New York has to stop Florida from eating its lunch
Schenectady lost thousands of jobs when the main General Electric plant moved, and now yet another GE plant is moving from Fort Edward to Clearwater, Fla. Some 200 jobs will be lost.
It seems to me that every legislator in New York should wake up and start doing something to not only retain businesses like GE, but also to attract more new ones and more jobs.
New York lost nearly 45 percent of its manufacturing jobs from 1990 to 2006. Over the same period, Florida lost about 18 percent.
What every legislator who represents city, county and state government should do is use their powers and influence to lower taxes and attain a cheaper cost of living for our hard-pressed taxpayers and local businesses. We must take whatever action possible to keep more businesses and jobs in New York state. Florida has been doing just that.
New York state’s population also keeps going down. It used to the third in population. Now Florida has become No. 3, behind Texas and California.
Frank J. Duci
The writer, the former mayor, spends winters in Florida.
So many reasons to cherish Pete Seeger
I grew up with Pete Seeger, champion of folk music and social change. He was one of my heros, for his humanitarianism, as evidenced by his protest songs against mistreatment of the under-class, ethnic groups, the least among us and war.
My late wife, Raquel, also loved Pete for his music for peace. I could write a book about his many contributions to a better society, but I’ll just highlight a few:
u civil rights, unions, social injustice, antiwar, the environment;
u songs: “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?,” “We Shall Overcome,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “If I Had a Hammer”;
u being blacklisted for left-wing politics and communist (lowercase “c”) leanings and later honored by President Bill Clinton with the National Medal of Arts;
u friends: Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Josh White, Lead Belly, Burl Ives, Paul Robeson, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Louis “Satchmo” [Armstrong], Ella Fitzgerald and wife, Toshi;
u cleaning up the Hudson River to make it fishable and swimmable again;
u the Almanac Singers and Weavers.
Pete said, “The human race is going to have to realize it must start treating people decently.” Pete, we’ll never forget your example for us to follow! Can there be more like you? With love, respect and admiration.
Hillary’s greatest hits aren’t too hot
Jeff Jones [Jan. 25 letter, “Hillary’s critic must have amnesia over her many accomplishments”] says she has been in Washington for 40 years. When she and Bill arrived in Washington, there was something going on called Whitewater. After Bill became president, she had to contend with the Monica Lewinsky item.
He also states she was anointed by Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan — so what? As secretary of state, what did she solve? Nothing. She claimed to arrive overseas under sniper fire, but we later found out she misspoke.
He also states he would rather have someone with presidential experience in the seat than someone like Sarah Palin, who when asked where Pakistan was did not know. Hillary came to upstate New York and did not know where she was. She started her speech by saying it was wonderful to be in “Gloverstown” — she was actually in Gloversville.
While she was in Gloversville she promised to bring 300,000 jobs to upstate New York. Where are all those jobs? But at this point, what difference does it make?
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