Cheers and jeers

CHEERS -?To a passion shared. Writer Joseph Campbell penned, “Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” Apparently, Gloversville’s Mike Hauser stumbled or fell on a baseball field as a young lad and discovered a passion for the game that continues to burn brightly in him today. The best part is, he continues to share his love of the game with the community. Today at 1 p.m., there will be a baseball game at Gloversville’s Parkhurst Field. That’s not unusual, as there have been thousands of games on the diamonds there. Today, however, the field will be honored with a historic marker following a vintage baseball game and inductions into the local sports hall of fame. Mike, David Karpinski and many others deserve to be cheered for today’s events. Play ball!

CHEERS – To a great American author. As part of Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s 50th anniversary celebration, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo spoke to 700 fans, neighbors and, yes, probably some critics, this week at the college. The audience was attentive. You could feel people’s eagerness to take in each word spoken by the man, who has written many of his books based on his hometown of Gloversville. This is the same hometown many of those eager to hear his voice either lived in or still do. Russo was warm, emotional, humorous and captivating. He’s a great American author. The origin of his creativity need not be judged. He has taken his life experiences and written thought-provoking novels, just like other authors – such as Frank McCourt in “Angela’s Ashes” – have done. Richard said, “One of the great paradoxes … of my life as a writer is that, on one hand, I very seldom return to Gloversville, my hometown, whereas, figuratively speaking, I seldom leave it.” Thank you, Richard.

JEERS – To spectators. A brutal fight occurred on the streets in Johnstown recently. A published story said, “City police said a Gloversville man was badly beaten over the weekend on North Perry Street in an incident that eventually involved more than 40 onlookers or people fighting.” Are you kidding? Scores of people stood around and watched as a human being was being attacked with a baseball bat and/or an “edged weapon”? It’s disheartening to hear there were not enough spectators to step up and decide this was wrong.