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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, July 15

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Cuomo’s answer to covid is to blame others

Some perspective here, in New York we have had 32,307 deaths out of a population of 19.4 million. If this same percentage was extrapolated to the entire United States, the death total would be 553,000. As of this writing the actual current number is 136,000.
New York has been a disaster from the beginning of this crisis, yet Gov. Andrew Cuomo is reaching over 60% approval.
Politics aside, how can anyone view the horrific situation and credit the governor as doing a good job? Even as other states rise in cases, their situation is not even close to New York.
So, what has our governor done during this crisis except eloquently blame others for the problems? I just don’t get it.
Will Farmer
Burnt Hills

McCarthy is caving in on public safety

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy is capitulating to a bunch of criminals and rabble rousers.
By weakening the Schenectady Police Department, you are putting officers and citizens at risk.
Do you think by bending over and giving in to these people that your city is going to be safer?
Do you think they’re gonna stop committing crimes because you’re a weak leader?
We want law and order in this city, in this state, in this country.
We don’t want our country turned over to the loud voices of the always offended crowd.
When you give in to the radicals, it never ends, they want more until there is nothing left. I back the Blue. D H Lawrence said it best: “Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.”
William Marincic
Schenectady

GOP suppressing voting for own gain

The coronavirus epidemic is dominating all news media. But, for the Trump Administration and the Repugnant National Committee, it’s a welcome distraction from what they’re doing behind the scenes: keeping as many people from voting as possible, especially people of color, younger voters and others who might vote Democratic.
For as Trump adviser Justin Clark has admitted, voter suppression has been a traditional election strategy of the GOP.
The New York Times has confirmed that GOP officials will spend millions to recruit 50,000 poll watchers.
And Trump’s reelection campaign has launched an expensive legal fight to block changes in the voting process, especially the vote-by-mail proposal, which has been shown to result in record voter turnout in recent primaries and many local school district elections because voters preferred to avoid personal contact during this pandemic.
Joe Biden wants to make it easier to vote by mail, remote and drive-through voting.
But Trump wants the long lines, the hours long waits and elimination of polling places such as we saw in Georgia. He has even threatened to cut off funds to states who promote easy voting.
Hopefully, this strategy will backfire for the Repugnant Party in 2020.
Richard W. Lewis, Jr.
Glenville

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