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Coverage should have accentuated some of Camp Bisco’s positives

Coverage should have accentuated some of Camp Bisco’s positives

*Coverage should have accentuated some of Camp Bisco’s positives *Editorial cartoons on trial fueled

Coverage should have accentuated some of Camp Bisco’s positives

The Gazette appears to have gone out of its way to tarnish the image of Camp Bisco with its coverage, and specifically the July 15 headline, “4 Bisco-related arrests reported.”

Allegedly there were four drug-related arrests at the concert, and the headline editor chose to use a negative connotation that described Camp Bisco as a criminal activity.

Also, when does the Gazette ever publish photos of people charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, along with a detailed account of their arrest? Evidently, when those charged happened to be associated with Camp Bisco.

With over 20,000 concert-goers attending last year’s Camp Bisco, I would have liked to know what the drawing card was that could attract so many people to this remote area. The Gazette reported virtually nothing about the musical acts that performed, rather focusing on the drug scene, interviews with law enforcement and disgruntled neighbors of Camp Bisco.

Drugs at rock concerts are as common as fish in water. Neighbors where rock concerts are held predictably will have their complaints about noise and traffic. How are these factors newsworthy?

I understand that previous Camp Bisco concerts have had their share of problems. But the promoters appeared to have learned from their experience. The Gazette reporting on this year’s Camp Bisco was fixated on the policing of the event and arrests by law enforcement. There was an anticipation that something bad would happen, and when the event was done with few problems, the many positive aspects were ignored by the Gazette.

Next year, the Gazette might want to consider sending a music critic, or cover the economic impact Camp Bisco has on this community. By limiting their coverage to drug use and arrests, the Gazette missed the mark.

William Aiken


Editorial cartoons on trial fueled racial division

Shame on you for your part in perpetrating racial division. Two days in a row, you printed editorial cartoons that incorrectly depicted the circumstances and motivation of what happened on the tragic night in 2012 in Sanford, Fla.

You are of the same ilk as NBC News, which edited the conversation between George Zimmerman and the police dispatcher. This irresponsible news organization managed to get us off on an emotional fervor that disregarded factual information.

Toss in the demagoguery of [Revs.] Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, and you have a boiling pot of divisiveness and intolerance that harms us all.

Karen Coates


Health clinic’s supporters deserve credit and thanks

On behalf of all the patients who have benefited from the services provided by the Schenectady Free Health Clinic, I would like to say a public “thank you” to anyone who in any manner enabled us to provide free health services to thousands of uninsured Schenectady County residents over the past 10 years.

It goes without saying that the volunteer physicians, nurses and other staff were the heart and soul of the clinic. Thousands of donors, large and small, provided the money from year to year to allow the clinic to continue to exist.

With the downturn in the economy and our loss of state funding, the funds needed to continue our operation have become impossible to secure, forcing the clinic to close at the end of July.

With the commitment from Ellis Medicine and Hometown Health, all our patients will be able to receive care after we close.

Our financial situation has been especially difficult over the last four years. The community owes a special thanks to the following for their extraordinary support during this period: Price Chopper Pharmacy, Sunmark Federal Credit Union and Schenectady County. Without their support, we would have been forced to close several years earlier.

With the continuing care of our patients assured, the board and our volunteers feel positive and proud of the 10 years of service to our community.

William P. Spolyar


The writer is executive director of the Schenectady Free Health clinic.

Spitzer strikes out in test for redemption

Before Eliot Spitzer goes down this road again, we should explore justice, grace and truth.

Justice disqualifies him to run for any office, especially New York City comptroller. None with that kind of personal and public breech can be expected to handle finances on that level. Because none in their right mind pays tens of thousands of dollars for intimate relations outside the marital bond, even if the wife is prudish.

Grace: It’s not the family’s or voters’ forgiveness and approval that matters in the long run, it is God’s. If Spitzer wants approval or to redeem himself, he should go to God (not to the public trough and to men), where there is true grace.

Truth: I and others have prayed, and still do, that Spitzer would see through his self-proclaimed “hubris” and see the truth.

John Gentile


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