Category Archives: Valley Viewpoints

Manors at school functions

by Suezette Dunham, Fulton

When you accuse someone of talking, I would suggest for you to have the decency to address the right person. Last night, I was treated very poorly by a man with no manors. He stood up and looked straight at me and said, “Would you please be quite for the rest of the concert!”

First sir, I was being quiet, and second, there are two ways to address such things and that was not the way. You are very rude and disrespectful. Let me enlighten you in the correct way of doing things.

If someone is annoying you, you turn and very nicely shush them. That is the correct way of doing things. You gave a fine example of what to do if you want to be rude (to the entire school). What a nice lesson for the kids who are already going through a tough time to see.

I am sure that you can tell by the way that I have written this up, I do believe in manners. Too many people do not. If you had looked at me, you would have seen that I was not talking, just watching the orchestra. I do not believe in putting anyone down in public, but since you were so kind to do it to me, I will be glad to return the favor.

Stone Soup success

by Lois Luber, Resource Development Director United Way of Greater Oswego County

I extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who lent their support to the United Way’s fourth annual Stone Soup Too Luncheon graciously hosted by Holy Trinity Parish in Fulton.

From the large amount of people who attended, to the many businesses and organizations that helped make the event possible, our Stone Soup Too Luncheon was a perfect example of the United Way’s mantra: “It’s Our Community…and It’s Personal” as the community came together to show their support for the United Way and help our area food pantries.

Our Stone Soup Luncheon would not have been possible if not for the efforts of our committee members; Catherine Trowbridge, City of Fulton; Helen Hoefer and George Timmins of Catholic Charities of Oswego County; Steve Chirello, Chirello Advertising; Karen Hubel, Blue Moon Grill; Lori Lyons and Michele Sherman of the Walmart Supercenter in Granby; Jo-Lynn Phillips and Stephanie Budd of OCO; Sue Witmer of Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus; Jan Rebeor, and our many community volunteers.

Thanks to the support we received from community members who attended, the generous donations of $500 from the Fulton Lions Club and $100 from the Fulton Sunrise Rotary, our fifth Annual Stone Soup Too Luncheon raised $1125 for food pantries in Oswego County.

Doctor’s Day

by Ann C. Gilpin, Oswego Health President and CEO

Oswego Health will recognize its dedicated, knowledgeable and caring physicians as our healthcare system celebrates Doctor’s Day March 29.

Oswego Health has more than 190 physicians in 35 specialties that provide excellent healthcare throughout Oswego County and beyond.

In the last two years, our very successful physician recruitment has resulted in our health system welcoming 17 new doctors to our community.

We are very fortunate to have such a devoted group of medical professionals providing healthcare in our community.

Oswego Health expects to welcome even more physicians this year.

In developing our new strategic plan, which will help lead the direction of the health system over the next three years, we continued to acknowledge the essential role physicians play in our community and identified physician retention and recruitment as one of our top goals.

While our physicians do keep us healthy, they are vital to our community in other important endeavors.

They are often active volunteers in the community, donating their time and expertise to many local organizations that improve our quality of life.

In closing, I hope you will join me in thanking our physicians for their care and contribution to our community on Doctor’s Day.

Granby highway vehicles

by Jane Crego, Granby  

Granby taxpayers, do you know what your tax dollars are being used for?

For instance, did you know that your tax dollars pay for a Granby Highway Department worker (not the superintendent, but an hourly worker) to drive to and from work in a vehicle paid for by you?

Did you know that the same vehicle is being used by some of the Granby Highway Department employees to plow their personal driveways?

Did you know that Granby Town Highway Superintendent Ray Sullivan take a truck home at night, too?

Did you know the highway superintendent has informed Town Supervisor Ed Williamson that he can spend taxpayer money any way he wants?

I think that this is really messed up. We elected the town officials for Granby expecting that they were going to do everything in their power to protect the citizens’ tax dollars from frivolous, unnecessary spending.

I have to pay for, insure, and fuel a vehicle to drive to work every day to pay these taxes. I am confident that we pay town highway workers enough so that they can pay for their own transportation. Why are we paying for this employee’s gas as well? Shouldn’t he be responsible just like the rest of us?

If our elected leaders can’t ensure that our tax dollars are being spent wisely, then maybe it’s time to replace our elected leaders. This is a vicious circle — they spend more than they should, increase our taxes, which increases spending, which increases our taxes again.

We need to stop this insane spending in our town and other areas of government.

Red Cross Month

by Danielle D Hayden, Branch Manager Oswego Chapter American Red Cross

March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross recognizes our “Everyday Heroes” who help their community by giving of themselves — the volunteers, blood donors, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need.

March is also a great time to become part of the Red Cross by doing such things as developing a preparedness plan for the household, becoming a volunteer, giving blood, or taking a Red Cross class.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

Here in the Oswego County area, the American Red Cross of CNY responded to 44 local emergencies, providing assistance to 171 individuals, assisted 61 military families and trained 630 people in lifesaving skills.

We thank those whose generosity enables us to continue our work, and encourage everyone to become an Everyday Hero during Red Cross Month by helping their neighbors.

Senior swimmer

by Katrina B. Rusaw, Fulton

I would like to make a correction to the recent article written in The Valley News in regards to the Fulton senior swimmers.

Coach Raina Hinman is quoted throughout the article and gives much praise and accolades to the three senior swimmers, Janelle Tallents, Courtney Beckwith and Steven Hanczyk.

I agree with her on that, they are all wonderful young ladies and gentleman and I have known their families for many years through the swimming programs in Fulton. They are great kids and come from wonderful families.

My issue is there are four senior swimmers on the varsity team in 2013 — not three.

My daughter Lacey Rusaw has been on the varsity swim team for all four years of her high school career. While she may not have been the fastest or the best swimmer on the team, she always tried her hardest and isn’t that all we ask of our children?

Imagine the hurt Lacey felt when there was not one word mentioned about her or her contributions to team in the article.

Did she not deserve the same respect and recognition as the other senior team members?

For many years in the Fulton City School District, who gets the best position on the team or who gets the lead in a play is based on what the person’s last name is or what position their parent hold’s in the community.

We stress to our children that we have a zero tolerance for bullying but isn’t this bullying by exclusion?

I would hope that in the future coaches will take this as a learning lesson that all team members are important and deserve to be recognized and treated equally.

I did speak with Coach Hinman after she called me about a post I put on Facebook that she took issue with. She claimed to have no knowledge of the article in the paper but did agree with me that all articles pertaining to swimming are approved by her before they are printed.

In the article, Coach Hinman is quoted as stating “Each athlete matters, just as much as each point does”. Her exclusion of Lacey shows otherwise.

Lacey is a high honor roll student and a scholar athlete. She is looking forward to a promising career in marine biology and I am very proud to be her mother.

Fantasy dreams

by Doug Malone, Legislator

As one fifth of the county legislature’s Democrat caucus, I can say with certainty that I did not ask for County Clerk Mike Backus to hold an open house or luncheon. I think if Backus thinks members of the Democrat caucus called for him to hold anything, then he’s having more fantasy dreams than Dorothy.

In his most recent letter, Backus said the Democrats asked him to host an open house. In one of his previous letters it was the Democrats, the Republicans, and members of his staff. Next, it will probable be the cowardly lion, the tin man and the scarecrow.

Backus keeps inviting me to go see him at his office but he doesn’t say when he’s going to be there and I hear he’s not there much. I know he wasn’t in last Friday afternoon so maybe he can stop in to see me at my garage.