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‘Dedicated’ driver who crashed should be held accountable You ran a brief story in the Sept. 26 Gazette [“Pre-school crash doesn’t deter teen”] about a young driver who had a one-car accident southbound on Route 50 in Glenville at approximately 8 a.m. the previous day. Fortunately, the driver was not injured nor was anyone else. He admitted to inattention at the wheel as the cause. He was not ticketed by Glenville police, as there was ...

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October 8, 2012
6:52 a.m.

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Hayden LaBelle,

To you it may be just an opinion, to someone else it might be the words that change a path. I'm sorry that you are probably 18 years old and forced to listen to someone speak about morals, I'm sure at your age you know it all. I must thank you for you're letter though it gave me hope that their were still teachers that had moral values in a public school.

October 8, 2012
7:40 a.m.

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I'm not 18 years old, I'm 97, but I agree with LaBelle.

October 8, 2012
7:47 a.m.

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To Hayden LaBelle... very nice letter pointing out some inadequacies in the public school system. As wmarincic pointed out, there is hope that there are still teachers who have moral values... however, it is absolutely NOT up to teachers to force their viewpoints, be it good moral values, or anything else, onto their students. Their sole purpose is to TEACH, nothing more, nothing less. If time is wasted teachers pontificating their point of view on ANY subject other than the one they are paid to teach, their director and/or superintendent need to be made aware of the problem. Shame on Shalmont for overlooking this important issue. Good for you Hayden to point out one of the many problems in our public school system. No wonder it doesn't work anymore!

October 8, 2012
10:32 a.m.

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Laura Waterhouse...
Your letter might make a better point if you were an informed source. There are 3 smoke shops in Glenville, 1 in Niskayuna, and a few in Rotterdam, Thats not counting the # of stores, in affluent/other neighborhoods that carry a large inventory of smoking materials. Smoking is NOT just targeted or restricted to the poor. You and everyone else refuse to accept it, but kids are going to try/smoke something unfortunately. I am a smoker for many years and yes, I wish I hadnt started.

October 8, 2012
7:48 p.m.

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To Hayden LaBelle...

oh, the things I would not know today if each of my teachers had stuck to "just his subject".

I'm a 60+ y/o student (again!) taking courses at SCCC. Even though I'm often twice the age of my teachers, I still address or refer to each as "Mr.", "Mrs", "Ms", or "Professor", and never by first name, as you did when writing about Mr. Sean Lowery. Somewhere some of my teachers must have gone "off-subject" and discussed morals, or manners, instead of math, science, or English. I don't WANT teachers to "work-to-rule"! Each person we meet have experiences and opinions we can learn from, whether we agree with their position or not.

It'srefer to as "a well rounded education".

October 9, 2012
5:36 p.m.

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@robbump well put

@hayden - We live in a day where everyone has to be careful of what's said or else they might offend everyone. Well, as long as Sean Lowery is not preaching from a specific set of religious perspectives, he should not be causing great offense. That being said, you and everyone else who rebukes this type of teaching is overly sensitive. I don't know why you would be upset at his sharing anecdotes and other positive messages like teamwork, being a better person, hard work ethic. Where is he wrong there? I have had to sit through social studies classes which are a completely subjective summation of the history of nations and of the world. I have had to sit through science class, each with their own take on creation and evolution. That is more preaching and offensive to me. When I get papers marked poorly because I didn't just regurgitate what the teacher said and I had an opposing view, that is wrong and that is what a school needs to address. They didn't with me.. My main point ultimately is that music, especially group music, is about cooperation and working as a unit, it's about putting in hard work, and it's about giving everything you have to a greater goal so that others may benefit from listening to a concert. The performers also receive their own benefit and improved skills from regular concerts. So teaching simply about notes on a page... useless without the other stuff. Music is inspired to people when they compose it and therefore the people recreating that music should be inspired and try to emulate that inspiration. You have missed the point of music altogether. And I'm guessing there's something personal here too.

October 11, 2012
2:04 p.m.

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"dandarling32103" - you brought up good points too. I re-read Mr. LaBelle's letter and didn't see where Mr. Lowery was advocating any given religion - if he was, I would have agreed with the writer.

Mr. LaBelle is old enough to vote, and could have attended board of education meetings all along. Will he present his views to the board?