Team renaming has been taken too far
The effort to eliminate native names from sports teams is out of control.
Maybe the Washington name is a bit out of line, but Indian, Chief, Brave, etc. are not insulting. Note that the emblem for Cleveland is a happy-looking person.
In the late 1980s/early 1990’s, the NCAA forced the University of North Dakota to drop its name, The Fighting Sioux.
The governing body of the Sioux nation advised NCAA that it did not find the name insulting. In fact, they found it complimentary. The NCAA ignored them and forced the name change. Question: Why is Fighting Irish OK but Fighting Sioux not?
Will the animal rights folks jump on the bandwagon and go after the Eagles, Ravens, Hawks, Colts, Seahawks, Cardinals, Bears, Dolphins, Broncos, Lions, Panthers, Bengals, etc.?
City pays price for inaction on plowing
One year ago, I wrote this letter to The Gazette that was published:
Nothing like a large snowstorm to cause controversy in the city of Schenectady. The problem is that Schenectady likes to make solutions to problems much too difficult and confusing.
First, the city has the responsibility to clear all streets in a timely manner.
Second, the residents have the responsibility to obey all traffic laws and make sure the streets are passable to snowplows.
Third, all streets three or less lanes should have alternate side parking in the winter months, which should be enforced. Simple rules are easy to follow and enforce.
Fourth, perhaps, is to purchase a Unimog snowplow truck to be used on the narrow streets of Schenectady. Unimog snowplows are expensive but simply can’t be matched for snowplowing.
Fifth, what do I know about snow removal? Well, I have been doing it for 45 years.
Unfortunately, it fell on deaf ears and now we have to revisit the same situation again.
Commission gov’t served Spa City well
Kudos to the Saratoga Springs DPW for the terrific job in handling the snow removal during and after the recent storm.
Keep this in mind the next time charter reform advocates try to sell us on a city manager to replace our five commissioners, an impossible task, especially in emergency situations when police, fire and ambulance services need to access arteries in the city is urgent.
Pick up litter from your food donations
I’m writing to the good Samaritans who tie up traffic in front of Schenectady County Community College during rush hour.
You stop and give money and now, groceries, to the supposed “homeless” people, who take turns begging at the busy intersection.
Now, if there’s not enough litter there on the street already, these people can now picnic there and leave their garbage behind as well.
I’m requesting that you good Samaritans go and pick up after these slobs, as long as you’re tying up traffic anyway.
Bruce Barringer, Sr.
Find ways to help out in the pandemic
I would like to make a few recommendations for some other things we can do in response to this coronavirus epidemic, all compatible with what we’ve heard on the news.
First, since most restaurants and other businesses have been suffering, if you want to help make sure your favorite ones will still be open when this virus lifts (and you are financially able), buy some gift cards/certificates to these local places and give them as gifts.
This will give them revenue now.
But it will not add to their expenses until they are cashed in.
Some chains apparently don’t benefit before redemption unless the cards are purchased at the business itself.
Check any expiration dates — many have none.
The only downside is that they will not be redeemable if the businesses go bankrupt, so a significant number of people need to do this to help ensure they don’t fail.
The second thing is to help our governments fund needed responses to these difficult times.
If you owe on your taxes, and again, are financially able, pay them as soon as you can, for the early part of 2021 is when they may need the funds as much as any time of the year, particularly the state.
On the other hand, if you are owed a refund, hold off on mailing it in, even if by asking for an extension to file.
Of course, certain donations are especially helpful, to one or more of the many options.
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