Of course a school’s raw material affects its success rate
Of course a school’s raw material affects its success rate
Frank Ciervo, a frequent contributor to the Gazette’s Opinion page, he has evidenced a creative command of the English language and an analytical mind. However, in his June 2 Op-ed, he had the effrontery to suggest that the numbers of “robust, engaged, gifted students” are not spread evenly among area school systems.
He sins further in claiming that these kinds of students are children of intellectually gifted parents concentrated in limited school districts. These parents have been attracted to our area by magnets such as GlobalFoundries, SUNY Nano science research and the General Electric research lab.
Carrying on this line of thinking, one might conclude that the kinds of students [who enroll in] a school are pretty important in determining the school’s success — success here determined by achievement on multitudes of standardized tests, dropout rates and the like. This is just too much when everyone, from the president of the United States to your neighbor across the street, knows it’s the schools that are the failures; the inherent differences among school kids from system to system has nothing to do with school success.
We know this because failed schools are all we ever hear about from politicians, state education pros taking orders from politicians, and a media entangled in the web of political correctness.
Obamacare remains an affront to Catholics
Re Democrats’ and President Obama’s disregard for First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...”
There you have it from our forefathers’ masterpiece — the First Amendment to the Constitution. No governmental control of religion.
In his latest attempt to subjugate the Constitution, President Obama and the Democrats’ Affordable Care Act includes the “HHS [Health and Human Services]” mandate, which takes effect Aug. 1. This states that Catholic hospitals, schools, universities, and charities “will incur fines of $100 per day/per employee for each they do not provide their employees with insurance covering contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs.”
These are against basic tenets of the Catholic religion. How can you expect any religion to go against its basic teachings? In addition to violating the First Amendment, the fines will equal millions of dollars per day nationwide, effectively bankrupting Catholic hospitals, universities, public schools and charities.
I’m an Episcopalian and pro-abortion. But as an American, this administration’s latest attempt at forced social engineering outrages me!
The employees of any Catholic institution have the option of not working there if those particular benefits are of urgent need to them. It’s amazing to me that Catholic elected officials in New York are sitting by idly while this administration desecrates both their religion and the First Amendment.
Critic had no cause to knock Canadian ballet
As many other ballet fans, I was expecting the National Ballet of Canada to be good, but “not quite as good” as the New York City ballet [NYCB] [July 16 Gazette].
But I was surprised, thrilled, to find their performance the equal of NYCB’s. Their rendition of “The Four Seasons” was great.
I guess I should be happy that my lack of expertise allows me to so thoroughly enjoy a program that was rated sub-par by your more knowledgeable critic, Wendy Liberatore.
Davidson column on N.Y. casinos a winner
I would like to compliment L.D. Davidson on his excellent July 14 op-ed, “Bad Odds for NY” on casinos. He made many great points that the politicians should read. He did his research well.
Gambling is not the answer for solving school budgets and state financial difficulties.
Congratulations on a great article, Mr. Davidson, [and] an excellent opinion.
Spitzer broke the laws he was sworn to uphold
Shame on you for your July 11 editorial, “Peccadillos shouldn’t disqualify Spitzer.”
You have missed the point completely. That he indulged in sex with a prostitute and lied about it is a betrayal of his wife and family, and that is their business. That he broke the laws he had sworn to uphold as a public official is a betrayal of the citizens of New York, and that is everybody’s business.
Your statement that “all men deserve second chances, and the sin that got him banished wasn’t that big of one” is appalling. In your eyes, the “sin” was sex, and the implication is that engaging in illegal sex if you are a man is very minor. (The same “sin” for a woman would undoubtedly end her political career and she would forever be labeled as a slut, unworthy of office.)
You then say that if a politician was guilty of “exploiting one’s position for personal enrichment — that should forever disqualify a politician from holding office ...” Just what do you think Eliot Spitzer was doing?
He swore an oath to uphold the laws, not just when he felt like it, but the time he was in office. He used information gained through his public position to intentionally break the very laws he was using to prosecute others. What hypocrisy!
The issue is not one of sexual peccadillo — the issue is one of integrity and honesty that should be the heart of public service. It is not the form of “enrichment” that is important; enrichment at any kind through the illegal use of one’s position of trust is corrupt, and should not be excused nor condoned by our public press.
Now you approve of putting this “impeccadillable” man in charge of public money. Need anyone ask why we can’t clean up politics?
Marjorie E. Karowe
Make Route 7 safer with lower speed limit
On the July 15 news, it was stated that a stretch of Route 7 near Hoosick has been “under study for the last few years” for the number of accidents, specifically roll-overs of tractor-trailers, on this winding, downhill section of Route 7.
There have been several roll-over accidents in the last couple of years. Thankfully, to my knowledge, there has been no loss of life.
The current speed limit is 55 mph. What is the big decision to just change the limit to 45? Hopefully it can be done before there is loss of life along this proven dangerous stretch of road.
Is the DOT [Department of Transportation] that big a department that it cannot make a simple decision to save lives?
Kurt von Maucher
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