In a recent Times-Journal article covering the Republican nomination of Roger Cohn for the position of Cobleskill Town Supervisor, the term “Schoharie County slaughter” was briefly mentioned, with very little background information to explain its meaning.
For all of you who were left scratching your heads as to the meaning of the term “Schoharie County slaughter” let me explain. The term “slaughter” refers to a resident of Schoharie County who can trace his or her family back as having lived in Schoharie County for a significant number of generations. These people are not just locals or natives, they are the community’s “supreme elders”. These are the people who can tell you about Cobleskill’s first ever motor car, or when Schoharie County was first electrified, or about events that transpired during the Revolutionary War as if they themselves were there.
I’d be willing to bet that a group of these so-called “slaughters” get together in some barn somewhere in the dead of night every year to plot out the future of Schoharie County. It’s not hard to imagine, all things that happen in Cobleskill and Schoharie County being decided in advance by a top-secret gathering of “Slaughters”.
Will Lowe’s get village water and sewer? A majority of “slaughters” shake their wise and learned heads and give the idea a thumbs down. Should Cobleskill village ban skateboards on village streets? Most definitely, agree the Slaughters, the Slaughters can’t stand those little whippersnappers and their wheely-boards. Will the Town of Cobleskill consolidate with the Village of Cobleskill? This one has the slaughters tied. Too bad, they’ll have to vote on it next year.
Still many other questions are brought up by the less sage-like Slaughters and are quietly dismissed, such as: will the Warnerville Roller Rink ever be re-opened, or will the Park Theatre ever play anything except G-rated Disney movies, or will Cobleskill ever have a gas station that stays open past 11 FREAKIN’ P.M.!!! Have any of you ever left the house after 11 PM and looked down at a near-empty tank of gas only to drive by countless gas stations with the lights turned off, wondering if you’ll make it home, or end up stranded on the side of the road until morning?
It may be fun to joke around, but we have to ask ourselves: does having long-standing generational ties to a particular area make one fit for office? The reality is, for a lot of people, it does. This may be hurting these communities because it disqualifies many talented and intelligent individuals from serving in public office. Hopefully, Cobleskill’s Democrats will nominate a candidate for Supervisor with more credentials than being merely a “Schoharie County Slaughter”.