Sch’dy must step up and return Liberty
People came to America by the millions over the years. One of the first things that they saw in America and Ellis Island was the inspiration of freedom and liberty, Lady of America, still greeting them today.
I was very impressed with Lance R. Jackson’s June 11 letter (“Restore Liberty to rightful location.”)
Mayor Gary McCarthy and the Schenectady City Council have the power.
Actually the mayor has the authority to do so on his own. The City Council on Aug.12, 2013, adopted Resolution #2013-206 for the Implementation Plan that calls for Lady Liberty to be returned along State Street near the CDTA shelter.
There is no question where the statue belongs if it is on the books.
I agree that there is enough money coming to Schenectady to pay for the return of the statue to her rightful space and home.
Remember the saying, “And a child shall lead them?” Many Boy Scouts through their great efforts helped raise the money to bring the statue to Schenectady, and their memory should be preserved.
It’s unknown why the mayor is holding back. He can right the wrong with just a phone call and solve the problem for all time.
The mayor has been in Schenectady government for many years, and he may well have been a part of it in August 2013.
Now is the time for the administration to come up to bat and hit a home run for the citizens of Schenectady and give us back our statue to her rightful home in Gateway Park.
Don’t shield children from nation’s past
I find it hypocritical that there are members of the Niskayuna School District community who want to continue to whitewash this nation’s history. To make matters worse, they proclaim to be teaching their children Christian values.
Whether or not we want to accept it, racism has been and continues to be ingrained in this nation’s history.
Shielding our children from the truth only perpetuates misinformation.
As a nation we have come far but not far enough. Is it not the function of our schools to teach our children how to think, not what to think?
Seeing results of an entitled generation
Everywhere you turn now you see: “Now hiring” and hear it’s impossible to hire good help. I also hear it’s the government’s fault for giving away so much money.
To me, I see the results of a truly spoiled generation raising a generation of children who know little of a life other than entitlement.
Why should children who are allowed to live at home, drive automobiles and carry expensive cell phones want to actually allow someone to give them directions and expect them to be followed?
Why, they don’t need to actually learn anything to graduate from high school or college.
Our school leaders try to come up with a curriculum to interest the functionally illiterate student body, while most teachers have lost command of language skills in favor of “lol” or “omg.”
Blaming the educational system for these woes is a cop-out, as most of the children by the time they get to kindergarten are so indoctrinated by television and media, any hope of instilling work ethic is unlikely.
I have never been a fan of Donald Trump, but he was correct when he said things have gone beyond a tipping point. Don’t blame others. Look at yourselves.
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