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Letters to the Editor Sunday, Oct. 10


City should prioritize repair of sidewalks

I’m a frequent visitor to Schenectady, as my mother is a resident who resides on Lakewood Avenue.
Lakewood Avenue is one of those special places in Schenectady where the neighbors are well connected, look out for each other, and take pride in caring for their property and the street meridians.
This is the way our great United States should be — respectful neighbors who take care of what they have.
What is so intolerable is that residents have reached out to Mayor Gary McCarthy repeatedly to repave the crumbling sidewalks, which are a severe safety hazard.
How are people supposed to walk which is so essential for health? How are the elderly and disabled to operate daily on this crumbling infrastructure
Property values have been impacted by unsightly walks. Pavement work was completed on the block above (in front of Gershon’s) and on other blocks. When repeated requests were made to McCarthy for sidewalk paving, the residents were informed they could engage the work and pay for it themselves!
Other Schenectady residents did not pay for the paving of their sidewalks.
As a resident of St. Paul, Minn., I can guarantee readers that sidewalks left in deplorable conditions and meridians not cared for by the city, does not happen.
Is this any way to treat the Lakewood Avenue residents? Fifty-three million dollars in federal stimulus money has surfaced.
Mayor McCarthy, please lead and honor this critical request. Prioritize funding for the paving of Lakewood Avenue and other city streets ASAP.
Cleta Galvez
St. Paul, Minnesota

Voting is the way to impose term limits

What is the problem with the Department of Justice and the FBI? We the people need to know.
The intent of those people who attacked the Capitol and Congress on Jan. 6 was to overthrow the government and install their leader as president. It is called a coup, treason.
Why didn’t the police and military troops arrest and pile them into a paddy wagon instead of simply “clearing the area?” Then, later, a national search was necessary.
However, they have only been charged with “powder puff” crimes like “trespassing” and interrupting a government process/meeting. Really?
Now we know that much of our government is corrupt and/or incompetent. It functions quite poorly. We can fix that by voting most of them out. It is “term limits” by the people. (You know legislation will not be forthcoming. Ever.)
We also have the power to amend the Constitution and define term limits for good. Shall we?
Marilyn B. Guidarelli

Catholics should fight for their church

Recently, after a Sunday Mass at Saint Luke’s Church in Schenectady, I picked up a small book titled “Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis.”
Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles tells why this isn’t the time to leave the Catholic Church and encourages Catholics to stay and take action.
In the introduction, he tells us that he speaks as a priest and a bishop, not for his fellow bishops and not even for the Vatican.
And his prayer is that these reflections might encourage Catholics who are attempting to navigate today in very choppy waters.
In five short but well-written chapters, Bishop Barron speaks of the enormous moral and financial damage ($4 billion) that the sexual abuse scandal that has caused to the Catholic Church in the United States for the past 30 years, and he rightly and courageously states that even today it continues to wreak havoc.
I have always liked Bishop Barron’s homilies, and I was pleased to read this “letter,” as he calls it.
I appreciated his frankness, and I agree with everything he said, especially these remarks at the conclusion of the book:
“Fight by raising your voice in protest; fight by writing a letter of complaint; fight by insisting that protocols be followed; fight by reporting offenders; fight by pursuing the guilty until they are punished; fight by refusing to be mollified by pathetic excuses.”
Read his book at
Ottavio Lo Piccolo


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My apology for not on topic with any of today’s letters.

“Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday vowed that Republicans will not offer any more assistance to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. In a letter sent to President Biden, McConnell made clear he would be willing to allow the United States to default on its national debt rather than work with Democrats.”

“The hypocrisy is stunning. McConnell has voted to increase or suspend the debt limit 32 times, including thrice under Trump, who added $7.8 trillion to the debt…”



Wrong as usual. The Dems did not want to go it alone on the debt ceiling. They could, but they don’t want to have to do it for the first time in history. Pay attention.


The Biden’s chose to go it alone on their 3.5 trillion social welfare program. Now they have decided that they want company on their trip down the financial hole.


No Fred, the debt ceiling is to pay the bills from this past federal fiscal year in which the vast majority of debt is attributable to Trump, not Biden. It has nothing to do with Biden’s 2021-22 budget. Again, try comprehending the issues.


You missed the point. The choice was made to go it alone on the Biden boys program. Upon seeing that choice a reasonable person would have predicted that an attempt would be made to show them the need for interacting with the apposition

Gosh, the party that won’t accept our country’s laws doesn’t want to help pay the bills they themselves incurred.
What a surprise.

Joseph Vendetti


I’m shocked hypocrisy in our political leaders!!!

I wish I had a $1 for every time these guys have flip flopped on debt, border security, sexual harassment, supreme court justices, impeachment, the filibuster, etc, etc


Great idea Fred, take your own advice, donate your Social Security, and reimburse your medicare benefits to the RNC, or better yet the BLM cause, then see if you can qualify to be a greeter at Walmart.


Try paying attention to details – I gave no advice. As for BLM I suggest that until they make an issue about the debilitating effects associated with resting arrest they are neither honest with themselves nor the rest of us.


We’ll Fred, you must not be a Republican because, and I quote “If you were a Republican you would substitute work for the wish to live at another’s expense” Either that, or you don’t accept Social Security or Medicare benefits. – Also nice to see you admit you’re conceptually challenged. “Try paying attention to details”

William Marincic

I love how you lefties continue to say Social Security is a socialist program. I have a newsflash most people pay much more into Social Security than they will ever see back out of it.

Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID costs the US government $2100 per dose, but nothing for the patient.
Sounds like socialism to me!

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