Sch’dy schools must invest in new leader
If one message is clear, Schenectady residents have little respect for the school board’s lack of decisiveness in identifying a new leader.
Our Schenectady school system has a very low rating. Certainly, change is required, and it must be soon.
Our study tells us it is the number one negative in Schenectady’s renewal.
Selecting a senior executive is not an easy job. If this new board continues to use the same old process, it is likely to fail again.
Might we suggest hiring a top-notch and respected national recruiting firm with a proven track record. Let them identify candidates that meet our requirements and specifications.
Maybe the board might also consider using the skills of a local senior human resource executive to help the process.
Over a year ago and assuming the board would do its job, I offered the president of the board that if a great candidate came along that I could find the funds from the business community to underwrite a lucrative signing bonus for the right candidate.
We see the need as that desperate. Unfortunately, nothing was resolved.
Short of that, the commissioner of state Education Department has some authority to step in and take positive action to get this project moving in the right direction.
The writer is chairman of Golub Corp.
Treat gun violence as national emergency
The FBI recently announced that their background checks blocked more than 300,000 gun sales in 2020.
Regardless, more than 100 Americans are killed by guns daily and hundreds more are wounded. We’re too familiar with weekly mass shootings, but what is being done to stop or prevent them?
Not much, in my opinion.
The fact is there are too many guns on the streets. There should be a moratorium on gun purchases until Congress can agree on a proposal to screen who can purchase a gun, how many guns people can own and the types of guns, offer a massive federal and state buyback campaign, limit states’ ability to liberalize gun availability, and publicize gun violence daily in the media like the COVID-19 cases and deaths.
Long-term, there should be a serious debate about the Second Amendment, which was written at a time that in no way resembles today.
The entire amendment is only 26 words and is so disjointed that it is left to too many interpretations.
“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
In colonial times, it meant if the people needed a citizen army, they could possess guns.
I doubt it means that such citizens can possess their own arsenal of weapons, including those as powerful as our military and in some cases untraceable.
Gun violence is a public health issue and should be treated as an emergency.
You never forget your first Concorde
Hallelujah! The 1,300 mph Concorde is returning to Schenectady (“In place” photo in the June 19 Gazette). At the first visit, I held a prize-winning flight ticket.
Stories of national plane crashes, Concorde plane parts dropping during flight and my fear of air crashes never destroyed my dream.
The glorious adventure only enhanced my appreciation of the elegant, good looking staff, and a personal cockpit visit with the aviators.
The gifts included a portfolio and a model replica Concorde.
My face blazes with memories of the cheering, applauding crowds.
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