Check out historic Tubman presentation
Reading Neil Yetwin’s Aug 14 letter (“Frank Wicks is a Schenectady treasure”) in The Gazette, a tribute to the accomplished Frank Wicks, as a “Schenectady treasure,” I couldn’t agree more.
That has prompted me to expound further on the Seward/Tubman statue, one of the many achievements accorded Frank in the article.
Located on Clinton Street, outside the Karen B. Johnson Schenectady County Library, sits a large most impressive work of art in bronze, the magnificently crafted statue.
Fortunately, I had the distinct privilege of interviewing Frank and his associates on April 11, 2019, as the producer of the film “Wade in the Water,” the title being a reference to abolitionist Harriett Tubman’s struggles during the 1850’s emancipation of slavery.
This documentary and subsequent May 17 unveiling ceremony at the library site were filmed by the very talented Randall Hogue and his son, Randy Hogue Jr., and have been archived at the Schenectady County Historical Society for public viewing. It’s a must-see!
Please make an appointment with SCHS at 518-374-0263 for this historical presentation, as this was made possible by the visionary and philanthropic Frank Wicks, professor emeritus at Union College, who had an idea that he fostered to benefit our community and for posterity.
I am proud to call him my friend and the “Schenectady treasure” that he is.
Janice Evans Thompson
The writer is a producer/host with Schenectady Access Cable Council.
Nisky needs better way to hire new chief
The town of Niskayuna has more sagas than a TV series. The latest is the hiring of a new police chief.
Stephen Benton’s Aug. 15 letter (“Niskayuna needs to get better leadership”) pointed out, that the residents have received a flurry of emails seeking input. Why? How often do residents interact with the chief?
The police chief should not be a pawn of any elected official, but an advocate for this department as Chief Wall was.
We have had two chiefs embroiled in controversy in less than a year. The Wall controversy is disturbing. The comptroller, who does NOT live in the town but makes decisions on our taxes, made allegations against Wall. Despite the fact, that Wall has a bi-racial son and a multi-racial grandchild, she was accused of racial slurs and making threatening remarks. This hardly is a prototype of a racist.
Wall was asked to remain and to give conditions to continue.
The town never responded to these conditions. Instead, a committee investigated these charges but never interviewed Wall. Unbelievable!
This type of investigation is called a “kangaroo court.” The articles on Wall leave more questions than answers. Personally, I do not believe these allegations.
This type of nonsense never occurred under previous administrations (Luke Smith and Joe Landry).
Our town government is rudderless — no leadership. Three long-time employees (Sebesta, McManus, Wall) have suffered unnecessarily. Who will be next?
The process used to hire the new chief is the same one used to hire the comptroller. I suggest the town find a better process.
We’ll all just be glad for Afghan war’s end
The 20-year war in Afghanistan is over. That’s all most Americans care about. It’s finally over. The media is enthralled with the chaos of the last days of the withdrawal. It makes for great TV. But in a month or two, no one will care.
We won’t care about the story behind it. We won’t care that in February of 2020 Trump cut a deal with the Taliban. It simply was this: Stop killing us and we’ll leave next year. The government of Afghanistan was excluded from the talks, so the Taliban went about cutting their own deals for cease-fires, lubricated with bribes, with every tribal chief and warlord they could find.
So when Biden said he’d honor Trump’s deal, they were all set to stroll in the front door when we walked out the back. It was the war’s end that Biden wanted for years.
In two months, no one will care about that or what is sure to be many tales of corruption and palace intrigue. The planes will all have left Kabul and the Afghans will have reconciled their fate, unwilling to fight for something they viewed as not worth fighting for.
The forever war is finally over.
I don’t expect the generals to apologize for being so wrong, I don’t expect the think-tank geniuses and TV talking heads to admit they didn’t know what they were talking about, and I don’t want to hear any comparisons to Vietnam.
The war is over, go in peace.
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