Honor the victims of Agent Orange on wall
I am aware that the Vietnam Memorial is a way of honoring those who perished because of that war.
I am writing to propose that the names of those who have perished due to the effect of Agent Orange have their names added to the wall or be given recognition in a similar manner.
They are casualties of that war just as much as those who died on the battlefield.
Schenectady track team deserves praise
Congratulations to the Schenectady High School Patriots track and field team.
It was great to read about the wins for Schenectady High School. Keep up the good work.
Would sweatshop be OK for a man to have
After I read David Harsanyi’s May 23 column [“Beyonce’s ‘sweatshops’ actually help Sri Lankan workers”] regarding Beyonce’s “support” for the women in Sri Lanka, I was curious as to what his take would be if he were writing about some other celebrity’s sweatshop.
Let’s say, hypothetically, a conservative like Donald Trump owned a sports clothing line being manufactured by women in a Sri Lankan sweatshop.
I guess it’s acceptable for women to exploit women and recommend that we buy these overpriced items to “support” them.
Mary K. Winters
Nurse’s death a sad reminder of war’s cost
Not long ago, I came to the realization that I am a terrible golfer. Before that, I would practice at the driving range from time to time.
One afternoon on a visit to the range in Niskayuna, I found myself as the only customer. One other vehicle there belonged to the fellow selling buckets of balls. We had identical veteran’s license plates, the one with a flag displayed, so we began to chat.
Turns out we both served in Chu Lai, Vietnam, which is a rarity as it was not a very large place. After this came to light, the first thing he said was, “It’s a shame about that nurse.” Forty-five years had passed and as if he had waited all that time to say it, “It’s a shame about that nurse.” The two of us stood there in silence remembering a woman we had never met.
Sharon Lane was born in Ohio in 1943, graduated high school and attended nursing school in Canton, Ohio. After working in a hospital for a couple of years, she entered the Army. She took her training at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, and by 1969 she was First Lt. Sharon Lane and serving at the 312th Evacuation Hospital in Chu Lai.
In one of her last letters home she wrote, “Still very quiet around here, haven’t gotten mortared in a couple of weeks now.” Then early one morning while working in the Vietnamese ward, a 122-mm. rocket hit just outside where she stood. She died instantly. In a war that saw 58,220 American soldiers killed, First Lt. Sharon Lane was the only woman to die as a result of direct enemy action.
She volunteered to help save lives, only to become a casualty herself. Her story and others like it are the reasons we have Memorial Day. That fellow at the driving range knew it. He remembers.
Cartoon was slanted more against Hillary
Jane Capello’s May 19 letter (“Paper needs to stop its hating on Hillary”) chastises The Gazette for its long, tedious history of Hillary bashing.
The very next day, the Gazette dramatically validated her criticism by printing a political cartoon juxtaposing a caricature of Hillary with the words liar, greedy, crooked, and selfish. The fact that the cartoon also bashes Trump in no way justifies such calumnies of Hillary.
Parenthetically, as much as I dislike Trump, I think that juxtaposing Trump and the word idiotic is also poor journalism. Shame on the Gazette editors for printing material that belongs only in supermarket tabloids.
Improve access to Plotter Kill Preserve
Finally, some improvement to the Plotter Kill Preserve in Rotterdam.
Several years ago, I approached the Schenectady County and the Rotterdam Conservation Advisory Board to improve the access to the Plotter Kill Preserve for senior citizens and people who are wheelchair-bound.
Unfortunately, this effort fell into the proverbial black hole and went nowhere. Do you think we can spend some of the $600,000 to make these essential changes?
The writer is a former town board member.
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