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Politicians should be loyal to their public before their party

Politicians should be loyal to their public before their party

*Politicians should be loyal to their public before their party *Cops should be on the lookout for a

Politicians should be loyal to their public before their party

The Feb. 27 article [“Erikson votes irritate Dems”] about Democratic City Councilman Carl Erikson not always voting with his party is unfortunate, but not surprising, in view of the arrogant power in the local Democratic Party, both in Schenectady County and the city.

Historically, American legislators have had a tradition of prioritizing the value and correctness of an issue over party loyalty. Recently, however, at the national level, the Republicans seem to favor party cohesion over the ultimate benefits of certain voting decisions.

In-step, solid party voting is dreadfully unintelligent and ensures occasional bad outcomes — such as severe economic problems related to the unreasonable, continued subsidies and rebuilding of the Glendale Home — that drastically and negatively affect the county budget.

Hopefully we will elect people who are intelligent and courageous enough to vote on behalf of public, rather than party, interests. Lock-step party affiliation for legislators undermines our democracy as much as unrestrained and excessive lobbying (over $5 billion for Congress) at the national level.

We owe it to ourselves to vote out legislators who support and indulge in both forms of the above-noted dysfunctional government behavior.

Lyle Barlyn


Cops should be on the lookout for abused pets

I want to thank the police officers who entered a Foster Avenue home to rescue a family’s pets trapped in fire. They went above and beyond by following their instinct and doing what was right. This dangerous act brought to the forefront their enormous courage and dedication to both human and animal kind.

This act also brought to light the need for law enforcement officers to race into the other burning buildings many of our animals face each day — not an actual building but a life of neglect and abuse that is just as consuming and life-threatening.

Agricultural and Markets Law Article 26, paragraph 371, mandates that police officers act in response to reports of animal neglect/cruelty. Although this is often not considered a crime of needed precedence, it is still a crime — one that will lead to more highly prioritized offenses.

Law enforcement personnel have a duty to protect and to serve. Agricultural and Markets Law mandates that animals be included as well. So, next time police receive a call regarding a neglected or abused animal, they should remember the fine officers who ran into that burning home and pulled those pets from the clutches of possible death. Their pursuit of enforcing the law may save countless other animals from a similar clutch of impending death.

Sheila McGee


The writer is a certified animal advocate.

Mainstream media buries unflattering news

Recently the Obama administration released 500 illegal aliens being held in Arizona, claiming that the “sequester” made it necessary. They were being held not just for breaking immigration law, but other offenses. The president released criminals on the American people, all in some attempt to win political points. Yet the media was curiously silent on it.

This is not the only time the media has been curiously absent. Consider “[Operation] Fast and Furious,” where the Obama administration wound up putting high-powered rifles in the hands of Mexican drug cartels and made no effort to track them or arrest the buyers. Over 300 people died as a result, yet it was buried as a story.

Consider Libya, where four Americans, including our ambassador, were killed after an eight-hour battle with terrorists. No attempt at rescue was made. When the president later came out with a cover story about it being due to an Internet video, the media ran with it despite its clearly being nonsense.

Was it given the same attention as Watergate, or the Abu Ghraib [prison] scandal? No. Even when the administration threw the video-maker in jail, in clear violation of his free-speech rights, the media did nothing. Their loyalty to the president outweighed the First Amendment rights that are central to their industry!

Any of these scandals would be a career-ender for a Republican president. Yet, because Obama is a liberal, he gets a pass.

Anybody seeking truth will have to go online and dig for it, because the American media has no interest in it anymore. They have a president to protect.

David Welch


Cuomo parrots part line on sequester ’crisis’

Re March 4 AP article, “Cuomo: Sequester to hurt New Yorkers”: Our governor is quoted as saying, “Primary and secondary schools would lose about $42.7 million, putting around 590 teacher and aide jobs at risk.”

Forty-two and seven-tenths million dollars [$42.7 million] divided by 590 equals $72,372.88. The sequester is for the next six months, so double this amount for an annual salary of $144,745.76 per teacher or aide.

We pay our educators well in New York state, but an average salary and benefits of $144,745.76 for a primary or secondary school teacher/aide is a little high.

Do you think our governor might be exaggerating a bit to promote the sequester-as-crisis party line?

Forman Phillips

Ballston Spa

Obamacare worked, but the patient died

I just received my renewal notice from my health insurance provider and, thanks to Obamacare, it includes a 23 percent increase in the monthly premium. I will now be paying almost $1,400 per month for health insurance for my family!

I am a small business owner, and I can’t help but wonder how these types of increases will impact businesses and the overall economy, to say nothing of families who are paying at least a portion of their premiums out of pocket.

This will have a devastating impact on our local and national economy, as more of our income goes to pay for health care. Employers will hire fewer workers, raise prices if they can, and cut salaries for current employees if they can’t raise prices — which most of us can’t because of competitive pressures.

Thanks to President Obama, Sens. [Charles] Schumer and [Kirsten] Gillibrand, Rep. Paul Tonko and their supporters for coming up with a “cure” that is worse than the disease.

Jim Fischer

Ballston Spa

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