More transparency in school spending

first_imgThe Jan.21 editorial about state Education Department’s proposed review of the five largest school districts’ budgets to help district administrators and board members allocate state monies more appropriately is interesting.The editorial’s realistic insistence that starting the process this year would be a burden on district staff when they must depend on legislators to pass the budget on time. Another burden on school districts would be to establish a budget proposal to be reviewed by the state and the local voters in accordance with existing voting rights.The necessity to establish new rules and regulations governing state monies seems to be based on several years of state attorney general investigations and state comptroller’s audit findings of various school districts. One attorney general’s investigation discovered food management services provider Compass Group USA, Inc. improperly overcharged 39 New York schools and school districts statewide.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The comptroller office’s audit findings indicate administrative policies and procedures of many school districts allow fraudulent contracts and the misuse of their unrestricted funds.I think it is important to protect education services for children from greedy individuals willing to steal from children and taxpayers. If a more appropriate time frame for reviewing school budgets is established by the state budget, then the voters may get a more transparent budget process to know what to vote on.Maybe increasing school districts’ transparency will enhance expansion of the Farm to School Program to improve nutritious food supplies for students and local agricultural development. Maybe the district school board would consider Cornell Cooperative Extension Services coordinating with science teachers to expand agriculture and environmental justice programs in classrooms.The state Education Department may improve school board procedures and technical assistance to improve transparency of their use of money. This will enable parents and taxpayers to understand how democracy can prevent the misuse of money for children’s education.Michael McGlynnWatervliet More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Rights, not NRA, are the issue with guns

first_imgWhen the Second Amendment was written, the intent was to guarantee the “people” should and would have the means to protect themselves from a tyrannical government. The “modern arms” of the times were the cap lock and flint lock, not the match lock. In this day and age, “modern firearms” are much different.There’s no doubt that Mr. Anderson dislikes the AR-15 type of firearm. In his comments, he clearly doesn’t understand the issue at hand and the laws currently in effect. The AR-15 type of firearms is  not a fully automatic firearm. Fully automatic firearms are allowed by the federal government for civilian ownership by applying and submitting to an extensive background check. I would ask that he and others take the time to educated themselves about the 130,000 gun laws currently on the books, and more importantly take the time to discuss these matters with other gun owners. The NRA isn’t the issue here. It’s the infringement of rights guaranteed in our Constitution and the efforts to erode those rights.Joe VivaBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Re May 10 letter, “Reasonable gun regs block by NRA”: Stephen Anderson views the NRA as a threat. It does appear he doesn’t own any firearms, nor is familiar with the process of legally obtaining a firearm, both long gun or pistol, nor the existing laws.  His view of the NRA tactics seems to go against those that he would use to enforce and maintain the Second Amendment right of individuals to own guns. Negotiating from a position of strength has proven itself time and time again to be the greater of choice. History has proven appeasement never works.Mr. Anderson mentions the “no-fly” list. Is he aware of the problems involved with the no-fly list? Is he aware that people have been erroneously placed upon this list, with no recourse to having their names removed? The same issues hold true with the lists prepared by the state and federal governments regarding those who have been erroneously placed upon the “mentally ill” lists. The NRA didn’t commit these acts. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Proctors needs to upgrade restroom

first_imgYes, our public restrooms are outmoded and need help. I’m handicapped, so it’s difficult to access some public restrooms, scooting up and down stairs.When my husband and I attended Proctors recently, we sat in the balcony. During the intermission, I waited in such a long line for the restroom that the lights were dimmed as I returned to my seat. The balcony restroom must be at least 100 years old, with only a few stalls, one labeled “out of order.”We have always known that women take longer to use a restroom than men. Why aren’t there more stalls in women’s restrooms?I’m willing to start a fund to help Proctors modernize the balcony restroom. Why can’t they design and build one similar to the downstairs restroom? There’s plenty of space. We don’t need a large lounge.Emily KochNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Escaping the mid-life crisis

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Housing group with no home

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Offices: Challenging traditions

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Leisure: Summer’s gone, but the heat is on

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Jones Lang LaSalle offices chief joins BH2

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More W1 surplus space

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Wireless security: Sign language

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