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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 30

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 30

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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 30
Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, at the recent Eucharistic Congress
Photographer: Erica Miller/Daily Gazette Photographer

Time for church to step up for children

As a practicing Catholic, I take particular exception to the Sept. 14 letter of Mary DeTurre Poust, director of communications for the Diocese of Albany, in which she accuses The Gazette of taking “anti-Catholic swipes”and taking a “stab at the heart” of an entire faith in its Sept. 9 editorial, “Lets hope the church is sincere this time in fighting abuse.” 

The Gazette pointed to the history of the church in failing to protect children and District Attorney Soares’ reported skepticism about the promised cooperation of the diocese in having Mr. Soares examine the church’s handling of past abuse cases.

Frankly, what offends and shames me is the record of our church in placing the protection of the church and its leaders ahead of the safety of our children and its vigorous fight to prevent the Child Victims Act from becoming law in New York state.

The Child Victims Act would extend the statute of limitations for filing abuse cases and provide a special one year look back window to allow those abused in the past to pursue their day in court.

While the state’s bishops persist in citing the potential costs to the state’s dioceses implicit in this legislation, most Catholics I know believe the church must step up to the plate and allow all victims to seek justice whatever the financial cost to the church. Arguably, it’s time for the church to do penance for its sins.

Robert K. Corliss


Endowment a fitting Holocaust memorial

In April 2018, I wrote a letter to The Gazette that the proposed Holocaust memorial on Route 7 should honor the victims rather than the tools of the perpetrators. Many other letters agreed.

In light of the many divergent views currently swirling in the local community, I wondered why there’s a need for the memorial in Niskayuna, since there’s no direct relation between what happened to the Jews and other Nazi victims in Europe, and Niskayuna in the 1940’s.

I do agree that the Holocaust needs to be remembered, but in a more respectful way. We also need to defuse the controversy between proponents and opponents of the type of memorial.

I would suggest that an endowment be established for an annual essay contest among the local high schools and managed by the existing local committee for the planned memorial. The winners of these contests would be given a trip to the Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C. 

This would be a living memorial, and a much more positive way to memorialize the Holocaust and its victims in the minds of our future generations. It would also allow the committee to adjust the details in coming years to make this remembrance suitable to then current thinking.

I do have an interest in this, since my grandparents and many uncles, aunts and cousins I visited in the 1930s, were victims of the Holocaust.

As for the site on Route 7? How about a marble stone with the inscription “In Memory of All Victims of Holocaust, Genocide and Wars.”

Erwin Fried



Politicians need to stop their lying ways

It’s not hard to figure out that modern-day politics often lacks a certain civility, but is it too difficult to ask our candidates to be honest? 

At the national level perhaps this is hopeless. But, yes, I still expect better from our local politicians which is why I asked state Sen. Jim Tedisco via his Facebook page to please explain who the “downstate special interests” are that he mentions when referring to his opponent Michelle Ostrelich.

As volunteers for her campaign, my neighbors and I average two decades or more of living in Niskayuna, and I personally, like most of my friends, have no connection to downstate. Michelle herself isn’t from downstate. So I wonder, who are these “downstate special interests” that Tedisco mentions? 

I see that Mr. Tedisco is supported by numerous Political Action Committees (PACs) from downstate.

So I must ask, is Tedisco’s reference to “downstate special interests” a euphemism for something he deems unsavory?

Seems to me it is, or at least the point deserves clarifying. Name calling, even seemingly harmless name calling, is bullying, and, in this case, a lie.

Lynell Engelmyer



Lies exposed over Constitution pipeline

Recently, Amphenol Aerospace announced it will build a solar farm in Sidney. This is great news for the workforce and also the whole region that was to be affected by the proposed Constitution Pipeline.

For years, we were told the fictional tale from our elected officials that this pipeline was needed to keep Amphenol in New York. 

Lobbyist and now Rep. John Faso, former Rep. Chris Gibson, Sen. James Seward and former Assemblyman Pete Lopez lied to all of us. Faso made a bunch of money from Constitution as a paid mouthpiece, and the rest of the politicians all thought this was a done deal.

The Republicans all fell in line as they turned their backs to their constituents who were against the pipeline. They made a big mistake in underestimating the resistance that rose up against this needless pipeline — from my town supervisor and all the council members in Summit, Rep. Gibson, Sen. Seward, and Assemblyman Lopez, all Republicans, as was the majority of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors. Not once did any one of my elected officials ever speak out against eminent domain and the harassment some of their constituents endured from the Constitution Pipeline.

From the beginning, Democratic Supervisor Gene Milone was the only one that ever showed any opposition. The big lie has been exposed and now we all know the truth. The Constitution Pipeline was never really needed at all.

Jerry Fiore


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