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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Oct. 24

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Voters should think what’s best for town

For the past two years, I have witnessed the Democratic Niskayuna Town Board thwart every suggestion put forth by our Republican supervisor. That supervisor was elected in a deeply “blue” town because of overwhelming dissatisfaction with the prior Democratic supervisor, who was seen by many as petty, vindictive and out of control.
All of the Democratic candidates I heard at Tuesday’s forum presented by the League of Women Voters purported to be an independent voice of the people of the town. Yet, every one of them aligned themselves with one another, linking their views together as a bloc.
That bloc has fought transparency by withholding the ministerial task of approving meeting minutes, violated environmental review laws around the outrageously over-budget Wastewater Treatment Facility, and, despite what several of the candidates argued, has failed to protect parkland, specifically Mohawk River State Park over which the town has a stewardship agreement with the state.
For these reasons, even though I am deeply disheartened by Republican politics on the national level, this Democrat will not vote blue locally. I strongly encourage voters in the town of Niskayuna to educate yourselves, decide what you think is best for your town, and vote.
Jeffrey Meyers

Break up mayor’s bloc and back Riggi

Schenectady residents have no choice in 2019’s mayoral election, in a city where so many resent the antics and arrogance of Mayor Gary McCarthy. The best thing to do for the cause of open, trustworthy, responsive city government is to break up the four-person council clique, that passively enacts the mayor’s agenda, without discussion of alternatives, needed information, tough questions, or public debate.
Two of McCarthy’s virtually-sure votes are running, Ed Kosiur and John Polimeni. Professor Polimeni’s record is so filled with unfinished and D-minus ideas, we should take away his seat. Polimeni has, e.g.: ignored the plain words of the union contract to seek sick leave reimbursement for the police chief; ignored enforceability to push for a local ban on plastic straws; ignored factual errors and the approved plan, to sign a petition to send Lady Liberty to Steinmetz Park. And, he ignored universal calls for more details, to push his sidewalk assessment resolution in time for the election, which resulted in costs on Ardsley Road 84 percent higher than his estimates.
Elect candidates likely to serve the people, not the mayor. Vote for independent Vince Riggi and perhaps withhold some votes. (Write in Riggi for mayor, too).
David Giacalone

Officials must do good by the people

All elected officials owe a dedication to the well-being of their people. In order to address the well-being of the people, you must hear the will of the people.
Our concerns are simple and common sense. We demand a more just distribution of economic resources. Raise the tax burden on wealthier Americans and distribute that back to the people in the form of guaranteed healthcare and university education.
We demand an end to senseless wars. These wars extract wealth from working class people around the globe and proliferate violence.
People are dying and suffering, please tell me how these wars benefit America.
We demand an end to corrupt invasions into public affairs. The epitome of injustice is the wealthy enforcing laws on the working class, which has no ability to enforce back onto the wealthy. That is the state of the American justice system, and we are fed up with brazen unfairness.
We need our elected officials to lead a society-level charge in addressing the disastrous effects of climate change. Global temperatures are rising. So are sea levels. Once-diverse ecosystems have seen a tragic 50% loss of life worldwide in my lifetime. Life on Earth is shriveling and humanity will have to band together to face what lies ahead. We need you to begin this process, for the future of our families, for the good of our children, for the good of life.
Use your position of power to do something good for the environment we all share.
Galen Heins

Cyclists are entitled to share in freedom

In Brian Pelletier’s Oct. 19 letter (“Cyclists don’t belong on roads with cars”) concerning those who ride bicycles on roads, the writer enumerated the many requirements and restrictions facing citizens who want to travel by auto on “public roads,” including license, registration, taxes, tolls and insurance. It’s a valid point. One wonders what a pioneer explorer like Daniel Boone would have thought upon learning that the modern American faces such obstacles to simply making their way about this great nation.
One might also then reasonably expect the writer to admire and maybe even wish to join those fellow Americans who still resist the yoke and lash, and get about on bicycles, requiring naught but the strength of their own two legs.
But sadly his sentiments are instead the resentment the un-free sometimes feel for the free, longing not so much for their own liberation but for equal bondage on all others. He urges that bicycles be banned from the public roadways, forcing their riders to surrender their independence and accept the wheeled prison cell that is the modern automobile, with all the state-mandated intrusions and burdens that entails. What a sad statement on the regard liberty-loving Americans may expect from some fellow citizens today.
John Murphy

What good have Dems done for us?

Talk about turncoats. Democrats are tearing each other apart trying to outdo each other.
Folks, Sen. Bernie Sanders is a Socialist, not a Democrat. Get it? Why is he allowed to run on the  Democratic ticket? Hmm. In doing so, he first ran against Hillary Clinton and  Socialist  Democrats. Nancy Pelosi, about the worst Speaker we’ve ever had, period, lets so-called Democrats push socialist views even more. Everything t President Trump has done since his first day in office, they hate and condemn. The economy is doing very well, especially for those who like working and investing.  President Trump’s decision on Syria and Turkey is spot on. How many more years are we supposed to be in Middle East? We’re at $8 trillion and counting, thanks to Bush and Obama.  Plus, the president shined spotlight on deep state Clintons and Obama.
They should have been charged with crimes against America and put in prison. What people are afraid of I do not know. As Democrats/socialists say, no one is above the law. That goes for all races, creeds, etc. Lying politicians like Adam Schiff, AOC, Biden, and on, and on, Trump is and has been right about them, and the swamp. What have the Democrats truly done for nation, but tax and spend? True Socialists, that they are.
Al Marvell

We can’t afford four more years of Trump

When will “Trumpsters” admit that “Mr.” Trump is selling away the United States, one piece at a time. He is constantly going against the Constitution and obstructs Congress. Before being shamed to dropping the idea, he planned to host the 2020 G7 meeting at his resort in Miami.
First of all, this would be against the Constitution. Secondly, he probably doesn’t own most of the properties with his name on them.
Russian billionaires and Russian and Chinese banks probably hold the mortgages, making Trump beholden to Putin, China and North Korea. The Turkish government paid him $10 million to have his name on its twin towers in Istanbul. Trump continues to refuse to have his financials investigated, because we would find out he is not as rich as he claims and who he really owes.
Trump has got to go. We cannot afford to lose any more of our treasured allies, and especially our troops.
Lou Bach

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