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Christmas lights just a scapegoat for crisis

Christmas lights just a scapegoat for crisis

*Christmas lights just a scapegoat for crisis *Asselin backs arts, is deserving of award *Grateful

Christmas lights just a scapegoat for crisis

Re Nov. 15 letter, “Cut down Christmas displays to save Earth”: I find it very interesting that the only way to save Planet Earth is to end all symbols that have anything to do with Christmas. The elimination of all LED Christmas lights for two weeks will put the Earth in reverse so that we may all enjoy a perfect ozone and eliminate the melting of all the glaciers. How simple can it be?

I will not shine my two candles that appear in my window for two weeks every December if the rest of the population of the United States stops drying all their clothing in their dryers every day of the year (largest usage of all energy in a household), if they stop leaving their big screen TVs on all day long, and if the powers that be find a better way for people to get to work every day without sitting in traffic forever getting nowhere.

Perhaps all the people who put up Halloween displays should also stop, and perhaps all those who snow-blow their driveways with gas blowers and gas-driven lawnmowers — where do you draw the line — oh, that is right, it all starts with Christmas.

It appears to me that you have a problem with the birth of Christ more than a problem with energy. God created this world and he can take it out.

Denise Crisci


Asselin backs arts, is deserving of award

Re Nov. 8 article, “Fashion and fun for a cause in Scotia”: What a pleasure to see Martha Asselin, vice president of student affairs at Schenectady County Community College, named as one of the 2015 Women of the Year by the Schenectady Business and Professional Women’s Club.

I met Ms. Asselin in an unusual way. When my painting, “The Innocents,” was at first not allowed to be hung in an all-member show last spring, The Gazette did an article on the exclusion. An all-member show is just that; it does not require a judge or juror to get in.

Further, it was unclear who or why the painting of semi-nude women was “banned.” After the story appeared, Ms. Asselin, who was then acting president at SCCC, called me personally to apologize. Not only did this seem to be a gracious response to a potentially sticky situation, I admired it because it was decent but also professionally astute in protecting the college from repercussions.

She voiced her willingness to use the fledging art unit as well as student input going forth. The Gazette Editorial Board did, I believe, an equally gutsy thing in calling for SCCC to set guidelines on art.

If indeed that was done, it could bolster the reputation of the college, call attention to its emerging art unit, and involve students and the community. Subsequently, at a meeting of the Schenectady Art Society, I suggested that we work more closely with Stephen Tyson, who heads the Art Department and brings a background (education and experience) that would enhance the Fine Art Department of any university.

Further one of our own members, Matthew Helms, is a student at SCCC and is acknowledged among professional artists as having an unusual talent in capturing the admiration and interest of ordinary people while demonstrating enormous technical skill levels. (Think Norman Rockwell and da Vinci.) Mr. Helms volunteered to serve as liaison to the college.

Thus it came to be that the fall SAS All Member Show was privileged to have Mr. Tyson as juror for awards and to have had a cadre of students do reviews and to vote. The first annual award for popular vote by students was presented to Peggy Porter for “Sit Awhile” (oil).

The duly renowned Culinary Arts Department at SCCC provided an attractive and delicious assortment of refreshments for an opening to which the whole community was invited.

For this exhibit, I entered a nude who was appropriately dressed for the big show, “Nude in a Paper Doll Dress.” She won no prize, but was mentioned by the juror — as a nod, I suppose, to my sense of humor.

Betty Pieper


Grateful for help in finding hearing aid

My husband and I had a terrific dinner last week with family at Deangelos Restaurant on Chrisler Avenue. It was our first time there, since we only recently moved to the area. It was “parm night” and the place was packed.

My husband removed his hearing aids while we ate because of the background noise. I carefully wrapped them in Kleenex and put them in my purse. When we arrived home, they were missing. In a panic, I phoned and then went back to the restaurant, but no one found them. Not wanting to give up on $4,000 hearing aids, I asked where the garbage was.

Stephanie helped to locate it from that evening before it went into the Dumpster. I asked to take it home so I could sort through it, convinced the hearing aids had to be in there somewhere. Because of its immense size, they suggested I just return tomorrow and they would work with me to go through it.

Before I left to go up, I received a call that the owner, Dominic, arrived at work a couple hours early and went through the garbage himself until he found them. I couldn’t believe it. I can’t tell you how happy we were that they were found. Kudos to this young man for going above and beyond for his customer, and he refused any reward.

This is just a reminder that there are a lot of good caring people in this world. If you live in the Capital District, please support this great restaurant — the food and customer service are the best.

Irene DeGraff


Show consideration over blocked streets

The arrogant tone of Janet Linkinhoker’s Nov. 14 lette [“Road closures have been well promoted”] regarding the inconvenience caused by last Sunday [Nov. 8] morning’s race through the city is in keeping with the overall arrogance of taking over the city streets in the first place and making it difficult (and in some cases impossible) for people to get to church.

One Sunday a year is one too many, and the fact that it’s been happening for 40 years does not make it right. I was out of town last Sunday, so some friends offered to give my mother a ride to church (Faith United Methodist, at Eastern Parkway and Brandywine Avenue). Their route was blocked. I suppose they could have taken the Thruway to get from McClellan Street to Woodlawn, where my mother lives.

Organizers and those who help out with this race should show more consideration and less sarcasm when responding to the valid complaints of those who are inconvenienced every year.

Roger Sheffer



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