Find appropriate place for statue
My late wife, Marilyn D. Davis, was a woman of many interests: homemaker for four children, community volunteer, GE employee, and active in statewide Libertarian politics. She had a lifelong dream of pursuing a college education. In 1986, at age 56, she achieved it.
She completed two degrees while attending Schenectady County Community College, first as a paralegal and second in English including a creative writing course. All her courses were completed with highest honors. Also while at SCCC, she was employed by the college as a tutor and mentor for fellow students.
Our family has recently been in the process of preserving family records, and it was during this work we rediscovered Marilyn’s essay, which she wrote in 1987.
It is my hope that a new location for the statue will be found to inspire future students, as it did my wife.
Donald H. Davis
The Golden Door
By Marilyn Dawn Davis
Facing Schenectady County Community College in Liberty Park is a replica of the Statue of Liberty.
Much smaller than her majestic sister in the New York harbor, she is scarcely noticed by passers-by or students hurrying to and from classes.
She stands silently, holding her torch on high and gazing serenely at the college across the way.
She is a particularly apt symbol, I believe, not only of the freedoms usually associated with the Statue of Liberty, but of another freedom: the freedom of educational opportunity.
This one freedom leads to most of the others each of us holds so dear.
Education is the foundation we need in order to achieve our greatest dreams and to reach our potential.
It is a rock to build our castles on. It is the golden door to the future.
Each one of us holds the key to the golden door; from the first day of school, through elementary school, high school and college, we are preparing ourselves for the future by setting goals and visualizing the kind of person we want to become.
It is only through our own efforts that we will achieve our goals; by working for them and letting nothing sway us from the path to achieving them; by always searching for the right way.
Sometimes the way seems hilly and uneven, with twists and turns and dead ends, but we must keep on in spite of disappointment and set-backs.
Along the way we will find our greatest values. We will find ourselves. We will discover who we are and what we are capable of accomplishing.
The only limits to our dreams and ambitions are self-imposed ones; the limits we place on desire, perseverance, and hard work.
We who have the privilege and opportunity must take advantage of it so that the bright future we could have had will not slip away into what “might have been”.
Since the year just past has been the occasion for a memorable and emotional 100th birthday celebration for the Statue of Liberty, this is a fitting time to consider the freedoms that education can bring to each of us.
These freedoms include freedom from ignorance, fear, and poverty; and freedom to grow into personal independence, confidence, self- esteem, accomplishment and self-fulfillment.
To me, the torch of the Statue of Liberty represents the light of knowledge dispelling the darkness of ignorance and despair, and the last line of the poem written by Emma Lazarus for the Statue of Liberty seems to me an especially significant one for all students:
“I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Advice for raising chickens in the city
After reading the Oct. 9 editorial (“No chickens without strong regs”), I have some basic advice on keeping chickens.
Getting chickens is pretty straight forward. Buy some layer chicks, put them in a brooder feed and water them for six or so months; get some eggs (a coop and nest boxes are part of it).
Success is more likely to happen if you connect with a cooperative extension in your area. They will be able to answer questions and even have booklets to help teach children about the process.
4-H clubs can allow your kids to share experiences in a structured way. It always amuses me when governments, editors and TV reporters cover this like it is a big deal. Then again, there are kids out there that think chicken has no bones and all our food just comes to a supermarket. One final thing, compost your manure before using it in the garden. It is a better way to use it.
Election bigger than just one candidate
Please don’t squander your vote because you despise a personality. Your vote is far weightier and should be earned by those who will preserve our Constitution and safeguard our liberties.
This country is not ours alone, but a legacy, hard-won by the blood of fellow patriots. We enjoy it only briefly. Let’s cherish and preserve this sacred inheritance for our children, so they may prosper in the God-given freedoms America provides.
Shut out the cacophony. Contemplate the unique joy of being American. Freedom, peace and prosperity remain intact only when our elected honor and adhere to our Constitution.
Clear evidence reveals the previous administration has, for four years, been diabolical in their scheming to wrest power from an elected president.
In doing so, they dishonor their sacred vow to uphold the Constitution, and disdain their fellow citizens by scorning their vote.
Let us not be selfish nor frivolous. Resist the lure of goodies, media manipulation and emotional ploys. Vote for our preservation, not a dismantling of our country. If we find ourselves in a land of despair, it will be useless to blame another.
God gives us wisdom, and may we once again come together for the cause of liberty.
Utility workers are heroes in a storm
We live in the town of Niskayuna and the Colonie school system. We lost power after that microburst ravaged trees and power lines. Our outage lasted from the afternoon of Oct. 7 until the afternoon of Oct. 11.
Hundreds of utility workers from all over the state and out -of-state utility workers, too, were working around the clock to restore power.
I know they have to repair the largest populated areas first, which makes sense. Unfortunately, we were on the bottom of the priority list, and rightfully so, based on the population of our affected area.
All that being said, these men and women are heroes. We don’t think about them until something like that happens. So I want to thank them publicly. Wonderful job.
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