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Letters to the Editor Thursday, Sept. 15


Tap water is less expensive and safer

It is not uncommon to see shoppers in the market buying multiple cases of bottled water.
Recently, I heard of a family of nine living in Schenectady who were buying bottled water because they were concerned with the safety of drinking tap water.
This led me to look into the water quality of the Schenectady drinking water.
First, I read the 2021 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for Schenectady. After reading this report and a few online articles, I found that the Schenectady water meets the NYS Drinking Water Health Standards, and according to the EPA’s ECHO database, Schenectady City Water Works had zero violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last three years. The water is safe.
After looking into this, I learned that one of the latest concerns with bottled water is the amount of microplastics that are entering the environment.
Microplastics are extremely small pieces of plastic debris resulting from the disposal and breakdown of plastic waste.
One study of microplastics conducted by Orb Media showed bottled water contained about 50% more microplastics than tap water.
Overall, tap water is a better option than buying bottled water, as it is as safe or safer than bottled water, and it has a much lower environmental impact.
Buying bottled water is expensive. I recommend purchasing a reusable water bottle and filling it up with nice cold Schenectady tap water. Refuse the disposable water bottle.
Nancy Tudor
Clifton Park

Honor child welfare workers as heroes

Fred Rogers once said, “anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.”
Child welfare workers in our communities left their families and came to work every day despite covid risks to care for the young persons and adolescents needing prevention, foster care and aftercare support.
They continue to do the work because they care and we rely on the child welfare workforce to ensure that we fulfill our responsibilities to care for these children.
Unfortunately, we don’t give the tens of thousands of child welfare workers in our communities the recognition or financial support they deserve for the often unnoticed job they do.
The current workforce crisis is greatly impacting child welfare professionals who are being asked to “do more” with less support. In one day, a worker may have to help a family navigate access to community services, appear in family court, and set-up special education services.
New York’s child welfare system ignored these vital staff in the approval of recent retention bonuses.
Change is needed including awarding retention payments, loan forgiveness and higher salaries.
Sept. 12-16 is Child Welfare Worker Appreciation Week, and we urge everyone, including elected officials and leaders, to show your appreciation for these heroes by taking action.
Let’s acknowledge them as the heroes, provide retention bonuses and thank them for going above and beyond for our communities’ children and families.
William Gettman


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christopher stater

As I sit here drinking my morning coffee I’m relieved to hear the Biden Administration has scored another positive for the American people averting the railroad strike we are all blessed in this great country to be served by this  Administration.

It’s refreshing to have an administration that stands up for the working class.  Republicans tried to force a compromise that would have taken negotiating power away from rail employees.  Rail CEOs are making $20 million a year while employees couldn’t even take a single sick day.  It should be pretty obvious to working people which party represents their interestes.  

But naysayers like William Marinic will put a thumbs down on any positive news and will claim everything you said was a lie (with no back up evidence).
Other good news for America:  The Durham Report turns out to be just another dud.
Nancy Tudor–thanks for your letter on plastic bottles.  If people still feel uncomfortable about their drinking water they can buy a water filter or buy water in reusable 5-10 gallon jugs.  Individual bottles should be used for special occasions…not everyday life.

William Marincic

That’s his job and it should have never gotten to where it was and a lot of it had to do with the democrat restrictive covid measures that according to the CDC did not work. Besides the deal is not done and we have zero ideas what he gave to get it done.

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