Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To a deserving recipient. We published an article in March 2011 with a headline that read, “Positively famous.” The story was about Johnstown resident Bill Pollak, who at that time was one of the semifinalists as an inductee into the Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame. Bill has been in the limelight numerous times in the past 50 years. He’s been recognized for his strong belief in education and for his service in elected positions, including mayor of Johnstown. This time, we congratulate him on receiving the Fulton County Republicans’ 2013 Charles Hough Award. A side note: Apparently, the Pollak family tree holds a number of award winners. Bill and Winnie’s daughter, Susan Kowalski, a middle school librarian in East Syracuse, recently received the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

JEERS – To an unsettling, familiar situation. Wheelerville Union Free School has settled a lawsuit filed by a parent, but all we get to know in this case – and others like it – is the insurance company settled the lawsuit. It has been resolved, but terms of the settlement are secret. We understand that officially, the insurance company is paying these unrevealed settlements, but don’t the taxpayers pay for the premiums? In addition, the incidents that factor into these lawsuits are a concern for taxpayers.

CHEERS – To you. From time to time, we need to extend gratitude to our readers and advertisers. You are the reason newspaper readership remains strong and vital in smaller communities. For more than 125 years, The Leader-Herald has delivered to your door local news, stories about your children, local government and all the issues important in your daily life, and our circulation remains steady. Add to that those who choose us as their source for local news and information through our website, which has more than 10,000 unique visitors a day, and our Facebook page, which has grown to more than 5,000 “likes.” Thank you for supporting strong local journalism and realizing the importance of it in your lives and community.

CHEERS – To a local office. U.S. Rep Bill Owens has opened a regional office in Gloversville’s City Hall. The congressman said, “The main purpose of it is so we can have interactions and visit with people.” He added, “Folks can have the opportunity to speak with me and I can learn and make sure we are hearing the concerns of those constituents.” You heard it straight from the congressman, so if you have concerns, take the time to visit his office.