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Stockade Inn should partner with SCCC

So here is an idea for an alternative plan for the Stockade Inn. How about a partnership between the Inn and the Schenectady County Community College hospitality program?
Similar to how students rotate through classes, this could be part of the curriculum, as well as an internship option.
This would enable students to work in all areas of the hospitality industry such as marketing, finance, management, and culinary arts.
This would be an invaluable real world experience for students and provide the Inn with a motivated and qualified workforce. This would be in line with the city of Schenectady’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan for the Stockade, which looks to reduce rental units. A win-win.
Ellen Daviero
Niskayuna

Look to science, data to slow covid

Tension exists between managing the current pandemic with economies open vs. closed. The optimum, as in New York state, embraces both sequentially.
Pandemic modeling illustrates for COVID-19 the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
That’s because shutting down (actually, slowing) regional economies reduces community transmission, preventing unmanageable COVID-19 disease prevalence. Failure to control may cause an invisible infection chain reaction to go critical, producing a pandemic time bomb. Unsurprisingly, pandemics are modeled much like nuclear reactions.
If uncontrolled, both grow exponentially. In a pandemic, that portends exploding populations of infected people to identify, contacts to trace, and possibly contagious people to quarantine. To illustrate, if each infected person infects on average two people/day (one possible pandemic R value), in one uncontrolled month, over a billion people get infected.
That’s why early control constitutes a cost-effective ounce of prevention. Unlike runaway nuclear chain reactions, pandemics unfold slowly. Such time dilation allows monitoring of the COVID-19 pandemic in daily time intervals. Data on COVID-19 incidence and prevalence require aggressive antibody and diagnostic testing.
Timely, accurate reporting also are needed for data-driven introduction of public health ‘control rods.’ These reduce infection incidence and prevalence to within tolerable levels. Together, however, they require diminished social and economic activity.
New York’s COVID-19 data responded predictably, enabling phased re-opening of regional economies. This is a tribute to science. In other states, as science deniers are tragically learning, inadequate data and premature reopening allowed their pandemic time bombs to explode.
Dr. Robert A. Michaels, PhD, CEP
Schenectady
The writer is president and toxicological health risk assessor at RAM TRAC Corporation.

Grateful for driver who gave umbrella

On Monday June 29, I took my disabled 97 year old father for a walk on the Niskayuna bike path.
It started to rain when we were in front of KAPL on River Road. We moved off the path and onto the grass under a tree. A kind, gallant gentleman stopped his car, got out and tossed a brand new large umbrella our way. His only words were, “Have a Nice Day” and off he drove.
I was at loss for words and am not sure if I even said thank you. So, if you are that kind gentleman that stopped for my father and I, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We made it back to our car safe and dry.
Because of your selflessness, I promise to pay this kind act forward.
Juju Berry
Colonie

Racism has deep roots in America

This country has been seeing what we couldn’t see when we didn’t have cell phones. Racism and police brutality have always been a thing for a long time.
America watched the KKK infiltrate police departments, the judicial system and politics. The KKK has been doing this since the 1950s. With all the statues and BLM spray painted on the streets across America, nothing is going to change.
As a former criminal justice professor, I can tell you exactly where the American police originated from. The textbooks may say England. That’s true, but before that, it was the slave patrols in the Southern states.
In the early 1700s, white men on horseback with metal badges would patrol the woods and swamps for runaway slaves.
These patrolmen would carry guns and whips, as they would find slaves from the plantation. We have seen time and time officers killing unarmed Black women, men and children. The cops always seem to get off. Nothing has changed, the horse is now a patrol car, whip is now a gun and the white sheets and hood is now a police uniform.
A Black life means nothing to America. It makes no sense explaining to whites because they will never experience what I go through every day. I am a veteran, former NYPD, first responder during 9/11, former state corrections officer and former college professor. That means nothing because I’m still followed in Price Chopper, Wal-Mart and Macy’s.
America was built on violence and racism.
Marvin Breedlove
Schenectady

Why do some get a pass on racist acts

Broadcaster Grant Napier is fired for saying “All lives matter,” yet liberal hall passes are given to Jimmy Kimmel and Howard Stern, despite their wearing blackface and uttering the most vile racist epithet.
Whoopi Goldberg insists Broadway’s “Great White Way” moniker must be renamed. An ABC producer asked a chess player if the game was racist given the white piece moves first. Disney is not immune. Dumbo is now on the cancellation hit list because it features black crow characters.
The absurdity continues in Minneapolis, where the city council unanimously voted to defund the police. Those same city council members now have private security at the tune of $4,500 per day paid by taxpayers. Hawk Newsome, the president of the Greater New York BLM, stated on national television, “If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it. All right? And I could be speaking figuratively. I could be speaking literally.”
So down the rabbit hole we go. Let’s hope a Trojan Horse does not await us at the bottom.
Joanne Holland
Cohoes

Need national order to mandate masks

I believe the selfish people who refuse to wear a mask and social distance are primarily Trump supporters. They ignore science and health experts and feel it’s their right to do what they want regardless of the consequences to others and themselves.
We have a right to scream fire, but you cannot do it in a movie theater for public safety reasons.
Not wearing a mask is no different. The country will not recover from the pandemic unless Trump and Pence stop the politics and encourage compliance.
Trump could start by wearing a mask and delay his indoor rallies. Southern and Southwestern states are experiencing spikes in positive covid cases and hospitalizations continue to stress medical personnel and health systems.
This selfish action needs to stop, otherwise the nation will endure the grief of unnecessary deaths and a severe economic price for years to come.
If Trump does not sign an executive order requiring face masks and social distancing, all future American deaths will be adding to his disastrous legacy.
Raymond Harris
Glenville

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