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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, Feb. 23


Aerodrome concerts were a gas, gas, gas

I have fond memories of my experiences at the Aerodrome (Gazette articles Jan. 31 and Feb. 4), admittedly with some pretty good fake IDs (at 16 years old), seeing all but The Box Tops, Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin.
Somehow our band at the time, The Dynamics, ended up with the Fuzz Tone Box from The Vanilla Fudge. It was wild on the floor and back then almost everyone was smoking cigarettes, amongst other things.
To us younger musicians at the time, seeing these bands perform up close and personal was the thrill of a lifetime. Chicago, Johnny Maestro, Buddy Miles and the list goes on. Watching these musicians perform live was also a learning experience to watch the masters’ techniques.
Although Drome Sound Music (one end of the Aerodrome building) was in its infancy at the time, as a musician it was the only place to go to see the equipment the big bands used, short of going to Manny’s on West 48th in Manhattan. The Crystal Mansion was at the other end and had the Parrot “Pancho” outside. There was a reward if you could get the parrot to speak.
Omissions: The Sundowners, who weren’t mentioned in any articles, were the opening act for The Monkees, Jimi Hendrix, and Ike and Tina Turner in 1967, and could perform Beatles songs like no other. It was a treat to see them at the Aerodrome. Joe English, drummer from Jam Factory (Syracuse), another Aerodrome group, ended up playing with Paul McCartney and Wings. Quite an accomplishment.
Bob Belive

Only sore losers push election lies

I am glad that my children are adults now, as they already learned about how to deal with losing. Most kids learn from playing sports that you can’t win all the time. Unfortunately, not all learn that lesson.
I have seen hundreds of youth sports and have observed numerous coaches help their players cope with the loss of a hotly contested game. Seeing these players learn to handle defeat has always made me proud.
Unfortunately, our national political leaders have not all learned this lesson. Their accusations, along with their whining, exemplify the traits of a sore loser. They set a terrible example for the country, as going along with the majority vote is part of democracy. It is often difficult to accept a loss when on the losing side, but it is essential if we want to keep a democracy.
Violence is the inevitable outcome of believing that the results of a vote are fabricated. We have seen this in other countries. While some suggest the recent results from the presidential elections were fabricated, all states have indicated that they are accurate. It is only the sore losers who insist the results were false.
This is no different than blaming the refs or umpires after a loss. Let’s get back to accepting that we can’t win all the contests, and please let’s be good examples for our nation’s children.
Raymond Bodensieck

NY has fumbled vaccine rollout

An 80-year-old Marine I know with cancer can’t get a shot. Some travel out of the area to get a shot. If you were a lucky few over 65, you got a shot at CVS. Some people know someone and have gotten a shot. People with preexisting conditions are now prioritized.
Cuomo has had to make tough decisions to plan the rollout. On the other hand, he should have known since last summer that everyone wouldn’t get a shot on Day 1. Now the estimate is that all the shots won’t be given out until the end of July.
Albany is again asleep at the switch. Everyone is on their own to scramble over too few shots. This rollout is another state screw-up.
Rick Green
Ballston Lake

Capitalize on city’s nickname

The possibility of losing something can make us better appreciate what we have.
As reported in the Feb. 16 Gazette (“Golub suggests new nickname for city”), Neil Golub suggested to the City Council replacing the “Electric City” nickname with “Schenectady Metro” to reflect changes in the past 30 years. It has merit, but not enough.
Electricity is an unmatched marvel. Virtually everything we need and enjoy relies upon it. Schenectady should retain a motto showing pride as a leader in electrifying the world.
Civic leader Brian Merriam initiated and completed lifesize bronze statues of Thomas Edison and Charles Steinmetz by the notable sculptor Dexter Benedict. Brian is now working with historian Laura Lee and myself for a George Westinghouse statue on the adjacent plaza. It is where the Westinghouse Agricultural Works was located. It is where young George Westinghouse learned to invent, manufacture and market products, before launching a career creating many products and jobs.
Electricity is another word for exciting. A music or dance performance can be described as electric. No life could exist without electricity. Growth requires electrochemistry. Our brain works like a computer. Nerves are wires sending electrical signals to our muscles. Nerves feedback to our brain the senses of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell.
Rather than abandoning the “Electric City” nickname, we should extend our thinking to all the mysteries and applications of electricity, while honoring the scientists and engineers who have discovered and applied electricity to create the necessities, conveniences and pleasures of our modern world.
Frank Wicks


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Raymond, I totally agree. The Hillary party spent 4 years trying to get rid of a duly elected president and it ended with a summer of destruction with federal, state and local establishments destroyed, people attacked for their believes or canceled for things they said or did before the great ‘woke’ culture was established. There is a difference between unity and conformity. It’s time to work together and listen to each other, not just hear the words.

Great letter Raymond. Even after the devastating result of the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton said, “Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.” That’s leadership, and that is being gracious in defeat. Donald Trump briefly acknowledged his loss an entire month after the election results were clear, and only after an insurrection on the Capitol at his behest, and 60 courtroom defeats, yet he’s STILL parroting the same lies about the election being stolen. It would be truly sad and pathetic if it weren’t also so dangerous in that the millions of followers he has convinced have turned to violence based upon his lies. If there were ever a time to award a participation trophy, it would be now, to soothe Donald Trump’s fractured ego in his electoral defeat so the country can move on.


Couldn’t agree more with Raymond’s letter as well as the comments from both msannie and Matt. Keep up the smart, logical, positive thinking!

geri krawitz

i have an idea not to do with presidential elections or the folly of the democrats.
i read that iran wants a trillion dollars from us and an end to all sanctyions and the ability to monitor themselves about nucleor weapons
let all countries do as they want no interference form the united states we do not need a league of nations or a uncredible u.n. clost the u.n.
but we will not give any monies to any countries regardless of their desires for loot.
run your own country nothing from us. goverments that support law and order britain france israel and are willing to cooperate with us can get funds why bother with the others and their arrogance to set rules only favorable to themselves while asking for funds the audacity. many middle eat countries ae striving for peace lets go with them


Frank Wicks,

I’m 100 percent with you regarding keeping the nick name of Schenectady “The Electric city.” Such depth of meaning in the indelible history of Schenectady.

I’m thinking Neil Golub may have bumped his head when he wanted to change the nick name to
“Schenectady Metro.”

I remember back in 1979 when a house in Schenectady was so over run by millions of roaches it made national news. Stephen Colbert even commented on Schenectady being the “Roach Capital of the World.”

I’m almost inclined to say my preference would be “Roach Capital” over “Metro.”🤣

To open schools for in person learning will require all school employees to be vaccinated. Those that do not wish to go along with this policy can and should be replaced by those who do not wish to put children in harms way.


Rick Green – Thank you for your service. I understand your frustration with the vaccine rollout. But we need to put this in perspective. The Trump administration cut back their order for only 100 million doses (only good for 50 million citizens). They failed to inform the incoming Biden administration of the tools they needed to take over during the transition (they held back at Trump’s instructions, but that’s a topic for another day). Once Biden took over at the end of last month, he made arrangements to obtain 600 million doses, enough for almost all Americans to get their two doses. It takes Pfizer and Moderna some time to produce the vaccines so everything is pushed back a few months. Most states set up their priority systems based on CDC guidelines which front loaded the majority of their citizens. Thus, the demand has been much higher than the supply at this point. But it seems like things are speeding up with the two drug companies and now Johnson and Johnson (only one dose) pledging 240 million doses by the end of March. Please keep the faith.

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