Rotary will continue to offer aid to Haiti
Thank you for printing Fabiola Santiago’s piece (“We can’t keep treating Haiti’s traumas with Band-Aids,”) in the Aug. 19 Gazette.
As Ms. Santiago pointed out, “Haiti needs long term sustainable solutions to their economic and political predicament.” She points to the need for stakeholders to remain involved and committed after the effects of the earthquake have faded into memory, and to put systems in place for sturdy housing and clean water.
Schenectady Rotary has longstanding relationships with Rotary Clubs in Haiti through years of commitments to clean-water projects.
Our volunteers have traveled to Haiti to assess needs. Recently, we responded to the deadly earthquake almost immediately with “Band-Aid” (but crucially important) donations of money, raising $7,800 in one week.
Amplifying Ms. Fabiola’s point, we will not cease our involvement once “the dead are buried and the injured are healed.”
Schenectady Rotary will continue with a sustainable, infrastructure project currently in progress to bring potable water to an area without such an amenity. And, once that project is complete, we will apply what we learned to another area in what is currently deemed the most impoverished nation in our hemisphere.
Haitians need both the spontaneous acts of caring in a crisis and the sustainable actions toward infrastructure improvements.
The writer is president of the Schenectady Rotary Club.
Our leaders fail, and we all foot the bill
The United States government goes into wars with arrogance and ignorance and little or no plan. Think Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Why did our military not teach the Afghans self-sufficiency?
When the majority of our money and supplies disappeared, why did we not fix it or pull out?
Most of our money (billions) is undoubtedly in Swiss bank accounts. When we announced our plan to move out, apparently the Taliban made a plan. Apparently, we did not.
We cannot afford health insurance, mental health care, infrastructure, childcare, food stamps, good education, homeless housing, etc. but we found billions to dump down the Afghan toilet.
We have good people and prodigious resources. But we lose, again. Shame on our leaders, again. We pay the bill.
Let them know what you think.
Marilyn B. Guidarelli
Americans feeling impact of elections
“Elections have consequences.”
These are the words of a newly inaugurated president to a United States senator in January 2009.
Truer words have never been spoken.
In the past seven months, we have suffered the consequences. As a nation we are no longer energy efficient, our financial security is being abased, our southern border is in shambles and now we have lost all credibility with our allies.
On Jan. 20, our country expected leadership and we were fooled. C’mon man, RESIGN.
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