Use the new year to try to all get along
Those of you 50 years and older will likely remember the simple yet, in my opinion, profound question asked nearly 30 years ago by a very troubled soul, Rodney King: “Can we all get along?”
For me it ranks among the most important and relevant words spoken during my lifetime. And to think it seemed at the time so unrehearsed makes it now even more worthy of reflection.
I sincerely hope as we embark on this new year, that the question will be answered in the affirmative.
Trump deserves due for accomplishments
In regard to Cynthia Swanson’s Dec. 13 letter (“Plenty of reasons we won’t miss Trump”), I am amazed at the vitriol and hate that so many of the “good people” of our country have for our president.
We have here a letter stating all kinds of charges without any specific facts to back them. These and similar charges could be logged against any president.
I would like to point out that this person also feels that 70-plus million people who voted for President Trump are not “good people” who do not have a moral compass.
The president-elect has said that we all need to come together, after saying for almost four years that we are traitors, racist, homophobes, xenophobic and deplorable. Good luck with that.
President Trump has been attacked by these “good people” since he started running for office. “Not my President,” “Not legitimate,” “resist,” and on and on.
President Trump had the lowest unemployment in recent history, and a lot of jobs have been coming back. Remember Obama saying, “Those jobs ain’t coming back!” “What’s Trump going to do, wave a magic wand?”
He also brokered a number of peace accords in the Middle East.
He also stopped travel from China and then Europe. He instated the War Powers Act to build ventilators and PPE. He built temporary hospitals in numerous cities and sent a hospital ship to New York City.
But President-elect Biden says that President Trump “threw up the white flag.”
Eviction ban is bad for housing crisis
The COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act, adopted by the New York State Legislature and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Dec. 28, is a flagrant violation of people’s property rights and will worsen the housing crisis.
The law, which bans evictions for nearly any reason until at least May 1, could have a devastating effect on upstate tenants, landlords and communities.
The law will encourage more tenants to stop paying rent even if they can afford it, leading to their eventual eviction.
The law also jeopardizes the safety of tenants and landlords by removing the legal process for eviction and ignores the reality of landlords having to maintain buildings so tenants can live in them.
Some properties will fall into disrepair and eventually end up in foreclosure, causing more problems for upstate communities.
Small landlords in our area already have lost thousands of dollars in rental income in recent months as a result of previously enacted eviction restrictions.
Meanwhile, these landlords have to pay property taxes, make mortgage payments and pay for insurance, water use and maintenance costs.
Instead of shifting the financial burden of public housing onto private landlords, the state should cover the cost of unpaid rent during the pandemic and allow landlords to apply for the subsidies.
State leaders who appreciate our democracy should put a stop to the misguided effort to bankrupt rental-property owners.
The writer is president of the Fulton County Landlords Association.
Far more important things than late mail
Dear Ms. Kennedy,
In regard to your column (“A memo to the U.S. Postmaster general”) in the Dec. 31 Gazette of your misery of having “waited and waited and waited” for packages to arrive in time for Christmas but did not. When they did arrive late you demanded a refund.
Like thousands of other Americans, I, too, have been waiting for an arrival that will never come. I have been waiting since 2:34 p.m. on May 6, 2020, for my wife to arrive home.
On this date and time, COVID-19 took her after 51 years of marriage.
In general, those of us who have lost family to the virus are not too concerned about your $60.30 postage.
However, if it will give you peace of mind, please tell me where to send the refund. I will enclose an extra $39.70 for your pain and suffering.
You can tell those who care that the system did not get the best of you.
Question for special council on collusion
John Durham – like Robert Mueller – must be getting paid by the hour and not the job.
Durham is special counsel for the Department of Justice to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion probe.
Will he – unlike Mueller – even read “his” report?
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