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Letters to the Editor Sunday, July 24


Elect true servants of the public this year

Excitement is building for Election Day in November. It’s the midterm election at the national level, a governor’s race at the state level and changes to voting districts will impact local races.
Will we elect the best possible people to fill these positions? What criteria will we use?
I fear that many voters will simply pick the most popular candidates. This gives a huge advantage to incumbents and makes it harder for government to change. It also favors those who spend the most money on advertising. Wealthier candidates can easily outspend their competitors.
Other voters will just support all the candidates from their political party. It’s as if they don’t really want politicians to make decisions at all. These voters would rather elect robots to consistently vote the party line.
This type of voting has led to our current political gridlock and polarization. The challenges of the last several years have revealed that what we need the most is people of high character in positions of leadership in our country.
We need humble people who are willing to keep an open mind. We need thoughtful people who are willing to adjust their thinking as more evidence becomes available. We need leaders who are willing to compromise and solve problems. Our politicians should be true public servants with compassion for those they serve.
It’s my hope that voters will make good choices this fall and that our newly elected representatives will help restore our confidence in local, state and national government.
Raymond LeBel

Dump Donald Trump to avert bloodshed

Many people are feeling desperate after being buffeted by globalization, a pandemic and now a war in Ukraine, and they are asking strong-willed autocrats to govern them in the hope that these men will bring relief.
Donald Trump is our example of this trend.
Similar behavior occurred in the 1930s after financial depression spread misery around the globe. Back then, the world had to fight a great war to remove the dictators.
Now a second civil war may be in our future; some of Trump’s followers like the Oath Keepers have announced intentions to start it. I hope my fellow citizens come to their senses, and dump Trump before the bloodshed starts.
Bruce Pomeroy

BLM mural poor use of taxpayers’ dollars

This is in response to Mabel Leon’s July 16 letter (“Mural vote sends appalling message.”)
She criticized the Republican Committee for having no memory of George Floyd. Apparently, she doesn’t understand what the Republican Committee’s objections are.
The Black Lives Matter organization is identified as a political movement. The question she obviously doesn’t understand is: Why did the city use taxpayers’ dollars to create the sign on the road? I believe the amount was $13,000.
If the council wanted the sign painted, then let the people who are promoting BLM pay the cost, not taxpayers.
Is the city going to pay for some GOP-backed organization to paint their cause on the opposite street?
The states of Indiana, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina and Virginia have all revoked BLMNGF’s charitable registration, while California and Washington are considering holding the nonprofit’s officers personally liable for its lack of financial transparency.
BLM has failed to file taxes for 2020. The same year, it raised tens of millions after George Floyd’s death. Rioting and protests followed throughout the country after that event. Many people worldwide consider BLM as a terrorist organization and the Schenectady Democrats used taxpayers’ money to promote it.
Norman Miller


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christopher stater

I’m thinking walking and chewing gum at the same time is an ability that should be achieved before driving. Just saying

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