Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To the virtuosos of the stage. Greater Johnstown School District Superintendent Rob DeLilli beat us to our cheer with his letter to the editor Thursday regarding the importance and pleasures of school music programs. Thousands of people have enjoyed the concerts – band and choral – presented on the stages of the Johnstown, Gloversville, Mayfield, Northville, Wells, Perth-Broadalbin, Galway, Amsterdam, Fonda-Fultonville, St. Johnsville, Canajoharie, Oppenheim-Ephratah, Wheelerville and Fort Plain school districts. The fostering and nurturing of students who have a love for the arts is an essential part of their education. In addition to performing locally, a great number of our local school jazz bands, marching bands, orchestra and choral groups received regional and national honors in competitions. Bravo to all involved.

JEERS – To pathetic voter turnout. On Tuesday in Amsterdam, there was an important vote for city residents to determine the way the city controller should be chosen – by election or appointment. There are more than 9,000 registered voters in the city of Amsterdam. A?total of 573 took the time to vote. Fourth Ward Alderman Dave Dybas said he was “somewhat” disappointed with the turnout. Somewhat? He and others should be disgusted, shocked and dismayed that approximately 94 percent of eligible voters didn’t bother to show up. This wasn’t one of the issues people could say “doesn’t make any difference.” The city should be worried about its future if this most recent vote was an indication of voters’ interest.

CHEERS – To weekly meetings. Northville residents will return to the polls June 25 for a straw vote on a proposal to merge the Northville Central School District with the Mayfield Central School District. Credit should be given to those serving on the school committee who are using every available means of communication to ensure people receive accurate information about the merger. Residents can attend weekly meetings before the nonbinding vote. A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Let’s hope the seats are filled.

CHEERS – To curb appeal. On June 15, volunteers, including the Gloversville mayor and his wife, will make some improvements for free to the exterior of the home of Gloversville resident Belle Bruse. This program, the Gloversville Curb Appeal Project, comes courtesy of volunteers and donations. Area businesses have stepped up with donations of paint, lumber, flowers and even an American flag. The group hopes to extend a helpful hand to another city homeowner by the end of the summer. This positive project is a good start to sprucing up properties. We encourage more people to volunteer and get involved with this appealing idea.