JEERS - To a recent campaign. Timing is everything, and it appears the New York Gaming Association is taking full advantage of the start of a new school year. With a recent press release titled "New York's Racetrack Casinos: A Reliable Partner for Education," the association launched a new statewide TV campaign to remind taxpayers that New York's racetrack casinos are reliable partners for education. The group says the nine racetracks that make up the association have contributed $3.4 billion to education since 2004 - including more than $550 million so far in 2012, according to the New York Division of the Lottery's website. The group says it's enough to fund the annual salaries of approximately 12,255 teachers. The bottom line is the association wants the public to buy into thinking approving more "racinos" will further support education. What do you think the odds are of that happening?
CHEERS - To the new historian. The dedication of local historians to preserve and protect any local history and culture of the past by providing evidence and understanding to the present cannot be cheered loudly enough. The town of Mayfield recently appointed Nancy Deitch to the position of historian after the retirement of longtime Historian Betty Tabor. Betty officially served the town in this role for 28 years; unofficially, she has undoubtedly served the community since she learned to write. The town and beyond should be appreciative of Nancy's desire to preserve history. It is a challenge to find people with this type of passion.
JEERS - To bad bike riders. If you are a part of the number of disturbing bike riders, this jeer's for you. Acyclist respects the rules of the road, unlike those who ride on sidewalks, ride on the wrong side of the road, ride while talking on a cellphone and refuse to stop at signs or lights. The only positive thing about some of these riders is that if they can take their hands off the handle bars to send a text message, they may be able to find employment in a circus.
JEERS - To water woes. Mayfield officials are reviewing the village water system to figure out the best way to deal with future problems after a water-main break closed schools for three days. We realize the mayor and others did what they could, although getting information from village and school officials to inform the public was challenging for this newspaper. Water problems are nothing new in Mayfield. Boil-water directives have been put into place there for years. The mayor stated officials will be putting in an early warning system so, when the water pressure drops, people will be notified with messages. That's a start.