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Target Practice

To the Editor:

As residents and taxpayers of Glenville, a number of very concerned citizens have petitioned the town board requesting that they come together and share information about the “Fire/Homeland Security Consortium” or “Safety Training Center” planned along Vley Road and Route 5 [“Home on the Firing Range,” Newsfront, Aug. 18].

For over a year, and particularly during the last few months, there have been a growing number of the Glenville community that have tried to seek answers to questions and concerns regarding the proposed projects including a five-story fire-burn building and classrooms, firing range(s), vehicle training courses, mock plane fuselage, rail crossing, a four-block mock cityscape and hydraulic targets. Plans have also included federal agencies such as the FBI and Homeland Security.

Many of us have attended and spoken at town board meetings, worked with the local media and questioned various people directly affiliated with the projects on all levels. At no time has any clear and truly meaningful information about these projects and our concerns been provided. In addition, it seems that each different party we speak to or read quotes from has had different, and in many instances contradicting, answers about these proposals. There exists a wide range of opinions about the scope, use, management, local impact (positive and negative), and the time frames of the many projects.

We understand that all of our questions and indeed the entire plans of the projects are ongoing, and are not able to be fully addressed. However, a presentation would go a long way in showing the town’s openness to communicate and share reliable information and ideas about the projects to date.

Such a presentation between the community and project leaders would begin an open dialog where ideas could be shared in such a way that they contribute to the overall effectiveness and success of any proposed projects.

These are neither small nor ordinary plans, and will impact our community and the area greatly.

Barbara Jefts

Scotia

Hair Meddle

To the Editor:

I don’t hold myself out to be any kind of fancy music critic, nor am I a huge Mötley Crüe fan, but I attended the Mötley Crüe concert at SPAC, and I wholly and entirely disagree with your reviewer’s comments [“Tits and Assets,” Live, Sept. 15].

First and foremost, I’m 27, don’t have any hearing problem I’m aware of, yet one of my grievances with SPAC is that most of the concerts are not loud enough. I expect concerts to be loud to drone out the drunken commentary, and to set the mood, and concertgoers should suck it up and put cotton in their ears if they don’t like it. I actually commented to my companion concert attendee that this was the first concert I’d ever been to at SPAC that I thought was loud enough. It was great!

Furthermore, I thought the onstage entertainment was fun. I was wondering why more present-day bands don’t put more effort into decorating their stage and entertaining their audience. At one point I believe Vince Neil said they were going to play a new song and offered up a talented, albeit half-naked, lady hanging all sorts of ways from drapery as something to look at. The suggestion was that the audience might not know that song so instead of sitting down (since all of the audience I could see from my close-as-I-could-get station on the lawn was standing the entire time), the audience should continue to enjoy the show with the added visual stimulation to keep up the excited mood! What’s wrong with that?

Also, what objection is there to the band members riding out on motorcycles? They were really cool motorcycles that you don’t see everyday, so why not?

Moreover, I’ve been to some of the other concerts put on recently by ’80s “hair bands,” and musically I’ve got to say this was the best at least of all of those performances. I was a bit young in Mötley Crüe’s heyday, and thus didn’t get to see them then, but I listened to their music and the concert I was at sounded just like it. What more would you want if you’re a fan?

Lastly, a little profanity and nudity never hurt anyone.

Lauren Ryba

Albany

John Brodeur responds:

I never said I didn’t like the show.

Correction

In David King’s story “No More Power to You” (Newsfront, Sept. 15), Joe Igoe was mistakenly identified as having had a heated debate with James Tierney. In fact, the debate was between Tierney and Jim Scalzo. We apologize for the error.

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