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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, August 3

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Reparations should also go to others

This is an open letter to the general minority public. I just want you to know, I’m willing to go along with reparations for minority cruelty during America’s past.
But the caveat is this, you must also convince the Egyptian people to reimburse the people of the Jewish faith for 400 years of bondage during the age of pharaohs.
Until then, please be patient for your free money. I will end my soapbox diatribe with a famous cartoon character tagline: “I will gladly pay you Tuesday for …”
Scott Davis

Horse-racing isn’t only sport going on

OK, it’s track season. That doesn’t mean that all other sports have ended.  
It’s not that I’m not a fan of racing. I do try to attend the track at least once a year.  
I kind of understand the emphasis on the track with the “extra” couple of pages of track events but, at the cost of minimizing all other sports articles? 
The July 21 Sunday paper had the usual Saratoga pages enclosing the rest of the sport section. 
Inside those remaining couple of pages were several more Saratoga horse racing articles, and there weren’t even any races the day before due to the heat. Enough already.
There are several other professional, collegiate and local sports taking place this time of year. For example, there was absolutely no listing of the NASCAR race that took place on July 21. There wasn’t anything in the July 20 paper regarding the qualifiers results for the race either. Please try and cover all major sports in the space available sensibly.  
Guy Hildreth

What’s city’s agenda over Lady Liberty? 

Re the July 14 column, “Time for clarity on Lady Liberty”: I agree with Sara Foss that Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy needs to be open with residents about the city’s Statue of Liberty replica.
The statue has been mysteriously stored in a garage since its 2017 removal from Liberty Park (now Gateway Plaza), and residents have become understandably angry over the lack of an official plan for the statue.
There would be no reason to keep secret any damage or need for restoration; this leads me to question if there are socio-political motives behind Mayor McCarthy’s evasiveness. Does he and/or the city no longer stand for American liberty?
Ms. Foss explained that the replica originated from a 1950 Boy Scouts campaign celebrating the organization’s 40th anniversary. 
Do city officials oppose the traditional values of the Boy Scouts, like the “progressives” who interfered with the organization in recent years?
Schenectady residents already live in an authoritarian state in which the governor places his own agenda over the needs of upstate residents. The last thing they need is a city government that also places its agenda above its residents.
David Nosek


Mueller dropped ball on obstruction charge

As a lay citizen who is not a legal scholar, I believe that Robert Mueller dropped the ball and did a disservice to our country by not concluding that President Trump obstructed justice.
The stated evidence in his report is damning. Apparently, he made a decision not to decide this key charge due to his respect for Department of Justice policies. Since when does a DOJ policy trump our Constitution that upholds that no one is above the law? It’s clear to me that Mr. Mueller would have concluded the obstruction of justice charge if Trump were an ordinary person.
Bahram Keramati
Saratoga Springs

‘The Squad’ is good for Republican Party

I think we should all take a few minutes and say a prayer to our God for giving us the four new congresswomen: Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Taib (The Squad). 
They are the best thing to happened to our country and the Republican Party since Donald Trump was elected. They have pretty much assured us we will have four more years of Donald Trump and great things for America. In fact, I think maybe they are actually Republicans in disguise. God bless America.
Bruce Baker

We must condemn Trump’s racist tactics

As readers to this page know, many letters have been devoted to the subject of President Donald Trump, his policies and assorted controversies.
Yet his recent remarks directed toward several members of Congress, all persons of color, amount to a new low for this immoral man. 
I’m referencing his attacks against four female congresswomen and, most recently, black Congressman Elijah Cummings. It’s time for more Americans to call out Trump’s comments for what they are: blatantly racist.
Trump has a long history of racism going back to his days with his father, Fred Trump, discriminating against blacks in housing in New York City. More recently, he has disparaged Mexicans, denigrated African and Caribbean countries and now residents of Baltimore. He has blown the racist dog whistle with gusto. His comments about the four congresswomen going back to the corrupt countries they came from, though all are American citizens, was particularly contemptible.
In further attacks against the women, Trump has attempted to use Jewish people as a political football and thereby introduced further divisiveness into his rhetoric.
Philosopher and statesman Edmund Burke was famously quoted as saying, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Trump’s racism is evil being injected into the body politic of our country and it must not go unchallenged. Americans of every political stripe must condemn his hateful statements that attempt to divide us rather than unite us.
Dennis J. Quinn

Black slave traders are also responsible

This is in response to “Atonement for 400 years of racism.”  
The accompanying picture of that article showing a white captor on a ship with black slaves, tells half the story. I suggest another picture to go alongside of it. It would depict black prisoners being held in one of the notorious slave castles (ex. Elmina) and being sold to slave traders by blacks. Why do Ghana and Benin have a “Day of Atonement” once a year? Why? For their role in the slave trade.
Elizabeth Weber 

