Archive for September, 2012

Threat of an illegal soda cartel is on the rise

Thursday, September 13th, 2012
Shawn Magrath

I keep hearing there’s some sort of primary today. Reports indicate that thousands or Republicans across the county flocked to their respective Town Halls to riot and an election broke out early this afternoon. All seems to be under control now and residents are encouraged to get out and vote.

I’m sure it won’t take long for people to catch wind that the worst of the worst has finally happened. New York City passed the infamous soda ban, prohibiting the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 oz in restaurants, sports stadiums, even vending carts along the city streets, thereby officially making the Big-Gulp a black market item on the streets of the Big Apple. Already, gangs are rallying in the streets of New York and the activity of an illegal soda cartel is unsettling city residents who fear onset diabetes for themselves and their children. It all seems a bit extreme, but then again, the proposal seemed extreme from the start.

Apple unveiled its new iPhone 5 this week. Usually, I frown on technology that updates faster than the American consumer can spend but in the case of the iPhone, I can make an exception. Apple even hosted a press conference Thursday to introduce its new gadget. Apparently, the iPhone 5 is perfect for people who like slight upgrades and hate having $600. Among the new features: Peripheral cameras on the phone’s face and backside; a wider, taller screen; night vision; a feature to change the voice of Siri to that of the late Jackie Gleason; an extendable arm that slaps you a high-five every time you go from no service to excellent service all at once; and a smoother texture, allowing it to slip from your pocket to the floor at a much quicker rate than the iPhone 4s every time you sit down.

This Sunday is the annual SPCA dog walk fundraiser at Weiler Park in Norwich from noon to 3 p.m. As an animal lover, I’m looking forward to it – a great opportunity to support a good cause (and out of fear of making people not want to show up, I’ll spare all the dog puns I had in mind. Just know that I had some howling good ones… alright, just one dog pun).

Sports Editor’s Playbook, Sept. 6, 2012

Thursday, September 6th, 2012
Patrick Newell

* Two area quarterbacks with the most common surname in America – Smith – had uncommonly good days in our season-opening football games last weekend. Friday, Matt Smith of Sherburne-Earlville posted the best individual passing numbers we’ve seen from a Marauders quarterback in some time. Making his first varsity start under center, Smith completed 8 out of 11 pass attempts for 180 yards and four touchdown passes. Head coach Mike Jasper said Matt Smith made every throw you could ask for from a high school quarterback. He threw precise slants, out routes, crossing patterns, and even aired one out lofting a long TD pass to an in-stride Devven Ferris for the last of his four TD tosses. Four TD tosses by a Chenango County quarterback doesn’t happen that often, but twice in the same weekend? That’s precisely what Oxford senior signal-caller Jody Smith did against the vaunted Walton defense. Smith had two TD passes apiece to Andrew Golden and first-year varsity receiver Cameron Heggie. In all, Smith was 12-for-23 for 205 yards. Most importantly, Smith did not throw an interception, and is already well ahead of his pace from last year when he led Chenango County with 13 touchdown passes.

* Bainbridge-Guilford football coach, Tim Mattingly, really likes his group of players this year. Not just their ability and potential as a football team, but how this mature group of young men go about their business during practice and in games. “They’re just quiet, hard-working guys, and I don’t have to get after them at all,” Mattingly said. “”I haven’t had a group like this before. There is great leadership and they just push each other. There isn’t any rah rah type of stuff, they just know what they have to do, and they execute it.” If Mattingly does have an occasion to “get after” the team, he isn’t worried how they will react. “They’re the type of kids where you could ride them hard, and they will respond. They go 100 percent hard in whatever drills we are doing. It isn’t easy because there is a lot of game planning and work that goes into each week, but these guys believe in what we’re doing, and they have the potential to be a heck of a team.”

* The Fall Sports Preview appeared in Thursday’s edition in a special 10-page supplement to our regular newspaper. Due to space limitations this year, we weren’t able to place our usual number of headshots for football players as well as the other sports teams. Next year I’ll just have to ask for more sports pages, and that suits me just fine.

