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Letters to the Editor for Friday, July 26

Letters to the Editor for Friday, July 26

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Many made Music Haven what it is now

In reference to your article on Mona Golub and Music Haven, Golub certainly deserves accolades for her successful programs offered in Schenectady’s Central Park. She has taken Music Haven beyond what was started by others so many years ago.
Without taking away Golub’s well-deserved applause, we must also acknowledge those whose efforts created and made Music Haven what it was in the years before her.
Once located near its current site, Music Haven was built to attract area residents to the park through its summer concerts. 
Back then, Music Haven played host to concerts featuring local musicians and their bands: jazz music by Nick Brignola, Polka and Dixie music by Don Nikolski, 50s and 60s classics of Freddy Randall, and Schenectady Musician’s Union members Abe Rapp, Steve Anthony, Ronnie Pidgeon, Norm Pratt, Tom Brown and others.
These gifted musicians graced the Music Haven stage, packing the park lawns and seats for every performance. Let’s also remember the commitment of local restaurant owner Mike Iacobucci, whose very successful Tuesday in the Park festivals filled Music Haven with day-long entertainment.
Having grown up in Schenectady, I remember the Music Haven of the early days, and it’s great to see the stage still being used to bring more people to our city. Kudos to Golub for her success, and kudos to those musicians and performers who were there in the beginning. Their music still echoes in the walls of Music Haven, as well as in our own memories.
Michele A. Dobski
Schenectady


Love what Rivers is doing, but lower AC

I have been a customer at the Rivers casino for about two years and have seen several improvements, including complimentary drinks for table game players.
My favorite attribute at Rivers are the dealers. They are the friendliest and most professional that I have experienced anywhere. Rivers is doing many things right as it shows in the excellent revenue produced. It is by far the most successful of the new New York state casinos.
With all the things they are doing right, why are they trying to freeze the customers and employees? Whenever it’s hot outside and they are air-conditioning the casino, it’s way too cold in the building. If I wanted to keep customers as long as possible, I would want to make it as comfortable as possible. They are certainly not doing well in that department. Please raise the temperature.
Tom Singer
Delanson


St. Clare’s retirees going through hell

I know the St. Clare’s pensioners are having an awful summer. 
I feel they are going through the worst case of abuse that anyone could ever go through. Due to the actions of the St. Clare’s Hospital, these care-givers were left to care for themselves, to live the rest of their lives with a 25% slash in their retirements or no retirement at all. 
We are speaking about 1,100-plus pensioners who were very loyal employee’s at St. Clare’s. These are the actual people who cared for our families. St. Clare’s was the hospital that helped all who needed it. These pensioners are living a nightmare. I don’t know how they can sleep at night. Their stress levels must be over the top. They all feel their lives have been ruined. They have been living with this agonizing problem since last year. Their retirements have still not been recovered. 
These are people like you and me, put in a very sad situation. Everyone knows they are deserving of their retirements, but the hospital left them no way to receive them. It’s a disgrace that they are being treated in this manner. It’s shameful. They are hurting and afraid at what is going to happen to them. No one should be treated this cruel way. This isn’t going to be settled for a long time. How long can these people go through this torture? Please say a prayer for them. They need all the help they can get.
Walter “Neal” Brazell
Rotterdam
 

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