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Eliminate wage cap for Social Security

Re Sept. 24 letter, “Take steps to preserve Social Security”: Before increasing the Social Security tax rate by 3 percent, as suggested by Mr. Richard Moody, why doesn’t Congress eliminate the wage cap? 

The current tax paid by workers won’t be equitable across the board until everyone is paying at the same tax rate on all their wages. Currently, the cap is around $150,000. How much more would be added to the coffers if all actors, actresses, athletes and all others making over that amount paid Social Security taxes on all their wages? The cap could remain as is for the employer’s contribution. This may not be a cure-all, but it couldn’t hurt.

Marc Duquette



Why is Nisky pool still closed to public?

Seven months have passed since Niskayuna Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr. discontinued community access to the high school pool. While it was briefly opened for about a month in the April time with very limited hours, it was shut down in the summer and has remained closed.

At an August school board meeting, he promised that he would restore pool access in the September time frame. Well, September has come and gone and the pool remains quiet. Broken promises.

Does he not realize that we, the Niskayuna taxpayers, are the ones who have paid for this pool and were promised that community access would exist when the proposition to build it was voted on in the early 2000 time frame?

The worst thing about this whole issue is that the pool has been a wonderful community resource over the years and is one of the nicest in the area. Two of my kids were life guards at the pool for over seven years and never experienced the security and safety concerns that you alluded to back in March. It’s such a shame that the pool continues to sit dark. What a waste.

Wayne Matuszyk



Don’t ignore cases of domestic violence

New York defines domestic violence as a pattern of coercive tactics, which can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic and emotional abuse perpetrated by one person against an adult intimate partner with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline states that on average, 24 people per minute experiences some form of domestic violence. Most of us may know someone, maybe a sister, friend, or perhaps even yourself, who has experienced this despicable treatment by an intimate partner. 

Domestic violence isn’t limited to any one social,  economic, educational, ethic background. It effects all types of people.

Victims don’t tell their stories. They don’t confide in others. They fear the retaliation of their abuser. They have limited resources and therefore depend on the abuser. Victims sometimes feel they said or did something to deserve the abuse. They’re ashamed and embarrassed to tell anyone that they have allowed another person to inflict this horrific treatment upon them for the fear they won’t be believed.

If you know someone who you believe is being abused, don’t turn a blind eye, a deaf ear. Lend your support and resources. One domestic violence abuse case is one too many. To report or receive help call the state Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-800-621-HOPE.

Sallie Curtis


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