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Online letters for March 4

Online letters for March 4

  • Catholic Diocese needs to re-evaluate its spending practices and save Sacred Heart-St. Columba'
  • Catholic Diocese needs to re-evaluate its spending practices and save Sacred Heart-St. Columba’s

    The Hamilton Hill church Sacred Heart-St. Columba’s should not be closed. The bishop should overrule the parish leaders' request to shutter.

    How can former “street priest,” Howard Hubbard, keep it afloat? Subsidize. Take down the millions of dollars in ugly scaffolding that has been a blight on The Cathedral [of Immaculate Conception] and halt this expensive project to rehabilitate another almost empty church.

    A church that can find $2 million to defend the bishop against scurrilous, unfounded accusations about his sexual behavior can afford funds to serve the poor of Hamilton Hill. Consult with Chancery accountants and find a legal way to write off the expense as the cost of doing the Lord’s business.

    Francis W. Rodgers

    East Greenbush

    Military contracts should not be outsourced

    On Feb. 29 the Pentagon, a k a Military Industrial Complex, announced that Boeing would not receive a multibillion-dollar contract for in-flight fueling tankers — a French-American consortium got the contract. The French make the parts, then the parts are shipped to Georgia for assembly.

    The other day an American general in Iraq stated that jobs were the key to peace in Iraq— the Iraqi people need jobs. Why not manufacture and assemble the aircraft in Iraq?

    I think the Pentagon is not on the same page as the rest of the country: They have gone multinational. America should contract French Foreign Legionnaires to fight our oil wars.

    I think Sens. McCain, Obama and Clinton should address this issue and forget the beauty contest. If Boeing is deficient, let Boeing get up to speed. Look at the Hummers the Pentagon sent to Iraq — unarmored and deathtraps; they did a retro fix.

    I think someone running for president needs to tell the Pentagon they serve the people, not the other way around. The sitting president does not have the motivation to stand up to the Pentagon.

    Edmond Day


    Despite cold temperatures, National Grid restored service quickly

    It’s human nature to quickly voice complaints, but we should pass on positive comments when possible. I want to thank National Grid for their exceptional service on a very cold Jan. 19 night.

    At 8:30 p.m. a car hit the utility pole in front of our house, breaking the pole in two and knocking all the wires to the ground. Our electricity, and our neighbor’s, immediately went out. After we called 911, we ran out to make sure the driver was all right. After we found our flashlights, I called National Grid to notify them of our power outage.

    The customer service person was polite and efficient in the questions she asked. The temperature that night was going to be as low as 10 degrees, and we were concerned about not having heat for a lengthy amount of time. The service person said a crew would be out as soon as possible. Later that night the pole was replaced, and we had electricity by 4 a.m. We were pleasantly surprised and very appreciative!

    Thank you, National Grid, for your great service.

    Gloria Van Duyne

    Sharon Springs

    Pet sterilization law just what New York needs

    When it comes to Los Angeles, there isn’t much I agree with, but when I read the Feb. 27 article, “Law requiring pet sterilization signed,” I was thrilled.

    The mayor of the city signed one of the toughest laws on pet sterilization, requiring most dogs and cats to be spayed and neutered by the time they are 4 months old — excluding show dogs/cats and guide dogs. They are aiming toward reducing, and eventually eliminating, the thousands of dogs and cats that are euthanized each year, hoping to become a no-kill city.

    I’m asking the readers to please be responsible and spay and neuter their pets — especially their cats. I’m a volunteer for a cat rescue group, and it’s heartbreaking to see how many cats are thrown out on the street because the family no longer wants them, and they have never been spayed or neutered — which means more kittens on the streets and in shelters.

    Wouldn’t if be wonderful if New York had a similar law?

    Linda Knightes


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