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.”
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.
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