Hats off to all who have been involved in bringing the Greater Chenango Cares initiative into fruition. For those who don’t know, Greater Chenango Cares is an innovative readiness training (IRT) exercise for service men and women that will connect the underserved community to much needed health, optometry, veterinary, and dental care services. At the same time, it will provide invaluable training for service members for wartime and disaster missions. It’s a classic win-win arrangement between the Department of Defense, and the people their sworn to serve. And while the DOD has held similar events in other parts of the country, Chenango was chosen as the first IRT site in the north east region. Now I wouldn’t ever make it a habit of saying this, but sometimes (and I stress “sometimes”) it pays to be underserved.
Even though the Chenango County Republican primaries are still five months away, the local election season is already starting to heat up. “House of Cards” references aside – at least until one of our reporters goes missing – three campaign related stories were published in The Evening Sun this week: one announcing Assistant District Attorney Zachary Wentworth’s intent to challenge District Attorney Joseph McBride for the DA position; another regarding the Chenango Republican Committee’s endorsement of McBride for reelection; and lastly, an announcement from longtime Norwich resident Christine Carnrike that she’s throwing her hat in the ring for Norwich mayor. As a reporter, it’s an exciting time – for the newspaper and for the profound words of wisdom sure to shine on ’30 Seconds.’
From local elections to the national scene (grunt). It’s a long 19 months until the next presidential election, but considering the constant Hillary buzz from national media outlets in the last week, it’s hard to believe elections aren’t right around the corner (not that I don’t already have a repertoire of candidates I can’t wait to vote against). Hey, I’m all for shattering the glass ceiling that’s barred women from advancing in the male-dominated political arena. But then again, the election of a female president will be just as effective ending sexism as the election of a black president was in putting an end to racism. If being a woman is what gives Hillary an edge, I can’t wait to watch the presidential debate when every candidate’s rocking the Hillary Clinton haircut, heels, and well tailored pantsuit.
It’s been two weeks since Easter but I still have a flock of Peeps on the kitchen table staring at me every time I walk in the room. It’s unsettling how fresh they still look in their… um… maturity. I’ve heard the only way to tell the age of a Peep is to throw it against a window. If it bounces, it’s less than a year old. If the window needs to be replaced, it’s older than a year. I do love a good experiment.