Done any Christmas shopping yet?

Shawn Magrath

I now have less fingers on my hand than I do days left to do my Christmas shopping. It’s not unexpected; it just happened quicker than I anticipated. Time’s really dwindling for me and all my brothers and sisters of the procrastination coalition (good thing we have a support group that will meet at a later date at a time that hasn’t really been determined yet).

With Christmas right around the corner, I’m proud to admit that I have tried to get my gifts from local businesses. It would be great to get all of my gifts locally but unfortunately, I couldn’t avoid some traveling to the most joyous and magical place on earth… the Oakdale Mall. After successfully avoiding two separate car collisions and dodging all parking lot pedestrians (I think and hope), I count it a Christmas miracle to have made it back without a dent on my hood or a death threat over my head. But I have nothing but sorrow for anyone traveling south to the Greater Binghamton area this Friday and Saturday. Truer words have never been spoken: “Speak softly and carry a big stick” (I know Teddy Roosevelt didn’t have last minute Christmas shopping in mind when he said this but I say use this wherever applicable… even if it’s in the literal sense).

A pair of youth,11 years old, were recently arrested for vandalism in a Mt. Upton Park. I’m glad to see kids caught doing something wrong before their behavior escalates into something more serious (even if it gives future reporters less to write about). Mine might not be the most favored opinion in the matter but I say punish and punish hard. Don’t let the “boys will be boys” routine slide on this. The sooner there’s intervention, the more likely these kids see that there are serious consequences to dumb decisions and the better off they’ll be in the long run. I hope to see more than a slap on the hand (but preferably a little less than the electric chair).

Of course, I don’t feel like I would be fulfilling my obligations as a reporter without mentioning the Evening Sun “Progress Chenango” edition. I’m grateful for the insight given by fellow reporters Brian and Melissa – who are the only other reporters at the paper to have experience with “Progress.” Even with two new reporters and two new sales staff, I’m optimistic about how this year’s edition will turn out.