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Smaller class sizes improve education

Smaller class sizes improve education

*Smaller class sizes improve education *Liberalism at the root of all our problems *Mencken saw futu

Smaller class sizes improve education

I’m a retired Schenectady High school teacher and city resident of more than 30 years.

I can tell you from experience that small class size is one of the best ways to assure that kids get the best education out of our tax dollars. We don’t need more administrators. Hire teachers back that were let go during the recession. Keep my one-fourth percent tax decrease. I would like to donate it toward reducing overcrowded classrooms.

Joe Hendrick


Liberalism at the root of all our problems

We were sold a bill of good back in 2008. Our liberties and freedom are dwindling every day.

If the current president of the United States told the truth back in 2008, no way does he get elected. This liberal told us, “If you like your doctor, you can keep him.” The same liberal told us, “If you like your plan, you can keep it.” That same liberal also told us our premiums are going down $2,500 per year. Remember this? All untrue.

Liberals use fear, crisis and panic to keep people in line. Liberals don’t like the Constitution. Liberals want to control people (Obamacare). Liberals are constantly not happy. Liberals want to be judged on good intentions — not results. Liberals want no limits on the people that come here (illegal immigrants). Liberals blame the loss of jobs on ATMs (Obama).

Liberals ruin more lives than Ebola. Liberals need villains to prosper (Republican Party). Liberals say police officers are terrorizing communities (Hillary). Liberals pose a threat to themselves and the entire country. Liberals have no optimism.

The horrors of liberalism. There is nothing good about liberalism. Liberalism is not positive. Liberals do not write positive books. Liberalism has tyrants as leaders. See it around the world. Liberalism gave us the bailouts. Liberalism brought on poverty. Liberalism gave Iranians a “nuke.”

Liberalism is all about emotions. Liberalism is all about tearing down. Liberalism has given us cultural rot and economic decay. Liberalism sows chaos everyday. Liberalism is corrupt. Liberalism doesn’t work and it never worked. Liberalism is found throughout the Democrat Party. Liberalism has got to be defeated.

There is only one solution — conservatism. It works all the time when tried.

Richard Thomas

St. Johnsville

Mencken saw future in presidential field

Some of your readers may find this quotation from H. L. Mencken, my favorite cynic and skeptic, pertinent to today’s presidential race. It was published in The Baltimore Evening Sun on July 26, 1920.

“As democracy is perfected, the office of the president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and a complete narcissistic moron.”

Robert C. DeVries

Burnt Hills

Educated populace a boost to all society

In his April 5 letter [“Time to rethink how we pay for education”], Fred Barney suggests that those of us who do not have children should be relieved of any obligation to pay school taxes.

This is the latest incarnation of a whack-a-mole idea that surfaces from time to time. One element common to every incarnation is that those who suggest that they be relieved of this burden never volunteer to forgo the considerable benefits that come with life in an educated society.

Consider that an uneducated people cannot build libraries, museums, cathedrals, roads or any other transportation system. They cannot build and staff hospitals or any other health care infrastructure. They can neither prevent, nor prevail over, calamitous epidemics.

Those of us who have chosen to raise children have made a considerable investment, one that pays long-term dividends enjoyed by all. We are all in this together.

Since we all benefit from them, our public schools deserve the support of us all, just as our seniors (eventually all of us) need the support of an educated work force, one that is capable of driving an economy that can continue to provide the security afforded by Social Security and Medicare.

Rich Leon


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