Supportive of police
TO THE EDITOR: Thank you for your very timely opinion of support for the safety and well being of police officers everywhere.
The motto of the New York State Police, “to protect and serve,” benefits each of us. They do this selflessly everyday! The expression, “I’ve got your back” is something they do as a matter of course.
It is said that you really do not understand another until you walk a mile in their shoes.
We have not walked in their shoes, but we have seen enough, first-hand, to really appreciate all they do for us.
As proud parents of a NYSP officer, it is comforting to know that “you have their back.”
To paraphrase Tiny Tim, “God bless them, everyone.”
JOE AND SALLY SPADARO
TO THE EDITOR: On Dec. 5, we had possibly the best after-school program I have ever seen here at Stafford Middle School.
Penny Manor, together with Lynn Sheehan and the Student Council, held a Grandparents’ Day. All of the students in our school were invited to have their grandparents come, and the turnout was fantastic.
There were cookies, brownies (and some of them were gluten-or sugar-free), fruit trays, ice-cream sundaes and punch were served. Josue Chanduvi, who owns Grandma’s Candy Shop, brought in coffee and free samples of his delicious treats. Officer Clark joined us, as did our principal, Mr. LaBarge, and the assistant principal, Mr. Cameron. The Family School Organization, or FSO, provided funds for the snacks.
We had a photo booth, where free pictures were taken of the kids and their grandparents. The pictures were taken by Courtney Sheehan. Students read poems they had written, too. Pins and magnets were given out to the grandparents.
Lastly, Mrs. Manor and Ms. Sheehan bought goodies to put into baskets; grandparents filled out a slip for the basket they wanted and many lucky grandparents “won” a basket.
TO THE EDITOR: In an effort to understand how and why our president can mistake facts and spread dissention among the people, I purchased the book “Rules for Radicals” by Saul Alinsky. In the 1980s, Obama practiced Alinsky’s teachings and rules as a community organizer in Chicago.
I found several rules that President Obama appears to be using today:
Rule 1: Politics is all about power relations, but to advance your power, you must mask your positions in the language of morality. Obama must disguise his goals and strategies with moral arguments.
Rule 2: There are three groups of people in this country. The oppressors or “rich,” the poor and disenfranchised and the middle-class The objective is to transfer wealth from the haves to the have-nots without them working for it. Alinsky discounts the middle-class as mostly do-nothings.
Rule 3: Change is brought about through relentless agitation and trouble- making of a kind that radically disrupts society as it is. Dissatisfaction and discontent must continually be encouraged by citing examples of injustices and dramatizations.
Rule 4: There can be no compromise with your opponents. They must be depicted as being evil. Alinsky’s says that you cannot communicate the opponents on your proposed policies. You must demonize those who stand in your way.
Rule 5: You cannot focus on just a single issue. You must move quickly from one issue to the next. Switching from Obamacare to income inequality and immigration are perfect examples.
Rule 6: Deride your opponents to the point that they label you a dangerous enemy. You must continually bait and maneuver your opponents so that they act out of anger rather that reason.
CLYDE RABIDEAU SR.