Paser, Rivera should lead Sch’dy schools
With a new school year looming, the Schenectady school district must quickly fill two leadership positions soon to be vacated: school board president and interim school superintendent.
A newly-constituted school board, effective July 1, is unprecedented in Schenectady.
All seven members women, four of color, underline the importance of women in community life and the growing empowerment of Schenectady’s communities of color, which comprise about a third of the city’s residents and whose children account for about 75% of the district’s nearly 10,000 students.
I propose that the school board designate as its president Beatrice Rivera, a Black Latina, a onetime teacher in the district, now a professional in NYSUT, the statewide teacher’s union.
As board president, Rivera would be positioned to spearhead improving relations between the Schenectady Federation of Teachers, a NYSUT affiliate, and the district leadership.
I propose further that the interim superintendent be a seasoned administrator in the district, specifically, Dr. Patty Paser, who has risen from school principal to assistant for nearly a decade to two Schenectady superintendents.
Reportedly, Paser is nearing retirement. The district would benefit greatly with her as interim superintendent for a year or two, providing the board time to recruit a permanent supervisor by a fundamentally improved process.
The prospects for Paser succeeding as interim superintendent, jointly with Rivera as board president, would likely be enhanced, since the district is slated to receive a substantial multi-year increase in federal and state aid needed to improve student performance, staff morale, and community support.
Wealthy contribute to economic vitality
“The greedy rich, don’t pay their fair share in taxes” is the mantra of the progressive party.
Let’s take a look at one of these greedy rich, Jeff Bezos.
He started a company called Amazon, which now employs 1.6 million people. The average income tax, paid by citizens in the United States is $15,000/year. I’ll use $10,000/year.
Multiply $10,000 by 1.6 million people and the government income tax from Amazon is $16 billion.
If we continued with Facebook, Apple, and Google, you can easily see how the Treasury’s income can be in the trillions of dollars. With those returns, we need more, not less greedy people.
We don’t need the likes of A.O.C, Schumer, and Pelosi to push Biden’s buttons towards socialism. We need a leader that understands capitalism by creating an atmosphere to keep delivering greedy entrepreneurs. That person is Donald Trump. I know how much people hate him and I understand their angst. I, too wish he would keep his mouth shut.
If we continue down the path towards socialism, we’ll end up like Cuba or Venezuela where the rich only reside in government and the people are equally poor. Then the progressives won’t have to worry about the greedy rich.
As always, God Bless us, our families and God Bless America.
Boat inspection editorial hit the mark
Loved the June 5 editorial (“Require boat inspections for invaders”) on boat inspections. Thank you very much!
John F. Sheehan
The writer is the Adirondack Council Director of Communications.
Slavery is rooted in trade and wealth
One difference between slavery as it exists now and the many years of slavery in the United States was its sophisticated entanglement with the major powers of the day through trans-Atlantic trade and capital.
This financial system allowed slaves to be used as collateral on loans to industrialists so that the advanced economies of the day were dependent on it.
This system combined with the day-to-day conditions of slavery, which excluded education and included the selling of family members created long term disadvantages many of which continued in the Jim Crow era.
As Abraham Lincoln stated in March 1865, ‘if God wills that it continue (the Civil War) until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword as was said three thousand years ago so still it must be said the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.’
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