Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, May 5

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Remember vets served with honor


What is a veteran? A “veteran” whether active duty, discharged, retired or reserve, is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of “up to, and including his life.”
That is honor. And there are way too many people in this country today who no longer understand that fact.
Vincent Belardo
Albany

EPA rollbacks are threatening lives

I would like to combine David Gibson’s April 12 letter (“Not the time to scale back emission regs”) about emission regulations with the article by Lisa Friedman of the New York Times Service, (“Research links air pollution to higher virus death rates”) published the same day.
I had also heard that story on National Public Radio’s “Living on Earth” program the previous morning, so this letter was already taking shape.
The article reports on a nationwide study conducted by the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health which found that people in areas with higher levels of particulate matter (pollution) in the air were more susceptible to serious or fatal cases of COVID-19.
In the middle of this pandemic, Trump and his EPA are scaling back automobile fuel efficiency standards, as Mr. Gibson pointed out. By allowing air pollution to increase, Trump is murdering Americans, and it is high time that we did something to stop it.
Joyce M. Cockerham
Schenectady

Trump has failed to protect his citizens

I am 81 years old, a veteran and worked for the federal government for 28 years. I have lived during the time of several wars and several presidents.
But this is the first time with this pandemic war when the president has not taken charge and responsibility. This president has tried to make this a problem of the 50 individual states.
The president took an oath to protect this nation. This is a national problem that needed a national response.
If the president had taken charge and appointed a team of experts to manage this pandemic and set a national policy for all states to follow, it would have saved lives. Several states still have no restrictions, which will help the virus spread.
This president has been a complete failure in his duty to protect the people of our country. He continues to blame others for his own lack of action, but brags about his ratings.
This has nothing to do with ratings, Mr. President, it has to do with saving people’s lives.
John H. Quinn
Gloversville

Thank you to our fine public servants

On Sunday, April 5, three Schenectady police officers responded to a call I made to them about an encounter I had with an individual who subsequently did something destructive to my property. It was very intimidating to say the least.
The incident was witnessed by a Schenectady firefighter who happened to be driving by and reported it.
I would like to thank these four public servants who were quick to respond, were kind and considerate and very helpful.
I feel it is important for our community to hear positive stories about our law enforcement and firefighters who risk their lives everyday to keep us safe. May they stay safe and healthy.
Linda A. DeMarco
Schenectady

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