Category Archives: Valley Viewpoints

Valley Viewpoints: Regents Reform Agenda

by William Lynch, Fulton Superintendent of Schools

I am writing to provide our community members with a new update about the changes occurring in our classrooms and schools across the Fulton City School District as we implement the New York State Regents Reform Agenda, which is aligned with the federal Race to the Top Plan.

The New York State Board of Regents has made significant changes in what our students are learning in school and how their learning  is assessed.

The goal of the Board of Regents initiative is that upon graduation from high school all of our students will be better prepared for college level course work and they will be ready for a career in the work place.

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Valley Viewpoints: ‘No more’

by Stephen Chapple of Fulton

Our school district and library are at it again.

The library wants a second bite of the apple and more money. I have been to the Fulton library and did not see anything that I couldn’t get on my home computer.

As far as I’m concerned, we could close the library and I wouldn’t miss it at all.

I believe that it is a unnecessary drain on this community. I would rather see a new business come in and who is going to pay taxes, than a library who doesn’t not pay, but continually asks for more money.

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Valley Viewpoints: Care for the people, not self

by Rose Anthony of Granby

In all my years going to town and legislature meetings, I have never heard what I have heard come of our council person in Granby.

During the March 14 meeting, town board member Lori Blackburn was trying to get insurance buyout on an employee; she got out-voted by the board.

In her statements, she said, “What is good for the goose and is good for the gander.” She also said, “You got to grab what you can grab.” Wow!

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Valley Viewpoints: Good budget for farmers

by Dean Norton, president of the New York Farm Bureau

This year’s final state budget had a lot of good news for local farmers.

It marked the second year in a row that a fiscally responsible budget was approved on-time and without any increases in taxes or fees.

While that alone would be a major accomplishment, this budget also marked the first time since 2008 that support for agricultural programs increased.

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Valley Viewpoint: Committed people

by Amy Tresidder of Oswego

Congratulations to the citizens of Oswego that took the time and effort to carry petitions and present them to the Oswego County Legislature regarding the removal of synthetic marijuana from store shelves.

Margaret Mead said. “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

It was the effort of these citizens that made the difference. Thank You.

Valley Viewpoints: Why refuse to pay?

by Sue Gravelle of Fulton

I have enjoyed our mild winter. As in recent years, I employed the services of an individual to keep my driveway cleared of snow.

I am very fortunate to know this person, as he also kept my sidewalk and steps cleared and when necessary, also put down salt and sand.

I am very saddened to hear there were a handful of individuals who refused to make a final payment for snow-removal services. I am assuming that the reasoning, if it can be called that, is that no snow clearing ended up being necessary during the last half of winter.

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Valley Viewpoints: Girls basketball

by Chris Hansen of Fulton

The girls travel basketball season has ended for the Fulton 5/6 and 7/8 grade girls and we had a very successful season.

I wanted to especially thank Dan Gilmore who coached both teams with the help of Al Smith for the littles and Joe Pappalardo for the big girls.

Dan teaches at the Fulton Junior High School but lives out of the area. He gives up a lot of family time to coach our girls outside of school work and school teams and we all thank him for that.

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Valley Viewpoints: Your debt

by Steve Balcom of Pulaski

You are an average American family, but, over a few years you have acquired a large debt. So, you hire a financial consultant to help you get out of debt.

After three years, your debt has increased by 50 percent and is still rising. Do you continue to hire the consultant? Absolutely not. My message here is plain and simple.

Why on earth, would you still want Obama on the payroll?

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