Guilderland, you are better than this

To the Editor:
I had really hoped this would go without saying: If you are fortunate enough to be healthy and free of mobility issues, please be decent and kind to those who are not.

At a youth softball tournament this weekend, a local dad with limited mobility who nearly lost his leg and his life a few months ago was bravely sitting on his mobile walker ready to watch his daughter’s team play. He sat a few feet away from the chain-link fence in a small patch of shade.

Four spectators from the opposing team soon pulled up their chairs right next to the fence line in front of the man, and several in the group proceeded to stand up, leaning over the fence, completely blocking the view of the man who was physically unable to stand for more than a moment, leaving him unable to watch his daughter play.

When the group of spectators was asked to sit down (as all the rest of the fans were and would continue to do throughout the tournament without having to be asked), the members of the group each replied in turn, “This game is for those who can stand,”“We don’t have to kiss your a$$” and, naturally, “F*** you!”

Many of us can see how uncivil this world has become. I could only imagine that these folks routinely park in handicapped parking spots and push little old ladies out of their way when they are in a hurry. This was not a good look. Guilderland, you are better than this. Humanity, you are better than this.

Randy Frost


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