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Letters to the Editor for Monday, Nov.5

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Letters to the Editor for Monday, Nov.5
The former St. Clare's Hospital, seen in 2014.
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

Would Jesus, Mary be welcomed to U.S. 

Jesus and Mary were Middle Eastern refugees. For Christians, the fact that Jesus himself was a refugee and that we will be judged partially on our hospitality to the stranger, rejecting refugees should be troubling.

The teachings of Jesus and his whole life experience are simply too pertinent to the current state of affairs at our southern border for Christians to ignore.

Jesus taught us to love our neighbor as ourselves. Old Testament scripture from Micah tells us to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.

I wonder: Would Jesus and Mary, the Middle Eastern refugees, be welcomed at our border in 2018?

Katherine Sieg

Gloversville

 

Resist the urge to disparage others

It’s hard not to notice bumper stickers that read, RESIST; there are a lot of them. Resist what?  Resist the temptation to disparage the words and actions of others?  Maybe so. 

A Washington Post correspondent has recently accused the American president of being responsible for the hate crime committed against Jewish residents of Pittsburgh.

That, too, is part of the “resist” movement.

In our haste to point fingers at those whose sentiments differ from ours, we fall into the trap of inciting mob mentality. Let me suggest that we change the bumper sticker’s message to, RELAX.

Allen R. Remaley

Saratoga Springs

 

Someone has to speak against cuts

The news regarding former St. Clare’s employees is indeed disturbing. Current retirees over the age of 62 will receive benefits at a reduced rate beginning in February 2019, while workers under the age of 62 will receive no benefits. 

Such a worker could conceivably have 40 years of service and will get nothing.

Former St. Clare’s workers are real people, with families and obligations. They are a strong part of the community.

It’s very sad to have them treated in such a manner. St. Clare’s situation was created over time by underfunding its responsibility to provide sufficient funds for future retirement obligations.

Not long ago, General Electric cut its retiree benefits, not because of insufficient funds, but in its quest for even higher corporate profits.

While the reasons are vastly different, the end result is the same for current and future retirees, namely bad.

The Retired Public Employees Association spoke out against the GE retiree cuts, and we are doing so again for St. Clare retirees. 

Someone has to.

Jack McPadden

Troy

The writer is the president of the Retired Public Employees Association.

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