Cheers and Jeers

CHEER – To the successful effort to bring the Cavalcade of Champions back to Gloversville. Ron Peters of the Fulton County Center for Region Growth, the Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education, Mayor Dayton King and everyone who worked diligently to make it happen, pulled off an event in the incredibly short amount of time they had to work with.

A site had to be secured, a mountain of paperwork completed and a tremendous amount of logistics, such as parking and transportation to Huskie Field figured out, all with only a couple of months of time to do it.

Several hundred people were in town for the event and it had to help the economy a little bit on that beautiful summer evening. While there were some minor glitches, those who volunteered their time to make the event go as smoothly as possible, did so in a way that the glitches went mostly unnoticed by the participants and the crowd attending.

By making the drum corp exhibition happen this year, the city is poised to bring it back next year and this time, the knowledge learned from this year’s show will make things go even smoother and probably bring in even more people.

CHEER and JEER — Cheer to Palatine Supervisor William MacLauchlin for trying to bring a sense of order to the board meetings that have been plagued with unorganization and discourse that unfortunately spilled over from the previous administration.

JEER — While we do not agree with the move to bring in a police officer to remove a board member — everyone was voted in for the position and have a right to be at the meeting — we understand that at some point someone has to do something.

We also understand why board member Chris Novak also wants a set protocol established and questions answered, but we feel perhaps it needs be done in a different way. Interrupting the meeting for a personal agenda, interrupting a speaker when their viewpoint is different, shouting at another board member, only keeps things in chaos and the message he is trying to convey gets lost in the confusion.

Now the tension between the two sides has escalated so badly that both sides are ‘lawyering up,’ for the next board meeting.

In the end, meetings that drag on for hours without a set agenda to follow, usually accomplish little. It is a drain on the residents who attend. It is a drain on the board members, taking up more of their time; time to do a job that they get paid very little to do. And it is a financial drain on the taxpayers.

When a personal feud reaches the point of police officers being called in (they probably have more serious crimes they need to be working on besides an “out of order” board member) and lawyers being retained (the taxpayers will probably end up paying for them), something has to change.

We all have to work with people we do not like, and the best way to go about that is to treat them with respect. Civility goes a long ways, especially given the political discourse polluting our daily lives in today’s world.

Finding a way to accept the different points of view, to act with respect for one another and respecting the taxpayers time and money will probably do a lot more to get the job done than what is happening now. The residents deserve better.