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Letters to the Editor, Tuesday Oct. 4 – From readers in Schenectady and Wilton


Get unemployed to pick up city’s trash

I have an idea to help our City Council solve the litter problem in Schenectady.
Require all personnel who are drawing unemployment payments to report to a central location each morning at 7 a.m.
Provide them with rubber gloves, trash bags and one of those long-handled grabbers.
Have them collect litter for about two hours each day, Monday through Friday. This will give them the rest of the day to look for jobs.
I see two possible outcomes:
1) our city will be cleaner; or
2) our unemployment rate will go down.
I must live in a fantasy world.
Somebody somewhere will decide it is below a person’s dignity to pick up trash. But it is OK for them to sit at home and draw pay for doing nothing.
Consequently, keeping our neighborhoods clean will remain the responsibility of ourselves and our neighbors.
James P. Kirby

Vote for candidates with real solutions

Democrats are extremely gifted at recklessly spending other people’s money.
The Biden administration’s recent student loan forgiveness scheme is an insult and slap in the face to responsible hard working Americans.
Biden’s student debt cancellation will cost the federal government $400 billion over the next 30 years. This seems highly unfair to borrowers who worked their way through college to avoid debt. Worse yet, Americans who chose to skip college altogether are now expected to settle a tab that isn’t theirs.
To make matters worse, which Democrats are also exceptional at, this loan forgiveness scheme will likely drive up already over inflated tuition costs making a college education even less affordable and unattainable for the lower and middle classes.
This November I will be supporting Republicans such as Congresswoman Elise Stefanik who offer real solutions. Stefanik recently introduced the Responsible Education Assistance through Loan (REAL) Reforms Act, which offers responsible reforms for students in our federal student loan system.
I will be voting for officials who offer real solutions that don’t further burden the American taxpayer. It is time we get back to teaching the basic moral, “If you borrow something, you must give (or pay) it back.”
Marnie Messitt

Don’t waste vote; Write in Jesus

Happy Bent! As I key this [on Sept. 30] I am enjoying a traditional Benten dinner of spaghetti and meatballs.
Just as Lent each year begins 46 days before Easter, Bent begins 46 days before Election Day, especially in even-numbered years such as this one, 2022.
In the spirit of Bent, might I discuss how to vote this year so that you don’t waste your vote? This year here in New York state there are elected positions, such as the New York state-wide ones, that will be landslides won by very easily predicted candidates no matter how you vote.
Instead of wasting your vote, why not instead use it to write in somebody you like? That way you get the vote counters to see that name, giving that person free publicity.
In my opinion the best one to write in is Jesus. If you don’t want to write in Jesus, then please write in me, Joel Nelson, the one who has been waving to you for over two years from a black car and gray van with Jesus signs and hats on them.
Joel Nelson

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geri krawitz

marnie messitt a very excellent thougtful letter. so good to read an opinion that is not based on bias as so many of the letters are. 

Biden gave people a break who were promised good paying jobs where college was needed. It’s OK to give 2 TRILLION tax cuts to the already wealthy who pay little to no taxes, though right? There still is work to do to lower college costs, but this gave necessary relief coming out of a pandemic.

I’m sick of hearing you complain about inflation when it’s GLOBAL.
You do realize that our economy collapsed under 45, but somehow, all our problems are Biden’s fault…smh.

The border has been troublesome for decades, and Biden has the unfortunate task of reuniting babies and children ripped from their parents with no records to reunite from 45s cruel and inept policies.

Marnie Messitt Stefanik is nothing more than a TRUMP  puppet and that’s  the last thing anyone needs.  She’s  another Susan flip flop Collins who says one thing and does the opposite 

geri krawitz

better a trump puppet than a crooked biden puppet i am amazed at how many people like inflation crime and poor teaching in schools


I would remind Mr. Nelson of the following biblical verse from the Holy Book he presumably accepts as the absolute truth:
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.”
Also, I never saw an image of Jesus wearing a hat. Is Mr. Nelson referring to Jesus’ Crown of Thorns?

Unemployment insurance pays for the unemployed about half of their previous wages for a period of 26 weeks.  My friends were forced to collect unemployment during COVID.  My father was a top executive that was terminated in 2008 after the Great Recession.  What makes you think they were just “doing nothing” and sitting around collecting a check?  They all were looking for work, struggling to get by on their reduced income, and thankfully landed elsewhere.  But I guess you’d rather have the government force them to collect trash on the side of the road like a bunch of convicts.  I hope you don’t dare call yourself a Christian, sir.      

Ignatious P. Reilly

Mr Kirby. For goodness sake. Yes, punish the people on unemployment who at the very least were at one time or another employed and were probably laid off by GE or some other godless corporation. But lets be sure to leave the millions of generational welfare recipients out of any work requirement lest we appear racist and non-inclusive. You see, the unemployment recipients actually did something to deserve their compensation besides sit on the stoop with a 40, an Obamaphone and 18 kids.

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