Gift of plants leads to more generosity
A few months ago, I placed several bags of hostas from my garden in front of my home for free, so someone else could enjoy them.
On Nov. 20, I came home from my walk to find an envelope in my breezeway.
I opened the anonymous card to find a nice note with money in it. The note expressed gratitude from a person who picked up most of the plants. I want to say “Thank you” for your kindness, but it was not necessary.
Your act of kindness was donated to our local Elks, who had a charity dinner that evening.
Send out clergy to give peace a chance
Across the country protests are escalating into riots. Arson and looting crimes are taking over what would otherwise be a lawful freedom of expression.
Reports indicate that the escalation is generally the result of the efforts of outside agitators arriving on the scene of the protest.
A common method for turning the protest into a riot is to confront and even assault the law enforcement personnel that are present for crowd control.
What if, instead of law enforcement, all of the clergy in the area showed up.
An April 26 article in the Gazette (“Give peace a chance”) described how Father Jim Murphy persuaded Vietnam War protesters to not enter the Schenectady GE plant property.
An example which suggests that the idea just might work.
Consider buying local to save downtowns
If we want to continue to enjoy Saratoga Springs’ vibrant downtown, if we want to stroll our historic sidewalks with a specialty coffee and amble into the unique shops in 2021, we need to understand that the livelihood of these businesses are at risk right now.
Before we buy through Amazon (a company that has seen record profits during the pandemic), we need to think – can this be purchased downtown or locally?
And if not – can something else be substituted?
Gift certificates to local businesses not only make great presents, they keep our local economy stable and growing, and just may help a local businessperson survive until spring.
Several local merchants are offering online purchases to keep us safe.
Think outside the gift box: a pound of locally roasted coffee or certificate for a deli sandwich make great gifts.
The downtown business people are not just “merchants”; they are our friends and neighbors; vital, integral parts of our community.
When you shop local, you’re not helping some big box CEO buy yet another vacation home or further jack up their already six figure salary.
You’re helping to put food on your neighbor’s table, helping them to make a mortgage payment, helping their children take dance lessons, or go to camp.
For years, our local businesses have supported our sports clubs, school events, and donated to our charities.
It is our turn to be there for them.
Remember, it’s buy local or it’s bye local.
Gazette readers lucky to have Peter Barber
Gazette photographer Peter Barber has always done excellent, notable and delightful work. His recent contribution in the Nov. 19 Gazette, especially the horses on page C5, are truly elegant and interesting; demonstrating his extraordinary talent and amusement usually associated with larger publications, but only infrequently.
Peter Barber is a real asset to The Gazette and its fortunate readers. Kudos to The Gazette and Mr. Barber. Well-deserved appreciation for the quality of the work and choice.
Dr. Lyle Barlyn
Editor’s Note: We heartily agree.
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