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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, March 3

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Schenectady Italian food a taste of home

In memory of Mary E. Cappiello: In 1990 I moved from Queens to Glens Falls and worked at Fleet bank in Albany.

On the first day on the job, I met Lou, an Italian from Brooklyn, who asked, “What are you going to miss from New York City?”

I responded Yankee stadium baseball games, tickets on Broadway, the noisy subways and of course New York Italian food, to which Lou followed up with, “Have you ever been to Schenectady?” I responded “No.”

Lou from Brooklyn went on to tell me that the Italian food in Schenectady was as good as anything in the boroughs, including the Arthur Avenue stores in the Bronx.

A year later, I moved to Schenectady and walked into Cappiello’s. 

The smells of good food told me that I wasn’t going be homesick for New York’s Italian food anymore.

I often tell my friends and family in the city that Schenectady has the best Italian food in the state. I brag about Cappiello’s, Villa Italia, Ferrari’s Perreca’s and Canali’s. 

In the movie “Goodfellas,” Henry Hill, who was from East New York,  Brooklyn, was put under the witness protection program and sent to a secret location.

The only hint we have as to where he went is this sentence: “Right after I got here, I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce and got egg noodles with ketchup.” 

We know for sure that he was not sent to Schenectady. 
Frank Coleman


RHA should inspire votes of conscience

There were many reasons for me to vote for Donald Trump: 

He made conservative sounding noises; he was (uniquely among politicians) willing to oppose the lopsided trade policies that are funding an existential threat from China; and I certainly didn’t want more of the Clintons’ shenanigans, not the least of which was facilitating the trade policy mentioned above.

But among the many warts on Donald Trump was one that I could not tolerate — his support of increased coal burning and his gross denial of related environmental data. My conscience on this issue overcame my preferences in the other issues, and I could not vote for Trump.

Among the many warts on Gov. Andrew Cuomo is one that I hope my Democrat and liberal friends will find intolerable. The Reproductive Health Act (RHA) is an obscenity, and the joyous celebrations by Cuomo and his supporters in the Legislature after passing it made me sick.  

I respect arguments that the moment of conception should not initiate the legal status of “person.” 

Accordingly I would not ask the state to ban first-trimester abortion. 

Sparing the reader the details, second=trimester abortion is harder to tolerate. But the Reproductive Health Act denies full protection under the law to third-trimester fetuses. Terminating a 25-week-or-older fetus is inarguably killing a baby that has not passed through the birth canal. I beseech the Democrat and liberal citizens of this state to have enough conscience to protest this disgusting law with their votes in the future.
Norman Perazzo


New super party will be the end of America

I agree wholeheartedly with Bonnie Decker’s Feb. 28 letter saying that undocumented Americans in this country illegally don’t deserve better treatment than native Americans.

I believe we’re seeing a shift in the control of the nation’s future. 

The Demo-cRAT party and the RepubliCan’t parties are morphing into a single super party. The first party would rather see the nation fail; it hates the president. They hate hard-working Americans. Immigrants here illegally are more deserving. They will throw us under the bus because they are RATS.

The second party can’t bring itself to support an outsider. They frequently can’t agree what to do about the opposition. They can’t bring themselves support America.

The coming super party will negatively affect the lives of all Americans as the new, group pushes changes that will allow them to stay in power. As the undocumented immigrants are allowed in, they will feel a party loyalty for likely several generations. The Demo-cRAT-RepubliCan’t super party will control every aspect of our lives.

The parties are being joined together by a fundamental distaste for Americans. They are joined in their hatred of President Trump. They are joined in their desire to stay in office.

Undocumented immigrants will be allowed to vote, first in state elections. Then the states will eventually allow them to vote in national elections. Then it will only be a matter of time until we’re overrun, totally disenfranchised and left for dead as a viable country.

The new party expects it will control the one-world government. The super party won’t see the blade coming for our collective throats.
Frank Van Staveren

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