Marches reflect our democracy in action

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBack in the early ‘70s I joined in the biggest protest marches the country had ever seen. After serving in Vietnam, I did what a lot of vets did. I got an education with the GI Bill, got divorced, got a job, and went to Washington D.C. to protest against the war.Let’s fast-forward about 50 years. I’m protesting again. The Women’s Marches have been positively inspirational. In the ‘70s, I didn’t know what to expect — a bunch of angry hippies with signs? Nope. I was marching next to grandmothers who arrived by the busload, parents worried about their sons, students, hippies (not so angry), and veterans (angrier). Everyone was enthusiastic and willing to express themselves. And all shared a single goal — to end the war.The Women’s March goals are many — gender inequality, human rights and immigration reform, environmental protections, LGBT rights, opposition to misogyny and patriarchy, with a degree of protesting our president (You should see those signs.).The marchers themselves are the chronological reflection of the marchers of the ‘70s. The grandmothers that I marched with then are replaced with grandfathers now (me).Marchers today have kicked the sign-making up a notch; though I did see this, “War is not healthy for children and other living things.” Remember that? (It was the original logo for Another Mother for Peace, founded in 1967.)The biggest differences are that there are a lot more women marching today and the numbers dwarf any of the anti-war protests of the ‘70s. The biggest similarity is citizens of a representative democracy again exercising their right to peacefully protest in opposition to governmental policies that they don’t agree with to effect change. Come to think of it, that’s how this crazy country of ours began.Paul DonahueNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, April 15

first_imgSpend tax money to teach kids valuesThe April 3 news about Shaun Wiggins’ decision to be a candidate for the Saratoga school board is interesting.The focus on an armed educational campus, similar to youth detention centers, advocates spending money on armed personnel instead of the Board of Regents’ policy to teach youth how to peacefully relate socially and emotionally with each other’s differences. The news indicated Mr. Wiggins suggested an outsourcing tactic to shift responsibility of armed personnel to a “peacekeeper authority not under civilian authority.” Even though Mr. Wiggins’ educational model may advocate the Christian Brothers Academy and LaSalle Institute system that outsources its military discipline system, to my knowledge, the military personnel are not armed.The 2018-19 State Education’s Supportive Schools Grant (SSG) Program awarded only $2 million to build healthy, supportive, and safe learning environments for youth and start a Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center. The way to reduce incidences of bullying, harassment, and discrimination is with a sound educational program teaching youth the social and emotional values and non-violence behaviors that will ensure their future communities.Michael McGlynnWatervlietMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionUnion’s president promotes censorshipUnion College President David Harris responded to President Trump’s executive order regarding free speech on college campuses. President Harris opposes free speech on college campuses. This assertion creates an atmosphere for censorship. He wants “something more than free speech” which he calls “constructive engagement.” He states four conditions must be met for constructive engagement. One, the goal of speaking must be understanding; two, a speaker must respond to sincereaudience questions; three, the speaker’s responses must be respectful; and four, speakers must support their views with reasoned arguments. Mr. Harris omits the most important condition, the rules the audience must follow. What assurances will Union give speakers that audiences will behave respectfully? Contrast Mr. Harris’ dogmatic approach to that of the University of Chicago, also a private institution. There, free speech means what we believe it means. You can’t defame someone; you can’t violate the law; you can’t interfere with the functioning of the University.  The university can regulate the time, place and manner of speaking, “But these are narrow exceptions to the general principle of freedom of expression.” These “Chicago Principles” have been adopted by 60 colleges and universities. If Union does its job as described by its president, that students are taught how and why to think and not what to think, then Union students should treat speakers with dignity, thus making his four conditions unnecessary. Clearly, “constructive engagement” is a euphemism for censorship.Richard EvansBurnt Hillslast_img read more

Life after LIFFE

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Clarke seeks stock for £200m geared fund

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Tunstall joins Church at Deutsche Bank

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Local heroes or local zeros?

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Zest for life

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Vive La Défense

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Everyone else has got a REIT …

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