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What you need to know for 08/24/2017

Media doing its job reporting the news from Mont Pleasant

Media doing its job reporting the news from Mont Pleasant

*Media doing its job reporting the news from Mont Pleasant *Veteran suicides merit everyone’s attent

Media doing its job reporting the news from Mont Pleasant

I regret I was unable to attend the Schenectady school district panel discussion on Nov. 13 as I had a prior commitment.

If I were to attend, I would have first taken Superintendent Laurence Spring to task for his continuous statements that reports of misbehavior have been “sensationalized” and others were out of the district’s purview.

Really, Mr. Spring? Most, if not all, of these incidences begin in the school and carry into the streets of Mont Pleasant. As a resident of Mont Pleasant, I can say that only the “tip of the iceberg” has been revealed.

The incident where adults and young teens were combative with the police was not the first time this has occurred in Mont Pleasant. This type of uncivil activity has been taking place for quite some time in different areas of Mont Pleasant.

Just on my usually quiet street, we have been witness to adult relatives driving carloads of young teens (at least five times) onto our street to fight a young teen girl who was having problems that were initiated in school. Not only did the adults drive their kids over to our street — they encouraged them to fight and actually got involved in some of the fights.

At one point, I and my neighbors counted 40 to 50 people running and fighting all over the place. On several occasions, the police informed us that there wasn’t much they could do, due to the young teens’ ages.

Reports from other residents have talked about when these young teens leave school, the residents have had their homes burglarized, trash thrown around, their “welcome” sign ripped up, branches torn off newly planted trees, stones thrown at passing cars,

Unfortunately, if the young teens go to the library on Crane Street, they can witness the loiterers right next door doing drugs, gambling, discarding their trash on the sidewalks (right while volunteers are going up and down Crane Street, picking up after them and trash cans four feet away from them).

How can the young teens be turned around when it’s the adult relatives who are encouraging and participating in this uncivil behavior?

As a number of writers have stated in the Gazette, there are so many wonderful, well-behaved children from Mont Pleasant school district. This is so unfair and stressful for the children who are trying to get educated, and for the wonderful teachers who are trying to teach [who are] afraid to go to work, being groped and spoken to in vulgar ways and coming home to find a gang waiting to beat them up.

Why must our young children have to put up with these horrible conditions?

Consequently, if these after-school uncivil activities continue, the adults should be charged, and the least that should happen is the adults and wayward teens should be put to work in the community — painting, picking up trash, etc.

I believe it’s great that Mr. Spring has shown such feelings and understanding of those “less fortunate.” However, I feel that he should now devote some attention to the students who are behaving properly and attempting to get educated. Also, more support is due the teachers and principal.

I hope the media keep a constant spotlight on this situation until Mont Pleasant Middle School becomes a safe, pleasant place for the children to learn.

Flora L. Ramonowski


Veteran suicides merit everyone’s attention

Thank a vet. Even kiss one. More than one a day. That’s how many men and women in uniform (active duty, Guard and Reserve) have committed suicide over the last year.

Only those who have experienced the horrors of combat can understand why most of these service members feel compelled to take such drastic measures.

But those of us who gather to observe Veterans Day know that we love them, that we appreciate them, that we are grateful for their service.

We are their friends, their family, their co-workers, their neighbors. It is up to us to ensure that every veteran feels that his or her service to this country is appreciated. There are many tangible ways we can acknowledge this sacrifice, but the easiest is to simply say, “Thank you for your service.”

And if you see a veteran showing signs of unhappiness or depression, encourage him or her to seek help through the VA [Veterans Administration] immediately — to call its crisis hotline, 1-800-273-8255 (and press 1).

Sandra Governor


The writer is wife of the commander of The American Legion’s Department of New York.

Election results mean more of the same old

Nov. 5 has come and gone, and the elections are over. The results: Most incumbents were re-elected, empty seats vacated by retiring politicians have been filled by one of the two major parties, and incumbents who did lose were also replaced by one of the two major parties.

Now that the dust has settled, the real work begins — that of representing the people. The problem is the new face of the government is the same as the one that just left, just a little older. No new ideas were expounded. The same old solutions to the same old problems were voiced in the same old ways, but with shiny new party-polished faces.

With the multitude of major issues that face this entire nation, how can one expect to get different results with the same old tired theories?

A restructuring of the election laws is necessary to let the best and the brightest into the mix. Spending limits on campaigns are necessary. Free access to the media by all top-tier candidates is a must. An informed public to the major issues and who supports which side is vital. Any candidate engaging in muckraking, lies, slander, etc. should be disqualified after a fair and impartial hearing.

Once established, these guidelines will help bring back an informed electorate with proper candidates.

Ric Wells


Paterno shared blame for Penn State scandal

How very unfortunate to know that two years after the worst scandal in the history of college, if not American, sport — the molestation of young men by a former Penn State football coach — we have people who still see fit to defend that which is indefensible.

This is evidenced in a Nov. 8 letter. While the former head coach of the Penn State football team may have had titular bosses at the university, only a fool would believe that they had less power than him, and that he could not have acted instantly long ago to put a stop to this.

That the writer waited until the next-to-last paragraph to mention the victims says all one needs to know about some of the people who will defend the late coach. Such misguided, myopic, misplaced priorities.

To those who do seek to defend the head coach, I ask simply, have the victims not had enough?

Michael Fondacaro


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