The baseball induction weekend was quite an impressive event here in Cooperstown and Otsego County in general, as we played host to more than 75,000 baseball fans.
I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to several of these devoted individuals. One gentleman was kind enough to buy me an ice cream at Stewart’s.
I asked him the following question: “With a crowd of people that large, how could you see or hear what was taking place?” Just being there was all that mattered, was his response. After driving hundreds or perhaps thousands of miles, I would have to say these people have a real love or passion for the sport of baseball.
While many of us perhaps do not share the same passion for baseball, many of us may have similar feelings for the scenic beauty, historic attributes, landmarks and farmsteads of central New York. Some of us sacrificed financial gain to stay here and live while others came here for the same above reasons.
It is often more important for those people that are newcomers to be reminded that it was our families, the agriculturalists, that for generations kept the rural and scenic character of our region that they now enjoy and cherish.
It is equally important for us to listen to the experience of those who have moved here. Many of them have seen the results of uncontrolled development.
The short-term financial gain is not worth the long-term sacrifice of the blessings we enjoy. Sympathy and respect are not extended to those who desire to destroy what others value for their own financial gain.
We have already lost way too much in central New York.
My suggestion is that, if you have a passion for wind turbines, there are plenty of places you can go. I just heard today that California has a great many. Hope you enjoy!
David R. Petri
Town of Hartwick
16 August 2007
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