Tired of negativity directed at police
I sympathize with the police departments across our country.
Why would you want to protect and serve if you will be scrutinized for every move that you make? I am sick and tired of the stereotyping that is taking place in this country, and it needs to stop.
Not every police officer is a bad police officer, yet they all keep being “lumped” together, regardless of their disposition.
For those “clamoring” to defund the police, maybe the police should not answer your call when and if you need them and dial 911.
Children need access to a moral compass
I used to have a little sign on my refrigerator, “Just Because You Can – Doesn’t Mean You Should.” It was a reminder for everyone in my household to live together with respect and a moral compass. As a parent and grandparent, I hope respect and the moral compass taught inside my home carries outside as well.
On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a teen’s vulgar speech on Snapchat is considered free speech and the school had no right to punish her.
The teen’s parents were party to the lawsuit, which, in my mind, means they supported the vulgar and disrespectful speech their daughter used in her Snapchat post.
People will often apologize to me for letting out a swear word when they find out I am a bishop.
I respond by telling them I was in the army, so no offense taken. Also, I’m known to let out a few cuss words when I stub my toe or hit my head on the cabinet.
I always hear my mother’s voice in my head, “Anthony Wayne! Don’t ever say that word again!” I wonder what voice the teen in the lawsuit will hear later in her life?
Also, since Pew Research shows that the Capital Region is one of the least religious areas of the United States, just where do families get help to be grounded in respect and morality? Hopefully not Snapchat.
Bishop Tony Green
Simpkins earned place in local history
I was so gratified and pleased when I read the article (“City honors community leader Walter Simpkins”) in the June 30 Gazette.
His authentic activism, infectious enthusiasm, unflagging organizational and educational skills, his empathy, humor and refusal to recognize obstacles, and his unsurpassed dedication to improving the quality of life for all Schenectady citizens make him a local institution to be treasured.
I might add to the wonderful piece that Mr. Simpkins, along with Marsha Mortimer, Gretchel Hathaway, and students from both the Schenectady school district and Union College, was instrumental in helping to revive interest in the historical contributions of Schenectady’s 400-year-old African-American community.
And Walter always seems to be everywhere at once. Some years ago, I had the pleasure of introducing him at a Juneteenth celebration held at Vale Cemetery’s newly renovated Ancestral Plot, formerly called the “Colored Plot.”
In fact, I was not even aware of the significance of Juneteenth until Walter told me all about it. I said to the audience: “When the Vikings landed in North America, Walter was already there. When Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific, Walter was already there. When Sir Edmund Hillary reached the top of Mt. Everest, Walter was already there. And when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. … Well, I don’t have to tell you who was already there with a big smile on his face!”
Everyone present knew what I meant.
May every Schenectady day be Walter Simpkins Day.
The writer retired from the Schenectady High School Social Studies Department.
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