Tax preparer article not reflective of all

*Tax preparer article not reflective of all *Schenectady's past should be recognized *Senate, not Re

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Tax preparer article not reflective of all

As a local coordinator for a volunteer AARP tax preparation site, I feel compelled to respond to an Feb. 16 article on the business page by Ben Steverman of Bloomberg News, “Do tax preparers know what they’re doing?”

I understand that Mr. Steverman was aiming to point out the worst pitfalls in tax preparation, but his article was about as fair and balanced as Fox News. Let me assure all users of the free tax preparation services of AARP that all volunteers are trained and tested every year. We have certain limitations and must refer those clients to paid preparers.

Last year, AARP processed more than 1.6 million tax returns nationwide with an accuracy rating of more than 90 percent.

I am simply asking readers to think and research their tax preparation options before succumbing to Mr. Steverman’s voice of doom and gloom.

Blanche Fischer


Schenectady’s past should be recognized

Re Feb. 17 article, “Opinions mixed over street names at Mohawk Harbor”: Schenectady, gives lip service to its heritage, but fails when an important opportunity beckons.

The new streets in the area of the Rivers Casino/Mohawk Harbor are an opportunity to pay homage to the thousands of workers who gave decades of their lives to making Schenectady “the city that lights and hauls the world.” At least one of them should be named something like, “Locomotive Drive,” to remember the men and women who worked at the American Locomotive Company (Alco).

On a personal note, my father worked at Alco for over 25 years, before becoming disabled on the job. My mother worked there during World War II as an overhead crane operator. One of my aunts was an office worker there for over 25 years as well. I’m sure thousands of other Schenectady residents have similar stories.

The future is all well and good to pin hopes on, but let’s not bury and forget our past.

Frank J. Cernik


Senate, not Reagan, delayed appointment

President Obama and the Democratic candidates for president keep citing the Justice Anthony Kennedy appointment as a precedent for nomination, approval and appointment of a Supreme Court justice in the president’s lame-duck year.

Let’s talk about the “Kennedy appointment” of Nov. 11, 1987. Properly put into perspective, the seat was vacated by Justice Powell June 26, 1987. President Reagan then nominated Robert Bork on July 1 (hardly the last year of President Reagan’s term) and we all know the disgraceful bashing the Senate Democrats (led by now-Vice President Joe Biden) did to Mr. Bork over the next several months.

After Mr. Bork was denied, President Reagan nominated Justice Kennedy, who was quickly approved by an embarrassed (if possible) Senate and appointed on Nov. 11, barely the president’s last year of office.

If the Senate had done its job and approved Mr. Bork (one of the most qualified nominees in recent history), we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

Just some historic facts that should not be omitted from the discussion.

Lee Kiernan



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