Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Aug. 12


Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Invest in life-saving swimming lessons

Drowning accidents can happen in a split second and is the leading cause of death nationwide for kids under the age of 5 years old.

Pools, lakes and beaches are all being utilized by Capital Region residents more than ever, but it is often forgotten that the basis of these enjoyable recreational water activities is the life-saving skill of swimming.

Twenty years ago, terror hit close to home for my family.

My 2-year-old son wandered away from my husband and me one summer day and nearly drowned in our backyard pool.

Our family was fortunate, and my son fully recovered. But it still haunts me to this day. I turned my fear into action, making sure all my children knew not only how to swim, but how to save their lives.

Swimming is the only sport that can save your life. There are families out there who simply think “it could never happen to me.” But according to the CDC, each day, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning.

Our mission is to build an aquatic center that can teach children and adults in our community this basic life skill for years to come.

By building the Capital Region Aquatic Center at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady, we want to bring action to this preventable public health challenge.

Please be safe this summer and invest in water safety education; it will be the best investment you will ever make.

Kara Haraden


The writer is president of the Capital Region Aquatic Center.

City must do more to let citizens comment

Let the people email. Seriously?

In the age of covid, that’s the solution to public engagement in the governing process?

Based on comments made by members of the Schenectady City Council, during the YouTube broadcast of the committee meeting held on Aug. 3, that’s the solution.

After all, and I’m paraphrasing, that’s what the Schenectady County Legislature does.

OK, Schenectady City Council members, here is my challenge to you. Care a little bit more about public engagement and create space for city residents to air verbal comments in relation to public hearings, legislative agenda items and miscellaneous business of the city council.

Get creative. We all know 46 emails from individuals in support of the All of Us Community Action Group’s 13 Demands against Police Brutality, State-Sanctioned Violence, and Abuse of Power doesn’t land as sharply as 46 passionate, concerned speakers eating up at least one hour of a City Council meeting during public comment.

Chad Putman


Dems need to cheat to win elections

Richard Lewis’ July 15 letter (“GOP suppressing voting for own gain”)  was an oldie but a goodie.

If removing dead people from voting rolls, limiting undocumented immigrants from voting and doing their best to make sure Democrats are only voting once is suppressing the vote, I’m for suppressing the vote.

The Democrats’ latest scam, mail-in ballots is a beauty. They insist there’s no chance of fraud.

In California, 100,000 mail-in primary ballots have been thrown out. In New York, there’s a primary contest that was held in mid-June that hasn’t been decided because of mail-in ballots.

Everyone used to vote on Election Day, but one day isn’t enough for the Democrats to collect all the voters and drag them to the polls so the Democrat can pull the lever for the Democrat on the ballot.

The Democrats have said for years that you cannot ask for a voter ID. However; I heard Democrat Kathy Sheehan recently say that if a person wants to use a public pool in Albany, they have to show an ID.

What’s more important, entry into a pool or the right to vote?

If the Democrats didn’t cheat, they would never win an election.

Dave Edwards


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