Support efforts to end police brutality
I joined All of Us, Schenectady NAACP, and Schenectady Clergy Against Hate to protest the police use of knee to head restraint, as justified in specific circumstances.
There should be no debate on this issue as the nationwide pain and grief unfolds at the trial of Derek Chauvin, accused of the murder of George Floyd. This restraint should be banned along with chokeholds, hogties, and shooting at moving vehicles.
All of Us, a local coalition of young people in Schenectady, issued 13 reasonable demands targeted to prevent police brutality and abuse of power.
They called for sanctions against racism, transparency of police actions and records, accountability for any mistreatment by the police, and a demilitarization of the police.
They stressed restorative practices and conflict resolution necessary components of community policing. Schenectady needs an independent civilian review board with the power to investigate police misbehavior and hold police accountable.
A mental health crisis team outside the police department could eliminate many tragedies of people experiencing mental health crises. I urge the mayor, police chief, safety commissioner and City Council to listen and act on these recommendations.
Impeachment must be for legit reasons
I see in the news that Andy Cuomo is in big trouble now.
A lot of folks want to have him impeached, mainly due to recent allegations of his sexual indiscretions. Well, let me say that I’m in no way a Cuomo supporter. I consider him to be arrogant, obnoxious and overbearing.
However, to impeach him over what is assumed to be sexual misconduct is totally misguided and inappropriate.
Get real. He is simply not guilty of this transgression.
Take a look at his background; his parents and relatives are all from southern Italy and Sicily. In that part of the world, displays of affection are much more graphic than what we are accustomed to in our sheltered and very prudish Western culture.
People kissing friends and even strangers on the cheeks is not at all out of line in their world, and yes, it is not uncommon to see men kissing other men when they meet.
From our distorted Western world perception, such activity may seem pornographic but believe me it is not. I’ve encountered many individuals who became highly agitated after witnessing such man-kissing episodes. I’ve even heard a story of several senior citizens who went catatonic after witnessing such activity.
My point here is that although Cuomo’s behavior may seem to be out of line, actually it is not. So I say impeaching Cuomo is likely a worthy goal. But if you intend to do it, make certain that you narrow it down to truly legitimate reasons.
Thomas M. Koch
America is worth major investment
Bravo Peter Jensen on your April 11 article “Infrastructure: Pay now or pay (even more) later.”
Those who criticize spending trillions of dollars now are pushing the cost, which will be much higher, on our children.
Our crumbling roads and bridges, if not repaired/replaced, will become death traps. Remember the Schoharie Creek bridge collapse? Do we want to see loss of life again because we chose not to spend money?
The Band-Aid mentality of fixing pipes, especially the lead pipes, is costing more in the long run than replacing them now.
Isn’t our health and the health of our children worth the cost?
Why are we punishing those children that don’t have access to computers? Those that don’t have access are the ones that need them most. ALL children have the right to a good education. Their ability to learn should not be put on the back burner.
Have we learned nothing from the pandemic?
Veterans, health care workers and teachers need a safe, healthy and stable place to work and administer services to those that need it.
Isn’t it time that big corporations help monetarily?
I don’t begrudge any company or person from making a profit. But isn’t it time for them to spend some of those profits on America and not just putting money in executives’ pockets.
We as Americans are worth the expense.
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