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U.S. no longer a safe haven for refugees

U.S. no longer a safe haven for refugees

*U.S. no longer a safe haven for refugees *R-rated holiday movie is a new low *Put “Christmas” back

U.S. no longer a safe haven for refugees

In response to Ms. Dorie McArthur’s Nov. 19 lette [“Think about heritage before denying refuge”], my grandparents also came to America through Ellis Island, where they were vetted for disease, background and any other complications.

They did not come from a radical country or background.

They also were eager to assimilate into the American culture. The people of the United States are welcoming and compassionate, but there are different circumstances today in accepting thousands that cannot be vetted properly.

It makes more sense to have a safe haven for them in their own country.

Carol O’Brey

Scotia

R-rated holiday movie is a new low

After reading the Nov. 20 headline calling “The Night Before” an instant Christmas classic, I couldn’t help but notice it had an R rating and read further.

“For all the drinking, sexting, swearing and sucker-punching, ‘The Night Before’ works because its heart is in the right place ... ” Seriously?

Reviewer Katie Walsh puts this film in the same classic category as, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Bishop’s Wife,” or “A Christmas Story?”

Seems to me it’s an instant “new low” in standards.

Virginia Newton

Burnt Hills

Put “Christmas” back into our celebrations

What happened to Christmas?

Referring to the front page Nov. 22 article in The Sunday Gazette, “Celebration on State Street,” why would a parade with Santa, Mrs. Santa and the Grinch be called a Holiday Parade and not a Christmas Parade?

Does Santa appear in our hearts and minds for any other holiday but Christmas? Why are he and the missus in a parade that doesn’t even bear the name Christmas? For that matter, I believe the Grinch was made famous because he stole Christmas!

Are we, as a society, afraid to say the word Christmas when everyone knows that’s what all this annual celebration is all about? Why should those who don’t believe in Christ or Christmas deny Christians the honor of hearing the word Christmas spoken or seeing it in print? I respect the holiday celebrations that non-Christians enjoy throughout the year. Isn’t it funny how we are not afraid to call those celebrations by their real name?

Everyone knows, or should know, that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ. The malls are full of people buying gifts for their friends and loved ones.

What holiday is it that makes them shop in droves on Black Friday? We all know it’s because of Christmas.

Wake up. Without Christmas, there wouldn’t be a holiday in the first place. Why is Christmas a national holiday, but we can’t say the word?

We put up holiday trees for public enjoyment in front of the state Capitol, in Washington, at Rockefeller Center and in almost every town across America. Yet we can’t manage to label them “Christmas trees.”

In this politically correct society, are we losing an important and meaningful tradition by pretending the word “Christmas” doesn’t exist? I think so.

Roy Scott

Halfmoon

Election Day a good time for civics lesson

Your Nov. 19 editorial [“Election Day ideal for civics education”] on the need for school and voting information for students was your best education editorial of the year.

I am a retired social studies teacher who could not agree more heartily.

I did an Election Day activity every year in my 30-plus year career. In fact, I took multiple days to explain the offices on the ballot in a given year, the party lines’ meaning, the candidates’ biography and any important issues of a given year.

I had a secret ballot and I challenged the students to compare their results with the public vote. Understanding the right to vote, and the government structure involved in all the offices that are voted on, should be a No. 1 priority of all social studies classes, no matter if it’s part of Common Core.

You were on the money with that editorial.

Richard Terry

Schenectady

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