School board again betrayed the citizens
In his July 4 letter, (“Sch’dy schools must invest in new leader”) Neil Golub is right about hiring a Schenectady school superintendent: “If this new [school] board continues to use the same old process, it is likely to fail again.”
That’s what just happened. Once again, the board has hired a superintendent inappropriately, by a secretive process.
Schenectady residents had been assured by the outgoing board that the search for a new superintendent would have community input, that community opinions mattered; this proved not to be the case. Nor did the views of the two new board members, Jamaica Miles and Erica Brockmyer, who stressed the school board’s need to work together with the community to recruit a new superintendent. This past school year left Schenectady students reeling. Most of them never saw the inside of a classroom.
Too many Schenectady school superintendents of recent memory proved to be poor choices, reflecting the secretive process by which the school board had recruited them. As a result, Schenectady’s students suffered.
The previous board never explained why it didn’t hire an outside professional search firm to find the best candidates for the Schenectady superintendency. Don’t our children deserve the best possible person to lead them out of the nightmare of the 2020-2021 school year?
Superintendent-designate Anibal Soler Jr. may or may not be the best person for the job: Schenectady parents and taxpayers had no opportunity to assess his record and compare it with any other candidates’. Once again, the Schenectady community has been betrayed by its school board.
Mary Lou Russo
GOP’s conservative leaders best Dems’
In his May 17 letter (“Stefanik one sign of rot within the GOP,”) Dennis J. Quinn wrote that today’s Republican Party is an inexorably dying, Trump-worshipping party that has abandoned its conservative principles.
He referred to Rep. Elise Stefanik as an opportunist. These claims merit a response.
Trump’s character and personality remain problematic to many people, including some Republicans, and his stature within the party may fade within a year or so due chiefly to legal troubles.
If this occurs, there exists a diverse and highly capable group of individuals capable of leading the party including DeSantis, Haley, Rubio and Tim Scott.
With or without Trump, the GOP will remain the more conservative major party advocating for lower levels of taxation and spending, secure borders, energy independence, support for law enforcement, charter schools and a pro-life stance.
By contrast, the leftists who dominate today’s Democratic Party advocate for amnesty for illegals and open borders, Medicare for all, canceling of all student debt, packing the Supreme Court, runaway levels of federal spending and abortion on demand. The party of FDR, Truman, JFK and Stratton, of which I was a former member, is now the party of Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and DeBlasio.
Presidents Carter, Clinton and perhaps even Obama would be considered too moderate to be relevant in the party today.
Rep. Stefanik may indeed be an opportunist, but political opportunism is as old as the republic itself.
One’s opinion of her likely depends on your political affiliation.
Stephen A. Bedzis
Doctors should not charge no-show fees
Doctors make enough money with their practice. Charging a patient a no-show fee is outrageous.
Most people don’t miss appointments for no good reason. They usually forget their appointments. Older people are probably the ones who miss their appointments. Those are the people that can’t afford to pay a fee for a missed appointment.
As people get older, their memories are not as good as they were when they were younger. I was told once that doctors lose money on that missed appointment.
My reply to that was most people can’t afford a charge for something like that. We need to contact our state representatives and tell them that they need to introduce a bill to keep doctors from charging a no-show fee.
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