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Rotterdam school board will ultimately answer to the voters

Rotterdam school board will ultimately answer to the voters

*Rotterdam school board will ultimately answer to the voters *Rendering of sheriff's empathy worth s

Rotterdam school board will ultimately answer to the voters

Re: The April 11 article about the brush fee in Rotterdam — so 78 percent of residents paid the fee. They had no other choice.

Rotterdam is mostly older citizens — they have no trucks or are unable to get trash to the composting facility.

It was pushed on us with no vote or discussion. And now the board is after REMS [Rotterdam Emergency Medical Services] again.

Residents, remember these things come election time.

Jean Anderson


Rendering of sheriff’s empathy worth saving

Re: April 13 Viewpoint, “Helping hand” by Karen Cookson — about the heroics of Sheriff Tomy Desmond and the rescue of the depressed woman who doused her body and house with gasoline — craves further applause and appreciation.

Artist Jeanne Benas captures the spirit of the compassionate officer speaking from his heart to the woman whose despair is clearly visible on her face.

The picture needs to be hanging on a wall in every household.

The message is: cultivate creative empathy and encouragement.

The transformation of both joyful and sad events makes every day an adventure some embrace.

Rob Curtiss


Rotterdam goes too far with white boxes

White squares painted in front of Rotterdam property owners’ homes who opted out of the brush removal fees. Are our kidding me?

The town of Rotterdam now has its own version of “The Scarlet Letter.” The white square now indicates that its residents are all crooks and not to be trusted by opting out and will continue to put out their brush.

This is the message it sends to me. White squares — another waste of our taxpayer dollars.

Tina Giorgio

Rotterdam Junction

Thanks for thinking of Schenectady seniors

As the community celebrates the achievement of Union college, nice kids, good school, awesome accomplishment, I also want to acknowledge another noteworthy event that took place in Schenectady during the week of April 6.

On April 9, local senior citizens were invited to Schenectady High School for a dinner dance. The event has taken place for several years.

In the past, the dinner dance was held in November. For the past three years, the party was moved to a spring date. Regardless of the time, the event has always been enjoyed and appreciated by all in attendance.

My husband and I love to talk to the students, relish the talent and entertainment provided for the guests and admire the ROTC members in their handsome uniforms. The meal was delicious and the tables beautifully decorated.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone at the high school who organize, prepare and remember the senior citizens of Schenectady every year. All, in their own way, are achievers.

Mary McClaine


Please explain why my utility bills soared

Re April 12 letter, “Don’t blame utilities, turn down the heat!”: As I use neither gas or electric heat, maybe the writer would kindly explain the reason why my bill has nearly doubled.

J.A. Buono



An April 17 letter by Linda Rizzo incorrectly stated the amount of money the Niskayuna school district potentially owes the state. The amount of a potential adjustment in state building aid is $1.9 million, not $109 million. That is a preliminary figure and not a final amount owed to the state.

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