Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Feb. 21 article, “Union College introduces new leader”: Let’s stop with the firsts.Union College appoints a well-qualified and distinguished man as its next president and what is your lead take on it? “Dr. David Harris will be the first African-American …” Seriously?I think the picture would lead us to believe that he is black. How about leading with his job record, accomplishments, preparation? No, jump right to race. Not only is that divisive, but in a way cheapens his accomplishment. Was he the best candidate in the field (I would imagine he was) or was he the best black candidate?Martin Luther King Jr. wanted us to move to a place where a person is judged on the content of his character, not the color of his skin. You led with the latter when the former would have served everyone better.John MetalloSlingerlandsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusAlbany County warns of COVID increaseFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
Wellington S.A.F.E. students.Click on picture for larger view of students.by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow â€”Â Seat belts save lives, and Wellington High School Resource Officer James Yunker and 62 Wellington High School students have been actively relaying this message as part of the “Seat belts Are For Everyone” program.Â The Wellington Police Department recently received an award at the S.A.F.E. conference in Topeka, for being the best law enforcement agency for a small agency in the state of Kansas.“Wellington is the only school actively participating in the program in Sumner County,” Yunker said.The S.A.F.E. program is offered to Kansas school districts as part of an educational program through the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office.“The program starts at the beginning of the school year,” Yunker said. “The members of S.A.F.E., who are also S.A.D.D. members, do a pre-survey of who is wearing seat belts at the high school.”Students go out to the high school parking lot 30 minutes before school for two days and count how many people don’t have seat belts on, and the numbers are sent to the state, which gives them a baseline for where Wellington is. Every month, the students put on educational assemblies at the high school, and do various other things, such as students visiting classrooms and reading seat belt statistics, including crash related ones, which are also announced over the intercom. They also host a safety day during the school year.“The educational part of it is that there are different things throughout the year, and the students can get creative with their ideas,” Yunker said.Students involved in S.A.F.E. also hand out pledge cards during lunch time for two weeks, and other students have the opportunity to pledge to wear a seat belt. Drawings are held everyday for these two weeks, with prizes of $25 gas cards and a mini iPad given.“At mid-term, we conduct another survey to see if the numbers have improved,” Yunker said.An enforcement period is also held, where Yunker and another local officer assist students in handing out citations for those not wearing seat belts for two weeks. The students are involved in collecting data, and sit with a police officer during this time. All schools in the program participate in the enforcement period, and only schools are targeted.“We just completed the final survey this week, and 94.6% of the school population wears seat belts, and we started out in the high 80 percent,” Yunker said.Yunker said the group has an opportunity throughout the year to send in t-shirt designs to the state and compete with other high schools.“The group does a great job,” Yunker said.A trophy was awarded, and they might be featured in the S.A.F.E. magazine and newsletter.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments