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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, July 21

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Green Light bill has many positive parts

There have been many concerns expressed about the recent passage of the Green Light bill that will allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a state driver’s license.
However, there are actually many reasons to applaud this action.
A driver who completes an application, provides IRS tax returns to show proof of residency (undocumented people pay U.S. income taxes – source: Cato Institute), and takes a written and behind-the-wheel exam to be licensed is going to be a better, safer driver.
Those driving without a license are five times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident (source: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety).
The licensing of this group will also generate revenue for the DMV and the state. Will having a driver’s license allow an undocumented person to register to vote or become a U.S. citizen? The Boards of Election are required by law to verify the information given on a voter registration form (source: National Council of State Legislatures).
The few verified cases of undocumented people registering to vote through their state’s driver’s license application appear to be the fault of those states’ own flawed licensing procedures (source: NPR, 2/19).
The undocumented people in our communities pay taxes and can serve in the U.S. military. Granting a driver’s license to them won’t give them extra benefits or make them citizens, but will go a long way to increase, not lessen, everyone’s safety.
Ann Hatke
The writer is president of the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County.

We must stand up for American values

What’s happening to the patriotism and traditions of our country?
Taking a knee during the national anthem. Banning the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. The Betsy Ross flag is suddenly offensive when displayed on footwear. The left-wing U.S. Women’s Soccer Team offers anti-American protests and a “Platform of Their Own.” The New York Times publishes a July 4th video that says the United States is just OK. Congress takes on partisanship over leadership persona.
Isn’t it about time we stand up for American values and foundations?
However you cut it, this is the greatest country in the world.
Ralph Pidgeon

Don’t help Trump distract from issues

President Trump is playing the public like a fiddle. He knows how to deflect important issues and allegations by tweeting nonsense and getting people all riled up. The more hate he spews, the more headlines he gets, and he loves it.
We need to put him and his rhetoric on the back burner and concentrate on the important issues.
This country is going in the wrong direction. Let’s ignore Trump. He would really hate that and get on with the business of running a clean, efficient government.
Come on politicians, get to work and earn the money we are paying you. Enough is enough.
Marty Shanty

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