Saratoga track papers more logical this year

This time last year I wrote because, among other sections, the obituary section was displaced in favor of stories about the Saratoga Race Track season.
This year the majority of racing news has its own pages attached to the Sports section.
Thank you for finally making a logical change.
Sharon Trumpler

Evaluate Trump on local impact of policies

There’s an old story of three blind men and an elephant.
Each man felt a different part of the elephant and each of the three reported a different aspect of the large beast.
Going a bit further, the elephant then felt all of the three blind men and rendered them flat.
I suggest an allegory to the upcoming presidential campaign. 
Say the elephant has been a rogue beast. The three blind men were concentrating on the beast itself. 
This is perhaps a waste of time, as the beast’s qualities and culture were well known and the beast’s trumpeting easily drowns out an ordinary individual’s complaint. As “all politics is local,” perhaps the men should have concentrated on discerning and proclaiming the toxic effects of the beast’s performance or non-performance, such as lack of job restoration in some areas, lack of wage growth in others and unabated infrastructure rot in still others. I suggest we all review and evaluate the performance record of meaningful jobs. Is building a wall a meaningful job?
John Hershey

We must face up to our current problems

In response to July 28 Gazette stories: First was the tragic end to a New York City teen from gang violence, a young man killed by a deliberate gang shooting over a fight. This type of violence is being carried out in several major cities such as Chicago and Los Angeles. 
The second was in the Opinion page about atonement for slavery committed 400 years ago and the current white privilege that exists today. The story of slavery is a tragic and horrible part of our country’s history.
My issue is that 620,000 men died in the Civil War to end this atrocity. The writer of that column tries to connect current white citizens and the current president to this part of history that happened 400 years ago. Yet no mention was made of the countries currently enslaving people, including Africa, which has the highest rate of modern-day slavery.
The amount of black-on-black crimes going on all over our country through gang violence would seem a more important societal problem to change. 
I’m not saying we forget where we came from and how we got here. I’m saying we cannot move forward if we cannot accept and change what we are doing now.
Robert Sponable

Think about how Trump got advantage 

Writer Hugh Hewitt in the July 29 Opinion section commented that as a result of Robert Mueller’s testimony, President Trump has an advantage.
He compared the event to Lee’s failure at Gettysburg and Napoleon’s and Hitler’s failures in Russia.
I guess his conclusion depends on what you and I take from the Robert Mueller’s testimony on these questions.
Do you think that Russia wanted President Trump to win and conducted multiple disinformation strategies to accomplish his victory? 
Do you think that the president’s campaign knew about the Russian effort and shared information with the Russians, including the states to focus on? 
Do you think that the president tried to stop the investigation, including pressuring then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Counsel Donald McGhan to end the investigation? 
If the answer is yes to all three, it certainly matters to me. Does it matter to you?
Jim Murphy

Politicians: Back up words with actions

A number of our politicians have constantly harangued for our nation to let these immigrants in.
They believe America has the duty to feed, clothe, home and give medical care to these people. 
I, for one, don’t see how this can be accomplished without depriving some Americans of their futures. Americans will continue to pay Social Security and may never benefit from it. While this is going on, we have thousands of homeless citizens in this country who would benefit by this same approach.
We need an example of how this would work. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a number of New York politicians are strong advocates.
I suggest a way they can show this country how to do it. Bring in a number of military transport planes and fly some of these immigrants to JFK airport. While the governor is working on a plan, he can let the immigrants reside at the airport.
Since he doesn’t reside at the governor’s mansion, he could house many there. Not to ignore the other states that have like-minded politicians, we can send other planes to their state airports. Show us the way.
Just remember these politicians don’t have the same health care they subject us to. Some people climbed over the fence on Nancy Pelosi’s home and tried to camp out. She called the police.
“What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, unless you’re an elected official.”
Pete Pidgeon

Look at who’s really taking Social Security

President Kennedy and Sargent Shriver were the first to misuse the Social Security account. They used Social Security funds to start the Peace Corps.
This was not the first or last time our money has been taken from American citizens and given to foreign nations. 
Up until the 1980s, Social Security cards expressly stated it was not to be used for identification purposes. 
Since nearly everyone in the United States now has one, it became convenient to use, and the message, “Not for identification,” was removed. 
Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) program. 
He promised that participation in the program would be completely voluntary and participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual income into the program. It’s no longer voluntary and now you pay 7.65% on the first $90,000. 
Originally the money participants elected to put into the program would be deductible from their income; it’s no longer deductible. This money was supposed to go into the independent trust fund rather than into the general operating fund and was only to be used to fund the Social Security retirement program. 
The income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding was eliminated, taxing Social Security annuities, moving money to the general fund and spent, and giving annuity payments to immigrants were all started by Democratic Party leaders.
Then after violating the original contract (FICA), the Democrats turn around and say the Republicans took away your Social Security.
Vincent Belardo

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