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Voting against GOP backers, leadership

In elections past, I’ve always felt I was voting for persons whom I thought would work for things I considered important. 

This year, for the first time in my life, I find that to work for what is important to me, I must vote against those who agree with our current national leadership. 

As far as I can see, our current leaders are impervious to fundamental dangers confronting democracy and the environment. 

I won’t vote for a Republican.

Hugh Nevin

Slingerlands

 

Take steps to boost your job prospects

Re Oct. 12 letter, “Where are all these jobs they say exist?”: Concetta Cannizzaro, we’re a country of opportunity.

Our Bill of Rights guarantees an opportunity for your “pursuit of happiness.” Just look at The Daily Gazette’s Employment Section. There are many opportunities to pursue. But don’t stop there. Many opportunities are never published in the paper. 

It’s incumbent upon each of us to seek the necessary skills to satisfy the requirements of the position we seek. If you don’t have the necessary skills, it’s up to you to educate yourself to improve your education and skill base. No one is going to provide you with an opportunity without you providing the skills that satisfy the employer’s need.

You cite the conditions where you and your fellow workers are now employed. If you’re unhappy with where you are today, do something about it. You sound like an intelligent person. 

Use that intelligence to explore the requirements of the position you would like.

Search the internet. Visit employers and ask what skills and education they require of an employment candidate. Remember: It’s up to you to seek your “happiness.”

It’s not the responsibility of the employer to seek you out.

Opportunities exist. You just have to find them. Once you find them, impress the employer and convince them you are the “one” they should hire. You can do it.

Joe Viva

Ballston Lake

 

Grateful for help in ‘dementia moment’

On Oct. 12 at about 5:30 p.m. at the Stewart’s Shop on Route 29 in Broadalbin, a kind lady observed my wife (who is coping with dementia) and I at the counter paying for our milk when my wife abruptly darted out the front door. 

I quickly caught up with her and was having difficulty retaining her. I needed to get back to the counter and finish the purchase.

Fortunately, a very kind lady stepped up, completed our purchase and handed us the milk, which was a tremendous help during this dementia moment.

I talked with the lady briefly and thanked her.

Unfortunately, I did not ask her name.

I’m grateful for the kindness and quick action shown by such a wonderful person.

We wish the kind lady well and know good things will come her way.

James Luffman

Amsterdam

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