The dateline on the story was "Mohawk Valley, N.Y."
Genesis began with six local businesses and community leaders who wanted to give the region a fresh start by unifying the area that spans from Cooperstown to Rome and has close to 300,000 residents.
On Sunday it was this: Guest view: Gov. Paterson really needs to pay the Mohawk Valley a visit
The O-D, in Nov. 8 editorial, called upon the governor to hold a town meeting in the Mohawk Valley even though he had held one in Syracuse — predicated on the fact that “we have problems unique to our region…”Genesis, and the MV Chamber of Commerce, just don't get it . . . .
Enter, Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce. In June of this year, the chamber formally invited Gov. Paterson to provide the keynote address at a Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce 2008 Business Congress. The Congress was to be held in this fall, created to provide business leaders, the governor and selected state agency officials, an opportunity to exchange ideas, and create initiatives to meet the problems endemic in our region.
It was the chamber’s belief that this Congress could serve as a foundation to begin a strong partnership that would lead to improving the economic wellbeing for the people of the Mohawk Valley.
There was no response to the chamber’s invitation . . .
"WE" are NOT the "Mohawk Valley!"
Here is how OTHERS see the "Mohawk Valley" (courtesy of Wikipedia):
Genesis lies when it talks about "uniting the Mohawk Valley" when it leaves out Amsterdam, Gloversville, Johnstown, Rotterdam and Schenectady.
The "Mohawk Valley" Chamber of Commerce certainly would not be satisfied if the Governor chose to visit the Mohawk Valley by making a stop in Rotterdam.
Simply put, the name "Mohawk Valley" does not describe who we are.
Scroll down to the bottom of the Wikipedia page and you will see "Metro areas: . . . . Utica/Rome." That is how OTHER people see US.
On Sunday we were given a well-deserved lecture on how our "negativism" is a turn off to outsiders and is bringing us down. . . .
Isn't trying to shove "Mohawk Valley" down our throats when the label does not fit a prime example of the negativism at work?
Stop the negativism. . . . Stop trying to make us be something we are not . . . Start being proud of who we really are!