Capital Region

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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Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion

CYNTHIA SWANSON October 10, 2021
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Fred has the attention span of a gnat, much like the braying jackass he adores…

LOUIS RESTIFO October 10, 2021
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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…”