Letters to the Editor for April 9
Niskayuna soccer players barely use town’s existing fields
I want my son to be the best soccer player in the world. I want to provide him with an indoor facility where he can practice his corner kicks, dribbling, passing, headers, falls, crosses, controls. Oops, let’s not forget his juggling, and yes, let’s make sure he’s pampered in an indoor facility, air conditioned and heated.
Let’s get real, people. There are [any number] of beautiful premiere soccer fields at Zenner [Road Park], barely used. Last summer, from June through August, a few parents and I ran a soccer get-together with 18-plus kids. Twice a week we met from 5:30 p.m. till 8 p.m. We were always the only ones using the soccer fields.
I don’t understand how anyone can prove to me that having a $650,000 facility will improve the quality of soccer for any child in Niskayuna, when the soccer fields are left empty. You have the entire summer to improve those corner kicks and other skills without any expense to taxpayers in this already highly taxed town.
I played soccer kicking on hard surface, running around trees, using a metal can, barefoot, dribbling past players as well as cars, etc. Some of the kids I played against went on to become international players. We did not have an air-conditioned facility to improve all the tricks of the game.
Let’s improve the game of soccer for the kids of Niskayuna by organizing during summer, when the Zenner [Road Park] fields are completely available. The Niskayuna Soccer Club needs to run proper tryouts and put forward teams with soccer players with equal capabilities. Practice during summer to get ready for the travel season.
No one can stop these two clubs [soccer and lacrosse] from building and owning their facility. But that’s the only way it should go forward. Otherwise it would be unfair to families with children in other sports and hobbies; tennis, curling, volleyball, baseball, handball, softball, golf, dance, marble, archery, etc., need their own facilities, too.
If you provide for two clubs, you may as well provide for all. This is Niskayuna — there’s plenty of tax money to go around.
Ron Paul is not your everyday Republican
Ron Paul is a principled politician (oxymoron?). He has been saying the same things for over 30 years. He stands for life, liberty and individual rights. Because he supports individual liberty, he appeals to everyone — no matter which religion, party, or left/right social divide one falls into. He is a devout church-going man, but he does not wear his Christianity on his sleeve for political reasons.
Paul is non-interventionist, not an isolationist. He wants a strong military, but he wants us to mind our own business and to trade freely with other countries. He will reduce military bases overseas and bring most of our military home to protect our borders. He is a consistent constitutionalist who would only go to war for a just cause. It is also why he garners the most support of any candidate from our military men and women — they are his top financial contributors.
Paul believes the federal government should be limited to their enumerated powers. Let the states decide the social issues for their people. That is what our founders would have wanted.
Paul is for sound money based on a gold/silver standard and a balanced budget. He was right all along about the economy and the Federal Reserve. Printing money out of nothing causes inflation (a hidden tax on the people). Your money is worth less today because of it. It is the reasons why your gas and groceries cost more.
April 24 is New York’s Republican presidential primary. Why vote for the same politicians over and over again when you can make a real difference by voting for Ron Paul?
Gazette shouldn’t add to cacophony of hate speech
The Gazette has joined the ugly chorus of hate that is drowning out thoughtful, respectful public discourse by publishing columns ridiculing all religion, their prayers and their rituals.
The question is, why is The Gazette publishing [Carl Strock’s] pieces about Israel and the Palestinians? There is much to say, though these articles were hardly insightful. Rather than critiquing specific political positions, Mr. Strock chose to denounce Judaism and an entire people, an ad hominem attack writ large.
Mr. Strock reveals a stunning ignorance of Judaism and the Jewish people. For me, to be Jewish is to “do justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah) That we fall unbearably short of having a just and merciful world cannot mean that we jettison the struggle to increase the reach of justice and mercy.
That, for me, is religion and faith, ethical principles and a source of hope.