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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, July 14

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, July 14

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Money, programs to help struggling kids

The many articles about education, especially high school graduations, included insights into some students’ social and emotional struggles.
The articles about the Schenectady school district’s dedicated teachers and guidance personnel conducting support services motivated students through their social and emotional (SEL) challenges.
As many school district officials know, partnering with the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) at SUNY at Albany can further state Board of Regents SEL policy within the education system.
Students at UAlbany can be interns and teacher assistants, practicing SEL support techniques, to be qualified personnel to assist students in high-need school districts.
The Schenectady school district, with CASDA, can use the state ‘Teachers for Tomorrow’ grant program to expand SEL personnel development to assist youth in other high-need school districts and obtain federal ‘Teacher Incentive Fund’ money to assist with expansion of SEL initiatives for ‘Whole Child’ education services.
Education officials can learn more about CASDA’s cultural awareness approach, including out-of-school-time programs to increase healthy student development and school success, at the school-family-community seminar on July 16-18 at UAlbany.
Continued advocacy by school district officials and dedicated educators can influence regional Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) with SEL policy initiatives in vocational education programs for out-of-school adults.
With appropriate federal and state government administration of federal 2020 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds, a BOCES partnership with regional workforce investment boards can enhance out-of-school adults’ motivation toward being a skilled worker in our culturally diverse society.
Michael McGlynn
Watervliet


Young vets needed to support vets’ groups

This is an open letter to all veterans in the tri-city area and beyond. A lot of veteran’s organizations are hurting for members, and if the younger vets don’t get involved, these organizations won’t be around for advice in the future.
In my case, we have over 450 members, but only about a dozen members seem to be keeping the chapter going.
This is your organization, and if you don’t get involved, it’s your loss and you are hurting your fellow vets. We, at the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) do a lot for our veterans locally and at the VA hospital in Albany. If we don’t get any help, your fellow vets are the ones that are going to suffer, as well as some of you.
So, I’m pleading to all veterans to please try to make some time and get involved.
James M. Bleser
Schenectady
The writer is the DAV Chapter #88 treasurer.


Trump changes mind to improve his image

President Trump had the military prepare and schedule an air strike on Iran and at the absolute last-minute canceled because of the high causalities that were estimated.
He was briefed on the pending attack but wasn’t told or asked what the causalities would be? This is hard to believe.
Canceling the attack and saying there would be too many causalities at the last minute accomplished two political objectives. First, the president made himself look strong to his base. Second, he also made himself look compassionate.
Next, the president announced he would order nationwide raids to deport undocumented families.
He, at the last minute, canceled the operation and again looked compassionate. This looks like a trend. He first appeals to his hard-core base and later to the people who are moderate. Another apparent win- win for the president.
If this tactic of being tough then compassionate was planned, then he is basically a liar. He did this to improve his self-image.
The other interpretation of these actions makes Trump incompetent. Shouldn’t a president know all the facts and repercussions before announcing a plan of action? I side with master showman and manipulator.
The science of propaganda has progressed to a point where it is possible to influence the perceptions of target populations without them knowing it.
John Dworak
Rotterdam

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