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Letters to the Editor for Monday, June 17

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Project Dance was exhilarating, joyful

When, as a parent, a sibling, or grandparent, as part of the school putting on an annual performance, do you ever find yourself experiencing an exhilarating rush?
Maybe that’s when you choke up a little watching in a suspended state, or start to move with the music because that’s what the capacity crowd is experiencing. 
This was a public school modern dance performance choreographed by three remarkable teachers.
But Project Dance at Schenectady High School’s auditorium on June 6 far transcended the expected line-up of participating students who would not necessarily have received creative training in a private dance studio.
And yet very little about that evening’s performance distracted the viewer.  Members of each dance performance not only knew their moves, but many injected energy and a personal flair into the instant. This year the costumes were great; the lighting moved and the dancing was remarkable. This was about artistic expression; about precise coordination and the mastery of complicated moves and gestures. 
All the performers got it. And in this precious context everyone in the theater got it. This event was about the result of young adults working together; about a moment under the lights; about determined pride that they can do this exceeding well.
And, this SHS experience clearly has positive implications for what each performer can accomplish in the future. Congratulations.
Frank F. Gilmore

Hearings needed to reveal Mueller facts

Marc Thiessen’s May 31 column, “Americans don’t want impeachment, but Dems won’t listen,” is misleading regarding the Mueller report.
Mueller stated, “Under long standing [Justice] Department policy, a President cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional. Charging the president with a crime, therefore, was not an option. If we had confidence that the president did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”
Mueller went on to say that the Special Council was not impeded from investigating and did find 10  instances of possible obstruction of justice, which was detailed in the report. He stated that even though the special counsel was prohibited from indicting the president, he implied that Congress could take the information and proceed accordingly.
The report also contains grand jury and witness testimony corroborating the findings. Some of this is redacted and Congress has struggled to have the attorney general release the full report.
Justin Amash, R-MI, held a town hall meeting in which he outlined the key parts of the report that informed him of his decision to impeach.
An attendee said this was the first time she had learned of this information and only gets her information from conservative outlets.
Because so few have actually read the report, it’s important for Congress to hold public committee hearings of witnesses so the people can have the information to determine the truth.
Sandra J. Natale
Saratoga Springs

Grateful for student article on deafness

Thank you for publishing the Student Gazette on June 7. We’d like to particularly thank Nia Roberts, who wrote “Five things you didn’t know about deaf people.”  
It was outstanding, well-written, and hit home with our family.
We have a deaf daughter, Kate, who attended the Capital Region BOCES Deaf and Hearing Impaired program from pre-school through 10th grade. In the spring of her sophomore year,  she visited a friend at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf. 
Kate left Schoharie that Friday as a deaf 10th-grade girl, but returned home a few days later as a young woman who identified as deaf. She was very articulate as to why she needed to be part of the larger deaf community, and there was no saying “no” to this young woman. 
Kate entered MSSD as a junior. 
She received her undergraduate degree from Gallaudet University and then earned master’s degrees in international relations from the University of Limerick, Ireland, and later from Gallaudet. 
After working for not-for-profit organizations serving the deaf, including in Haiti and Malawi, she is now on the faculty at Gallaudet University herself.
We’ve attended Gallaudet University athletic events and theater productions over the years. If there is something that the deaf cannot do – except to hear – we have yet to discover it.
Most deaf people we have met do not consider their deafness to be a disability. That, to us, is key. 
It’s about how you define yourself. Kudos to Nia for bringing deaf awareness to us all.
Gail and Michael Breen

Isachsen will bring integrity to Milton

For over 50 years, I have lived in the town of Milton. Elected town government officials have come and gone. Some of those folks have been very effective. Some, however, have not been. 
I was pleased to read that Ryan Isachsen, one of my fellow Ethics Board members in Milton, was running for Town Council. 
Ryan was part of the Ethics Board for a number of years, including one term as chairman.
Ryan was always unbiased and fair in his assessment of the complaints brought before the board. 
Ryan never bowed to political pressure during his tenure on the Ethics Board.
Ryan is a man of great pride in his work. He’s a local man with a wife and two children, not to mention his four dogs. 
He will work tirelessly for the benefit of all constituents of the town of Milton, with no partiality or favor to political party. He’s what we need in the town now. 
I’m a Democrat in a sea of Republicans; however, I have always voted for the folks I thought best suited for a position, not by party line. Please vote write in Ryan Isachsen on June 25. Polls open at noon.
Suzanne Canell
Ballston Spa 

Get us Chick-fil-A and save the planet

According to a National Geographic article, replacing the beef on your plate with carbon-light chicken will cut your dietary carbon footprint in half.
The article states: “That’s according to a first-ever national study of U.S. eating habits and their carbon footprints.”
Maybe now it’s time we fully embrace Chick-fil-A.
There’s plenty of room up here in the north. Chick-fil-A, come on up. Oh, I’m sorry. Am I being politically incorrect? To heck with that. Let’s save the planet.
John Gentile

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