The April 20 Daily Gazette included several interesting and well composed letters; and several that I feel deserve responses.
I would say to Michael Nardacci that The Daily Gazette is not at fault for printing letters that compare our politicians to Hitler. Our education system is at fault if our citizens think that we are near Kristallnacht, or that there is a Joseph Goebbels controlling the media, etc. But if the Gazette didn’t publish the letters, we’d be unaware of our community’s political consciousness.
Mr. Tom Ellis certainly revealed a social consciousness in his letter, although he might look up “hyperbole” in the dictionary. Since I am 60 years old, he says that my need for health care benefits from my job “enslaves” me to work and shows that we live in a “cruel” country. I can’t see cruelty in having to work, given the protections of OSHA, fair labor practices legislation, etc., to get the health care that substantially extends my life expectancy. I find his notion that we need (or can afford) government benefits to allow retirement for capable contributing adults rather surprising.
Michele Grieco-Hackett indicated that compliance with federal law is not a legitimate reason for Schenectady leaders to oppose “sanctuary” status. She correctly mentions that we have had laws that were not just. But blanket approval for fashionable selection of which laws to follow is a step toward lawlessness.
Our immigration laws are rationally based: our economy can bear some level of immigration, and people waiting in Ghana or Bangladesh deserve an equal chance with those that walk across the border or overstay their visa.
She mentions “liberty and justice,” but the Constitution also aims to “insure domestic tranquility.” More coverage of current events in Europe might remind her of this aim.