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Four Letters to the Editor for Oct. 1

Four Letters to the Editor for Oct. 1

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Four Letters to the Editor for Oct. 1
Judge Brett Kavanaugh during the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Sept. 6, 2018
Photographer: ERIN SCHAFF/THE NEW YORK TIMES

Recollection of party changes perception

Kavanaugh says it did not happen. If he said, “I don’t remember,” I would believe him.

If he says, “It never happened,” he’s saying, “I do remember.” 

He has to remember the whole occasion in order to say, “It did not happen.”

Ellie Peters

Amsterdam

 

Spa City should pick people over vehicles

Three parking garages, six surface lots and one public park are found in downtown Saratoga Springs. 

Our city leaders and business community support these parking structures that create dead spaces, zero parking revenue and more traffic in the area. We are at the cusp of being blinded from seeing another cement structure pop up for the storage of 750 vehicles.  

Why are we allowing our city to use the largest parcel of city-owned property for the purpose of storing more cars? Where is the outdoor theater, the playground, the places for people to sit and mingle in the center of the city? It would be appalling if we saw our tax dollars were spent for storing other people’s milk and cheese, old paintings or lawnmowers, and we shouldn’t tolerate that it’s used for storage of automobiles.

Parking garage investments diminish a city’s character, appeal and safety for residents and visitors and are a huge blow to the overall transportation, social and fiscal health of the downtown.  More so, it doesn’t address the parking problem; it just makes it worse.

If we decide to build a magnificent park instead of a towering parking lot at High Rock, we aren’t fighting against cars whatsoever; we’re fighting for what’s best for ourselves, our children and our city. Let’s decide: Do we want to make our city great for the gathering and benefit of people or the storage of cars? We can’t pick both and soon we won’t have a choice.

Ian Klepetar

Saratoga Springs

 

Women must have control over bodies

It’s unbelievable in this day and age our government thinks it ought to have the authority to set rules about a woman’s body.

Have you never asked why there are no such rules for men?

Didn’t women fight hard and win the right to govern their own bodies and thinking, their own lands and assets to vote?

To have our own voice be heard and respected? For rape, assault or harassment to not be our fault just for being a woman?

Why would men and, yes women, in this day and age in American — a land that touts itself as more free, fair and empowered in its thinking and laws than many other countries — support government returning to that era where we allowed ourselves to believe that men knew best for women and that a woman didn’t have the mental ability to make her own decisions?

Why would any woman relinquish her own intelligence and power to anyone else regarding decisions over her own body?

Patricia Levin

Johnstown

Barbagelata a role model for residents

As a former member of the Civilian Police Review Board, I had the pleasure of working with Det. Lt. Edward Barbagelata on reviewing and commenting on completed investigations of complaints made by citizens against officers.

I immediately felt comfortable in the presence of Det Lt. Barbagelata due to his calm, respectful demeanor towards the members of the committee.  

He thoroughly explained each complaint as we reviewed the materials and thoughtfully answered any questions that we may have had regarding any particular situation. 

If he didn’t have a complete answer, we could rest assured that he would have an explanation at the next meeting. If any member had any question or subject they wished to ask him, he actually gave us his cell phone number to call him.

It was an absolute delight to be in his company — working together on issues important in the public’s interests. Det. Lt. Barbagelata communicated in a highly, ethical manner. His retirement is a great loss to the Schenectady police department and to the public.

However, having served 20 years in such a stressful position, Det. Lt. Barbagelata has earned a well-deserved retirement.  I wish Det. Lt. Barbagelata all the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his dedicated service. 

He is a role model to be greatly admired and appreciated.  

Flora L Ramonowski 

Schenectady

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