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Friday, November 15, 2013
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Nanny state can’t seem to make up its mind

I was dumbfounded by the Nov. 9 article, “Father claims visits threatened over fast-food tantrum.” I know there are always two sides to every story, and I am really interested in hearing Marilyn Schiller’s side of this story. She is the psychologist who, according to the AP article, pronounced a father incapable of caring for his nearly 5-year-old son after he refused to allow him to have McDonald’s for dinner.

Unfortunately, because of privacy laws that may never happen, we have the government regulating the amount of fat we adults can eat, the government regulating what can and cannot be served in school cafeterias, what we can and cannot donate to food pantries and the one that truly blows my mind is parents suing McDonald’s because their kids got fat eating the very food they themselves purchased and fed to them.

Yet a parent who acts in the best interest of his son’s health, doing exactly what our government claims they are doing for us, is deemed “incapable of caring for his son.”

Our society would not be in the mess it is if more parents would do exactly what this father did and stand up to their kids. In this instance, the father did nothing to put his child in danger; he did not abuse him and he acted solely out of love for his son. If he is punished for this, then God help us all.

Deborah Bisner

West Charlton

Mootooveren wrong to lie, then slough it off

With anger and a healthy dose of cynicism, I read the Nov. 9 article regarding Mr. [Councilman-elect] John Mootooveren’s lie about his employment, leading up to his election to the Schenectady City Council. Even more appalling was his comment to the Gazette, after being caught, when he said that it was “no big deal.”

Then [Councilman] Carl Erikson defends this guy on the basis that the separation occurred during the campaign and he didn’t think it was necessary for Mr. Mootooveren to shout, “stop the presses.” But after the fact, in answer to a direct question, our shining new council member — so widely acclaimed as the first Guyanese-born member — outright lied. And it was “no big deal.”

With all that happens in politics at every level, perhaps lies from politicians are indeed not a big deal anymore. I guess Mr. Mootooveren’s commitment to the people of Schenectady that he so proudly proclaims, doesn’t have to include honesty or integrity. And [Republican candidate] Joe Lazzari, second to none with regard to ethics and dedication, is left to again sit on the sidelines and wonder what could have been.

The people in a democracy indeed get the government they deserve.

Richard H. Ferro

Schenectady

Small businesses merit patronage this season

There has been much public discussion about the importance of the small business and its impact on the local community. Issues such as energy savings, healthy lifestyles and supporting downtown economies seem to be part of a growing social conscience.

American Express has been sponsoring the yearly event, “Small Business Saturday,” during the holiday season for a number of years now; that day is almost upon us.

You will find that we small retail and restaurant owners are not only businesses, but individuals who care about the folks around us. Many of us sell locally made goods, while others promote local artists and writers. Still others sell specialty items that can’t be found in most big-box stores. Our eateries and coffee houses feature baked goods and dishes one will not find anywhere else. We are a consortium of the interesting and the unique.

On Nov. 30, just after Black Friday and just before Cyber Monday, we invite you to step back from the frenzy that often seems to grip the season and see what we have to offer. Most importantly, we thank all those who support us and believe in what we do.

Patricia Greenwood

Schenectady

The writer is proprietor of Patricia’s Room.

Bisco a moneymaker — for Altamont, anyway

Who says that there is no local economic benefit from Duanesburg’s infamous Camp Bisco?

The Nov. 7 edition of the Altamont Enterprise detailed the final outcome of a case that started 16 months ago with a speeding stop in the village of Altamont. An alert officer detected a strange odor coming from the vehicle, which prompted a search. Found were some packages of mushrooms, some “bath salts,” glass pipes, scales and $40,000 in cash. The perpetrator was traveling home to Voorheesville from Camp Bisco.

The individual is going to jail and Altamont gets to keep the $40,000 and car involved. A thumbs up for the village and an alert officer, and another thumbs down for Duanesburg! One can only imagine what might have been in that car when it entered Camp Bisco.

I hope all the right officials have been paying attention!

Jack Brown

Delanson

Students commendable honoring veterans

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake student government.

They again did a fantastic program honoring our veterans. The ceremony was meaningful and the sincerity of the students was evident and greatly appreciated by those in attendance.

Carl J. Thurnau

Barbara Thurnau

Burnt Hills

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