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Letters to the Editor Thursday, May 19


U.S. must justify Ukraine spending

Sens. Schumer and McConnell are complaining about Sen. Rand Paul delaying passage of additional aid to Ukraine.
Total U.S. spending is $40 billion, the latest installment is $4 billion; the neighboring European Union is spending $500 million to aid Ukraine in their fight.
The following questions have not been answered by the president or Congress since the war in Ukraine began:
First, what are our goals? Do we seek to defeat Russia militarily? Second, what methods will we employ to accomplish these goals? Are we willing to use tactical nuclear weapons? Third, how will we know when our goals have been achieved? Will it be by counting the number of dead Russians? Fourth, what price are we willing to pay, whether with our checkbooks, or with body bags?
The president has not explained his Ukraine policy, nor has he asked Congress for a declaration of war. The framers of the Constitution gave Congress — not the president — the power to declare war.
The framers’ wisdom is apparent when you study the disastrous “undeclared wars” we have fought in recent memory, which include Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
We should not be shocked by the trashing of our Constitution’s framework for waging war. After all, there is nothing like a good foreign distraction to move our focus away from our domestic failures.
Richard A. Evans
Burnt Hills

What’s the point if we’re dying anyway

Does this make anyone else shake their head – regarding the article in the May 18 Gazette (“Study: Global pollution kills 9M people a year.”)
Yet we are still being asked by the powers that be to get vaccinated against covid and to wear masks. We better stop listening to them and get spiritual and in tune with a Higher Power! None of us are getting out of here alive.
Barbara McBride

Grateful for work on disabilities program

I want to thank Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara for his commitment to helping people with disabilities. I am so excited to partner with him on the new college experience program we’re spearheading at SUNY Schenectady.
This partnership for “Inclusive Entrepreneurship and Employment” is an invaluable opportunity for people with disabilities. The program helps individuals prepare for entrepreneurial and employment pursuits.
The college is slated to begin offering training for persons with disabilities this fall and will assist disabled individuals to make empowered decisions to become entrepreneurs or to pursue employment, and then support them as they pursue that choice with education, trainings, skills, and access to resources needed for success.
I believe everyone should be able to follow their dreams, and this program will allow more students to do just . It’s a prime example of how we can provide access for students of all abilities.
Truly we can all do more to achieve that goal, but at the State Capitol Assemblyman Santabarbara is leading the way.
He was instrumental in ensuring that funding was provided in the state budget so we could launch this program in Schenectady County, the first of its kind in the entire state.
John Robinson
The writer is CEO of Our Ability, Inc.


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Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Zachary Parker May 19, 2022
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I guess when Democrat President Harry Truman said “The buck stops here” doesn’t resonate with Joe Biden. Although gas prices, inflation, illegal crossings and all of the other woes that we have today began on day one, if you dont believe me take a look at the timeline. With Biden and company it’s everyones fault except his own, it’s oil company profits then its Putin’s price hike when in reality it’s Bidens policies. Baby formula is the manufacturers fault even though they knew there was an issue more than a year ago, where are those people running the FDA? I could go on and on but you get the drift. Please don’t respond with Biden does not have control of oil prices, he stopped Keystone XL, he stopped leases, he added dozens more costly regulations on drilling and he made it so it is not feasable to Frack. Instead we buy dirty oil from Venenzuala with it’s illegal president. God help us, I love the warm weather but I can’t wait for winter and the new Coingress.