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Jim Trainor seeks support for Shen BOE

Jim Trainor seeks support for Shen BOE

*Jim Trainor seeks support for Shen BOE *Online Gazette has shortcomings

Jim Trainor seeks support for Shen BOE

I have been serving on the Shenendehowa Board of Education by appointment since September 2013. I am now running for a full term and ask for your support.

While we can’t predict the future, we already know what some of the district’s challenges will be in the next few years. We need to elect three current board members who have already demonstrated they are prepared for these challenges through their previous experience in our community.

Mary Blaauboer is our current board president and seeking her third term. Bill Casey was appointed with me last year and has previously served three times and was also a board president.

My campaign website at explains my relevant experience and qualifications in detail. West Point engineer with a master's in business administration and a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. I was previously Clifton Park’s town attorney and have been a YMCA Board president and trustee, and vice president for Clifton Park Baseball and for the Clifton Park Babe Ruth World Series.

I’ve also coached in Miss Shen Softball and have been a long-time member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus and St. Edwards Church.

My wife, Eileen, and I have educated four children through Shen and had a great experience. Please come out on May 20 and support our budget, our bus proposal, and the Blaauboer, Casey and Trainor team!

Jim Trainor

Clifton Park

Online Gazette has shortcomings

Now that The Gazette has a web editor, I was hoping for an improvement in the online delivery of the newspaper. After all, I choose not to get a “dead tree” version, so I needn’t recycle anything. If I want the coupons on a particular day, I’ll buy a copy of the paper.

But I am disappointed that many sections are still inaccessible/being left out of the paper. Several times this week, the current issue was shown in the connection page, yet upon logging in, the prior issue was all that was accessible. As I try to read the paper when I get up before 4 a.m., that is rather annoying.

On other occasions, clicking on an article does nothing, and the text is illegible when enlarged. Quite often, (today, May 4 for example) the comics section is not even included in the paper.

The worst part of these omissions is that there is no one to talk to — the people in the circulation department can’t do anything, and the folks responsible for getting the paper posted online are gone before I can call and complain. Or I get the voice mail, which is pretty much useless in the early-morning hours.

All I ask is that The Gazette has someone actually proofread the paper when it is posted, to ensure that what is promised (and that I am paying for) actually is delivered. In about 10 years of being an online subscriber, I can say that that fails to happen at least one a week.

Kurt C. Siegel


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