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Sports too vital to schools, and entire cities, to be cut

Saturday, April 12, 2014
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Sports too vital to schools, and entire cities, to be cut

Schenectady schools cannot afford to shut down their athletic program if the city and school district are to survive.

Sports and spirit are what cities and schools are about, and not many programs require as much spirit or commitment and loyalty as sports. In the past, we’ve had some wonderful basketball teams represent our city, and the electricity was evident. Look at Scotia and all their success this year.

Congratulations and best wishes to the Union hockey team, and thank you for what you’ve done for our city. This should not have ever been an option. This [would] in no way be a painful cut, as much as sure destruction for this city. We are not a one-horse town, and in order for us to rise and grow strong, this cannot happen.

Residents of this city: If we ban together and talk together, we can make our voices heard. This is so much bigger than me, so much bigger than the officials who have even put this on the table. This is about our livelihood, our kids, our city.

Edward Overton

Schenectady

Don’t blame utilities, turn down the heat!

Regarding high energy bills prompting an investigation of National Grid, I believe this investigation is wrong.

This past winter was severe, with temperatures lower than the norm of the past several years. I was mindful of that impacting my energy costs, so I put an extra blanket on the bed, continued to wear turtlenecks under my sweaters, and pulled on thermal underwear.

If I got a chill from being too sedentary, I either exercised or made coffee, tea or hot chocolate. My utility bill was only slighter higher.

Higher-than-normal utility bills are not the utilities’ fault. The real cause is the weather, and people not coming to grips with the fact that they live in the Northeast and need to dress appropriately.

If you care about the environment, yours as well as the Earth’s, be more judicious in how you choose to stay warm.

Sandra Natale

Saratoga Springs

Pols focused on selves, instead of constituents

The evening news mentioned that President Obama and Mitt Romney spent a total of $2 billion on their campaigns. According to the Christian Children’s Fund, that would easily feed 2 billion hungry children for a day.

As if my blood pressure wasn’t high enough by that revelation, they ended the news with a story about a 13-year-old girl who was once homeless [and] who started a million-penny campaign. She is doing this to provide healthy meals for the homeless and needy. Two very different campaigns indeed.

This, unfortunately, has gone on for decades: bake sales to buy sports equipment for schools and countless other fundraisers by concerned citizens willing to pitch in and help a fellow American when the leaders of the greatest country in the world choose not to.

To spend $2 billion to have a job that pays $400,00 a year is sickening!

There are at least 2 billion other things that $2 billion could be spent on. When will enough be enough?

This election year, please don’t vote for the high-buck, bought-and-paid-for politicians. Vote for the third- or fourth-place candidate — they are ones who really care and will help the little guys, because they are one of them.

The big dogs look out for the big dogs and no one else. It’s about time for a change — for about 50 years or more. Vote for one of us, not one of them!

Ken Kimball

Schenectady

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