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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, July 13


Teachers, officials deserve support too

In a recent WAMC interview we were asked to be concerned about the emotional health of students after enduring over a year of the covid pandemic.
At this point I think we should worry more about the emotional health of the teachers and administrators. It must have been like riding through the tunnel of horrors without a seatbelt.
David Childs

Elect politicians who will do right things

From the July 7 Gazette photo (“Bridge struck yet again”): “Despite warning signs, the bridge is struck regularly by large trucks.”
People — this is not rocket science, it’s elementary school science. Signs and fines are NOT working. And will continue not to work.
The solution demands innovative analysis, a device that seems far beyond the average elected official’s comprehension.
Get rid of the same old, same old politicos. Elect new, term-limited representatives who possess vision, integrity and a drive to ‘do the right thing.’
Then, charge them with finding actual scientists to enact real solutions. Lasers? Divert the Indian Kill? Reroute Canadian Pacific through Clifton Park? Replicate the Maple Avenue overpass? (That would slow ‘em down!)  A 24/7 staffed (armed?) measuring station?
I am, obviously, not a scientist. I am a concerned citizen. I would campaign, and vote, for any person who is willing and able to put together the resources necessary to find an actual solution to this interminable trailer custom conversion joke.
Oh, and please, please, elect politicians who will put our Lady Liberty statue back.
Dick Curtis

Support the church, don’t only criticize

Abuses and scandals happen everywhere, not just in the Catholic Church. It is a fact of life that bad apples are everywhere.
Most Catholics are embittered by the scandals of the church in recent times. But those of us who love it, know that the church, like all other human institutions, is not made only of rotten apples, but also of good ones, who sacrifice themselves for her every day.
I’m talking about saints, such as Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Padre Pio and many others, including thousands of priests and missionaries everywhere, who work hard and risk their lives for the Christian faith. These are the ones we need to look up to; the faithful, the religious, the priests, and also the simple and honest people who are dedicated, love the church and their neighbor, and demonstrate it every day with good deeds.
Therefore, I believe that if we truly love the church, we must work and pray to renew it, not just to criticize it, although I realize that positive and constructive criticism is necessary (from those who have her good at heart), in order to help her grow, learn from her mistakes, and hopefully change and become better and more holy.
I will not judge, but I will criticize the wrong actions of some of her children. However, I will always defend the church, because my faith is in God, in Jesus Christ, His son, and His Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Queen of the Church.
Ottavio Lo Piccolo


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Schenectady Superintendent Salary: In such a poor district with such a low educational performance rating how can a salary of 215K be justified? It it seem to me that the money would be better spent on the kids.


I suggest that the voters be given the achievements of their children on standardized tests. From this information sensible public policies can developed, In particular I suggest the the achievement scores of drop outs be examined to find where the extreme failures of the school system exist

The obscure foundation funding “Critical Race Theory” hysteria
Judd Legum and Tesnim Zekeria
7 hr ago
How did CRT, a complex theory that explains how structural racism is embedded in the law, get redefined to represent corporate diversity trainings and high school classes on the history of slavery? The foundation funding much of the anti-CRT effort is run by a person who opposes all efforts to increase diversity at powerful institutions and laments the introduction of curriculum about the historical treatment of Black people.

It’s hard to generate excitement around tired arguments opposing diversity and racial equality. It’s easier to advocate against CRT, a term that sounds scary but no one really understands.

Mr. Harris, I guess then that Whites had it as badly as the Africans did, maybe worse. No need for reparations as Whites suffered as well, but we already knew this. At least normal thinking people with common sense did.



Slave traders or the conquering armies of old as Raymond pointed out didn’t stop ask who were socially undesirables when they raided the countryside. Where did you get that information to make that statement ?


The act of treating one individual as property reflects an assessment of socially undesirable! If we are to have a clear insight into or past then we must face the historical realities

A disastrous follow-up to my posts yesterday regarding the Moronic Republicans of TN.
Tennessee abandons vaccine outreach to minors — not just for COVID-19
Brett Kelman
Nashville Tennessean

The Tennessee Department of Health will halt all adolescent vaccine outreach – not just for coronavirus, but all diseases – amid pressure from Republican state lawmakers, according to an internal report and agency emails obtained by the Tennessean. If the health department must issue any information about vaccines, staff are instructed to strip the agency logo off the documents.

The health department will also stop all COVID-19 vaccine events on school property, despite holding at least one such event this month. The decisions to end vaccine outreach and school events come directly from Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey, the internal report states.

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