JEERS to the Center for Women's Concerns at Plattsburgh State for being so inflexible that their high-profile Take Back the Night march, which has always brought their message out into the community, took place only on campus this year. The center had approached the Plattsburgh Common Council about holding its annual march to draw attention to violence against women. They wanted the 200 to 300 participants to walk down Broad Street and other city streets and back to campus to signify a woman's right to walk safely at night. But city councilors rejected that idea, saying it was unsafe for the participants to walk in the street. The march could take place on the sidewalks only, councilors said. Organizers were, we think, justifiably upset about the sidewalk restriction, since they had walked in the street in past years without incident. The Press-Republican took the center's side in an editorial, suggesting that the city figure out a way to allow a street march, with police escort, since "taking to the streets" is an important part of the message. City Councilor James Calnon stepped up with a compromise proposal: He would propose allowing a walk in the street, as long as it wasn't Broad Street; he said the major, four-lane road would be too dangerous for a late-night walk. Did the Center for Women's Concerns agree to this adjustment, which would have keep the march on the streets and out in the community? No, instead, they came off as pouting, saying that "to march under the new conditions set by the council would have betrayed our sisters around the world." We think their lack of flexibility betrayed their sisters by restricting Take Back The Night to an on-campus event that reached fewer people. They stifled their own message and came across as strident and unyielding. Their disappointing reaction doesn't bode well for future prospects for getting the march back onto the streets, where we firmly believe it belongs.
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Cheers and Jeers: July 28, 2014
CHEERS to the Algonquin Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club for sponsoring three field trips. JEERS to people who start noisy home-improvement projects early in the morning on the weekends.
Cheers and Jeers: July 21, 2014
CHEERS to Olivia Benjamin for capitalizing on a busy day in her community to do some service. JEERS to people who dump unwanted cats.
Cheers and Jeers: July 14, 2014
CHEERS to the downtown Plattsburgh businesses who painted their windows for the Mayor's Cup Festival; JEERS to organizations that don't remove their signs after their benefit events are held.
Cheers and Jeers: July 7, 2014
CHEERS to everyone who helped make this past Fourth of July memorable; JEERS to people who leave garbage in shopping carts.
Cheers and Jeers: June 30, 2014
CHEERS to savvy pedestrians and people who give away unwanted items; JEERS to inattentive drivers and to medical offices that play loud music.
Cheers and Jeers: June 23, 2014
CHEERS to Clinton County Attorney James Coffey for his detailed explanations before executive sessions. CHEERS to organizations that set specific times and dates for events but then alter them without warning.
Cheers and Jeers: June 16, 2014
JEERS to adults who smoke around children and to people who spit in public; JEERS to people who spit on the ground in public places.
- Cheers and Jeers: June 9, 2014 Jeers to freeloaders who show up to public events for the free food; Cheers to Brian and Candy Major for administrating the Plattsburgh PAL football league since 1998.
- Cheers and Jeers: May 30, 2014 CHEERS to Dave Werner of Malone, who has devoted a great deal of his time over the years to making sure members of the public are properly informed on roadway safety issues.
- Cheers and Jeers: May 26, 2014 CHEERS to Keeseville residents who continue to put their hearts into the village even though it will dissolve at year's end. And JEERS to people who don't RSVP to invitations.
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