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Letters to the Editor for July 7

Saturday, July 7, 2012
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Column opposing gas pipeline full of emotion, but had no scientific facts

To quote Ronald Reagan when he was debating President Carter, “There you go again.” The “you” in this case is Karen Cookson writing a column on the front page of the July 1 Opinion section, “Adding insult to injury.”

This time she is against the proposed gas pipeline going through Schoharie. And this time she again has no technical arguments against the project.

She points out all the complex work needed to complete the pipeline, such as removing bedrock, drilling to go under some creeks and wetlands and roadways. But that is what one does to build pipelines. That has been going on for decades to bring energy to all Americans. America uses gas to heat homes and supply factories that create jobs. In the United States there are 305,000 miles of gas pipelines that bring prosperity, heat, light and jobs to Americans.

Just as in the anti-fracking column she previously wrote for the Gazette [April 15], she includes no scientific facts as to its danger and it is all about emotion.

I consider myself an environmentalist who also wants to save the Earth, but I believe we can use its vast resources in a safe way. It is too bad that others who also want to save the Earth do so in a way that is not credible. Ms. Cookson and other environmentalists who have a knee-jerk reaction to stop all energy projects, should be allowed to freeze in the dark.

Don Cazer

Niskayuna

New Deal did lasting good; Obama stimulus temporary

Our current president, like his progressive predecessor FDR, believes in Keynesian macroeconomic theory. Simply described, this is the belief that if the federal government spends taxpayers’ money, it will “stimulate” the economy and reduce unemployment. Economists are still arguing whether the New Deal helped to end the Great Depression and there is no consensus today on the efficacy of Obama’s stimulus on our current great recession.

FDR’s New Deal cost approximately $500 billion in today’s dollars. Obama’s stimulus package (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) cost approximately $830 billion. However, FDR’s stimulus was much more worthwhile than Obama’s.

FDR’s New Deal provided 650,000 miles of new/improved roads, 78,000 new/improved bridges, 950 new/improved airports and many of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s dams and power plants. It also left us with Camp David, the Timberline Lodge, the Griffith Observatory and the Blue Ridge Parkway, all important parts of America’s heritage. It employed 8.5 million different Americans, with peak employment of 3.3 million in 1938 (U.S. population in 1938 was 130 million).

In comparison, Obama’s stimulus has provided unemployment benefits, temporary tax cuts, social welfare provisions and speculative investments in failed green energy projects like Solyndra, SunPower and A123 Systems. All ephemeral, with no lasting impact. The New Deal was a much better deal for America.

Bob Lindinger

Guilderland

Check list of President Obama’s accomplishments

Health care for all — check.

Small but continued job growth — check.

No war on women — check (except pending bill in Mississippi to outlaw all abortions, but I bet Viagra is still covered for men.)

Progress on immigration — check.

Stock market up over 5 percent for the year as of June 29 — check.

Osama bin Laden dead — check.

President Obama saved this country as we were over the cliff when he took office. It takes more than a few years to at least bring us back to the edge of that cliff.

Thank you, Mr. President. Looking forward to four more years!

Diane Hombach

Schenectady

Favoring illegal immigrants with Dream Act is unfair

The Dream Act for illegal immigrants is just another ploy for votes, as is gay marriage.

What about all the immigrants that go through the system legally and have to wait a long time to become a citizen? Shouldn’t they come first? What about the Americans who want a higher education and can’t afford it — aren’t they more entitled to be helped first?

James Maxfield

Scotia

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July 7, 2012
6:39 a.m.
cfield says...

Diane you should clarify a few. Buy health care or pay a fine. Federal sales tax on all home sales in the Obama health bill.

July 7, 2012
7:46 a.m.
wmarincic says...

Diane Hombach

If we can not afford doctors and medicine what makes you think we can afford doctors, medicine and a 14 huge government agencies to administer it?

According to the rise in poulation there is no job growth and black unemployment is 14.4%.

President Bush had more women with better pay working in the Whitehouse than Obama.

Giving amnesty to ILLEGALS to buy the hispanic vote is NOT immigration progress.

The stock market is up due to the housing market leveling out.

Bin Laden is dead due to Bush intelligence but I will give Obama credit for making the decision but I also give him credit for the many intelligence leaks.

America can not take another four years of this no experienced community organizer.

July 7, 2012
8:20 p.m.
Newsworthy says...

President's accomplishments:
Healthcare for all - even those whose beliefs preclude it, and a penalty on the poorest taxpayers who can't afford it - Check!

Small but continued job growth - unemployment remains 8%+, and many of those who have found jobs are underemployed (over-qualified and under-paid) - check!

No war on women - ask the women in the military who suffer sexual assaults from NCOs, yet aren't allowed to volunteer for frontline duty - check!

Progress on immigration - illegal immigrants granted virtual amnesty, spitting on legal immigrants and citizens, taking jobs from people who really deserve them - check!

Stock market is up - unemployment is still up, so the market means rich people getting rich on other people's money (e.g. Facebook IPO) - check!

Bin Laden dead - for 10 years he was under the noses of an "ally" before we found him - check!

Diane, you sound like a party mouth piece. Can you say all those things in front of a mirror with a stright face?

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