Your Niskayuna: Letters to the Editor for Dec. 14 to 20

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President Donald Trump speaks about Jerusalem in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Dec. 6, 2017
President Donald Trump speaks about Jerusalem in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Dec. 6, 2017

Let Trump’s tax-cut recipients pay for wall

In the interest of compromise, I have an idea. President Trump continues to push for building a wall between the United States and Mexico. I believe the wall is unnecessary and a complete waste of taxpayer money. I believe in compromise. My idea is simple. Agree to build the wall. Then finance the complete cost — currently estimated at $70 billion to build and $150 million a year to maintain — by rescinding the recent tax law changes that benefit the top 1 percent wage earners.

Trump gets his wall. And his most ardent supports get to pay for it.

Jon Lemelin

Holocaust memorial will be worth the wait

There are times when proceeding slowly has great value. 

A good example is the proposed Capital District Jewish Holocaust Memorial, the building of which has strong support from individuals and organizations in Niskayuna and across the region. 

We’ve been working very closely with the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York.

We’re working to build consensus around an updated design and are making great progress developing a final design for the memorial.

But there’s still more work to be done,  including community forums for additional public input, which is why we asked the town board to reschedule the vote.

There is consensus for ensuring that the Holocaust Memorial provide an educational experience to help people better understand the anti-Semitism, hatred and brutality that led to the Holocaust, and for honoring the memory of the victims by sharing their personal stories.

We have one simple goal: create a memorial that will inspire others to create a world without hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

It’s worth noting that there was much debate prior to other memorials, the Vietnam Memorial, the World War II Memorial and Washington’s United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, being built.

The debate led to consensus, as it will the Capital District Jewish Holocaust Memorial.

Bishop Scharfenberger deserves special praise for his vision. 

The Catholic Diocese and the Jewish community working together for this project is history making and will help bring all faiths together.

During the seasons of Hanukah and Christmas, when Jews and Christians praise the miracles of God in accordance with their beliefs, we stand united in hope for a peaceful world free from pain, hate and despair.

Happy holidays to all.

Dr. Michael Lozman


The writer is the president of the Capital District Jewish Holocaust Memorial.

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