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Road closures have been well promoted

Road closures have been well promoted

*Road closures have been well promoted *Loss of jobs from $15 wage worth cost

Road closures have been well promoted

Re Nov. 11 letter, “Give residents notice of event road closures”: Give me a break, Mr. Kevin Rivenburg.

This race has been run for 40 years in the same area.

Last year it changed direction, and notices were put on porches of homes on the streets involved (as they were this year).

You wrote a letter to the editor of this paper, so I assume you read this paper.

The race was advertised prominently for a couple of weeks, with a map and the times of street closures.

How could you have missed it, since it’s such a significant race? Maybe it’s your problem, not the problem of the organizers or marshals.

I helped with traffic control over the years at the end of my street and you would not believe how nasty people can be for a short-term street closure.

It’s one day a year — lighten up. Better yet, come out and encourage the runners.

Janet Linkinhoker


Loss of jobs from $15 wage worth cost

In the Nov. 8 editorial, “Heed warning in new minimum wage report,” Gazette readers were told that the Capital Region could lose 11,300 to 36,900 jobs should New York adopt the $15-an-hour minimum wage proposal already in effect in Seattle. Readers weren’t told that these job loss estimates are based on “reports” written by two self-declared “pro free enterprise” lobbying organizations.

Clearly, Gazette editorial writers assume that any loss of jobs is bad by definition. It’s not. A $15-per-hour minimum will result in some jobs being lost. Indeed, this is one of its intended impacts, much as child labor laws which now prevent children from working at age 8 or 10 also result in a loss of jobs in New York.

If your business can’t survive with you making a good return on your investment without child labor or while paying $15 an hour by 2021, New York state may not be for you.

Elmer Bertsch



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