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All you need is a dollar and a dream …

Thursday, September 6th, 2012
Kevin Doonan
For a short week, it’s turned out to be a jam-packed one. The Judicial candidate forum is tonight and Colorscape unfolds this weekend all to the backdrop of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. No doubt these will be the things on a lot of Chenango county residents’ minds.
Incidentally there is other big news that has flown under the radar. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese will be giving away one billion dollars to any one who can land a kite on the moon. No, not really but that’s about as easy to accomplish as it is to win the New York State Lottery, yet people still flock to their local convenience stores to procure tickets. Somehow it’s ironic that the state would run a large scale gambling system under the premise that it is a better way to part citizens from their paychecks than a direct increase in taxation. Yet while people are taught that gambling is acceptable as long as the state gains from it, cuffs are slapped on the wrists of anyone who does it outside of a reservation for more than a dollar.
Gambling is one of most profitable ventures for people other than for gamblers themselves. For instance every time I get into a car, I am gambling with my life and I pay for it – the recipients being my insurance company. Gambling is attractive for a number of reasons. It gives hope to the desperate when nothing else does. It is forbidden by the government, which probably only adds to its allure. I myself have only been to a casino once and have never bought a lottery ticket. I guess the reason is that I have never been able to persuade myself that I will win. Or maybe it’s just that I cant take the sour taste of disappointment when the odds don’t add up in my favor. Enough of that and one could develop a complex.
Follow me on Twitter … @evesunkevin

For a short week, it’s turned out to be a jam-packed one. The Judicial candidate forum is tonight and Colorscape unfolds this weekend all to the backdrop of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. No doubt these will be the things on a lot of Chenango county residents’ minds.

Incidentally there is other big news that has flown under the radar. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese will be giving away one billion dollars to any one who can land a kite on the moon. No, not really but that’s about as easy to accomplish as it is to win the New York State Lottery, yet people still flock to their local convenience stores to procure tickets. Somehow it’s ironic that the state would run a large scale gambling system under the premise that it is a better way to part citizens from their paychecks than a direct increase in taxation. Yet while people are taught that gambling is acceptable as long as the state gains from it, cuffs are slapped on the wrists of anyone who does it outside of a reservation for more than a dollar.

Gambling is one of most profitable ventures for people other than for gamblers themselves. For instance every time I get into a car, I am gambling with my life and I pay for it – the recipients being my insurance company. Gambling is attractive for a number of reasons. It gives hope to the desperate when nothing else does. It is forbidden by the government, which probably only adds to its allure. I myself have only been to a casino once and have never bought a lottery ticket. I guess the reason is that I have never been able to persuade myself that I will win. Or maybe it’s just that I cant take the sour taste of disappointment when the odds don’t add up in my favor. Enough of that and one could develop a complex.

Follow me on Twitter … @evesunkevin

Hey, look! A blog!

Thursday, September 6th, 2012
Brian Golden

Well, then, let’s see what’s in the news today, shall we? I’ve been missing from the blogosphere for a couple of weeks, now, I’m sorry to say. My only excuse? Yes, I’ve been that busy. With that said, here’s the news.

Politics are a messy, messy game (one that’s played with very little regard for your common American); climate change is real … no, it’s fake, it might be real or it might not … discuss; Bill Clinton is still awesome; another “Joker” in a movie theater (just what we need); and how ‘bout them Giants.

The 2013 NFL season, for those of you who didn’t know, kicked-off last night with an absolutely dismal performance by my favorite team, the aforementioned Giants. I would go into detail concerning my own, personal reaction to the game, but we don’t use that kind of language here on The Evening Sun blog, now do we?

Moving on … my Ridiculous ‘30 Seconds’ Post of the Day, submitted by none other than … Woman from Norwich.
“It’s fitting that on the day of Obama’s nomination for a second term, the government comes out with the latest Food Stamp numbers. A record 22.4 million people are receiving this benefit (15% of the entire population). Obama will in fact go down in history as the Food Stamp President. Thankfully, though, he will be a one term president also.”

Well, Woman from Norwich, I’m not going to argue those numbers (I’ll just have to hope you’re citing facts), but I do have this to say: More people are on Food Stamps because more people are poor. Logical, right? The fact of the matter is, the bi-partisanship that’s tearing this country apart is to blame for this unfortunate statistic, if you ask me, not the president. Last I knew, there was some kind of jobs bill that a certain party (Republicans?) has done its best to shoot down, not for any real reason other than to make Obama look bad. Face it, people, our government is useless at this point due to the fact that it’s more about “winning” than it is about “taking care of the American people.”

Oh, and Food Stamps never existed before Obama, right? Gimme a break. And the election hasn’t happened yet, so let’s wait before you start patting yourself on the back for getting that dastardly Barack Obama out of office, shall we? Then again, Mitt Romney’s such a saint (show me the money, please), he’s probably a shoe-in.

I love sarcasm.

With that said, we’ve got some big happenings going on tonight in the Norwich High School auditorium, if you hadn’t heard. At 7 p.m., The Evening Sun will host a “night out with the county judge candidates,” so to speak, an event I, myself (partnered with Melissa deCordova) will be covering for tomorrow’s edition of your hometown daily. I’m curious to see what kind of turnout we get, needless to say, and I hope people behave themselves.

Fact of life … a person (most of the time, at least), has the capability for intelligence. People, on the other hand, are much more unpredictable. Food for thought.