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Hateful words don’t belong on the side of any food truck

Hateful words don’t belong on the side of any food truck

*Hateful words don’t belong on the side of any food truck *Better to have juries decide than mobs *B

Hateful words don’t belong on the side of any food truck

I totally disagree and am unsettled by Daniel Weaver’s July 28 Viewpoint bashing NYRA [New York Racing Association] for banning the food truck at Saratoga.

He fails to show the hurt and hatefulness these words are to Italian-Americans.

NYRA was right to ban this truck from Saratoga from any complaints that the name offended people of a certain ethnic group! Would he [feel the same] if it were a slur against Irish, Jewish or religious groups? I think there would be a major incident — not just a minor one, as he states.

These words were derogatory to many Italian immigrants who had to endure this slur to work.

I had to explain the slur on the truck to my 9-year-old daughter, and she also knew this was hurtful to people and questioned why they would do this. My answer to her was, “they were ignorant.”

I also question the two young people in this food business, who had the ethic slur painted on their truck. If they made this bad decision to use this word, what other poor decisions did they make on the quality of their food?

Michael A. Prezio


Better to have juries decide than mobs

Rev. James D. McLeod Jr. would have us believe that Trayvon Martin was killed because of the color of his skin [July 28 letter]. Thus, the jurors erred when it used evidence to acquit [George] Zimmerman of both murder and manslaughter.

I admit that if we dispense with trial by jury, we could save a considerable amount of money; but there are costs associated with using a mob-rule justice system that should be considered before changing our legal system from an evidence-based system to a faith-based one.

Fred Barney


Baseball, pure and simple, 60 years ago

Sixty years ago was a great summer for several youngsters playing youth baseball in Schenectady.

The Schenectady Little League All-Stars (11- and 12-year-olds) were runners-up in the Little League World Series, losing to Birmingham, Ala., 1-0, in the finals. (Not to be denied, the following year, they were the Little League champions, defeating Colton, Calif., 7-5.)

During that same summer, another baseball team, Niskayuna Post 1092 (15- to 17-year-olds) was playing American Legion baseball. That team had players from Nott Terrace, Mont Pleasant and Draper high schools. After winning the Schenectady County League, which consisted of four other legion teams, and defeating four other district teams from Amsterdam, Ticonderoga, Kingston and Staten Island, they reached the state championships in Cooperstown.

In a game on Aug. 8, 1953, they defeated Phelan Fire and Police Post of Utica, 2-0 at historic Doubleday Field. That game completed an undefeated season in state play. The following week, we lost to the Rhode Island state champions, 6-0, in Bristol, Conn. The team’s final record was 22 wins and one loss.

Several players from both teams went on to play high school, college, semi-pro and professional baseball. Most notable were major leaguers Jim Barbieri (Dodgers) and Billy Connors (Cubs) from the Little League champions.

It’s great to remember those days, instead of the recent talk of players in the minor and major leagues using performance enhancing drugs.

Russ Vendetti


The writer was the pitcher in the 1953 American Legion Championship game

Keep open mind about SPAC’s ‘other’ dancers

There have been many varying reviews of the dance companies that performed at SPAC this past month. I saw all three companies and found the variety to be inspiring and welcome. My eyes were opened to new interpretations of a classical dance form.

Aspen Santa Fe fused modern dance with ballet — something I had not experienced before. The National Ballet of Canada shared “Giselle” with us — Another new experience for many of us in the region.

Minds are like parachutes; they work best when open. Art comes in many forms and dance is no exception.

I hope that more and more members of our community choose to embrace the variety of offerings at SPAC and support the arts in general, and not any one company in particular.

Melissa Zieker

Saratoga Springs

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