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Don't limit your patriotism only to sports bars

Thursday, July 10, 2014
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Don't limit your patriotism only to sports bars

The United States' participation in the World Cup and the team's efforts were truly a noteworthy achievement.

However, I would like to reflect on the feelings of patriotism you describe in the July 3 story.

I wonder how many of those in attendance at the Centre Street Pub ever have shown that patriotism outside of that bar? When was the last time they sang the "Star-Spangled Banner"out loud at an event? How many times have they said, "Thank you," to a soldier or sailor in uniform for their service?

When is the last time they attended a Memorial Day, Flag Day or Fourth of July parade and had the hairs on their neck stand up at the sounds of some patriotic song and have emotions well up in them, feeling this is the greatest nation on Earth?

The United States is an exceptional nation and I am afraid that we are losing sight of that. This country might have its blemishes and faults, but it is still something to be proud of and not just when it's cool to do so inside a bar. We should feel it every day and thank God this is where we live.

Alan Buzanowski

Saratoga Springs

Workers courteous during construction

For anyone who lives in Glenville, on or near Maple and Alplaus avenues, you are well aware of the inconveniences we have dealt with, as the curve at Alplaus Avenue was reduced and improvements were made to the drainage and traffic-flow patterns. My husband and I have had a front-row seat.

This morning [July 1], they are paving the end of our driveway and I believe that the project is nearing an end. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Callanan Industry workers assigned to this job for their continued courtesy whenever it was necessary for us to enter or exit our driveway and in their responses to our questions and concerns.

Sadly, we will now have to wait for a break in the traffic to exit, since we will no longer have a flagman to assist.

Marcia Sykes

Scotia

Corporations are not people, role limited

Re July 1 AP article, "Court strikes provision": I am outraged at the extent to which corporations are extending their reach into a person's personal life.

These paper creations were originally chartered within very limited areas precisely to prevent this form of abuse of power.

It is time to bring corporations back into their role as limited business charters, with no rights and only obligations to serve the people. This was their original intent and should remain so.

Patrick Farrell

Berne

Create indoor space for Sheridan market

For the past year or so, my neighbor and I have spoken on and off about Sheridan Plaza having a farmers market.

I spoke with her because I knew she was involved with the farmers market around City Hall on Thursdays and at one time, the farmers market on upper Union Street.

With the help of many people and the encouragement from many others, Sheridan Plaza now has a farmers market, which is sure to grow both in the number of participating vendors and in popularity in the neighborhood.

As a former resident of Sheridan Village, I know that there has been and continues to be a strong need for a market like this in that neighborhood. There are many Sheridan residents who don't drive and have difficulty paying bus and cab fare to get to a supermarket. Having a market like this one is a real help to many.

Downtown and the City Hall markets move indoors, into Proctors, for the winter. It sure would be nice if somehow one of the now-empty stores at Sheridan Plaza could be fixed up to house, say, the "Sheridan Plaza Market" in the winter months so that many people wouldn't have to travel so far.

Just a thought.

Marcia Perrone

Schenectady

Graduates not as bad as article implied

In regard to The Gazette's June 28 article on Schenectady High School's graduation, I feel that the students were improperly and unfairly judged. It was a beautiful ceremony celebrating achievement, whether it came with a difficult path to the stage or highest honors.

The graduates were not rude to the speakers, nor did they shout disrespectfully. Toward the end of a long ceremony, beach balls came out in harmless celebration and fun, which helps take the edge off waiting to walk across the stage. When a few happy shouts rang out, it had more to do with the excitement of the event and less to do with the speaker.

If you're one who feels that all should be proper and compliant, then maybe you just don't get it. School board President Cathy Lewis' speech contained wonderful elements of celebrating and cherishing our diversity in race and culture. It should not be forgotten that strength in diversity also includes socioeconomics, lifestyle and physical ability. But the students already know that.

This normalcy that is their lives has fostered acceptance of each other as individuals. Deeper with that is their ability to be and express themselves, and that's what happened at graduation. I agree with Superintendent Laurence Spring that the students were not out of hand at all, and thank him for understanding the kids, their energy and their ability and desire to express themselves.

Our democratic process often falters because people don't speak up or speak out. Don't we want students to grow into adults who will? A few years ago, Jamie Ford (author of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet") visited the school for a writer's workshop, and in a correspondence I had with him, he spoke quite highly of our students, saying that they easily embraced the creative process and were able to speak their thoughts, much more so than their counterparts at private or suburban schools he had visited. Our students will be the adults who will speak up and who will think outside the box.

All Schenectadians are subject to bias toward our city and know that we are often misrepresented, even by our own newspaper. Know that the students were unfairly misrepresented.

I am so very proud of Schenectady city school students for enjoying their moment and being themselves. I am so very grateful that the teachers and staff in our district have fostered that creativeness.

Lisa Russo

Schenectady

Simpler solution to Glenridge clearance

After all the time and money that was spent installing the traffic circle on Glenridge Road, someone asked why there was no effort made to improve the truck clearance of the railroad bridge.

An official from Department of Transportation responded by saying: "It would have cost $3.5 million to raise the railroad tracks, a figure considered too costly."

Now, I readily admit that I do not have an engineering background, but I can't help asking: Why couldn't they have just lowered the road bed?

Jerry Romeo

Ballston Lake

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