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Letters to the Editor Friday, May 20


Set term limits for president, Congress

The highest and most important position in America is the presidency. His term is four years with a two-term maximum. A few months ago, Ted Cruz suggested term limits for members of Congress. I agree with him.
This is only the second time I have ever done that. The only other time that I agreed with him was when he called Trump, “a sniveling coward.”
If senators were limited to two terms (12 years), the House should have 12 years also (three four-year terms). At the present time, they are no sooner elected then they have to start raising money for the next election. It might be better if the Supreme Court was also limited to 12 years. Recent events have suggested the court is more political than judicial.
In a democracy, each person has a right to have his or her own opinion. If Lorraine VanDerWerken’s (April 15 letter “Plenty of immoral conduct by Dems“) and John Myers’ (April 19 letter “Plenty of proof of Dems’ rottenness“) opinions don’t agree with mine, so be it. I continue to think Trump is rotten. Sometimes the truth hurts.
Jane Reisenger

Police in schools is a good first step

Public safety and effective schools are a high priority.
Individuals, organizations and politicians weigh in, claiming to know what is best for all. Each of these stakeholders has their own set of facts to influence decision makers. One would hope the merits of the argument and not sheer power, fear mongering or money win the debate.
Recently, the City Council in Schenectady approved a program that would expand the presence of police in its schools.
At the core of this debate, school violence and the ability of teachers to teach and children to learn was the central focus.
Is the solution a single fix or is it more complicated than that? The push-back targeted cost, money being diverted from other priorities. And historically there is a view that police overreach in dealing with Black and Brown individuals.
Poor discipline and violence in schools are a “we” problem.
Putting police in schools does not solve the problem, but it is a good first step. Public schools mirror the larger community in its demographics, socially and economically. If we are preparing students to be the adults and leaders of tomorrow, exposure to community policing is consistent with fostering understanding, building relationships and making positive advancements in the community.
The alternative in the darkest sense allows these young people to function in a vacuum, not learn by experience and at age of 18 exercise their constitutional right to purchase a gun. Who amongst us would feel safer?
Hugo Bach

Who really wants our best interests?

I would like to comment on Art Pagano’s letter (“Elite leftists want to destroy America”) in the May 18 Gazette. I think his comments about George Soros and the like should read more like ex-president Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin would like to see our fine country brought to its knees.
By the way, Mr. Pagano, you state that we have a fine country. Whatever happened to your MAGA slogan: “Make America Great Again?”
Jeff Murtagh


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