Wayne Haver will long be remembered
Far too often, we fail to appreciate the impact an individual has on our world until that person has passed from us. Such is the case with Wayne Haver, who died Oct. 8. Wayne was simply unforgettable. He loved life deeply and lived it intensely.
Wayne was a successful businessman and one of the owners of the Utica Comets. He was an avid supporter of men’s fast pitch softball in northern central New York. He likely touched every youth athletics program in the Kuyahoora Valley, and probably in many other places throughout our area.
But beyond Wayne’s incredible generosity, was his innate ability to bring people together. Wayne was just plain fun to be around! And that is so refreshing in today’s culture of partisanship and dissent.
I am pleased and proud that to say that Wayne was a fellow member of my own Boonville Elks Lodge No. 2158. He was one good member among many.
Wayne now belongs to the ages and all who knew him will miss him. But that is not the end of the story. Each of us, in our own small way, can pick up where Wayne left off. Let us all work to bring people together, to melt away dissent, and to make a positive difference in someone else’s life, just as Wayne did.
Richard J. Jokajtys, Boonville
Jokajtys is a past New York State Elks vice president.
We're still innocent until proven guilty
Fox contributor Greg Gutfeld characterized Judge Kavanaugh demonstrators as "seedpods from the garden of stupid."
Presumption of innocence, not mob rule, is still a fundamental cornerstone of our democracy. Destroying one's life, career and reputation, strictly for political gain, has consequences. These warped demagogues overplayed their hand, vilifying a man the FBI proved innocent of their bogus allegations.
Recent polling indicates they'll pay a heavy price for their baseless attempts at tarnishing his 12-year unblemished record on the second highest court in the land. Democrat's fallback, personal destruction, is tyranny, vote this mob of amoral despots out of office in perpetuity, and they'll never manipulate our liberty and freedom again! Republicans no longer cave to these smear merchants. Pointing straight at Senate Democrats, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, unmasked them with these most succinct words: "Boy, you all want power. God, I hope you never get it. I hope the American people can see through this despicable sham."
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Minnesota, a model of fairness, decency and reason, gave the most heart-felt and pivotal speech ever delivered on the Senate floor, paving the way for Brett Kavanaugh, now Associate Justice on the Supreme Court. Deliverance from evil!
Tom Williams, Clinton
Musings of Morgan always entertaining
It's always entertaining to observe musings of Otsego County neighbor Tom Morgan (Oct.r 1), whose in-laws claimed that there is not a single season of good weather in Dallas, Texas. Therefore, do not visit. An alternate conclusion? They didn't want to see him.
The column was quite a ramble, with a supposition that current Trump statements are benign and without malice or bad taste. The citation of states with "bad" weather is also incorrect: Nevada, Colorado, and Utah do have better weather than the Empire; much of Texas is also benign -- especially those sections unsettled with forbidding in-laws. As for taxation, populous California has very high rates; few escape its burdens.
The history of the Supreme Court is also far from noble. Perhaps Brett Kavanaugh, who pouts and erupts with falsehoods, will be a suitable justice. He could join Roberts and Clarence Thomas, both untruthful during their confirmation hearings. Past Supreme decisions also justified slavery, batted down laws regulating child and women's work, defeated labor unions, killed legislation limiting long hours of manual labor (12 or more hours a day), excused the murder of former slaves as merely a concern of "states' rights," and justified both imprisonment and camp incarceration without due trials.
The Supreme is not "revered," but an instrument of compromise too frequently cut to fit political expediency.
Robert Moynihan, Cooperstown
Democrats have hurt MeToo Movement
The MeToo Movement has been virtually destroyed by a Democrat Party filled with such hate and venom they used a sexual abuse victim to destroy an innocent man who dared to vie for a position on SCOTUS and not be a raving liberal!
All women, not just educated and informed, should be appalled at the total lack of adherence to the Rule of Law. The Dems chose a woman to represent their issue who, upon responding to some pointed questions, quickly led any thinking people to know she had no evidence and no corroboration.
We can’t convict anyone of anything without at the least, corroboration. MeToo began when brave women came forward, filed police reports and presented evidence. Men were arrested and charged and a light was shined on an issue needing it. Now, women behaving like jackals at the gates of hell are supposed to represent all women.
No, they don’t! We all have male relatives who must now wear a video cam at work or socializing! I will do whatever I can to urge people everywhere to vote against the Dems responsible for this debacle! Shame on the female jackals who think their behavior represents me, or any women I know. They do not!
Judith Radford, Rome