Letters to the Editor for Friday, Feb. 1

first_imgPaper unfair to fired school bus monitor John Jankowy is a friend of mine whom I have known for many years. Everything written in Steven Cook’s articles in the Clifton Park weekly and The Daily Gazette paint him negatively. John is one of the most generous and nicest people you could meet.So what did the bratty kids do on the bus that provoked him to say, “I give up. I’m just going to shoot you guys, that’s all.”John did use inappropriate language, but one might ask why they have bus monitors in the first place. Every bus driver will tell you it is for safety reasons and to help them concentrate on the road. When we went to the towing lot with $210.60 in hand (cash only, thank you), the invoice included a $35 kickback to the city.Apparently, the police have an incentive to impound cars indiscriminately to benefit their employer. The car was returned in a damaged condition, but we’ll fix it ourselves rather than get back into that corrupt morass.The moral is that if you’re a crime victim in Schenectady, the criminal justice system will bend over backwards to maximize your expense, frustration and inconvenience. The thief gets all the due process and the victim gets all the penalties. Criminal? Yes. Justice? Forget about it.Rudolf PETERSENKathleen PetersenSchenectady I think The Gazette has impugned a very nice man without fully understanding the situation. John even apologized to the kids, and they knew there was no danger.The school district did the right thing (by terminating him). However John is a good man whose impatience with bratty kids got the better of him. I put this issue in much the same vein as the Covington Catholic school reporting, where people rushed to make a story to meet their own agenda and did great harm to the students and their school. I hope people will relax a little and remember that we are all in this together.Gerard F. HavasyClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuscenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCitizens victimized by criminals and cityOn Jan. 20, a thief took our car for a joy ride. He was arrested by Schenectady police, who logically should have called us to come and collect the car. No such thing happened. Instead, they impounded it and refused to release it on the pretext that it was evidence. The authorities showed utter indifference to anyone’s needing to get to work, take children to day care, go to a doctor or shop for food. We didn’t even get the courtesy of a call to tell us where the car had been taken, but had to track it down for ourselves.After four days of repeated calls to the towing company, the district attorney’s office and the public defender’s office, we got our car released.Incredibly, no one took action until the thief and his counsel agreed to return our property!  last_img

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