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What an inappropriate front page Jan. 27 headline, “Witness says rape defendant told her sex was consensual.” Aren’t headlines intended to capture the main topic of the article?

There are a multitude of paragraphs describing witnesses testifying that the woman, who claims she was raped, was at times unresponsive. Isn’t that newsworthy of the headline? There is only one sentence that says the man told a witness it was consensual. What do you think a man caught with his pants down, on top of a barely conscious woman, on a college lawn is going to say?

What makes your headline even more perplexing is the day previously, your paper reported on this case and stated the defendant’s claim of innocence. So there’s completely no surprise here. What is news is all the witnesses’ testimony.

I can only conclude either your writer gave little thought to the headline or feels the defendant’s claim of innocence deserves more attention than the testimony of the woman’s vulnerable condition.

Ann Stauble

Florence, Mass.

Coordinate efforts to make best use of aid

The news articles indicating school district administrators, educators, students and taxpayers know the diminishing combined wealth ratio used by the state government to pay the basic expenses of our education system is not adequate.

I think continued participation of teachers, parents, students and civic organizations need to assist school boards to utilize the $2 billion Smart School Bond Act in developing a Smart School Investment Plan.

Two components of the plan integrate technology with education and vocational training to improve application of learning and understanding in our changing society and economy.

The idea for school districts within BOCES districts to consolidate — along with a plan to improve BOCES five-year plans to establish “community connectivity projects” in collaboration with the New York Council for the Humanities and New York Council on the Art programs — can enhance intellectual developments of the students in our pluralistic culture.

In addition, coordination among BOCES school districts may change the BOCES five-year plan to enhance career and technical education programs, using the Smart School Bond Act to establish “classroom technology projects.”

Collaboration among BOCES, the Pathways to Technology Early College High School programs, and the New York Apprenticeship and Training Council members can lead to the purchase of technology to enhance the 2016 state budget’s proposed pre-apprenticeship program for students interested in skilled trades.

The 2016 state budget proposes the creation of a Smart Transfer Program for advanced placement curriculums to ensure students can complete an associate degree in collaboration with community colleges while in high school. Of course, participatory democracy must convey to school districts to use Smart School Bond Act funds for “classroom technology projects” to enhance faculty and facility resources.

The Smart School Bond Act allows predicatory democracy at school districts so parents, educators, students and community organizations can express their ideas with regard to existing and proposed 2016 education initiatives for a workforce, which can then renovate our civil infrastructure.

I hope greater participatory democracy will continue to renovate our educational infrastructure.

Michael McGlynn


Customers of events need to be protected

I must heartily disagree with the Jan. 31 editorial, “AG’s office overblowing concert issue.” Underlying all the claims of capitalistic freedom, there is much illegal and unethical activity.

It seems correct that a promoter can determine how and to whom to distribute tickets. And I understand that buying low and selling high if demand exceeds supply is part of capitalism.

But how about the hundreds of duplicate tickets sold to unsuspecting buyers. These tickets, when brought to facilities, forces theaters and concert venues to deny anyone access as no one has the original ticket, just photocopies of scan codes. Patrons fume, the facility loses relationships and only the scalper benefits.

What about cancellations and the ability to be refunded? Just a week ago Saturday {jan. 23], with 20 inches of snow on the ground, thousands in New York City watched Broadway theaters shut down. With an official ticket, rescheduling or refunding would be available and expected. With a secondary market ticket from a scalper, people learned there are no refunds and theaters cannot reschedule when the original ticket no longer exists or is not held by the buyer.

Proctors hates to have its patrons grossly overpay, be unable to see what they thought they purchased the right to see, be in less good locations after buying what they were falsely told were excellent locations, or to be unreachable because they were not in our systems should a change for a performance happen. This all hurts our reputation and there is currently little we can do to affect it. We have shared many of these experiences with the Attorney General’s office over the years.

Scalpers should be legally required to declare clearly that they are not the original and official venue. They should not be allowed to replicate or confuse the public with web sites that look like the official site or with URLs that easily can be confused as official. When they cheat patrons by duplicating tickets, they should be challenged and fined and shut down.

Okay, yes, there are bots and low-paid folks just banging on buy buttons to grab official tickets to resell. We in the industry can and should fight that ourselves. But only with laws and governmental support can abuse of consumers and sellers be challenged and potentially stopped. This is a far larger issue than your editors have considered.

Philip Morris


The writer is CEO of Proctors, theRep and UPH.

Give Trump a taste of his own incivility call

Although being a committed Democrat, I am finally persuaded to agree with “The Donald.” We have all taken the concept of “political correctness” too far while dancing about the truth of the matter in the name of civility. No matter how uncomfortable it may seem, we should reconsider obligatory politeness in today’s society.

So I say, let’s have some straight talk; right from the shoulder, while mincing no words. If it quacks like a duck ... it’s a duck.

Candidly. What should we call a businessman who claims to have built a financial empire, when in reality he started with an inheritance estimated at $450 million, along with a full-scale real estate organization already in place?

Please be blunt. Describe a tycoon who had immediately invested his inheritance in the S&P 500 that could have been worth today, according to analysts, an estimated $8.3 billion. Instead, currently this same mogul is worth a mere $4.5 billion and is deeply in debt.

Frankly, without splitting hairs, what is the term for a real estate magnate who had to settle a suit brought by the Civil Rights Commission for refusing to rent to minorities?

Plainly, classify a philanthropist who administers a charity that calls upon others to contribute to his foundation, who himself hasn’t made a donation to the fund since 2008?

Pointedly, how shall we characterize a financier who, in 1990, because of excessive leveraging, found himself $8.8 billion in debt. This recklessness required 70 banks and a Saudi prince to bail him out while deferring $1 billion in debt and issuing second- and third-degree mortgages on all of his properties or otherwise declaring total bankruptcy.

Without reservation, how would you dub a patriot who — after successive college draft deferments in 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1968 and upon graduation made available for unrestrictive service — presented a letter from his doctor to the draft board that then classified him 4-F, militarily unqualified as physically, mentally or morally unfit.

This classification was awarded, despite him being a 6’ 2”, 180-pound college athlete boasting of trophies in intramural softball, basketball, softball, bowling and freshman football.

Become brutal, for we must also find a suitable label for the same ex-military cadet who today has produced medical records declaring him to be, according to Dr. Bornstein’s laboratory results, “astonishingly excellent” with “extraordinary physical strength and stamina.” And accordingly: “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” Short of superhuman, how else can we term this phenomenon who seeks to become our commander-in-chief?

Be ungracious if you like. Define an educator who founds a university enrolling almost 10,000 students from 2005 until it closes in 2010, takes in almost $40 million, and now is mired in lawsuits contesting both fraud and deception?

You can be impious, even blasphemous, when you search for a designation for a Christian who rarely attends church, has little knowledge of the Bible or its verses, and doesn’t feel it ever necessary to ask for forgiveness.

Isn’t it refreshing once we undo our ties to politeness, convention, urbanity and tact how we can suddenly obtain a whole new perspective on our politic. More than ever, I agree with Mr. Trump. Let’s from this day forward do away with being politically correct.

James Hammond



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