The article by Earl Ofari Hutchinson [Opinion, July 10] was
hard-hitting and on point.
In reading about Bush being in Africa—your paper was the only
one in this area that printed such a hardcore, classic commentary
about his visit.
The article focused on the major point of Bush sidestepping
a formal apology for slavery. If this apology could happen,
it could add needed momentum to the whole issue of blacks’
and Africans’ receiving reparations.
So thanks for publishing such a hard-hitting article.
Only Bush Had Read Metroland
I am quite surprised that the Bush administration is now blaming
the intelligence services for not getting the Iraq WMD claims
right. Also I heard Donald Rumsfeld on C-Span responding to
Sen. Pryor (D-Ark.) that he “only recently learned that Iraq’s
nuclear threat information was forged.”
the Deptartment of State and the United Nations had the information,
but no one in the Bush inner circle listens to them.
since we all heard it on WAMC and WRPI, as well as read it
in Metroland well before Bush and Rumsfeld say they
knew of it, I suggest we mail tapes of local broadcasts and
Metroland to them, so the administration will be as
well-informed as we are. That way our national intelligence
will only be a week older than that of the average Albany
household with an FM radio and a chance to pick up a free
That Go Bloom
Every spring, seeing the city of Albany abloom with a million
tulips always makes me forget the difficult winter [“The Secret
Life of Plants,” July 10]. And enjoying the beautiful gardens
while jogging through Washington Park always makes me forget
how much I actually hate exercising. And showing off the beautiful
landscaping on display throughout our city to visiting family
and friends always makes me proud to live here.
Visitors repeatedly ask me how the city maintains the gardens.
And thanks to your story “The Secret Life of Plants,” I now
know what to tell them, and whom to thank. Judy Stacey and
her cadre of workers and volunteers are to be commended for
the incredible job they do making our city beautiful. I, for
one, thank them for making my life a little brighter.
I am honored to receive the “Best Local Politician” designation
in Metroland [Best of the Capital Region 2003, July
And, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Metroland
for its continuing coverage of important, though maybe not
glamorous, issues that affect the lives of people living in
the Capital District—such as the Patriot Act and the need
for a concerted and united effort by the whole community to
combat gun violence in the region.
Council Member, First Ward
That Potato Chip
am still enjoying your annual “Best of” issue, taking my time
and reading every item. I just came across your reference
to Saratoga Winners as having an “inexplicable name.” Perhaps
someone has already sent an explanation. Here’s mine, and
having been born in the 1930s only a very few miles from that
venue, I believe you’ll accept it as the true one. “Saratoga
Winners” was the name of a locally made potato chip. If I
remember correctly, the product was initially made in my hometown
of Cohoes; the operation subsequently moved to the location
that now houses the club. The potato chip of that name no
longer exists, but the name goes on, although with a much
I enjoy reading Metroland each week and I get it from
the very friendly news vendor at Coulson’s in Newton Plaza.
you Metroland, and writer Jennifer Schulkind, for publicizing
the Emerald Acres Adopt-a-Thon [Newsfront, July 17]. The dogs,
volunteers, rescue organizations, Emerald Acres owners Wendy
and Ron Cookingham, and all the visitors had a grand day on
Saturday thanks in part to getting the word out. We are hopeful
that a few deserving dogs will have met their forever families
on July 19. Apart from any adoptions that may arise from this
event, it was truly inspiring to have several Capital District
humane groups join together for this day to root for Emerald
Acres’ dogs and to encourage people to get involved in rescue
Spread the word: Don’t breed or buy when shelter dogs die!
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