Family leave must be part of final budget

*Family leave must be part of final budget *Politicians can take lesson from Vermont *Grateful to ma
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Family leave must be part of final budget

Legislators and the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County can agree on how important families are to the welfare of New York state. We all talk about needing policies that are “family friendly.”

The League asks the New York State Senate and state senators representing Schenectady County to provide their vote, not just verbal support, for “family friendly” policies by supporting the Paid Family Leave Insurance program.

Family leave needs to be included in the budget bills that are negotiated in this legislative session. The governor and the state Assembly have already given their support to the program which would:

1) Provide all private sector workers in New York state with up to 12 weeks of paid leave a year after birth of a baby or for care of a seriously ill family member, or to address certain issues arising from a family member’s military service.

2) Require job protection during the leave.

3) Provide wage replacement rate of two-thirds of a worker’s average weekly wage.

The paid family leave will be paid for by a deduction of about 45 cents per week from employees’ wages. It will not cost the employer, who can hire a temporary worker, if necessary, to fill the position of the employee out on leave. This seems like a win/win situation. Let us show that we value New York families by urging our legislators to support the family leave program.

Cheryl Nechamen

Schenectady

The writer is chairperson of the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County Steering Committee.

Politicians can take lesson from Vermont

Today is Town Meeting Day in the state of Vermont, a day all Americans should be aware of and respect.

Our politicians of today should take note of this tradition and learn from it. What’s happening today is a circus and an embarrassment.

Robert Thorpe

Galway

Grateful to man who found lost credit card

There are many good people in this world. I know because one found me.

I unknowingly dropped a credit card near a restaurant in town. Later that same day, I got a phone call from a man who found it.

Not only did he call me, but he called the credit card company and closed the account. I since have received a new credit card with a new number.

Thanks to this man, no outrageous charges were placed on the card, and I didn’t have to worry about anything.

Lucille Inglese

Amsterdam

There’s a difference between law, beliefs

In his Feb. 5 letter, “Find alternatives to killing unborn babies,” Mr. Greg Delorenzo criticized a recent Texas grand jury decision which exonerated Planned Parenthood and indicted two anti-abortion activists. Apparently, Mr. Delorenzo thinks that the case in question was about his religious beliefs, when in fact it was about obeying the law.

Let me enlighten him. The Harris County, Texas, grand jury was convened to investigate allegations that Planned Parenthood was illegally trading in aborted fetal tissue. These accusations followed the release of edited videos from the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group that had secretly recorded a meeting with Planned Parenthood officials in an attempt to discredit the organization.

After a two-month-long investigation, the Harris County District Attorney’s office released a statement noting that Planned Parenthood had been cleared of all the allegations. Moreover, the District Attorney’s Office went on to say that the video makers, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress, had been indicted for using fake “California licenses” in arranging their meeting with the Planned Parenthood officials.

Following release of the decision, Harris County District Attorney, Ms. Devon Anderson, a Republican and self-identified as “pro life,” said: “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us. All the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. I respect their decision on this difficult case.”

The Texas case had nothing to do with abortion, but rather it was about obeying the law. Simply stated: Planned Parenthood did obey the law, but the Center for Medical Progress did not obey the law. Perhaps Mr. Delorenzo will now understand the difference between law and religious belief.

Don Steiner

Niskayuna

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