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To the Editor:

The recent article about the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and its Albany Race for the Cure [“Running From Prevention,” Oct. 3] was certainly an attention grabber! I believe, however, that Metroland readers would have a more realistic understanding of the foundation’s mission if they knew about the contributions here in the Capital District.

For the record, the Komen Foundation’s contributions to local breast cancer education and support efforts are considerable. As just one of many local nonprofit organizations aided by the foundation, To Life! is grateful for the foundation’s recognition and support of its comprehensive breast health and cancer awareness services offered in 10 counties in and around the Capital Region. Thanks to three Komen grants, To Life! has educated hundreds in our community about breast cancer warning signs, detection methods, treatment options and support services. One of To Life!’s Komen-funded projects, currently underway with Centro Civico of Amsterdam, is a bilingual breast cancer education initiative for the Hispanic community of Montgomery County.

Significantly, a major portion of funds through the Albany Komen Race for the Cure remains in the area. That means that the women and men and children who ran the race in Albany on Oct. 7 actually benefited their neighbors and friends in our community.

I am a breast cancer survivor and thankful that Komen is here!

Mara Ginsberg
President and founder, To Life!

Thank You, Al

To the Editor:

I was happily surprised to see Schenectady Mayor Al Jurczynski’s smiling face on the cover of Metroland [“Give Me Your Guyanese,” Oct. 31]. The mayor’s dedication to improving Schenectady by building better neighborhoods is apparent all through our city, and especially in the downtown area next to where I live.

Mayor Al is working to form a “Little Italy” section on North Jay Street—we already have a bakery that opens before the sun rises and a sandwich shop that serves tomato pie and spumoni in thick slabs. The mayor will capitalize on these neighborhood assets to attract more Italian-themed businesses and proudly show off Schenectady’s Italian heritage to tourists and locals alike.

Down the steps from the mayor’s office in City Hall is Jay Street, a pedestrian-friendly marketplace close to public transportation that features a coffeehouse, independent bookstore, natural foods store, live music, farmers’ market and many unique shops. At the far end is Proctor’s Theatre, a gem of a playhouse that shows independent films for only $2 when it isn’t bringing in sought-after Broadway shows.

These efforts to improve our neighborhoods go hand-in-hand with what is the mayor’s greatest effort to improve our city: inviting new citizens to live in Schenectady. His hard work attracting Guyanese New Yorkers has resulted in an influx of new Schenectadians—families that have revitalized neighborhoods like Hamilton Hill by buying and fixing up the houses they live in and rejuvenated our economy by working hard at local jobs and opening businesses of their own.

Your profile of how Mayor Al is enthusiastically bringing new residents and their businesses to Schenectady lets everyone know about what should be a badly kept secret in the Capital Region—Schenectady is growing into a great place to live.

Kathleen Lisson

Thanks in Advance for the Free Access

To the Editor:

After reading Jeffrey Chester’s article regarding possible new regulations on Internet access [“Access Restricted,” Nov. 7], I have a challenge for him. I would like him to create and manage a broadband network (using whatever definition of broadband he likes, since his article wasn’t specific), allowing free access for myself and, oh, maybe 500,000 friends. Let us use it 24 hours a day for whatever type of service we want, never deny us access for any reason, and most importantly, keep the service free in all respects of the word. Reading his article, I realize that money isn’t an issue with the Internet, so he should have no problem.

Bennett Campbell


In a recent story on irradiated meat in local supermarkets [Newsfront, Oct. 24], we wrote that Tracy Frisch is the executive director of the Regional Farm and Food Bank. The correct name of the organization is the Regional Farm & Food Project.

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