Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To Anna King and her supporters. For months, local residents have raised money, said prayers and showed support for the family of former Mayfield resident Anna King, a 14-year-old who was diagnosed with a serious heart condition and has been hoping for a heart transplant. After waiting more than two years for a transplant, Anna finally received one Thursday night, said her uncle, Gloversville Mayor Dayton King. On Friday, Anna’s new heart was beating and she was doing well at a hospital in Houston, the mayor said. Anna still needs everyone’s prayers and support, and we’re sure she’ll continue to feel the warm embrace from our Fulton County area.

JEERS – To stalling on debates. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s election opponents, Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican Rob Astorino, want to debate the governor, but Cuomo has failed to agree to a debate. It’s not unusual for comfortable incumbents to refuse to debate their opponents, but the lack of debates is a disservice to the voters – especially in campaigns for such high offices as governor. Cuomo owes it to New York residents to debate the issues publicly. Debates can help voters make informed decisions. They also help bring issues and information out of the shadows and into the open, and give voters a chance to see how the candidates handle themselves in a setting that’s not choreographed.

CHEERS – To an inspirational coach. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see and hear Little League coach David Belisle’s inspiring speech to his team, we encourage you to look it up on YouTube. Belisle spoke to his Rhode Island team on the field after the team was eliminated from the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. The players from Cumberland, R.I., were crying after Monday night’s 8-7 loss to Chicago when Belisle kneeled down and told them they should be proud. He told the players they were one of the best teams in the world and they had their hometown and Rhode Island jumping with excitement. “You guys are going to bring back something that no one other team could provide for you guys – that’s pride,” Belisle told the young players. “You’re going to take … for the rest of your life what you provided for the town of Cumberland.” You don’t have to be a Little League coach or player to appreciate Belisle’s words of comfort.