White House must not like Union College

*White House must not like Union College *Where are cards to honor Nurse's Week? *Most AIDS patients
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White House must not like Union College

I am writing about the April 15 [“Union hockey team won’t get to visit White House”] Gazette article reporting that the White House is not recognizing the 2014 Union College NCAA championship hockey team.

The fact that both the Boston College and Yale championship teams had White House recognition visits leads to the conclusion that the White House does not like Union College. Perhaps the White House and President Obama do not like a success story built on a process of hard work.

Maybe Tom Brady is a fan of Union College and decided to not visit the White House with the New England Patriots.

N.K. Matuszyk

Niskayuna

Where are cards to honor Nurse’s Week?

Happy Nurse’s Week to all my friends and relatives who are nurses.

I’m sorry I couldn’t send you cards but I couldn’t find Nurse’s Day cards in any of the local stores. I even tried the hospital gift shop.

What’s with that?

Lois Mills

Niskayuna

Most AIDS patients died from bad choices

Dawn Meifert-Aceto’s April 19 letter [“Columnist condoned bigotry against LGBT”] on the implications of the Restoration of the Religious Freedom Act of 1993 referred to the 650,000 that died from AIDS.

In fact, most did not die from AIDS. What they have died from are the consequences of their choice to ignore traditional religious views on the proper use of human sexuality and abuse of street drugs.

Choices are made, consequences are incurred and that is the nature of life.

Fred Barney

Albany

The reason so many professors are liberal

I was listening to a radio talk show host on EWTN the other day. He talked about the Equal Opportunity Act that was meant to give equal opportunity to people of all races, religions and origins to be considered for jobs.

He was complaining that many colleges and universities have a much higher percentage of liberal professors than conservative ones.

Could it be that liberals make more sense than their conservative counterparts?

K.C. Halloran

Melrose

Set politics aside and solve education crisis

There are multiple areas of concern in education today: the botched implementation of the Common Core standards; excessive and flawed educational testing; reform of the teacher licensure and the evaluation process; lack of appropriate school funding; and unfunded educational mandates.

Our governor is promoting what he thinks is the right path to improve the education of New York’s children while making sure that the education funding is being used effectively to support our students, raise standards and provide opportunities.

It seems reasonable. But his tactics — funding cuts in the last several years and failure to address unfunded mandates — is frustrating. Couple that with negative attacks on superintendents, administrators and now teachers, and you begin to wonder what the governor’s ultimate goal is.

The New York State United Teachers union (NYSUT) has a job to do: promote, defend and advocate for its members. They are doing exactly that. My objection is that in their quest to fight back against the recommendations of the governor, they are involving their students and their families as key players in their fight instead of addressing the problems directly with the governor and education leaders.

Now mix in parents who are advocating for their students, who are caught in the middle of this struggle. In addition, the teachers have mobilized the parents to advocate for them. What parent does not want their child’s teacher to like them? These parents want to please their child’s teacher, and as an effective advocate for what they believe is right, they have pushed the “opt-out” movement to the forefront.

So why are these groups colliding? Because each group’s vision of what is best for New York state students and their futures is very different. All adult stakeholders in this struggle — teachers, administrators, the governor and state education officials — need to set politics aside, agree to gather and discuss solutions, get feedback from parents and then all agree to a solution.

Most importantly, they all need to keep the students out of the fray. Our job is to do what is best for our students by providing an environment conducive to learning and not instill fear, stress and frustration. By working toward a solution, we can get back to the job of educating our students.

Dom Cafarelli

Rotterdam

The writer is president of the Mohonasen Board of Education.

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