Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To improving lines of communication. The Gloversville Housing Authority is establishing a tenant relations committee made up of board members John Castiglione, Marcia Weiss and authority chairman Michael Ponticello. Tenants say their concerns have fallen on deaf ears and no one is listening to them. This new committee will act as a liaison between the board and the tenants. It will listen to the tenants’ concerns and potentially bring them to the full board. This is a good step toward improving the relationship between the residents and the board, and resolving some of their problems.

JEERS — To the salty senator. There’s nothing wrong with U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., complaining about President Trump and Washington politics, but she ought to keep the language civil. Gillibrand has taken a liking to using the F-word in public speeches. Lashing out at Trump over health care and tax reform, she said, “Has he kept any of his promises? No. [Expletive] no.” Speaking to a group of activists recently, she said, “If we are not helping people, we should go the [expletive] home.” The 50-year-old mother of two young children also cursed in a book she wrote and in a magazine interview. This is not respectable public discourse for an elected official. Can’t you keep it clean, Senator?

CHEERS — To free meals for kids. Several area school districts are offering free meals for local youths this summer. In Gloversville, children ages 18 and younger can get breakfast and lunch at Gloversville’s high school and middle school, and at the Salvation Army on Spring Street. The meal program runs from early July to mid-August, and there’s no income requirement. Sadly, some children in our area go hungry because their families can’t afford to feed them regularly or they’re not supervised properly. Some children rely on school breakfasts and lunches during the school year. The summer program helps fill in the gap. It’s a valuable service.