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Cheers and jeers

October 19, 2012
The Leader Herald

CHEERS - To a good blind date. They were invited to get together. Neither really knew each other, and when the evening was over, they left with a newfound relationship and a promise to meet again. The Education Committee of the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce set up the blind date this week for one purpose:?to introduce local educators to the wide variety of local job opportunities that exist, with the expectation they now would have the knowledge needed to pass on the message to students. Some students may think they can find a good job only if they leave the area, but there are good opportunities in our local counties. This week's meeting was a positive start. There was good attendance from the education field. The next time, we look forward to seeing more businesses represented. Thanks to Diane Marshall, who chairs the committee, and Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services Superintendent Patrick Michel for arranging the date.

JEERS -?To poor attendance. When voters in Montgomery County go to the polls to cast their votes for the man who will lead our country, they also will cast a vote on a new county charter. Members of the Montgomery County Charter Commission have been working hard to make sure the public is fully informed about the proposal. They continue to donate their time to conduct public-information meetings, which have seen pathetic public attendance. We live in a world where people think they can get all the information they need through blogs, on Facebook or from individuals emailing their opinions. Some of that information may be inaccurate or part of someone's personal agenda. We strongly encourage voters to attend one of the informational meetings about the charter, hear the facts firsthand and ask questions. Cast an informed vote. Two more public sessions are scheduled. They will take place Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Glen Town Hall and Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Canajoharie Town Hall

CHEERS - To a resolution. It took more than a year and a half, but finally, by resolution, there is an agreement for the compensation and benefits for Gloversville Fire Chief Beth Whitman-Putnam. This is a positive development. The resolution says the annual salary was effective as of Aug. 28, but there is no specific length of the compensation package. It's referred to by officials as an "agreement," not a contract. Since it's not an employment contract, let's hope that when it needs to be reviewed, it doesn't take another year and a half for another resolution.



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