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Mech’ville schools should have stayed in Colonial Council

Saturday, March 15, 2014
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Mech’ville schools should have stayed in Colonial Council

I am not pleased with the recent decision by the Mechanicville school board to leave the Colonial Council to join the Wasaren [League] [March 11 Gazette]. Nor am I content with the way the “invitation” was handled.

This matter should have been put before the public and not voted on the way it was.

My first concern is the effect this change will have on the girls’ high school bowling team. The Wasaren League does not have all-girls’ teams — teams are co-ed. Therefore returning students from this year’s bowling team will not have the same opportunity to participate in the sport that they have had in the past; this is discriminatory.

This year’s graduating class has two seniors who have been recruited to join Division I college bowling teams. When was the last time Mechanicville High had this happen? And now the board chooses to all but eliminate the team.

Geographically we are a southern Saratoga County community, with Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties as our neighbors. The Colonial Council is where we belong.

Joan A. Carola

Mechanicville

The writer is a grandparent of one of the team’s bowlers.

Vocational education, not college, for convicts

I suggest prisoners should be educated, but do not agree that college is the way to go.

Most of these inmates do not have the prerequisites for college courses or the grades to proceed to a higher education.

I suggest that men would be more qualified for a skilled apprentice program and should be offered courses in construction trades for electricians, plumbers, carpenters, welders, masons, etc. These skills are needed, especially to build and fortify our outdated bridges, roads, buildings, etc.

Women could be offered courses in nursing, secretarial and computer programmers. There is a needw especially in the medical field.

They should have an incentive to get ahead, and I believe this is the right track in helping them earn good pay for skilled positions.

Carmela St. George

Schenectady

Ukraine not a valid comparison with Iraq

John Pagoda [March 11 letter] and the rest of the country seem to have forgotten the truth about Iraq.

Saddam Hussein invaded an ally. He had a history of using chemical weapons and claimed to have more ready to use. After being pushed back to Baghdad, he promised to open up his country to unrestrained inspections, to destroy or confirm that there were no such weapons.

He defied the United Nations for years and did not allow inspections. Only after he became more and more aggressive and threatening did we go into Iraq.

This was totally different then the internal situation in Ukraine.

Robert Todt

Amsterdam

St. Anthony’s is down, but it will come back!

St. Anthony forever.

Thank you to Schenectady firefighters, they’re the best.

Pray, God bless and grant a speedy return of our beloved church. Viva, Santa Antonio.

William Civale

Saratoga Springs

The writer is a St. Anthony’s parishioner.

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