Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To a young woman’s perseverance. Former Johnstown High School student Kelsey Insogna lost partial use of her legs in a 2011 town of Johnstown car accident, which also claimed the life of her brother. She has not allowed the tragedy to stop her from enjoying life and taking on new challenges. Kelsey, who uses a wheelchair most of the time, has taken up handcycling. In April, she completed her first Cycle to the Sea event, a three-day bicycle and handcycling ride from Charlotte, N.C., to North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The annual 18-mile journey is a fundraising event for the Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program in North Carolina. “I love challenges,” Kelsey says. We love her strength and positive approach. She’s an inspiration to all of us.

JEERS – To those who pay little attention to American history. If you’re an American and you’re age 16 or older, you should have knowledge of American history, especially the wars our nation has fought. Unfortunately, we often hear about surveys and polls showing people know little about our nation’s founders, the Constitution, war history and other fundamental aspects of our history and government. For example, one recent survey showed only 40 percent of those surveyed knew June 6 is the anniversary of D-Day, fewer than half knew Franklin Roosevelt was president at that time, and 15 percent identified the location of the D-Day landing as Pearl Harbor. If high schools and colleges are not teaching this basic history, they must, and if students and other members of the public aren’t paying attention, they need to adjust their priorities. We should know and understand our history in order to make good decisions now and in the future.

CHEERS – To “Fishing University.” A TV show on the Outdoor Channel is interested in filming a show or two on the Great Sacandaga Lake. The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce says the shows could air early next year and give the area national publicity. This is good news for the area, which certainly makes a perfect setting for a fishing show. You can find out about “Fishing University” at www.fishingu.com. Empire State Development recently reported New York is having a record-breaking year for television production. In less than half the time than last year, a total of 23 pilots have filmed in New York, yielding an estimated $127 million in spending and an estimated 15,915 jobs, compared to 23 pilots filmed with an estimated $117 million in spending and an estimated 13,150 jobs in all of 2013. Additionally, 10 series have shot in New York in 2014, yielding an estimated $346 million in spending and an estimated 18,130 jobs.