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

Soak up the views from this spectacular Gold Coast apartment

first_img1/174 Pacific Pde, Bilinga. 1/174 Pacific Pde, Bilinga. MORE NEWS: Beachfront home a real price winner An open kitchen, living and dining room is at the heart of the apartment with ocean views setting a picturesque backdrop.The plunge pool is on the apartment’s rear terrace.The furniture could come with the apartment but it would need to be negotiated while body corporate fees are $68.47 per week.Mr Smith said the building was designed for owner-occupiers who were downsizing from a house but didn’t want a place that was too small. MORE NEWS: Gold Coast losing land sales to Logan 1/174 Pacific Pde, Bilinga. Its proximity to the beach, cafes and restaurants at Kirra and Coolangatta as well as the Gold Coast Airport also made it appealing to prospective buyers.Marketing agent David Stringer said it was the perfect opportunity to snap up a beachfront unit close to all the action.“Whether you are looking for a personal residence, retirement venue or a family holiday vacationer to enjoy with family and friends, Bluewater is a refreshing choice,” he said. 1/174 Pacific Pde, Bilinga. 1/174 Pacific Pde, Bilinga. 1/174 Pacific Pde, Bilinga. Owner Greg Smith, who developed the boutique residential building with his brother Steve under Pacific View Developments, said the apartment was in a good spot.“For a ground floor unit, it’s got really good views, especially from the lounge and kitchen area,” he said.“That unit has its own splash pool as well.”The apartment has three bedrooms, all of which have ensuites. The main bedroom also has a walk-in wardrobe and access to the front terrace.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 1/174 Pacific Pde, Bilinga.IT may be on the ground floor of a new beachfront development but this apartment still has ocean views.It is one of 12 apartments spread over seven floors in Bilinga’s Bluewater on Pacific building.last_img read more