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What you need to know for 07/27/2017

Dems may spend more, but at least they aren’t doing it to help the rich

Dems may spend more, but at least they aren’t doing it to help the rich

*Dems may spend more, but at least they aren’t doing it to help the rich *Little reason to denigrate

Dems may spend more, but at least they aren’t doing it to help the rich

The Democrat motto is “tax and spend.” The Republican motto is “don’t tax, just spend.”

Historically, Republicans were better than Democrats at running deficits. Check the website, “U.S. Federal Deficits, Presidents and Congress” by Stephen Bloch. One of his key findings: “the G.W. Bush administration ... oversaw 3.7 times as much increase in [inflation-adjusted] federal budget deficits [in eight years] as the FDR administration [did in 12 years].”

“In my lifetime (1964), every Democratic president has left office with a smaller deficit than he inherited, and every Republican president, except Nixon, left office with a larger deficit than he inherited.”

Reagan increased the debt by over $4 trillion in 2013 dollars, cut social programs, didn’t increase the minimum wage, increased our dependence on foreign oil, cut subsidies for our solar industry, all jeopardizing our long-term national security.

Reagan, father of unsustainable debt, and Bush promoted excessive spending on the military-industrial complex (winner of World War II, President Dwight Eisenhower, who ran a budget surplus, warned against this); both presidents provided corporate welfare and tax cuts for the rich benefiting the rich.

President Obama ran up massive public debt after the worst recession since the Great Depression to benefit the middle class and poor with investments in social programs.

Take your pick — run up public debt to benefit the rich (Republicans) or run up less public debt to benefit the middle class and poor (Democrats).

Richard Moody Jr.

Schoharie

Little reason to denigrate Schenectady trash service

When I read John Watrous’ Dec. 15 opinion piece, “Sch’dy officials need to talk trash as recycling rates hit rock bottom,” my first reaction was that it was very critical of the city administration. I think the headline led me to this conclusion.

Mr. Watrous advocates for an incentive system to increase recycling. Considering the $30,000 public education fund available, that may not be enough to outfit all the trucks with the necessary computer systems to make this possible. But it does sound worth looking into.

As a member of the Schenectady Recycles! committee John refers to, we have met with the city administration a number of times. They are to be commended for much of the work they do. With limited resources and a difficult situation, the services they provide deserve at least honorable mention. In surrounding communities that provide single-stream recycling, each resident has to contract with a private hauler for a fee in the $30-plus range each month, usually just for one can of garbage and one of recycling.

Schenectady provides not only garbage and recycling pick-up, but also yard waste, e-waste and large bulk items such as sofas and refrigerators. When you think about it, this is very much in response to the material left on the curb in many neighborhoods. If the city didn’t provide this service, what would become of these items? And the fee they charge is only $18.50 per month.

As Mr. Watrous points out, the fee would be lower if more people did more recycling. Schenectady Recycles! is looking for ways to reach out through neighborhood associations and other civic-minded organizations.

If you would like to help, go to GreenUp Schenectady [http://greenupschenectady.org/] and scroll down to “leave a reply” at the bottom of the page.

Nancy J. Peterson

Schenectady

Putting the Christ back in Christmas

I would like to thank whoever placed those “Merry CHRISTmas” wishes on several billboards around the area. It is so refreshing to be reminded to thank Jesus for what he has come down on earth to do for us.

I do hope others will be filled with peace from it. I always add this phrase this very way on my own Christmas cards. You will blessed for spreading his word. Thank you for sweet Jesus and have a blessed Christmas!

Elaine Willi

Schenectady

Emulate Mandela, don’t denigrate him

Re Dec. 13 letter, “No to Gettysburg, yes to Mandela?”: I was disgusted by the letter from Mike Blyskal.

Regardless of one’s feelings about President Obama, to attempt to sully the reputation of one of the greatest human rights leaders of the 20th century by calling him a “Marxist terrorist” is unacceptable.

Nelson Mandela endured decades of prison and torture in response to his work to rid South Africa of apartheid and yet, still came out of prison with love in his heart and a desire to forgive and heal old wounds.

Americans of all stripes today can stand to learn a lot from Mr. Mandela when it comes to forgiveness and love.

Eric Barnes

Canajoharie

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