How would Gov. Stefanik treat Trump
I have questions for Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.
If elected governor, will you continue to be a Trump loyalist?
If Trump were convicted in New York state, as governor, would you pardon him?
Make city better by cleaning up the filth
If Schenectady and county elected officials think that all they have to do is spend thousands of dollars on demolishing houses in order to remove blight from our neighborhoods, they have another thought coming.
The streets of Schenectady are filthy. Business properties are unkempt. Landlords ignore the problem. Conditions keep getting worse. City officials have yet to address the issue. Every place I drive, there is litter strewn streets. Some places are worse than others. I will not name the streets, but officials need to look around and not keep their heads in the sand. It’s a daily diet of filth.
I live next to and across from tenant-occupied properties. Four months ago, I did an experiment. An empty soda bottle was thrown on the ground near the area where garbage is put out and sanitation workers pick up. The soda bottle stayed on the ground for three weeks until I picked it up. This is not an isolated case. \
All over the city, litter is allowed to accumulate. What a terrible reflection on those who call themselves representatives.
Mary B. McClaine
Trump is to blame for cultural damage
I need to join the chorus of letters regarding Trump’s presidency.
I have a number of old friends, from boyhood, high school, college and beyond who are Trump supporters of different stripes, that I communicate with by email. I have listened to their perspectives.
They claim to like his policies, e.g., regarding NATO, the WHO, the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris climate accords, tax cuts, increasing corporate protections while reducing wilderness protections, etc., often in spite of his personal demeanor.
Oh yes, then there are those who I suspect of single-issue voting. I disagree with all of them. I still maintain that the world’s problems need to be solved by cooperation, not isolation.
But regardless of these specifics, there is an area that I feel is being overlooked.
Trump has caused cultural damage to this country that will not repair itself anytime soon. He has legitimized hatred. There has always been White supremacy, White nationalism, racial bigotry, government distrust, militias stockpiling arms, etc.
But now, these have become synonymous with patriotism. The blame for this, I place directly at Trump’s feet.
His public demeanor has brought ugliness out in the open that we are leaving to future generations.
Hopefully, some of this can be neutralized quickly but looking at the cultural tribalism, political polarization, the number of politicians still willing to kiss his ring, it’s hard to be optimistic.
Thomas P. Herrmann
Recognize cats and dogs for vital role
Cats can reduce a humans’ chances of heart disease, reduce stress and help a person sleep. The purring can heal bones, tendons, and muscles.
Dogs reduce stress, can improve human heart health and improve social life. They can also reduce doctor visits.
Most importantly, it’s believed humans would be nomads today if dogs hadn’t helped us thousands of years ago. This gets little attention, though. As with many species, population size could be considered an issue. You can still acknowledge the positive they do.
If we’ll continue ignoring the positives farm animals, fish, insects and others do for humanity, the least we can do is acknowledge the positives cats and dogs do for us.
If Cuomo is guilty, he must be removed
In regard to Thomas Koch’s April 15 letter (“Impeachment must be for legit reasons”) about the impeachment of Andrew Cuomo: My culture also hugged and kissed, but the writer missed the grouping restrictions and also the nursing home deaths. He needs to be investigated and if proven, needs to go.
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