Duanesburg board can’t paper over bad administrative ruling

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Duanesburg board can’t paper over bad administrative ruling

The June 17 article, "Canceled class feud may spur change," regarding Duanesburg’s organic chemistry debacle is no more than an attempt by the administration to make themselves feel better.

They say they are implementing a written policy that is already followed by the district. Well, obviously not, given all that’s happened over the last six months. Where was this oversight last summer? And where was the oversight when that same administration abused its power and forced kids to withdraw from a class they wanted to continue?

And now we are expected to feel sorry for Principal Beth DeLuke for the stress she endured during this ordeal? She and the superintendent [Christine Crowley] were the cause of the stress. Has she given any thought to what the six students negatively impacted by her actions have endured?

At a time that should have been one of the most exciting in their lives, the last months leading up to their high school graduation, these kids were bullied and ridiculed, then ignored. They are the victims here, not DeLuke.

I sat next to Rita Peters at the last board meeting, where she gave an impassioned account of what her daughter and other affected kids have gone through since January. Not once could Crowley or DeLuke be bothered to make eye contact with her. Nor have they been willing to accept responsibility for their actions which resulted in some of these kids collapsing in tears.

While the apologies offered by the board may have been sincere, they do not make up for the actions of these two administrators, nor give any comfort to those of us who still have children in the Duanesburg district who will have to continue under Crowley’s regime.

Christy Wolken


Combined EMS will serve Stillwater better

After long and careful consideration, the Stillwater Rescue Squad board has decided to merge with the Malta Ambulance Corps [June 3 Gazette] . We know that many of you have followed this story in the media, and we wanted the residents of Stillwater to rest assured that this decision has been made in the best interest and safety of our community.

For the last 62 years, Stillwater Rescue Squad volunteers have provided a superior level of care to our families, friends and neighbors. However, over the last few years, as the volunteer ranks dwindled, the board recognized that in order to maintain our quality of service, we needed the support of career emergency responders.

Since 2002, the rescue squad has been under contract with Malta to have its personnel [operate] one of our two rigs with emergency medical technicians (EMTs) 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year. Second calls are dispatched to neighboring districts under Saratoga County’s mutual aid agreement.

The complete merger with Malta was the next logical step after our squad became routinely reliant on its services.

With this merger, paramedics from the Malta Ambulance Corps will now be responding in conjunction with EMTs to all emergency calls — meaning that residents of Stillwater will have hospital-level care brought to their home for the first time in the town’s history.

The merger will also mean our equipment, buildings and property will be turned over to Malta.

As we work through the legal process, the board would like to thank our residents, families, and patients for their support over the last several decades. Helping [them] has been our esteemed pleasure and we know that [they] will be served well by the new ambulance service.

Kathy Peacock


The writer is president of the Stillwater ambulance board.

Now’s the time: 2-state solution in Mideast

Secretary of State John Kerry recently challenged Americans to make their voices heard in the struggle to ensure Israel’s future as a secure democracy and attain a sustainable peace with its Palestinian neighbors.

Israeli President Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Secretary Kerry support a two-state solution and have all said that there is a partner for peace in President Mahmoud Abbas.

We must, therefore, urge Israel’s government to place on the table far-reaching concessions for the sake of peace, just as we must urge the Palestinian leadership to make necessary painful compromises.

Some people find it easier to discuss all of the reasons why a two-state agreement may never be achieved, why this isn’t the “right” time and point fingers to blame “the other” for past failures. This approach would only set the stage for another failure, the negative consequences of which are too enormous to fathom.

I believe it is very likely the Palestinians will seek and gain membership in the International Criminal Court, thereby leaving Israelis open to the risk of being accused of war crimes for activities over the Green Line.

The potential for a third intifada is very real and could easily result in the implosion of the Palestinian economy and the eventual collapse of the Palestinian Authority. This would leave a power vacuum that would greatly threaten Israel’s security and, as Kerry said, “continue a future of perpetual conflict.”

Kerry is planning his fifth visit to the region within the next three months. The current situation is untenable for all Palestinians and Israelis involved in the conflict. The time for a viable two-state solution is now, for “later” will be too late.

Barbara Dworkin


The writer is co-president of the Capital District chapter of J Street, a national organization supporting a peaceful two-state solution.

Writer misrepresented Goslin’s stand on farms

As an observer of [Ballston] politics, I often find myself amazed at some of the reports local residents choose to dwell on!

The latest journey into the “twilight zone” refers to the controversial reporting of Town Board activities. In a June 14 tirade against Councilman Bill Goslin, the writer stated that Mr. Goslin and the board are intent on laying the blame for [Ballston Lake’s] ever-expanding algae problem, which has encroached on the pristine waters of our lake, on the farmers.

I was at the meeting where Mr. Goslin was alleged to have stated that runoff from the farmlands surrounding the lake is the primary source feeding the algae infestation and, as such, we should shut [the farms] down. That is not at all what Bill said. He stated that some of the runoff problem might have come from farmlands, but that the majority is coming from non-agriculture sources.

Bill has always been an advocate for farm rights and understands that farmers built our town and continue to be an integral part of the town!

