Letters to the editor

The city of Amsterdam is pro-Joe

To the editor:

I was reading in yesterday's Recorder that Mayor Ann Thane doesn't "know of any dictionary that would define ... as responsible or cooperative" the Common Council's resolution to override her veto in regards to the golf contracts. I'm glad that Thane picked up a dictionary in an attempt to further her understanding of the concepts of "responsibility" and "cooperation," as her administration is lacking in both areas. Is it responsible or cooperative to enact the wishes of a few non-city residents appointed to the city golf commission, or to rely solely on the Union College operational assessment which contained information which was, at best, questionable? Or how about the passive-aggressive treatment of the Common Council who has been working diligently since taking office to act in the best interests of the taxpayers? Is ignoring their wishes, and therefore the wishes of the constituents who elected them, responsible or cooperative? I think not. As the former mayor, and most importantly, a resident and taxpayer of the city of Amsterdam, I implore Ann Thane to sign the contract for Joe the Pro. He is not a "special interest" as Mayor Thane so callously implies; as a Vietnam veteran he is a true American hero who served his country with the same quiet dignity and capability with which he has served the city of Amsterdam for the past several years. This is an excellent opportunity for Ann Thane to right the wrong that has been done and correct the current course of action. I humbly ask her to do the right thing -- the taxpayers of the city of Amsterdam deserve no less.

Joe Emanuele III,


The bottom line is the bottom line

To the editor:

I am writing in response to the various articles/letters written and discussions both on and off the radio regarding the city of Amsterdam's golf course.

Most recently an article appeared blasting the mayor's veto and the council's override of renewing the contract of the former management of the golf course.

Ladies and gentleman, especially the taxpayers of this city we call home, it is very disheartening to see important decisions that affect all of us are being made as a "I'll show you who is in charge" and not as a sound business decision.

I ask, why is the council pushing to rehire an under-performing management firm/individual? Yes, this individual has worked with the course for the term of his 30-year contract. Thank you for your service. But now is the time for us to move forward and bring new energy, new innovation and new enthusiasm to increase the potential of this golf course. Now is not the time to point fingers, name calling and the downright disrespect to us, the taxpayers.

We, the taxpayers, have paid and will continue to pay for a dysfunctional golf course. The commission has gone to RFP and has received various proposals from individuals who are willing to bring us their expertise, their vision and excitement that Amsterdam so desperately needs.

Amsterdam needs the new investors, the ideas, the new money, for all of us to prosper. Not only do we want to prosper, we want all the help that we are able to obtain to help us keep our homes and improve the standard of living for everyone. We want our family and friends and future investors to hear how great Amsterdam is doing. It's turning around for the better. I speak on behalf of all taxpayers, not just a hand full that have an interest in the golf course. All of us do not own a membership at the golf course. Did you ever take a moment to think about this fact? Did you ever wonder why membership has fallen? It could be that they can no longer afford a membership, that being able to keep their home, food on the table, and gas in the car or just keeping the lights and heat on in their home was more important. Maybe they lost a job, or their income is not the same anymore, and the taxes have to be paid and repairs are needed on their home. Or could it be that they have had enough of the irresponsibility of the management of their hard earned money that they sold their homes and moved away. Now, not only are they gone, but so is the money. Have you taken a real look at all the neighborhoods and counted how many homes are vacant?

There was a recent article titled "Cooperation starts in the mirror." I ask that you take a look in the mirror, and ask, is re-hiring a company that is not performing the answer to helping Amsterdam's golf course?

Another article states that the item was acted upon because of time constraints, but they will review the item again. Basically what is being said, in my opinion, is "shoot first and ask questions later." The numbers have been presented, the golf course is under performing, membership is down, there are no lessons, etc. ... The taxpayers have footed the bill for underperformance. In corporate America, if you are not performing you are fired, no questions asked. You are not patted on the back with your boss smiling at you and telling you that you can keep your job because we are friends or because you have been with the company for 30 years, it's OK. The bottom line is the bottom line. This is not about friendship, this is about economics. This is not about getting even, it's about generating revenue. This is about the city of Amsterdam helping the taxpayer help the city of Amsterdam.

Irene Collins,


Prevention: The best protection

To the editor:

Cancer screenings and early detection save lives. All women are at risk for cervical cancer. It is especially important for women who have not had a Pap test within the past five years to get screened because six out of 10 cervical cancers occur in women who have never received a Pap test.

Women are so busy with their family and work schedules that they forget to take care of themselves. The Cancer Services Program of Fulton and Montgomery Counties would like to remind women to schedule a cervical health screening.

There usually aren't any symptoms of cervical cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. That's why having a regular Pap test is the key to prevention. According to the American Cancer Society, many women do not know that as they get older they are still at risk of getting cervical cancer. This is why it is important for older women to keep having regular Pap tests.

If you do not have health insurance, take advantage of the Cancer Services Program and get your cervical cancer screening. The screening is at no cost to you.

Cancer Services Program of Fulton and Montgomery Counties also offers free clinical breast exams, mammograms, pelvic exams, Pap testing to women 40 and older, and colorectal cancer screening kits to men and women 50 and older.

If you do not have health insurance and would like to see if you are eligible, please call Suzanne Hagadorn, program coordinator, at 841-3726. Enrollment is easy.

Christina Akey,