Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion On Nov. 7, residents of Saratoga Springs will vote on a proposed new charter, replacing the century-old mayor-commissioner system with an unelected city manager to run the city.Since 2001, a number of attempts to change the commission form of government have been rejected decisively by the voters. By now, most of the arguments pro and con have become familiar and even hackneyed.The commission form of government has its flaws, to be sure. It can be creaky and cumbersome.The members of the charter review committee are well-intentioned and thoughtful. But they are looking at the proposed new charter through rose-colored glasses. A city manager will not solve all the city’s problems, and it will bring new and unnecessary risks to city government as well.Several excellent ideas from the committee — a much-needed salary increase for the mayor, an annual external audit—could easily be implemented by the current council without requiring a city manager.Eleven members of the charter review committee have voted to propose a change in the charter. But now, the decision is in the hands of the city’s nearly 18,000 voters, as it should be.Think carefully about what we are as a city and what we want to become. Maybe instead of the promised utopia, a charter change will make us a lot more like other, less desirable, places to live.Kenneth KlotzSaratoga Springs More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
Sean St Ledger thought he had snatched a memorable draw for Ireland against World champions Spain. Press Association “Obviously, Casillas touched it on to the bar. I don’t know the rules these days, they keep changing and it’s open to interpretation. On another day, you might have got it.” St Ledger’s big moment came as Ireland launched a late assault in a bid to cancel out substitute Roberto Soldado’s 69th-minute opener, which had finally broken the deadlock. Up until that point, Giovanni Trapattoni’s men had rediscovered a measure of the dogged resilience which had served them so well in the past to frustrate a side which had trounced them 4-0 at last summer’s Euro 2012 finals. Cruelly, Spain made sure of the win with two minutes remaining when Chelsea’s Juan Mata added a second which was justified on the balance of play, but harsh on Ireland in the circumstances. St Ledger said: “To be fair, I thought we actually did a lot better than we did in Poland. They are an unbelievable side for hanging on to the ball – but they do that to nearly every team in the world. “We watched highlights of the France game and the possession stats were probably nearly just the same as here, so it’s not just us. They are a fantastic side and I can’t see any other winners of the World Cup next year.” Despite his disappointment at the manner of defeat, Trapattoni conceded that Spain deserved to win, and he said: “The better team won – they are the champions of the world. They controlled the game for 45 minutes, but we had a good balance and a good personality.” The 28-year-old Leicester defender fired home from close range after substitute keeper Iker Casillas had turned Stephen Kelly’s 81st-minute header on to the crossbar to spark mass celebrations at Yankee Stadium in New York, but his joy proved to be shortlived as an assistant referee’s flag handed the Spaniards a reprieve and they won 2-0. St Ledger said: “I went away celebrating, but it was actually a really good decision from the linesman, having seen it again. But it would have been a good feeling, obviously. I think Coxy (Simon Cox) was offside from Stephen Kelly’s header. I don’t know if that’s right, I’m not sure.