District supports lack of respect for flag, country

first_imgIf the district administration condones eliminating the national anthem from a schoolwide event, what will be eliminated next, the “Pledge of Allegiance?” I read quotes of “We support our students,” but does the district support the United States? I am beginning to wonder.The district says “we teach respect,” yet the administration allows students to disrespect our nation, our flag, our anthem and our soldiers by “taking a knee” during the national anthem. If these students could have served a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea or Nazi Germany, perhaps they would have a greater appreciation for the country they live in.How can a school district such as this be trusted to run a taxpayer supported, multi-million dollar school budget? It’s very discouraging to see the culture of hypocrisy and denial that the Niskayuna school district administration and Niskayuna school board operates in. That is a culture that I will “take a knee” to and not support at the budget vote in May.I will “take a knee,” too, and not support at the budget vote in May.Lonsdale WalkerNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfect Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I was greatly concerned as I read about the elimination of the national anthem from the Niskayuna High School fall pep rally. It was also disheartening to learn that certain school athletes are “taking a knee” when our national anthem is played at sporting events.Then, to make matters worse, I read of the public support that Niskayuna High School principal (and NFL recruiting agent) John Rickert, district Superintendent Tangorra, and the Niskayuna school board have given in to these less-than-admirable students.last_img read more

Show more signs from gun protesters

first_imgIn watching those amazing hundreds of thousands kids march in cities across the country for more gun control, I wish the press would show more of their homemade signs.  My favorite is “NRA … You can’t put a silencer on us.”Mary KuykendallBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30% Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Oct. 10

first_imgBravos to Ballston Spa for chicken lawWho would have thunk it? Little old-fashioned Ballston Spa is on the cutting edge of a dietary revolution.In the Oct. 2 Gazette, Stephen Williams reported (“Fresh eggs from the backyard”) that the Village Board of Trustees adopted a local law that allows village residents to keep up to six hens on their property.He succinctly describes the cooperation between the Milton Grange, the Brookside Museum and even Mayor Larry Woolbright (who is boarding several chickens made temporarily homeless by construction at the museum) to formulate this law and implement it.All master chefs, dietitians and lifestyle gurus promote the consumption of free-range chickens for their exceptional taste and high nutritional value. Backyards in Ballston Spa are free range; you don’t need cowboys, horses and lariats to herd chickens. They flock together.Three cheers for the village of Ballston Spa, which is creating the opportunity for its citizens to return to living off the land.Forman PhillipsBallston SpaShame on GOP for lying about DelgadoIn recent weeks I have read good reports regarding the efforts and accomplishments of our  congressional representative, Antonio Delgado.He is certainly outperforming the past Republican Rep. John Faso in his short time in Washington.Recently I have seen a political ad on TV from the Republican Party that makes degrading comments, absolute lies and false claims about Rep. Delgado.I am shocked to see the same misstatement of facts that we hear from President Trump almost every day now being used by the political party that includes local leaders: Leo McAllister, Richard Lape, Chris Tague and Earl Van Wormer III, among others.I know that these are respectable men and I cannot believe they can associate with the lying propaganda of the Republican Party.A lie doesn’t become a truth just because it is repeated over and over again.Robert GosselinkCobleskillClimate change is kids’ new religion“You all come to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.” cried 16-year-old Greta Thunberg at the UN.She is correct, but for the wrong reasons. Her youth has been compromised by liberal progressive school policies. In the United States, K-12 does not discuss Christian, Jewish or other established religions.The Bible is not allowed on school grounds where Mother Earth (Gaia) is revered with globalism as the new religion and global warming as the evil one.Climate confessions are encouraged, and the Green New Deal is our savior.Even though, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, carbon emissions in this country declined 14 percent between 2005 and 2017 due to more electricity having been generated from natural gas, the climate changers do not care. But why work with facts when fear and falsities can satisfy your agenda.No civics classes of our founding history are offered to our youth.All they are made aware of is that the Founding Fathers were old, white, male slave owners.With no Christian or religious knowledge, no awareness of American history or of the founders that created the most free and the strongest country ever, we now have youth that are blank slates filled with fear of extinction and are only offered the climate changers as their saviors.Dr. Arthur SalvatoreSaratoga Springs More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionU.S. must foster Ukraine sovereignty“No one is above the Law.”That’s right, Speaker Pelosi. But it has been common practice in our administrations to try to influence elections in foreign countries so that a “favorable” candidate to the United States is chosen.The irony here is that I have never seen so much attention given to Ukraine, which as a nation has been struggling to maintain its independence from the former USSR and now Russia, in addition to dealing with its own internal corruption.The United States and Russia have both used Ukraine as a pawn in a powerful chess game, which hasn’t worked out well for the Ukrainians.If our country maintains that it fosters democracy throughout the world and gives assistance likewise, then stop using Ukraine as a punching bag and allow it to survive on its own. The Ukrainian masses will be grateful and will continue to ally themselves accordingly.William D. WillsAmsterdamlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Sep. 27

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump must be removed from officeWhat on earth are we waiting for? Never, in the history of this country, have we found ourselves in such a dire situation.Our democracy is on the brink of collapse, and we must act to preserve this nation, which was created with such high ideals.We have a president who goes against all this country stands for at every turn.He lies. He hides things. He refuses to provide information. He ignores laws. He tells others to do the same.The Founding Fathers had in mind standards which the current occupant of the Oval Office seems incapable of meeting.We need to hold him accountable. Whether impeachment or being denied a second term via election, we must remove this man from office lest we be considered complicit with his shameless behavior.Martha MeskutoveczGlenvilleMadigan is the easy choice for financeDeciding on who to vote for the Saratoga Springs commissioner of finance is easy.Commissioner Michele Madigan has a 7-year track record of working hard to keep taxes flat and increasing services.Her challenger has no financial experience and says that the department runs itself, apparently not planning to take much time from her full-time job in Albany to run our complex finances.I’m voting for the obvious choice, Commissioner Madigan, who will continue guiding our city to future success.Jim ChatfieldSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

City occupier market

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Bright future

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West End market still hot despite downturn worries

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The fall and rise of the developer’s developer

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Talk of the towns

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The big retail gamble

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