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Technology is fine, but not without ethics

Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Technology is fine, but not without ethics

Lately, Gov. Cuomo and some educators have stated the need for technological education for students. Nary a word has been uttered about education to help students become better citizens.

Did the Guilderland students engaged in cyber-bullying do so because they didn’t have enough courses in technology? Perhaps a civics course would have been helpful.

Did the two young men who caused wanton destruction in Voorheesville by spray painting an entrance sign to the school (which was paid for by community members) and spray painting the Voorheesville Public Library do so because they didn’t have enough courses in technology?

Perhaps they didn’t have any or scant education in civics or ethics.

Why were civic courses purged from the curriculum in many schools? Was there a large public outcry against them? If so, the media was remiss in not informing the public about this situation. Or, was the decision a whim by “educators” because they didn’t see the need for the value of these courses?

In any event, students should bear responsibility for their destructive acts.

Students aren’t the only ones whose behavior is in need of improvement. Some members of the state Legislature have had complaints registered against them because they couldn’t keep their hands to themselves — something first-graders are taught. Must be these members were absent on the day(s) this lesson was taught. A refresher course might help, as would a course in ethics.

Technology has given us many benefits — think of the advantages in medicine, many of which are truly miraculous. Also, the many business applications that provide efficiency are helpful to laypeople as well as those in business. And let’s not forget all the benefits in the scientific field, many of which have enriched people’s lives worldwide.

Technology has brought riches to people in many nations and made physical labor less taxing. However, it has also been used to cause unspeakable evil to be inflicted upon millions, especially the poor and those least able to defend themselves.

It’s not too late for parents and teachers to counsel students as to their responsibility in using technology in ways that will benefit mankind and not cause harm to anyone.

Aldona Vaitulis

Guilderland

Gaming or gambling?

Really no difference

Does anyone else see the irony in state-sanctioned gambling being euphemistically and rather whimsically called “gaming,” while the illegal sort that our law enforcement officials are fighting is called “gambling?”

When there is money to be made for the state coffers, we want to make sure it sounds all fuzzy and harmless —let’s get together for game night. When someone else is cutting into the state’s take, then it’s organized crime involved in a gambling ring.

See pages A1 through A3 of he April 16 Gazette for a story involving our kindly State Gaming Commission and some exciting expansion news for Saratoga Racino (gambling really). See page C2 of the same edition for a story on the evils of illegal gambling and organized crime in our area.

I’m pretty sure it’s gambling either way, and I’m certain the odds are in favor of organized crime and New York state — hence gambling.

Jon Smith

Schenectady

Glenville already developed enough

Town of Glenville, please stop!

There is an April 15 article about rezoning the Freemans Bridge Road corridor in an attempt to lure more business to the area.

As a lifelong resident of the town, I am asking the powers that be to please stop it! Stop industrializing our beautiful town! It seems all anyone cares about anymore is money — more tax money. Great for the town, they say, but there is such a thing as too much.

Money in not the most important thing! I do not want any more restaurants or businesses in our town; there is absolutely no need. We have plenty of places to eat and get gas. The article mentions two wonderful businesses, Schenectady Seed and Van Curler greenhouse, that have gone out of business because of big corporations coming in and killing them.

It is so sad to see real, family businesses killed off because of big corporations. And those big corporations don’t give two hoots about the town that they are killing — as long as they make money, right?

Stop building up our town, please — if we wanted to live in a city, we would!

Jeremy Kergel

Glenville

Brush fees and the Nisky school board

The April 17 Gazette editorial is correct — the painted squares in front of our houses are not at all like “scarlet letters.”

Here in Niskayuna we have seen them for several years — a new color each year. It is, fairly clearly, a new tactic in local political economics and a means to circumvent tax caps. On the other hand, it does allow those of us who do not need a particular service ordinarily provided by the town to save a few bucks.

Perhaps we should apply this same concept to the Niskayuna school board. Their behind-the-doors handling of the superintendent’s removal appeared to demonstrate their conviction that the citizens and taxpayers of the town do not need to be consulted and have no right to be informed about their actions.

Since I am not using the school board’s services, perhaps they should paint a little red schoolhouse in front of my mailbox so the mailman will know not to deliver the school tax bill.

Denis Brennan

Niskayuna

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