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Stalemate will prevail another four years with still-divided Washington

Stalemate will prevail another four years with still-divided Washington

*Stalemate will prevail another four years with still-divided Washington *Exporting driver’s license

Stalemate will prevail another four years with still-divided Washington

On Nov. 6, President Obama was re-elected to a second term. During his campaign, he promised to resolve important issues such as cutting the deficit and proposing new tax reform. The question is: Will Obama fulfill his promises and strengthen America? Currently, his chances are not looking good.

After the Nov. 6 election, we are left with the same president, the Republicans still holding the majority in the House of Representatives, and the Democrats still holding the majority in the Senate. The likelihood of partisan legislation being passed through both houses is very low.

On Nov. 9, President Obama delivered a speech suggesting that the Bush tax cuts need to be extended for the middle class, and that he will continue in his plan to raise the tax rates for Americans making over $250,000. He also offered that the tax rate for “rich” Americans must be returned from 35 percent to 39.6 percent, which it was under President Clinton.

With Speaker of the House John Boehner publicly expressing the Republican opposition to Obama’s plan, it looks to be a long road. The next four years will for sure be a stalemate.

John Pascarella

Rotterdam

Exporting driver’s license work doesn’t make sense

Re Nov. 14 AP article, “High bidder awarded contract to make state driver’s licenses”: Shipping New York state motor vehicle licenses’ work out of the country? What is this government thinking?

Here we are with high unemployment and companies moving out of the state, and the Department of Motor Vehicles and powers who are in control decide to accept a bid from Canada to make our driver’s licenses.

Besides being out of the country, the bid was not the low[est] bid! Someone in Gov. Cuomo’s administration needs to wake up and take care of business.

This state is in financial difficulty and has been for some time. Sending work out of the country at a higher cost doesn’t even make sense.

Raising tolls on the Thruway is also a foolish thing to do. It’s no wonder we are in a financial disaster. Living in New York state is getting harder and harder every day.

Marty Shanty

Charlton

Gen. Petraeus too good a leader to lose

David Petraeus has done a top job on everything he was asked to do. He was the top American commander in Afghanistan, then asked to become the director of the CIA.

He has all that it takes to do the best job for our country; we as Americans are lucky to have him. So now that a few ladies have sounded off about David Petraeus, that is personal. So what? Let’s get him back on the job he knows so well. We need him.

Sid Gordon

Saratoga

Save Rittner’s job by cutting in other areas

Re Nov. 14 editorial, “Keep Don Rittner as county historian”: Governments have to look for savings anywhere they can get them. It seems the [Schenectady County] Legislature can’t see the forest for the trees.

Instead of cutting savings on paper, perhaps they could investigate the cutting and selling of good solid lumber from county and city forest areas. I’m not referring to clear-cutting large areas. A few select trees from different areas would more than cover Mr. Rittner’s salary.

Jackie Lochner

Schenectady

Parade shows foreigner a sense of community

As a visitor to Schenectady (and hopefully my home in the future), I felt I wanted to write and say how impressed I was with the [holiday] parade on Saturday night.

It was good to see so many people contributing to the parade and how many people turned out to see it.

I was particularly impressed with the young people who gave up their Saturday evening to participate — the high school bands were particularly good.

In this uncertain economic time, what a good way for people to come together to show that community is still very important.

Well done to all concerned from “A Brit in Schenectady!”

Judith Futers

Schenectady

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