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What you need to know for 01/17/2017

Duanesburg board can’t paper over bad administrative ruling

Duanesburg board can’t paper over bad administrative ruling

*Duanesburg board can’t paper over bad administrative ruling *Combined EMS will serve Stillwater bet

Duanesburg board can’t paper over bad administrative ruling

The June 17 article, "Canceled class feud may spur change," regarding Duanesburg’s organic chemistry debacle is no more than an attempt by the administration to make themselves feel better.

They say they are implementing a written policy that is already followed by the district. Well, obviously not, given all that’s happened over the last six months. Where was this oversight last summer? And where was the oversight when that same administration abused its power and forced kids to withdraw from a class they wanted to continue?

And now we are expected to feel sorry for Principal Beth DeLuke for the stress she endured during this ordeal? She and the superintendent [Christine Crowley] were the cause of the stress. Has she given any thought to what the six students negatively impacted by her actions have endured?

At a time that should have been one of the most exciting in their lives, the last months leading up to their high school graduation, these kids were bullied and ridiculed, then ignored. They are the victims here, not DeLuke.

I sat next to Rita Peters at the last board meeting, where she gave an impassioned account of what her daughter and other affected kids have gone through since January. Not once could Crowley or DeLuke be bothered to make eye contact with her. Nor have they been willing to accept responsibility for their actions which resulted in some of these kids collapsing in tears.

While the apologies offered by the board may have been sincere, they do not make up for the actions of these two administrators, nor give any comfort to those of us who still have children in the Duanesburg district who will have to continue under Crowley’s regime.

Christy Wolken

Duanesburg

Combined EMS will serve Stillwater better

After long and careful consideration, the Stillwater Rescue Squad board has decided to merge with the Malta Ambulance Corps [June 3 Gazette] . We know that many of you have followed this story in the media, and we wanted the residents of Stillwater to rest assured that this decision has been made in the best interest and safety of our community.

For the last 62 years, Stillwater Rescue Squad volunteers have provided a superior level of care to our families, friends and neighbors. However, over the last few years, as the volunteer ranks dwindled, the board recognized that in order to maintain our quality of service, we needed the support of career emergency responders.

Since 2002, the rescue squad has been under contract with Malta to have its personnel [operate] one of our two rigs with emergency medical technicians (EMTs) 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year. Second calls are dispatched to neighboring districts under Saratoga County’s mutual aid agreement.

The complete merger with Malta was the next logical step after our squad became routinely reliant on its services.

With this merger, paramedics from the Malta Ambulance Corps will now be responding in conjunction with EMTs to all emergency calls — meaning that residents of Stillwater will have hospital-level care brought to their home for the first time in the town’s history.

The merger will also mean our equipment, buildings and property will be turned over to Malta.

As we work through the legal process, the board would like to thank our residents, families, and patients for their support over the last several decades. Helping [them] has been our esteemed pleasure and we know that [they] will be served well by the new ambulance service.

Kathy Peacock

Stillwater

The writer is president of the Stillwater ambulance board.

Now’s the time: 2-state solution in Mideast

Secretary of State John Kerry recently challenged Americans to make their voices heard in the struggle to ensure Israel’s future as a secure democracy and attain a sustainable peace with its Palestinian neighbors.

Israeli President Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Secretary Kerry support a two-state solution and have all said that there is a partner for peace in President Mahmoud Abbas.

We must, therefore, urge Israel’s government to place on the table far-reaching concessions for the sake of peace, just as we must urge the Palestinian leadership to make necessary painful compromises.

Some people find it easier to discuss all of the reasons why a two-state agreement may never be achieved, why this isn’t the “right” time and point fingers to blame “the other” for past failures. This approach would only set the stage for another failure, the negative consequences of which are too enormous to fathom.

I believe it is very likely the Palestinians will seek and gain membership in the International Criminal Court, thereby leaving Israelis open to the risk of being accused of war crimes for activities over the Green Line.

The potential for a third intifada is very real and could easily result in the implosion of the Palestinian economy and the eventual collapse of the Palestinian Authority. This would leave a power vacuum that would greatly threaten Israel’s security and, as Kerry said, “continue a future of perpetual conflict.”

Kerry is planning his fifth visit to the region within the next three months. The current situation is untenable for all Palestinians and Israelis involved in the conflict. The time for a viable two-state solution is now, for “later” will be too late.

Barbara Dworkin

Niskayuna

The writer is co-president of the Capital District chapter of J Street, a national organization supporting a peaceful two-state solution.

Writer misrepresented Goslin’s stand on farms

As an observer of [Ballston] politics, I often find myself amazed at some of the reports local residents choose to dwell on!

The latest journey into the “twilight zone” refers to the controversial reporting of Town Board activities. In a June 14 tirade against Councilman Bill Goslin, the writer stated that Mr. Goslin and the board are intent on laying the blame for [Ballston Lake’s] ever-expanding algae problem, which has encroached on the pristine waters of our lake, on the farmers.

I was at the meeting where Mr. Goslin was alleged to have stated that runoff from the farmlands surrounding the lake is the primary source feeding the algae infestation and, as such, we should shut [the farms] down. That is not at all what Bill said. He stated that some of the runoff problem might have come from farmlands, but that the majority is coming from non-agriculture sources.

Bill has always been an advocate for farm rights and understands that farmers built our town and continue to be an integral part of the town!

As we are preparing to celebrate Ballston 225 in the next few weeks, we need to put aside the bickering and personal bitterness and come together as our founders did. We need a better Ballston, and men like Bill will do the best they can to ensure we will continue to be the best place in Saratoga County to raise a family or retire.

Michael Lonergan

Ballston

How quickly all the Obama bashers forget!

Re Marty Shanty’s June 19 letter : So every step our president takes, you continue to keep your heel on his neck?

What is it with you people? Every president has made this same trip; some twice, like President Bush, who also included his family [when] our economy was worse!

We are still paying for Bush’s two unfunded wars and his unfunded Medicare D prescription drug plan, now $4 trillion and counting. Did you forget those costs?

How much time and money has it cost the American people to have the House [vote to] repeal Obamacare 38 times?

On June 18, instead of wasting time passing their horrid abortion bill, why weren’t they working on our kids’ student loan interest rate? Or the president’s jobs bill or a budget?

Diane Hombach

Schenectady

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