Where’s the visible proof surge is working?
We hear the claim that the surge is working. Just what is working? Have we rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction? Do we have fewer troops in harm’s way? Are we spending less? Are things starting to get better than they were before we invaded Iraq?
If we were wrong to invade Iraq and interfere with their internal affairs, is a “surge” of greater interference with the internal affairs of this nation the “success” that we are trying to achieve, or is our “success” to “stay the course” until Iraq becomes a Western democracy?
Would such a goal have a reasonable chance for success? Would this goal justify the great loss of American lives and money, and the destruction of property and slaughter of innocent Iraqi lives?
We are where we are, but if where we are is unacceptable, is it in our best interest to remain where we are?
‘Indiscretions’ like Spitzer’s is still violence against women
When our astonishment that Eliot Spitzer broke the law faded, it was inevitable that we ask, “why would an educated woman let herself be a ‘commodity’ worth all that money and risk to powerful men?” A March 16 Gazette article offered various explanations. For example, some women choose the “career.” In fact, most women paid for sex have two options. Please the pimp and live, or refuse to obey and suffer horrific consequences, even death.
Why ask the question in the first place? Let’s address the real issue. Prostitution is a form of violence against women, a serious problem in our community. Men’s violence caused 1,280 Schenectady County women and children to access domestic violence services in 2007.
A “john” paying for sex with “a pimp’s woman” is the same as a husband raping or beating his wife. It’s what happened to two women in a Capital Region parking garages last week [March 19 Gazette]. The difference for them is that the assaults were interrupted. One woman beat the attacker off with her shoe. A man chased the other attacker. Thank goodness for the woman’s quick thinking, spike heels and a man who knows that he must confront another man’s violence. There are many men in the Capital Region who understand that this is not a “women’s issue” — 85-90 percent of attacks against women are made by men. Violence against women is a men’s issue. Men must be part of the solution like the strong, courageous man who stopped the attack in the parking garage.
Proctors’ reputation is spreading throughout the state as corporate-friendly
I would like to express my sheer delight in the renovations and new opportunities that our own Proctors now provides our community.
As a corporate sponsor of Proctors and a business in the Capital Region, I have always been pleased to be able to purchase tickets to the events offered our community. Needless to say, the offerings with the newly constructed stage are just fabulous and mind-boggling to have expanded the quantity and quality of choices.
The addition the new space is the major bonus for a business such as Hill & Markes, Inc. Before the construction was completed, Proctors CEO Philip Morris sat down with me personally to let me know the possibilities that would be available to our company for events.
Recently I was looking for space for 80 people for a day-long program in a convenient location with parking. Proctors’ staff most graciously helped me put together a program that required multiple rooms and two meals. There was nothing they were not willing to tackle in the creation of a very successful event for our group.
One highlight of choosing this location was hearing our staff reminisce about going as a child to Proctors and/or the Carl Company with a parent or grandparent. They could not believe the transformation! We also had people from Rochester, Newburgh and Plattsburgh, all impressed with the entire venue.
So this letter is a public thank-you to Philip Morris for his creative vision; to his staff, for executing this vision; and to the board of directors. They have all created a jewel in our community.
The writer is vice president of Hill & Markes, Inc.