Long-distance games make no sense

I am very disappointed with the Section III Sports Committee because of its decision to send two local girls' high school soccer teams (Clinton and Holland Patent) to far-away Cortland to play each other in a sectional game.

There were plenty of excellent local soccer fields available, including VVS, New Hartford, Whitesboro, Sauquoit and HCCC. It made no sense having school athletes, families, friends and fans travel that far. Clinton to Cortland and Holland Patent to Cortland is approximately 1½ hours. Why isn't it that common sense did not prevail in the site location?

I believe the people on the committee have served too long. Replacement is long overdue.

I am also disappointed with the two school superintendents for not questioning this unnecessarily long trip.

Joe Zogby, Utica

 

Philipson's creditor raises questions

Your front page story Saturday, Nov. 3, raised a question in my mind.  

Who are the owners of Second Avenue Capital Partners LLC?  Your staff should go to work on this.  “Herb” is a long standing, Utica-region-grown family of stores and has become popular and well known to all of us.  The New Hartford store is also an anchor store for the New Hartford Shopping Center. 

With the recent closing of Gander Mountain, we need a good sport and sport clothing store and Philipson’s fills the bill.   The items you quote from Second Avenue Capital Partners’ have a sinister smell in them.  They sound like they are using our nationally important “rule of law” as a sledge hammer or choke collar in order to get the courts to liberate their money and weaken our community.  

Bill Pfeiffer, Clayville

 

McConnell wrong on national debt

Mitch McConnell is eroneously stating that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are greatly contributing to the national debt and must be drained in order to balance the federal budget. This could not be any farther from the truth.

To begin with, Social Security is a completely different entity and has no direct bearing on the debt WITH THIS EXCEPTION: for decades the Federal Government has borrowed Trillions of dollars from Social Security to stabilize, not cure, the Debt and has repaid Social Security in Federal Bonds (which takes time to mature). The Government essentially borrows money from Social Security to pay its debt, but still owes Social Security for what it borrowed - it's like borrowing money from friend "A" to pay friend "B", but you still have to pay friend "A" back.

Now with President Trump's new tax cuts, there's even less money coming in to pay the bills, so McConnell is blaming Social Security in order to pick up the slack and to save face.

If you would like to read more about the facts of Social Security you can go the source at www.ssa.gov, or there are articles written at www.justfacts.com, www.factcheck.org, www.politifact.com, www.washingtonpost.com and many others.

Social Security is necessary for all of us and we all pay into it. Don't be fooled by fear and lies.

Ed Schleider, Utica

 

As it turns out, father knew best

I think of my dad who passed away in 2005 daily. The greatest gift he gave me is one I would give to anyone I love and care for also. The gift of honest hard work ethic.

Not a hand out but a hand up! I still remember as a young man my dad instilling the habits that have forged my life. Letting me know that nothing worthwhile comes easy. And not to be afraid of an honest day's work. I realized that most livings are made from 9-5 and most fortunes are made after the typical work day ends. Henry Ford said "when the work whistle blows to go home is when the person with big dreams begins their second shift of the day."

I remember a saying like "I never heard of anyone dying from hard work," yet some starve from not being willing to work. Not the ones that cannot but the ones that choose not to. I also remember the saying "what you don't use you lose." Use your abilities, your talents whatever they are. They are yours no one can use them or take them from you.

I kind of laugh when a young person is awaiting the perfect job. In essence any work will do as they look for the perfect job. Better to be making money than home complaining and worrying as things only get worse.

You can do it! You can create the foundation for a secure future with what you do today!

Do something, work at whatever is available and watch how your confidence improves and good things are drawn to you almost appearing miraculous.

J.C. Pantola, New Hartford