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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Jan. 22

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OT money could pay for more officers

I’m not particularly strong in math. But it seems to me that the amount spent on overtime for our police department could get us three or four more patrol officers – and that’s including benefits.
And the current officers would have more time off for their families and other pursuits. Just sayin’.
Mary Siegel
Schenectady

Senate trial rigged for Trump acquittal

Now that the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump is about to begin, the Republican senators are in a tizzy. Mitch McConnell has made it very clear that having witnesses and additional documents admitted into evidence is not what they had in mind.
He has already announced that he will not be impartial, and that is most likely the prevailing sentiment among the GOP senators.
To see them all raise their right hands and swear to be impartial was a sight to behold.
When a person takes such an oath, although he has no intention of complying, could that be construed as lying to Congress? After all, lying to Congress is what got Bill Clinton impeached.
In my opinion, “trial” is synonymous with “witness,” and McConnell coordinating with the Oval Office to determine trial procedure is tantamount to the jury consulting with the plaintiff. It is not the proper way to conduct a trial.
Just remember, Andrew Johnson was acquitted by only one vote, but the stigma of impeachment still lives on 157 years later.
Jane Reisenger
Schenectady

Grateful for man who removes snow

I’d like to extend my gratitude to an amazing gentleman for his incredibly generous efforts when it snows heavily. I live on the southern end of Ballston Spa Village on the west side of Church Avenue (aka Route 50) between the light at Route 67E and McMasters Street. This man snow-blows our sidewalks clean along the entire stretch from Stewart’s to McMasters, clearing driveways and bus stops. He does this before we homeowners can even get out there to do it ourselves.
We are especially grateful to him for removing the snow from those walks that are never cleared.
It is a particularly difficult task because the added snowplow piles become compacted and brutal to clear. This gentleman accepts no payment, cash or other offerings. Even “Thank you, sir,” interrupts his appointed rounds.
On behalf of all of us who live on this stretch of the village, we thank you most heartily, kind sir, whoever you are.
Leslie Sittner
Ballston Spa

Local events to mark abortion opposition

On Friday, buses from the Capitol District area will be bringing people to Washington, D.C., to join in the annual March For Life, in remembrance of over 61 million babies whose lives brutally ended in abortion.
Locally today, on the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, churches in Johnstown, Gloversville, Northville, Fonda and Amsterdam will be chiming (tolling) their church bells at noon in sad remembrance of all these precious children.
Listen for the church bells and wherever you are at noon today, stop and pray:
‘Please Lord, put an end to this evil, touch hearts with your love and forgiveness and help us to do all we can to put an end to abortion.’
Madeline Derwin
Johnstown  

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