Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To an awarding winning “techie.” If you look up the term “techie” it may tell you it is a technician who is highly proficient and enthusiastic about some technical fields. We say it is Adam Cancio, Northville Central Schools’ technology instructor, the recipient of the NYS Technology and Engineering Educators’ Association’s Regional Technology Teacher of the Year for Northeastern NY award. This is a great honor for both a fine teacher and the district’s support in the field of technology education.

JEERS – To another entitlement. President Barack Obama has called for an increase in the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour. In addition, he also has proposed indexing the minimum wage to inflation. This is the part we are concerned with. Think about it. If passed, the minimum-wage earner would be entitled to whatever the inflation rate directs. This entitlement should not be ignored; this automatic annual increase should not be a part of the decision on increasing minimum wage. People in power need to look at the longterm effect and not just playing the role of the hero on the white horse. We realize the inflation rate does change, but let’s take the current inflation rate of 3.6 percent and build onto the purposed increase minimum wage at $9 an hour. In just 20 years, that $9 will have increased to $17.62 for minimum-wage level positions, a 143 percent increase over the state’s current rate. All businesses will face major challenges, but the small ones will suffer first and hardest. One cannot help but wonder how much more manufacturing business will see its way out of the United States. Gov. Andrew Cuomo seems to be stepping aside with his budget proposal on increasing the state minimum wage and waiting out what is done on the federal level. This is not a no-brainer decision at any level of government and it must not be passed quickly or in the dead of the night.

CHEERS – A lukewarm one. During the past 13 years, we have cheered and jeered the action and inactions for some 22 home homeowners on Union Mills Road in Broadalbin whose lives were affected by contamination in their wells that was traced to road salt stored at a town shed. At a recent Town Board meeting, an agreement was reviewed that could give these residents water as early as next week. Let’s hope there are no leaks in this agreement and water for the first time in 13 years can flow safely from their faucets.