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Letters to the Editor for Monday, July 29

Letters to the Editor for Monday, July 29

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Code waters down conduct education

Re: the July 26 article, “Schenectady schools unveil revamped student code of conduct, plans to translate to multiple languages,” the code says adults’ responses can trigger negative behavior. However “… adults should avoid communicating that they are personally offended”?
And you shouldn’t say the student has made “a bad choice”? 
C’mon now. 
The “Code” seems to suggest pussyfooting around undesirable behaviors, and any half smart kid will quickly figure out how to abuse the system. I thought we’re there to educate, not only academic subjects, but by suggestion and example of how to become good citizens. 
I agree that discipline and suspensions are a problem, unevenly meted out in the student population.
But I don’t think a bowed head and a slap on the wrist will solve problems. 
Mary Siegel
Schenectady


Church has money to help St. Clare’s

Regarding an article in the Friday, July 19 Gazette I am shocked to learn of the Crystal Cathedral in Southern California. It is the seventh largest Roman Catholic Church diocese in the United States. It hosted it first Mass on July 17, following a $77 million renovation by the Diocese of Orange. 
I find it ironic and disgraceful that the Catholic religion cannot assist with the pensions of the St. Clare’s retirees. It seems to me that there is always money for “renovations” everywhere, including Albany and elsewhere, but nothing to help these people. Fraud comes to mind. 
Coni Tracki
Amsterdam


Walkers often don’t hear bells or shouts

In regard to Michael Werner’s July 19 letter “Rather than shout, get a bicycle bell,” I’m an avid bike rider and walker on our area bike-walking paths.
I agree that bikes should be equipped and use bells, but also use voice commands or alerts as recommended by Parks and Trails-New York.
The problem that Mr. Werner doesn’t make note of is the majority of folks walking on the path are either plugged into their smart phones to listen to music or are chatting on their phones rather than listening to the sounds of nature and, of course, that bike bell that he referenced.
I say ‘hi’ to most folks I pass, and they usually provide no response because they can’t hear me or a bell. It’s also recommended for bikers to pass walkers slowly for the reasons above. The bike path is not a racing strip.
Harry Darling
Burnt Hills

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