Incumbents failing to keep Schenectady clean

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Multiple cigarette butts strewn on business properties indicate accumulation, not one day’s discards. Storm drains covered with debris speak of council’s indifference.City officials negotiate union contracts. If the work detail isn’t spelled out, excellence suffers.The Comprehensive Plan calls for beautification to all neighborhoods. Others may make a mess that it is council’s responsibility to have a clean city.The incumbents have failed in their duties to the community. On Nov. 7, look elsewhere for representation.Mary B. McClaineSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Before Schenectady voters go to the polls on Election Day, please take the time to look at the corner of Albany Street and Brandywine Avenue.If the trip doesn’t convince you that the incumbents have neglected the city’s neighborhoods, try shopping on Van Vranken Avenue or drive to the casino via Seneca Street. The experience is enough to make a taxpayer cringe.The incumbents had four years to address the issue of litter for the city. Conditions are worse now than they were in 2013.Cleanliness doesn’t require technology, just old-fashioned elbow grease. Weeds must be pulled. Sitting on a lawn mower won’t do it. When weeds can grow three feet high, it means neglect.last_img read more

District’s policy on math test is flawed

first_imgIn recent years, a state Common Core Task force found more than half of the new academic standards needed substantial revisions. While the Regents adopted revised standards (Next Generation) in July 2017, a full implementation isn’t scheduled to be completed until the fall of 2020, with new state tests being scheduled for spring of 2021.   Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As a result, the state Education Department has placed a moratorium on the use of state tests scores in teacher evaluations. However, the state continues to administer these flawed tests to our students based on the current flawed standards. Knowing this, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake is still discouraging students from opting out by having them take these interim flawed tests. They will “reward” eighth grade students by exempting them from Part 2 of a final exam locally crafted by our quality teachers. For those who opt out, they’ll punish them by having them come in an extra day for an additional math final. This message was told to the students days before the state exam, wasting 20 minutes of class time to explain this penalty to them. Sounds more like bullying and coercion as opposed to “appreciation,” as noted in the district’s letter to residents.  And why? Because Superintendent Patrick McGrath’s top priority isn’t the quality of our children’s education, but the all-important rankings based on test scores. Their ultimate goal is to look good to the state Education Department by increasing testing participation rates. This eighth-grade math test policy should have all parents concerned about the direction of the school district.Will FarmerBurnt HillsThe writer was a member of the Burnt Hills School Board from 2010 -2013 and 2014 -2017.   More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Jan. 23

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAct now to ensure safety in our schoolsSome years ago, my son was quite popular with the other students, and was doing well scholastically and in sports.One student began assaulting my son and threatening other students who hung with him. The extreme stress this caused my son ruined his ability to get a proper education, leaving a life-long, negative impact on him.  Today’s students experiencing extreme stress and fear, which if gone unattended, could harm them emotionally, physically and mentally. Do not allow what happened to my son to happen to these students.At a recent school board meeting, teachers bravely came forth stating that they were afraid to go to school. If they are afraid, what about the students?  This is not ‘fear-mongering.’ It is discrimination, being teachers and the majority of students’ issues are apparently being ignored and swept under the rug.Students are given ear plugs in order to take exams, classroom doors are being locked to keep perpetrators out, and physical threats to teachers and students? If teachers can’t teach, how can students learn?Therefore, the community must come together, speak out and demand to know what is being done to ensure the safety of all who are in the school system.The superintendent and school board members must be held accountable if these issues and concerns are not being addressed.Also, there have to be cameras in every classroom and throughout the school, and the solution must include law enforcement officials.We must act now before any more harm is done.  Flora L. RamonowskiSchenectadyWhy are road signs still down on I-87?Traffic signs on the Northway (I-87) have been down most of the summer and now well into the winter. This is the case at exits 12, 13, 14 and 15. This is most concerning for people who are traveling through and are not familiar with the area.Albany spends money to encourage tourism, yet makes it difficult to those visiting this area. The signs have been on the ground, right where they fell.It is interesting that the state of New York can spend money for college tuition fees, yet cannot or will not find the money to make the necessary sign repairs.Thomas H. King Sr.Ballston SpaSleazy politicians are in both partiesWhile I agree in part to Don Demarco’s Jan. 17 letter (“Trump rescued us from sleazy politics”), I fail to see where he feels it is just the Democrats that are the only “foolish, lying, cheating, anti-American, self -serving criminals.”This president has had six associates convicted of crimes.He has been accused of sexual misconduct by 25 women and he himself has made over 15,413 false statements through mid-December.He is correct, the economy has gotten better. But it appears it is the big businesses and corporations that are the main benefactors. According to Bloomberg’s Oct. 31 article, “Trump Boasts on Economy Undercut by Weak Middle-Class Pay Gains,”: “By several measures, middle-class Americans’ incomes have risen more slowly under Trump than during Barack Obama’s final years — hardly a period renowned for gangbuster pay increases.”Mr. Demarco, instead of bashing those in the system, how about changing the system to have those “corrupt, conniving life-long politicians” of all parties serve term-limits?Deborah BenderSchoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Low stock fuels M4 heat

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Trinity winds up over tax bill row

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FPDSavills to handle

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Northampton offices & retail

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RICS puts its house in order

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Bartram launches Rodamco ‘transparency’ crusade

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Natuna closes schools as Wuhan evacuees put under quarantine in regency

first_img“At least with the break, children can stay at home to avoid possible infection,” Siswandi said on Sunday, as quoted by kompas.com.The school break will last from Feb. 3 to Feb. 17 for all elementary and high schools located near Bunguran Island, where the evacuees, comprising 242 Indonesian citizens, including five Foreign Ministry officials, and one non-citizen, are being quarantined.Yulius Piliang, a Natuna resident confirmed the closure, saying that a copy of the circular had been given to all parents with children in schools around the island.“We, as parents are very supportive of the steps taken by the local administration,” said Piliang. Residents of Bunguran Island reportedly flocked to the port by the Lampa Strait on Sunday night to get off the island as soon as possible.The people of Natuna have protested the decision to quarantine the repatriated Indonesian citizens in the regency.Read also: ‘They’re our brothers and sisters’: Jokowi asks for understanding for Wuhan evacuees quarantined in NatunaThe Indonesian Youth National Committee (KNPI) in Natuna demanded Jakarta transfer the evacuees to a navy vessel to be relocated offshore.The committee also asked the government to provide healthcare, including psychiatrists, for the Natuna community.It also asked the health minister to open an office in Natuna during the quarantine process to ensure the well-being of the Natuna community.“At the moment, Natuna people are worried and anxious,” committee chairman Haryadi said recently.In response, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi confirmed Sunday that the health minister would open an office in Natuna during the observation period, Kompas reported. (syk)Topics : The Natuna administration has closed schools for a two week period after the regency in Riau Islands was officially named a quarantine and observation zone for 243 evacuees from Wuhan and surrounding cities in Hubei province, China.Read also: Indonesia readies plans for post-quarantine period: Health MinistryNatuna administration secretary Wan Siswandi said authorities had issued a circular on the school break, explaining that children were prone to exposure to the coronavirus.last_img read more