Writer’s view of Union-RPI hockey fight out of kilter
I read with interest the Jan. 31 letter in which the author blamed the events that took place after the recent Union-RPI hockey game on RPI Coach Seth Appert. This is revisionist history to say the least.
Most, if not all, media commentators have cited the conduct of a Union defenseman for inciting the melee because of a cross-check to the neck of an RPI player.
Young men in the heat of competition make mistakes, but Mr. [Union Coach Rick] Bennett should have known better to escalate the situation by charging the opposing coach and striking a student athlete from RPI during this situation.
I also attended the game, and saw Mr. Appert call his players off the ice to diffuse the situation when Mr. Bennett charged him and made physical contact. Facts are stubborn things, and Mr. Bennett was assessed a two-game suspension from Union College and two games from the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Hockey League. Mr. Appert was assessed one game by the league.
The author of the aforementioned letter also cast aspersions on the RPI administration for not suspending Mr. Appert. I am dismayed at Union College for only giving Mr. Bennett a two-game suspension for his conduct. A coach hitting any student athlete should never be tolerated and warranted more of a disciplinary response from the college.
The characterization in the letter of Mr. Appert as “laughing” during the unfortunate episode is also false. His reaction to the whole incident was one of contrition and somberness.
I am privileged to work with Mr. Appert on an annual Autism Awareness game that he created to benefit our community. He is a tremendous asset to our region and great ambassador for the school he represents.
Better movie fare better for downtown
Please allow me to add my two cents about the movie situation at Bow Tie Cinema.
As I remember, there was an initial promise of more independent movies, similar to the ones shown at the Spectrum. Looking at both Schenectady movie locations, I see that “I Frankenstein” was playing on two screens at Bow Tie and two at Rotterdam Square. That movie tanked at the box office nationally and got horrible reviews, yet it occupies 26 percent of the available screens in Schenectady.
Wouldn’t it seem reasonable for Bow Tie to dedicate one screen to a more mature genre of movie, maybe “Dallas Buyers Club” or even “Inside Llewyn Davis”?
Downtown Schenectady has worked hard to bring in quality restaurants and night life. I would think quality movies would fit right into this development.
Come on, Bow Tie, give it a try.
We can, must, adapt to climate change
The Jan. 25 edition indicated that an event [Climate Change: Adaptation and Building Resiliency in our Communities”] at Union College focused on climate change and resilience planning, and was attended by over 150 municipal and state officials.
I thank those individuals for providing hope toward healthy, safe and sustainable communities. The comment by Judith Enck, the Environmental Protection Agency’s regional administrator, that “we can fix these problems if we chose to” is an important bottom line for our society.
Collaboration among academic institutions, government and business to develop planning and zoning of structures to protect our health and safety is necessary.
Our regional workforce investment boards must enhance their education and training programs with talented service providers and instructors to teach students the skills to do the work.
Businesses need to use tax credits to provide work-based opportunities for BOCES and community college students.
Expansion of the number of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers available at BOCES and community colleges will regionally educate students. In addition, academic partnerships with skilled workers and business owners to increase the number of teaching assistants available to train students in the application of STEM courses will improve our workforce.
A lot of commitment to our communities is necessary, not just to making money.
Spa casino pluses outweigh minuses
Re the Jan. 26 Viewpoint [“Casino foes unfair in denigrating their employees”] by Kathleen Anderson [[director of entertainment at Saratoga Casino and Raceway].
Bravo! I applaud you. It seems that the people against Las Vegas gambling are one-sided. They don’t see the pros, just the cons.
Opening a casino in Saratoga would not hurt the community. It would not hurt Proctors. It would not hurt horse racing. It would not hurt the shopping or events. It would not hurt the restaurants.
Do the opponents think that people who come to Saratoga for the casino stay [there] 24/7? I don’t think so. For example, during the racing season, people would stay at the casino hotel and go to the races. Afterward, they’d go to the restaurants, do a little shopping, go back to the hotel to rest a little, then go to the casino for a little action. Maybe go to Proctors for an off-Broadway show (Proctors is the only place upstate with that kind of entertainment).
Not only would Saratoga casino would be a great place to work, as Kathleen said, but there are other pros to consider.
Get on the bandwagon. Bring people from other states to give us some money. I don’t have any objection to spending my money in a casino in another state, but I’d rather keep it in New York.
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