As we are preparing to celebrate Ballston 225 in the next few weeks, we need to put aside the bickering and personal bitterness and come together as our founders did. We need a better Ballston, and men like Bill will do the best they can to ensure we will continue to be the best place in Saratoga County to raise a family or retire.

Michael Lonergan


How quickly all the Obama bashers forget!

Re Marty Shanty’s June 19 letter : So every step our president takes, you continue to keep your heel on his neck?

What is it with you people? Every president has made this same trip; some twice, like President Bush, who also included his family [when] our economy was worse!

We are still paying for Bush’s two unfunded wars and his unfunded Medicare D prescription drug plan, now $4 trillion and counting. Did you forget those costs?

How much time and money has it cost the American people to have the House [vote to] repeal Obamacare 38 times?

On June 18, instead of wasting time passing their horrid abortion bill, why weren’t they working on our kids’ student loan interest rate? Or the president’s jobs bill or a budget?

Diane Hombach


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June 23, 2013
4:52 a.m.
wmarincic says...

Diane Hombach You libs are funny. Obama's job bill,you mean like the American Recovery Act of 2009 where he dumped 787 Billion dollars that cost 4.1 million dollars for every job created....You people don't have a clue.... NEWSFLASH...... Obama is a community organizer, he has never had a job where he was accountable, he has never run a business and he has never made a payroll. He is a liberal activist looking to get free stuff from the government to give away to people that do not want to work. America has gone insane since the 60s, rational thought and common sense has be replaced by political correctness. God help us.

June 23, 2013
4:55 a.m.
janesjoys says...

Ms. Hombach - Thank you for your letter. Unfortunately, as you are aware, if you watch the comments posted on this site, the Presidents critics have a very selective memory and a long list of talking points and no amount of factual information will ever allow an honest discussion. OK bring it on wmarincic; tell me what I really believe and how left wing liberal my comment is!

To the Editor - that's PRESIDENT OBAMA to you.

June 23, 2013
5:25 a.m.
Phils2008 says...

Factual information Janesjoy? You ignore it daily when you're not making up what you call a fact. Liberals wouldn't know an honest discussion if it slapped them in the face. Presidents lead so no, its not President Obama. Its Campaigner Obama. Fund raiser Obama. Golfer Obama, Vacationer Obama. This clown of a President tells you he's "focused" on jobs and you buy it like the lemming all liberals are. Bashing Bush every day wont make this loser a President. Had Clinton taken Bin Laden even one of the many times he had the chance, GW would not have needed to go to war. You cant be honest about that. GW stopped Clintons recession. You cant be honest about that. Everyone believed Hussein had weapons, but you cant be honest about that. You dishonest lefties used the media to bash GW every single day. You dishonestly use the media to cover Benghazi, the IRS, the AP wiretaps, the corrupt give away of Tax Payer dollars to liberal cronies etc. Your President is on tape saying one thing one day and the total opposite the next. It does not matter to you because you accept what he says when he says it as the latest "fact". Someday you'll wake up, unfortunately it wont be until after you've destroyed America.

June 23, 2013
10:31 a.m.
janesjoys says...

Phils2008 - I'll bet you feel a whole lot better getting that off your righteous chest. You certainly made my day!

June 23, 2013
4:11 p.m.
wmarincic says...

Most people do feel better when they speak the truth, you should try it sometime janesjoy.

June 23, 2013
4:23 p.m.
gina99 says...

The Obama's low information supporters are out in force. Obama will go down as the second worst President in history after Andrew Johnson. At least Nixon opened up China what are these so-called accomplishments? Record breaking deficits, increased Arab militancy and socialized medicine that no one can afford. PLO apologist Dworkin is also a hoot. No one wants another terrorist state in the Middle East except you and Kerry. We have a two State "solution" Israel and Jordan which has 90% of the old Palestine.

June 23, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Phils2008 says...

Righteous chest? Apparently the simple fact that you think Obama is cool or you like him, means he's a good President. A President needs to respect the office, protect the Constitution, follow the law, defend the country. Going on the view, golfing, taking a vacation on the tax payers dime once a month and going to campaign fund raisers every week is not getting it done. You are clueless as to what this guy does. You are disinterested in Benghazi and the people killed. It can't fall on Obama because he's just to cool. The IRS, AP wiretaps, Obama's to cool for that. Immigration. oh he just wants to help, has nothing to do with dependent voters does it? 20 20 workers, saved jobs fallacy, 5.5 million people added to the food stamp rolls every year, Social security disability enrollees outpacing job creation 2 to 1. This is what "your" President has done. This is what you voted for. This what you support. This is America in rapid decline and I'm the righteous one?

June 24, 2013
4:17 a.m.
janesjoys says...

Point proven!!!!!!

June 24, 2013
6:39 a.m.
Phils2008 says...

I doubt anyone would get the "point" you think you've proven. Being a low information voter apparently extends to your misunderstanding of the word righteous. The Democrat Party will rule forever with the intelligence level possessed by their members.

June 24, 2013
9:37 a.m.
wmarincic says...

The liberals don't realize that they are being "controlled" by their party just like slaves. They are given Food Stamps and welfare and they will soon be given healthcare that is being controled by the IRS. Make the wrong choice and you get cut off or investigated, keep quiet and continue to support the liberal party and you can go on getting your basic needs met. Control is the liberal way.

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