Think about heritage before denying refuge
Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, in a TV interview, just told us his solutions to the ISIS problem, including the need to close our borders to people coming from Muslim countries.
Responding to a question about refugees trying to come here to get out of war-torn countries, he explained that we shouldn’t let people from certain countries who don’t speak our language or understand our culture come to this country as refugees. If you change Muslim to Catholic, he’s describing my grandfather, who came here in the early 20th century from warm, Catholic, southern Italy not speaking our language or understanding our culture. He spent his life working as a mason and I can still visit sites in my hometown and see the results of his work. His children all grew up to be hardworking, contributing members of this nation.
Is your ancestry Irish, Italian, Polish, Jewish, Hispanic, etc.? They all struggled for acceptance. Please think of them when you are tempted to reject people from any part of the world and any religious affiliation.
Hull could help revive Hamilton Hill center
Re Nov. 9 letter, “Keep a school open for community center”: It’s gratifying to see that Roger Hull continues to be concerned for the less fortunate citizens of Schenectady.
His concerns about the Carver Center and the availability of quality child care facilities on Hamilton Hill should be applauded — although adding $50,000 per year to Schenectady’s bills hardly seems consistent with his pre-election concerns about budget matters and high taxes.
Still, there appears to be a solution to this problem without impacting Schenectady taxpayers. Mr. Hull’s foundation has significant financial assets. Perhaps he could redirect the purposes of his foundation to address the educational needs of those who need it most — the children living on Hamilton Hill. His foundation clearly has the resources not only to acquire, but to fix up, the Carver Center.
And with his organizational skills and contacts with local philanthropic groups and individuals, the revival of the center would be assured and garner the support it needs to thrive. Thank you, Mr. Hull, for addressing this important issue and in advance for putting the city’s needy first.
Get better renderings for State St. project
I really hope the rendering in the Nov. 17 Gazette of the Robinson Block project isn’t final.The architects should look across State Street to get an idea of what fits lower State Street, where the buildings have dentils and arched windows, among other details. In my opinion, this could be a fourth-grader’s illustration. Back to the drawing board, boys.
Mary E. Siegel
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