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Letters to the Editor for Aug. 22

Letters to the Editor for Aug. 22

  • Atomic bombs were reasonable response to Pearl Harbor attack
  • Give illegal immigrants a boo
  • Atomic bombs were reasonable response to Pearl Harbor attack

    Re Aug. 19 letter, “Bombing of cities during war cannot be justified morally”: I found it very interesting that Jim Murphy mentioned every area that got bombed except one — Pearl Harbor, on Dec. 7, 1941. I guess that one must have been OK.

    If they do not want us to bomb them, then do not bomb us. Those two bombs were nasty and killed a lot of people, but they got the point across. Nobody has dropped any more bombs on American soil since.

    William Offenbacker

    Schenectady

    Give illegal immigrants a boot, not our loot

    Re Aug. 18 AP article, “Bill targets college aid for illegals”: Obama and [Assembly Speaker Sheldon] Silver and their ridiculous, unconstitutional actions are greasing our road to hell!

    Unconstitutional because the president is sworn to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The illegals are invaders who broke our laws and should be prosecuted — not rewarded — for breaking laws to get into this country.

    We should be making it more undesirable for the invaders; they are not immigrants, as the media portray them!

    Look at the unemployment of American citizens in this country — if there are any jobs to be had by our citizens, let alone law-breaking foreigners. Who is going to pay for these invaders’ college? Not Mr. Silver. The New York taxpayer, that’s who!

    This is as bad as former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s plan to give illegals drivers licenses.

    Obama should be impeached for his actions and Silver censured or expelled!

    Terry Hurlburt

    Schenectady

    Nothing very winning about life of a racehorse

    Carl Strock’s Aug. 19 column, “Looking out for horses (but not cows),” brings long-overdue attention to some of the realities of horse racing. There is a shoddy underside to the glitz.

    Horses considered no longer profitable have been sold to slaughter, enduring cruel and horrifying conditions.

    To stop this deplorable practice, please contact your members of Congress and urge them to vote to prevent the slaughter of horses in the United States. And perhaps consider supporting a horse rescue group.

    Beryl Dickson

    Schenectady

    Romney could have done better politically with pick

    It appears to me that [GOP presidential candidate] Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate may have pre-signaled the re-election of Barack Obama.

    I say this because the goal of a presidential candidate is to win. It follows that a vice presidential candidate should be one who most helps the standard bearer achieve this end.

    I believe there is someone else who would have helped Romney more than Ryan will. I can think of three areas where Romney is going to need a lot of help. First and most important, he is going to have to split the all-important Hispanic vote. Next he will have to capture as many women’s votes as he can. Third, being a Mormon, he must woo as many Catholic votes as possible. Paul Ryan can only help him here.

    But the one person who could have helped him in all three categories is the governor of New Mexico, Suzanne Martinez.

    You’ll notice I haven’t gotten into the merits of the known vice presidential candidates. After all, this is about winning an election, not judging one’s credentials.

    Hugh Carvelle

    Johnstown

    Social Security finally exposed for scam that it is

    The headline for your Aug. 6 AP article, “Social Security no longer a great deal,” should have been, “Greatest generation Ponzi scheme unravels on kids.”

    Scott Miller

    Rexford

    Unlike Obama, Ryan willing to tell it like it is

    Re Aug. 17 letter, “With Ryan pick, Romney just re-elected Obama,” by Arnold Seiken: Rep. Paul Ryan, “who incidentally displays wonderful teeth and a marvelous head of hair,” brings more to the presidential debate than that.

    He brings a clear vision and a well-defined approach to realize that vision. Sen. Tom Coburn and he are members of a very small congressional group who love this country enough to tell the country the necessary truth at the risk of their jobs in Congress.

    Now, if President Obama were similarly inclined, the country would be able to chose between clearly defined choices. Do we as a people wish to live as dependents of the federal government or as free people who take care of ourselves?.

    Joseph J. Hehir

    Niskayuna

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