Reopen Niskayuna pool to community
The pool at Niskayuna High School was approved and built as both a school and community resource. From planning back in 1998 to now, Daily Gazette articles and even Niskayuna’s school website refer to the pool as for public use.
In the past four years, the pool has been closed repeatedly. There may have been reasons for temporary closures in the past.
But that does not mean that mismanagement and neglect should allow the pool to remain closed to the public now. Are we to let this resource (the best indoor pool in our area, by far) sit idle when it could be earning revenue, promoting fitness and wellness, and fostering a sense of community?
I implore the school board to reopen the pool immediately, with access for public lap swim, club swim practices and swim lessons.
Drivers should show respect at funerals
The death of a loved one is painful; a pain that everyone experiences.
One way we cope, unify, and heal is by honoring the dead with a proper funeral and burial.
As an officiant and as a mourner at funerals, I have often experienced the lack of respect by motorists as the funeral director leads the processions from the church to the cemetery.
Each time, all of us have had funeral flags on top of our cars and our flashers on, but many motorists just sped past the funeral processions – did not stop at lights to allow the processions to move ahead – and drove as if getting to their destination was the most important thing in the world.
The lack of respect is disturbing.
If you are reading this, and your parents never taught you proper respect for the dead, here is what you should do:
Pull over and allow a funeral procession to go ahead of you.
If you are stopped at a red light and it turns green while a funeral procession is there – remain stopped and allow the funeral procession to go ahead of you. Most importantly, do not speed past a funeral procession.
Please have some respect for the dead.
Bishop Tony Green
The writer is co-pastor of St. John of God Parish – CACINA.
Do what you can to protect our children
Consider this survey question.
Would you take all actions possible to protect your children or grandchildren from injury, illness or hospitalization? I am certain that 99% of Americans would answer YES to this question.
I believe this is the question Americans should be asking themselves at this very moment during the covid crises.
Our young children are about to return to schools at a time when they are at greater risk of contracting covid than at any other time during this pandemic.
They will be riding on crowded school buses, walking in packed school hallways, eating lunch in busy cafeterias and studying in full classrooms.
If they are under 12 years of age, they cannot be vaccinated against covid.
If children and their classmates return to schools from home environments where there are unvaccinated adults, they are at a much greater risk of contracting covid and spreading it among their classmates.
The need for adults to get vaccinated is not about politics or their safety. It is about protecting our children.
If you are hesitant due to religious beliefs, God has provided us with brilliant researchers who have developed safe and effective vaccines.
Being vaccinated and wearing a mask is the only way we can keep our kids safe.
If you have any doubts, ask your doctor.
Freedom comes with responsibility, and I can’t think of a more important responsibility than doing everything possible to protect our children.
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