Why let Phish fans ruin new SPAC lawn?
SPAC will do it again. They will allow the Phish concert (with all its drugs and underage drinking) to ruin the lawn for the whole summer.
But the worst part is they will cry about the condition of the lawn and plan on spending tens of thousands of dollars to try and repair it (again). Like the song says, “When will they ever learn.”
Move the Phish concert to the end of the season. Or better yet, just forget it.
Have the answers? Run for higher office
As always, I enjoy the letters of opinion in The Gazette. In the past two weeks, missives from Don Steiner [June 19 letter] and Gary Guido [June 21 letter] have been especially entertaining.
As they make the case for the relative strength of America under our current administration and admonish the Tea Party platform, I wanted to make a declaration: This member of the Niskayuna community, of free will and without hesitation, heartily endorses both Don and Gary for the office of president and vice president of the planet Uranus.
Safe travels and Godspeed.
County can push the state on smoking age
In The Gazette’s June 23 editorial, “Consistency needed on tobacco sales,” a strong case was made for supporting raising the minimum legal age to 21 in order to purchase tobacco (Tobacco 21).
We agree, it would be better for New York state to pass a statewide Tobacco 21 law, if it is a strong law. But in many cases, state lawmakers want to see local governments enact laws first before they will support the policy at the state level. Until that happens with this policy, the best way for counties to protect vulnerable young people from the predatory tobacco industry is to pass Tobacco 21 laws.
According to the state Department of Health, Schenectady has a smoking prevalence rate that is far higher than the state average, with nearly one in five adults in the county still smoking. Passing Tobacco 21 would demonstrate that the county is taking aggressive steps to address this major problem, which has high costs in local lives and county funds.
It would also send a strong message to state legislators and increase the likelihood that the state will follow the leadership of Schenectady County.
The writer is president of the New York State Public Health Association.
Armed citizens of no help in a shooting
In his June 27 letter, David Welch asks, regarding the Orlando dance club shooting: “How many lives could have been saved [if] even one of those good people were armed?”
Adam Gruler, a 15-year veteran of the Orlando Police Department, was armed and working at the club as a security guard. He exchanged gunfire with the shooter, Omar Mateen, and called for backup. Several minutes later, two more officers arrived and exchanged more gunfire with Mateen.
The answer to Mr. Welch’s question is: “None.” Trained, prepared officers were not able to stop Mateen. An armed, unprepared amateur would not have done any better, and would have complicated the situation for the backup officers.
Real life is not like a TV show or video game or National Rifle Association (NRA) fantasy, where the good guy with the gun always takes down the bad guy.
Coverage of coach’s DWI case excessive
Re June 24 article, “BH-BL soccer coach charged with DWI”: I was shocked that your paper made such a big deal about a DWI. I noticed that big picture of him and the fact that you put it on the sports page. That wasn’t needed and was not sports news.
All I can think of is the 30 kids that just had him as a teacher. Good job, Gazette. That was a class act of bad taste. Yes, I realize DWI is a big deal, but what about the kids?
I didn’t see any of the other people who got a DWI that weekend get such attention. Very disappointed.