Johnson was always there for the people
To say we were polar opposites politically would be an understatement. Karen Johnson was the open-minded, liberal-thinking mayor of Schenectady and I was a rigid, conservative police officer.
Yet, as opposite as we were, we found common ground in Schenectady’s greatest resource, its people, most notably the children.
Our relationship began in 1990 when Karen and I co-chaired the 25th Anniversary of George Rose as President of Belmont Pop Warner. Although Karen didn’t know much about football or the history of Belmont Pop Warner, and that included George Rose, she did know about organizing. She put together a celebration second to none. This great event was the start of a relationship that would last for years to come.
In 1993, I became one of the Schenectady Police Departments D.A.R.E. Officers. Karen Johnson just happened to be the chairperson of our DARE Advisory Board. I am honored to say that Karen and the rest of this volunteer board worked tirelessly for 10 years raising money and promoting the program to not only the general public but also to the business community. Karen once again was the behind-the-scenes driving force. Never afraid to roll up her sleeves and get her hands dirty, she was always there.
In a world focused on self-interest, we could sure use more people like Karen Johnson. Thank you, Karen, and may God bless you.
Deacon Richard “Rit” DiCaprio
Go even further to protect the unborn
In response to Clyde Maughan’s June 19 letter about cats getting more respect than unborn children, I would have a different slant.
Yes, we should care about our furry friends and protect them because they have no voice of their own. Now when it come to our unborn children, we should go out of way to protect them, as they have no voice for themselves.
Have we gone insane? We sure did 55 million baby deaths ago. This is not self-righteous, pointing-the-finger talk, but nothing more then the horrible facts. Our children deserve just as much, if not more, protection. We all thought Hitler was insane, and his 1.5 million babies slaughtered doesn’t even come close to what we have done in the name of the easy way out. In this day and age when birth control can be had by all, why so many babies are put to death is beyond me. Insane, yes. But it’s not too late to actually plan ahead to save the life of that unborn child, just as we have groups who love and protect our pets. How much more should we do for our children?
Support president, fight for freedom
The way to keep our country great, first, is to support our president 100 percent. Second, we need speakers around the country to inform college students of our responsibility to our country.
As President Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”
Vote for people with high moral values who uphold our Constitution and our rule of law. We have to keep Jesus as our foundation to our life for us, our families and our families to be.
Without Jesus, our life and country would be empty. Our country is the most beautiful country in the world, blessed with all the resources to sustain life and to be the most powerful.
But we’re losing it because of greed and lies. Our kids are being indoctrinated into socialism in our grade schools and colleges with the promise of free education and health care. But remember, whatever you get for free, you will be controlled if you don’t comply. You will lose what you’re getting or worse.
The media won’t show you how people are living in Russia, China, North Korea, Venezuela and Iran. The New World Order is to control you to their wishes. Murder is nothing to these people. They’re ruthless, and no one goes after them.
My life and family are everything to me, and no one is going to control me or my family. We were born free and I’m going to die free.
Claude Rizzicone, Jr.