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Cheers and jeers

October 6, 2012
The Leader Herald

JEERS - To vandals' stupidity. Heads should have been shaking in disbelief while reading a recent report that 18 street signs were stolen in the village and town of Mayfield. The thefts are another act of senseless vandalism - an act that could delay emergency vehicles from finding a residence. Replacing the signs would cost about $1,800. Mayfield Highway Superintendent Melvin Dopp said, "I don't have any clue why somebody would want to put people's lives in danger." Nether do we. We only hope the next report will be one about the thieves' arrests.

CHEERS - To an important week. Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed in October. It was established to remember the Great Chicago Fire, which began Oct. 8, 1871, and continued into the next day. In our area, paid and volunteer firefighters take full advantage of the week to not only explain fire prevention, but also to open their doors to the public so people can see what firefighters do. Thank you to all firefighters for giving more of your time to raise public awareness.

JEERS - To buying the airwaves. There is no way to avoid the 30- or 60-second political commercials that have taken control of your television. Many of the political ads offer no substance or answers. They just blast their opponents. According to NBC, as of mid-September, almost $600 million was spent on national TV ads alone from presidential candidates collectively. This week's presidential debate was the best commercial anyone could view. People saw candidates' live responses to issues, their responses to each other and their body language. Tune in to the next live debates and fast-forward through the TV?ads. It's too bad we don't see more public debates.

CHEERS - To the change of seasons. The air has a bite to it, the colors surround us and all of our area apple orchards are filled with people. It's autumn in the Adirondacks. At times, there is nothing that puts things in perspective like the great outdoors, surrounded in natural scenery. We all live in the midst of this all. Don't take it for granted - go out and enjoy.



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