Worker fund will help the vulnerable
I am writing to add my voice to the chorus of support for the recently-passed Excluded Worker Fund.
I see this bill as a model for investing in children, women and the most vulnerable New Yorkers.
I’m the director of the Oakwood Community Center, and we have seen how the lack of access to relief funds has impacted all of us.
During the height of the covid crisis, we helped to deliver food to families who previously relied on school lunches to feed their children.
Many of these families were immigrant families not connected to other services, and we saw a noticeable rise in the number of immigrant families coming to our food pantry.
Most families received the food with embarrassed gratitude, thankful for support but preferring to not have to rely on this service.
The urgent need also meant that our organization needed to cut back or postpone other services, such as our performing arts after-school program for local youth. After a long year of uncertainty, these funds will let us fully serve our community once again.
This fund is about more than just the workers who will directly benefit. When we invest in all families, children perform better in schools and take fewer sick days, women have more freedom to advance and thrive, and families can remain in one place, ensuring long-term stability for schools and neighborhoods.
I am grateful New York has set out a path for Rensselaer County to follow.
Trump foes have been the real liars
In his May 8 letter (“Tolerate opposing views but not lies”) Raymond Harris stated he has zero tolerance for those who accept lies over truth.
Mr. Harris, you and the people who hold your same views have been spewing vitriolic lies for 4-1/2 years about President Trump and those who support him.
Let me be clear. I never voted for President Trump and don’t really support him. But here are the lies you and your fellow travelers had repeated over and over again:
– The Russian collusion that helped him win the 2016 election;
– The phony investigation into Gen. Michael Flynn violating the Logan Act;
– The phony first impeachment based on the false story of Ukrainian coercion;
– The lie that Joe Biden actually won the election fair and square (51% of people polled believe he cheated);
– The phony Jan. 6 narrative of the “insurrection” on the Capitol, which led to the phony second impeachment on the grounds President Trump incited it;
– The falsehood that 50% of Republicans won’t take the vaccine.
Yet Mr. Harris you believe all the lies told daily by Jen Psaki, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and all the talking heads on ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, the New York Times, Washington Post and many other newspapers, including this one.
Where is your zero tolerance for them?
I’m willing to have a discussion with anyone on any and all of these lies.
John A. Gaetani
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