County must fix dangerous corner
Another evening, another violent automobile crash at the corner of Nott Street and Dean Street.
The usual sounds of the ambulance siren and conversations between neighbors trying to ascertain if help is needed fill the residential neighborhood.
As always, a vehicle attempting to turn left or attempting to cross Nott Street from north to south has been hit by oncoming east to west traffic.
The accident is human error, but any motorist attempting either of these maneuvers is required to track oncoming traffic from three directions at once and that is an extremely difficult task. The configuration of these streets is indefensible, and Schenectady County has left this unsafe condition in place for too long.
When motorists decide to use Dean Street as a north/south alternative to Balltown Road, they are endangering themselves and others — even if they are unaware of it.
On the other hand, the frequency of accidents at this intersection should make the county aware of the danger and prompt action.
Prom vs. game choice an outrage
I’m proud to be a resident of the Burnt Hills Ballston Lake School District for the majority of my life. I was outraged to read The Daily Gazette’s Saturday May 21 front page article (“High heels or cleats?”) that the Mohonasen girls’ softball players had to decide between their sectional game or attending their prom.
The superintendent, head of the athletic department and members of the school district who are involved in these decisions must be held accountable.
Everyone knows that attending one’s junior and senior prom is one of the most exciting times in a young lady’s life. A great deal of time and money is spent on these very special occasions.
To have pulling at their heart strings that they are letting their team members, parents and school district down weighing on their minds clouds their experience.
If I were a taxpayer in that district, I would be outraged. I pray residents of that school district who pay school taxes hold those who make these decisions accountable.
Want leaders who can speak off-script
Our government has increasingly grown distant from the 332 million people that it purportedly strives to govern. One reason is that our nation is big and multifaceted. Another reason is that we tolerate our leaders to read speeches and follow teleprompters.
The pontifications are prepared in advance by committees of speechwriters gifted in rhetoric. How different and more down to earth would our national dialogues be if done without notes with a give and take mano a mano approach.
Many leaders now appear as puppets hiding behind heavily crafted scripts. We seldom see the true measure of a man’s thinking; instead we hear politician-actors trained in oratory.
Good leaders are good thinkers who can relate to the masses, field questions, be convincing and make many decisions on the spur of the moment. Better if our leaders stand before us without notes and ear buds.
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