serving for the NOAH Free Community Meals served each Sunday at St. John's Episcopal Church. They have done this for all but a few of the 20 years that NOAH has grown to serve more than 700 meals a month. The Valachovics would be the first to tell you they are not alone in this endeavor but are complemented by 14 teams of volunteers from all over the area. These two backbones, the Valachovics, will be handing over the coordinating responsibilities in the next few weeks. This should not be done without a sincere cheer of appreciation for what they've given to our community's neighbors in need.

JEERS - To a proposed toll hike. We couldn't say it any better than Assemblyman George Amedore did regarding a proposal from the New York State Thruway Authority for a 45 percent toll increase on commercial vehicles. Amedore said, "It's extremely troubling and flat-out wrong. I stand opposed to this shortsighted and unacceptable proposal that increases the already overwhelming burden small businesses face here in New York." Assemblyman Amedore, we stand with you on this one.

CHEERS - To the 25th. On Wednesday, the Fulton County Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry will hold the 25th Annual Fulton County Sports Award Banquet, where high school students - one boy and one girl - will be given top honors. With the recent merger of the Fulton and Montgomery County chambers, we expect no future plans for the continuation of this event have been finalized yet. It's important that those involved in organizing this event be recognized for their decades of continual support of Fulton County high school athletes. Jim Landrio certainly deserves the loudest cheer for the time and effort he has given to each year's banquet. In addition, Larry Peck, David McGrattan, Jim DelSalvio and Ron Olinsky have not missed a year - or a hot chocolate-chip cookie served at the meetings.



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