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Tishler’s perspective will serve Nisky well
My neighbor, Sarah Tishler, is running for a seat on the Niskayuna School Board. A few days ago, she met with my friends and me to ask us some questions about the school and any concerns we may have.
I felt she seemed very open to what we had to say and was interested in the mental health and well-being of students. Some may know that she is a product of the Nisky school system and has a deeper understanding of it from a perspective of someone who was a student. She, being young herself, can relate to people of all ages and clearly has experience in connecting with others.
I am a Niskayuna High School freshman, and I am confident in my choice to support Sarah Tishler for school board.
LaFex brings record of service to board
I have had the honor of working side by side with Jessica LaFex, as she is the pantry manager for Nisky Now. There are many reasons why Jessica will do amazing work for our district as a Board of Education member, but two reasons stand out.
Jessica is the kind of person everyone wants to work with. She listens carefully, is thoughtful and puts the work in. Jessica is also the kind of person parents will want to contact with questions or concerns. She is empathetic, understanding, and knows that caring about students means caring about families.
As a board member for Nisky Now, president of two PTOs, leader of two Girl Scout troops and a parent, Jessica has a strong track record demonstrating investment in the community and leadership.
Voting for SROs and transparency in Spa
Regarding Andrew Waite’s recent coverage of the Saratoga Springs School Board election (“Saratoga Springs school board candidate downplays motives,”), one would think there is a conspiracy brewing.
In fact this column was full of innuendo and false flags to divert your attention from the actual problem with school boards and what is at stake in Saratoga.
School boards should have a balance of parents, taxpayers and teachers to best serve students and the community at large. Waite is covering up the real issue in this campaign, which is SROs (school resource officers). Sharon Dominguez is clearly in support of SROs.
Also, why are Andrew Waite and Rebecca Lynch opposed to parents knowing what is going on in the schools? What are they trying to hide? I support curriculum transparency and SROs. I will be casting my vote for Sharon Dominguez and Joseph Sabanos on May 16.
LaFex will listen and be respectful in Nisky
I am writing in regard to the Niskayuna Board of Education elections on behalf of Jessica LaFex.
I have known Jessica for several years and have served with her on the boards of Nisky Now, Inc. and Iroquois Middle School PTO.
I have found her strengths to be direct and timely communication, transparency of process and prioritization of students. Jessica is kind, authentic and can readily lead or be a team player.
I am particularly impressed with her ability to create safe spaces for the community to voice their opinions in a productive, organized and respectful manner.
Jessica’s significant contributions to Nisky Now, Inc. and the PTO are a testament to her dedication and commitment to our school district.
Without hesitation, I support her candidacy.
Carole Ann E. Morrison
Ostrelich not looking out for the people
I was disappointed to learn that fellow Niskayuna, Glenville and Scotia Democrats will be deprived a choice for Schenectady County Legislature in June’s primary after allies of Michelle Ostrelich objected to the nominating petitions of a wheelchair-bound disabilities rights advocate.
This is only the latest instance in a half-decade of opportunistic political maneuvering by Ostrelich.
A Republican until 2017, Ostrelich has now run for office as a Democrat four times in six years.
She’s unsuccessfully sought promotions, despite failing to master her current brief as county health chair.
Ostrelich being woefully asleep at the wheel during the county’s pandemic response was exposed by The Gazette amidst Lisa Ayers’s August 2020 dismissal.
Last year, Ostrelich told The Troy Record that she would run for Senate “regardless of which district [she] ends up in,” even if that meant challenging progressive incumbent Michelle Hinchey, who was already admirably serving western Schenectady County.
Just months after being appointed to the county legislature, Ostrelich skipped a meeting and avoided voting on giving herself a 35% raise, leaving her new colleagues stranded to take all the flak for the massive pay hike.
Schenectady County deserves legislators who look out for the people, not for their next political opportunity.
U.S. not living up to potential for goodness
I just read “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger.
It’s a muted yet powerful book written about a small community where several deaths have occurred. Although it’s a book about death, this special read is a blueprint for moving forward.
Not revenge. Not hatred. But finding a way forward in love and understanding.
It sounds mamby-pamby. Not the hot tempered, the vile-name-spewing, belittling America is becoming known for, but a way forward to grace and forgiveness. Forgiveness about the past events, not rewriting events, not dismissing events, but simply facing the outcomes.
It’s sad there’s so much potential for goodness here in our country, but what makes news every day is another shooting. A taking of a life. The life of someone who might have shaped a better future, perhaps by just being a loving person. Or a supplier of casseroles in times of sadness. Or a handy man allowing an elderly person to continue to live in their home. Or a student whose life has just begun. Or a musician whose voice calmed the stresses of those who listened.
We will never know.
Those who make the claim that a gun is not the cause of so many sorrows should have to explain why a man with mental problems has a gun, which was brought into a hospital and used to kill a woman.
Ask why circumstances and media have made people so afraid they kill someone turning around in their driveway or knocking at their door. Enough, yet not enough.
Union should buy Girling Center or land
I am writing in response to Mr. Franks Wicks’ April 22 letter (“Keep Union hockey rink on the campus,”). I totally agree with his reasoning on this issue and wish to point out that Union College has never really hit it off as far as mutually agreeing on certain issues that concern the two entities.
Next would be the issue of changing the name of the Dutchmen to something other because of the insulting and racial connotations it refers to. Really?
Lastly, instead of spending all this money on unwanted and unneeded hockey rinks and rebranding the entire campus with a new school name, why don’t they buy back the Girling Center or purchase another parcel of land closely in relation to the school to be used for the baseball team instead of traveling to Amsterdam (which has been very gracious and accommodating to our Dutchmen baseball program) for their practices and games.
That to me would be much more beneficial to the program and to the college community. Think of all the gas they would save.
The writer is a member of Union College Class of 1976.
Questioning motives in Duanesburg race
Do other Duanesburg residents find it very strange that the school district did not include Board of Education candidate information in the recent mailing to residents?
We have many in town that don’t have internet access or who use the internet for email only. Today in the mail, I received campaign literature on two (one an existing board trustee) of four candidates.
I have lived in this town since 1975 and have never received school board campaign literature in the mail and have never seen the district exclude candidate information from the budget mailing.
Some might think the district is trying to help two candidates. It was mailed by The Duanesburg Teachers.
Look to England for pride in God, country
On the morning of May 6, in our own ritual of sorts, my wife and I took coffee while watching the live filming of the Coronation of Charles III.
We observed thousands of British citizens and guests take part in the pageantry, ceremony, pride and tradition.
From the beginning to the end, those watching the ceremony and those taking part in it were as one — something seldom seen in our own country.
There was no partisan politics played to disrupt the solidarity of the English people. There was no journalistic opining by either liberal or conservative newscasters.
The unity of the moment seemed to be enhanced by the observation of God and country. In one of the most-moving portrayals of pride in country, a seven-member gospel choir did a moving ethnic rendition which exuded human feeling.
The skin color of the singers was not the focus point. It did seem that, for one single moment in time, British citizens felt good about their history and tradition.
In rough contrast, thanks to perhaps an overzealous American elementary teacher, one of her students was asked, “What do you think of George Washington?” The first thing the young student said was, “Well, he was a slave owner.”
I do wish Americans would take more pride in God and country.
Allen R. Remaley
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