Cheers and jeers

JEERS – To poor parenting. Former NFL offensive lineman Brian Holloway’s rural vacation home in Rensselaer County was trashed during a Labor Day weekend party attended by 200 to 400 teenagers. Holloway said the partiers caused at least $20,000 in damage, breaking windows and doors, punching holes in walls and spraying graffiti. He saw this unfold live on Twitter – and now he’s using the teens’ posts to reveal their identities and try to set them on a better path. The teens smashed windows and glass doors, graffiti was written throughout, urine stains were in the carpet, holes were in the ceilings, and they stole an eagle statue that was part of a memorial for Holloway’s stillborn son. How have some of the parents reacted? They’ve contacted attorneys to sue Holloway for identifying them. Parents’ reaction to this unacceptable behavior should be to punish and nurture the youths, not to reach for the phone to call a lawyer. Some may refer to the vandalism as teens not thinking. As teens, we all may have done something stupid, but the reaction from some parents involved is nothing less than poor parenting.

CHEERS – To taking a walk. If anyone from the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Association tells you that you should take a local tour, take them up on it. Hundreds have taken advantage of a cellphone tour, developed by the association, which puts callers in the footsteps of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. We can’t help but wonder how many of the hundreds who have taken the one-hour, one-mile tour are people from our own community. Coming into the prime of our beautiful autumn, it would seem to be the perfect time for locals to take advantage of the tour. One hour will give you a refreshing outlook on the threads of history woven throughout our area. We encourage people to take it one step further and take a younger person along.

JEERS – To low numbers. Now that the official numbers are in from the Fulton County Board of Elections, we can say the turnout in the primaries of registered voters was pathetic. The growing number of registered voters who apparently don’t give a hoot who runs their cities, towns or counties should be a major concern to everyone, but it isn’t. It’s easier for people to make the broad statement, “It doesn’t make any difference,” an excuse used far too often for why people aren’t exercising their right to cast a ballot to select a candidate. Maybe the participation isn’t taught in schools or talked about around the dinner table. Whatever the reason, something needs to change. If voter turnout continues to decline, local elections will be determined by who has the biggest family or the most friends, rather than the best qualifications.