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Schenectady market still needs support

Schenectady market still needs support

*Schenectady market still needs support *More must be done to combat heroin use *Book/record stores

Schenectady market still needs support

Mayor Gary McCarthy and the Schenectady City Council are listening. I would like to thank them for allowing 10 minutes on their busy council meeting agenda on March 28 for me to offer an overview of the vision, mission, history, current status, and next steps for the Electric City Food Cooperative, Inc.

The city of Schenectady is looking like a vibrant, progressive city, and I think a full-service, good-food market featuring local and organic products would be the perfect complement to the growing vitality of the downtown area. The successes of the Greenmarket and the seasonal market outside of City Hall already bring promise for a transition from a food desert to a food oasis for downtown. Consumers are clearly enjoying access to the bounty of our region.

The 165 member owners of the Electric City Food Cooperative Inc. already committed to bringing a good-food neighborhood market to the underserved downtown are looking for others who share the vision and would like to participate. Our goal is 300 member owners, which would let us know we have the substantive support of the community to move forward towards opening the doors.

I personally love the concept of working together towards a common goal.

Katherine Marsh Wolfram


The writer is board president of the Electric City Food Cooperative, Inc.

More must be done to combat heroin use

I would like to commend Patrick Whitney from Mohonasen High School for his insightful March 25 letter (“Heroin epidemic has roots in prescriptions”) regarding his understanding of what is causing the rise in heroin use among his generation.

His concerns are extremely valid, as witnessed alarmingly each and every day by the number of reported overdoses we are seeing in our local paper or hearing about through discussions with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc.

About a month ago, I recall reading a Gazette article about a town hall meeting held in a packed Clifton Park library on the increasing heroin epidemic in their community, where concerned parents had a chance to hear personal stories from heroin addicts and how law enforcement was attempting to deal with the problem. I believe every community should heed Patrick's advice and do whatever it takes to become educated about this problem and put pressure on the medical professionals, as he pleads, “to curb the exposure of today’s youth to a drug mentality.”

And finally, there is a product out there, Naloxone (Narcan), that can be administered by anyone who has received the training to do so, that will temporarily bring back (for 30 to 90 minutes) someone who has overdosed on heroin and/or similar opioids. Although I haven’t taken the training, I have learned of the product through a presentation by Project Safe Point, which offers frequent trainings, open to the public, to administer this life-saving drug and furnish you with a free kit (when available).

Overdose is the number one cause of accidental death in the United States. If you are anyone who uses opioids, a family member of an opioid user, live with an opioid user or an employee who frequently comes in contact with opioid users, wouldn’t you feel better knowing you saved someone from an overdose than to wish you had a chance to do something, but couldn’t?

William Scott Daly


Book/record stores should be orderly

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a few antiquarian book stores and vinyl record shops in the Capital Region and I have some advice for the proprietors of these places.

Rent or purchase a location that has enough space so you can arrange your inventory with plenty of room for your customers to move about easily. Do not attempt to cram a large inventory into a small space.

Place your inventory on sturdy shelves and stable racks. Do not leave items in cardboard boxes stacked on top of other boxes. Customers should not be expected to do any heavy lifting.

When arranging books on tables, do not stack books several layers high and don’t leave stacks of books piled on the floor; accidents can happen.

Do arrange books and records according to category or genre. File items in alphabetical order according to author’s or artist’s last name. This will make items easier to find.

Don’t place items in a haphazard manner, thus making it necessary to search the entire inventory for an item. Only one place that I visited had items arranged in a proper manner. The rest of you need to get your places of business in proper order.

The question is, do you want my business? If the answer is yes, then earn it.

Philip Maddaus


Trump would change the old status quo

The Republican establishment swore that if it could win the Senate and keep the House, it would stop Obama and his administration’s ideological policies.

Yet nothing changed. And now they can’t understand why we, the people, are furious.

We have a Republican candidate winning most of the state primaries and caucuses. And what is the establishment doing? Pulling out all the plugs to try to dishonor and defeat him. They don’t get it. The people on both sides of the aisle are fed up with career politicians.

Donald Trump is running for president with his own money, not money from special interests, lobbyists or super-PACs. That means that if elected, he doesn’t owe anyone. So there won’t be favors to certain people, bailouts to certain companies or businesses, or favors for cabinet positions, special interest groups, propaganda organizations or money donors. He has been a successful businessman for many years and will place people in his administration that are competent to do the job — not because he owes them.

Maybe it is time to elect a person who knows how to run a business, make deals, unite and truly loves this country, and doesn’t apologize for it.

I think it is time to get rid of these career politicians who think they are so much smarter than we the people.

Maybe, Mr. Trump should suggest term limits for these leeches. You would probably get 70 percent of all the voters in this country to agree with that. P.S. Go, Donald.

Donald Wager


Letter on Jews, Jesus filled with inaccuracy

Frank Elfland’s March 19 letter to The Gazette, “Recognize Jews for role in our salvation,” sets about to correct a falsehood: that “the Jews” killed Jesus. The letter’s exposition, however, is filled with false and even bizarre theology.

Instead of pointing out that only a group of Jewish leaders and their duped followers, as well as a cowardly Roman prefect, were directly responsible for Jesus’s death, Mr. Elfland takes the tack that those who help to bring about God’s plan, no matter how badly intentioned they may be, “should be the object of affection and praise.”

This is a totally un-Biblical assertion. God, at times, to chasten those he loves for their sins, uses the evil inherent in mankind for his purposes. He nonetheless condemns that evil — as we should. Should we praise the Philistines, who slaughtered 30,000 Israelites at the Battle of Aphek? Or the Romans and their allies who killed 1.1 million people in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD? Or the despots of the 20th and 21st centuries?

To the contrary, God assures the prophets Isaiah and Habakkuk, among others, that the evil ones he has used at times to punish Israel and Judah will not go unpunished. In the Book of Jeremiah, after restoring a chastened Israel to former glory, God levies total destruction upon eight nations that had attacked His people.

But there is more in Mr. Elfland’s letter that is objectionable from a Christian standpoint, and particularly so during Easter week. In defending the committers of evil who killed Jesus because they were “tools” of our salvation, he states, “Either Jesus symbolically died for your sins or he didn’t.”

Well, he didn’t — symbolically. If Jesus only symbolically died for us, then we Christians have no basis for our faith. To the contrary, Jesus died a real death, full of shame and full of excruciating real pain. But the greatest true agony of Jesus on the cross occurred because he really — not symbolically — took all our sins upon himself, and therefore became separated from the person he loved completely: his father.

Most importantly for the Christian, however, is the very real accomplishment of Jesus through the cross: his atonement for our sins. With his resurrection days later (where sin and death are forever slain), those who believe in him are made worthy to enter the Kingdom of Heaven for eternity. Truly. Not symbolically.

Vincent Reda


Election letters

The deadline for letters related to the April 19 presidential primaries is 5 p.m. Friday, April 8.

Letters received either electronically or via regular mail after that deadline will not be published in the paper prior to the primary.

Election letters should be about 200 words or less. Longer letters will be published online only.

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