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Letters to the Editor for Monday, August 12

Letters to the Editor for Monday, August 12

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Why weren’t flags lowered to half staff

Every day I drive past the Clifton Park town hall and Commons. I’m an Eagle Scout, son of an Army Reserve veteran and partner to an Army Reserve veteran. On Aug. 4, our president declared a national flag half-staff from Aug. 5 through 8.
My question to Clifton Park town officials is why were the flags at the town hall and Commons at full staff when the nation’s leader proclaimed them be half-staff?
Benjamin Hodder
Clifton Park


Hope Michigan Ave. field gets restored

I was very excited to see the article about Robert Dobbs in the Aug. 1 issue.
I grew up in Mont Pleasant on Forest Road across from Pleasant Valley School. I was probably about 11 or 12 at that time and my friend who lived next door to me was the same age and we were pals.
We just loved going to all the Little League ball games. We sat on the bleachers and got to know all the coaches and players. What a wonderful experience. I learned all about the game of baseball from going to those games. I still love baseball and watch it all the time. My favorites are the Yankees.
I am just too old to volunteer to help out. But I am very happy and hope he will restore the Michigan Avenue field first. Baseball today is the national pastime for all ages. 
Many of the Little Leaguers went on to play pro baseball.
I firmly believe that many 8-12-year-old kids will be off their computers and on the ball field. 
Please, please Mr. Dobbs, restore Michigan Avenue and have Little League baseball there again.
Jana Harris
Schenectady


Whitney gave back with personal touch

The passing of Marylou Whitney is a big loss for the Capital District.
For seven consecutive years, I was a contestant in the hat contest at the Saratoga Racecourse. 
Marylou judged the contests. The competition was fierce but when the winning hat was announced, it was right.
One year, a group of women entered the hat contest wearing Victorian dresses. One of them won the first prize, which was substantial, a $500 betting voucher.
In making the presentation, Marylou said that the winner personified the spirit of Saratoga. I wrote to Ms. Whitney. In my letter, I noted that a dress won the hat contest and if the contest organizers were interested in a fashion show, the rules should not be changed in mid-stream.
Marylou never judged another contest after that incident. She did return to give out the prizes and she also gave each contestant a personal gift. It was a gold pen with her picture on the cap. I still have mine and use it all the time.
Marylou Whitney made the world a better place. Farewell to a great lady.
Mary B. McClaine
Schenectady

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