Letters to the editor

Equity in pay remains an issue

To the editor:

April 8 marks the day in 2014 that the average woman's earnings will catch up to what the average man earned in 2013. That's ridiculous, isn't it? Some might find it down right appalling. At least I do. Why should there be a three month lag in salaries and wages for women? In fact women of color have an even larger discrepancy. In today's economy, this gap just doesn't make any sense. And would you believe it isn't even impossible or difficult to correct. Some collective action is in order.

The Equal Pay Coalition NYC and the NYS Pay Equity Coalition are working (and have for years) on leveling the economic playing field for women and minorities and their families. Now, with the help of the Women's Equality Coalition (comprised of over 850 organizations across New York State,including AAUW, YMCA and LWV), the hope is to make major progress on the Women's Equality Act legislation and the pay equity bills that the state Assembly has championed and will be passing on Equal Pay Day.

Our local branch (Amsterdam, Gloversville, Johnstown) of AAUW (American Association of University Women) is committed to raising public awareness that equity in pay is still an issue. We have contacted 24 local governments urging mayors and supervisors to adopt a New York State Municipal Equal Pay Day Proclamation on April 8. We ask for your help by contacting local and state representatives to remind them that nine out of 10 New York voters agree that equal pay should be a priority.

Jennifer Garren,


Saying goodbye to Snowball

To the editor:

The obituary we posted for Snowball the cat drew a positive response. We must be doing something right.

I got five phone calls with condolences. Then I received sympathy cards from my sister Pat who lives in Texas, Florence Insogna and Helen Masten, who lives in Folsom, Calif., with her two sons. It seems that they all acquire this information on the Internet.

The best I got right away -- from Tommy and Eileen Andrzejewski. Sixty years ago I worked at Brownies from Friday night to Saturday morning, Saturday morning and Saturday night, to Sunday morning. All the gin mills closed at 2 a.m. and at 2:10 a.m. Brownies was full. The last man to enter on each day wore a black leather jacket, full head of hair, and was very good looking. His name was Richard Malicki. He was no Jim Sheridan, but he tried. He was Eileen Andrzejewski's uncle. He and his brother Bill were called home too soon. It was a pleasure just to be in the same room with either one. I can only hope that when my time comes, I get the same amount of publicity that Snowball did. I imagine all of my admirers will be there unless they are both sick or trout season opens.

I have already told Mary Ann Riley she can "do the honors" but I have a couple of complications that will occur with my departure. When the "Big Guy in the Sky" has a final roll call, I pray silently, I will be taken long before my wife. My reasoning is that I can only imagine the pain which I would have to endure if she were called before me. I don't care to experience it. I get my jollies just holding her hand.

It's been that way for 62 years. The other trouble I have is more complicated. In a previous letter I sent, you will recall, that in 1936 I was playing in front of St. Mary's Church with Jack Covell and T. McDermott. I was struck by a truck driven by a nephew of Florence Insogna. Father Selman gave me the last rites. I sustained a fractured skull and my lower extremities were "busted up." We shook hands and vowed that if in the future, one of us should perish, the remaining ones would be pall bearers. I have to change that pledge because now my only method of locomotion is with a walker or a wheelchair. Either one would take up too much space. So, if it's all the same to you, J., I'll go first. I know you won't mind because you're a very liberal guy and for 75 years, you've been my best friend.

Next week, I want to relate a few things I experienced as a hitchhiker.

Until then ...

James Sheridan,


Changing how we pick candidates

To the editor:

Top quality corporations always look for specific incentives contained within a municipality where they are seriously considering conducting extensive ongoing economic activities.

The status of currently existing governmental leadership and representation is the top priority -- with the capabilities of the national major affiliated parties' organizations on a county wide basis as well, as individual local entities in cities, towns, villages receiving equally close scrutiny.

Yes, the overall political environment of a given area plays a vital major role in determining whether or not productive business enterprises should be established, especially so, now that a globally recognized Saratoga tourism center boasting of a world class thoroughbred horse racing facility, a internationally accepted Saratoga Performing Arts Center, a long-established artists' colony with a strong potential of having a Vegas-style casino being added to the landscape as a bonus attraction along with the Brands USA national campaigns fully operational all collectively producing eventual collateral economic benefits, estimated in the billions, for numerous surrounding counties.

A recent digital analysis structured survey regarding governmental leadership, and representation in our little isolated corner of the world, clearly indicated that all of the registered voters residing in Montgomery County had better pursue a more active "hands-on cooperative partnership" with the top officials of their respective party's political committees regarding the necessities of locating, and finally endorsing, future candidates, for elective public offices.

Any one brought forth as a possible contender by individual rank and file members deserve the same serious consideration for acceptance as those usually reserved for the people hand-picked by the committee hierarchy.

As for qualifications, candidates should be expected to always fulfill the needs of the general constituency, since it is their community's and county's future that hangs in the balance.

The final conclusion being offered here is simplistic and straight from the shoulder -- a major political overall of the ways candidates are selected, and how their abilities to lead, and work on behalf of the people are calculated and finally determined is sorely needed.

There are no other reasonable, logical or common sense alternatives to rely upon, which will successfully meet the particular challenge head-on.

Anthony Biscotti,