continued Fogg chose the topic of property rights. She related a scenario in which her father, John Fogg of Fogg’s Automotive & Suzuki in Glenville, succeeded in putting up a sign in front of his business on Saratoga Road after many meetings with town zoning law officials.
“It’s been in my family for generations and my dad recently decided that he also wanted to sell Suzukis, so this was our only new car franchise. In order to become a Suzuki dealership you had to put a big Suzuki sign out front,” she said.
Fogg was able to get an exemption to the local zoning code and he was allowed to install the Suzuki sign. The process of getting to that point though took time, research and documentation – all of which Kathleen was involved with.
“The end resolution was that we got a sign and became Suzuki dealership. We also got another sign (electric marquis) and that process was a lot easier. You should fight for what you believe in and if you really think that you are right in a situation you shouldn’t give up just because it’s the government and they seem too big to fight or too complicated. You should just keep trying and eventually hopefully you’ll succeed,” she said.
Ferris-Fearnside said what made Fogg’s essay unique were her references to John Adams and the fact that she used The Bill of Rights as her primary document. A majority of students use The Declaration of Independence as their primary document.
“A lot of the kids had done community service, she had donated a lot of service and time. … I’m very proud of Kathleen, and hope she pursues a college choice that includes more creative writing and social studies.”
Ferris-Fearnside has been in the classroom for 40 years and is passionate about teaching about The Constitution.