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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Nov. 6

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Nov. 6

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Nov. 6
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Holocaust memorial a step to tolerance

I have been a resident of Schenectady/Niskayuna since opening my practice in 1984 and have always considered this area a tolerant and peaceful place.

While I certainly like to think that this will continue forever, the horrific massacre in the “Tree of Life” Pittsburgh synagogue clearly demonstrates that wishing and hoping are poor substitutes for action.

The Jewish population, less than 0.2 percent of Earth’s population, has been the target of a disproportionate amount of hatred and violence for over two millennia. Ultimately, this culminated in the greatest genocide and atrocity in the history of mankind, the Holocaust.

The inescapable fact is that anti-Semitism has been on the rise throughout the world. Attacks in the last few years include locations throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Twenty-two percent of millennials in the U.S. haven’t heard of, or aren’t sure if they’ve heard of, the Holocaust. If we don’t learn from the past and appreciate the dangers of hatred and intolerance, we give it permission to mature to its horrific potential - again!

I write here in support of the proposed Capital District Jewish Holocaust Memorial in Niskayuna. I absolutely believe that this is an exceptional educational opportunity to commemorate the Holocaust as an example of unbridled racism and hatred and to embrace the generous donation of the land provided by the bishop of the Albany Archdiocese for this important and sacred project. A step in the direction of making sure that it is never repeated.



Illegal immigration must be addressed

The Nov. 3 letter from Mr. Gibson of Ballston Lake indicates that Jesus would be an illegal immigrant if he returned to Earth and traveled to the U.S. I would like to point out the following, from Matthew 22:21: “Jesus said “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.”

In other words, Jesus would go to an American consulate, fill out the appropriate paperwork, wait his turn like every other legal immigrant, and come here in all his glory. Only those on the far left can’t seem to grasp this distinction. And if the rest of us don’t want to turn into Europe and be saddled with the total mess they are in, we better wise up fast — and build that wall.



Do your part to cut down use of plastics

Thanks to Marlene Kennedy for her Nov. 1 column on the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.

This initiative aims to rein in plastic waste by establishing a “circular economy” which recycles and reuses all plastics by the year 2025. Plastics are ubiquitous in our world and have invaded the food chain, endangering all plant and animal species, including humans. It’s encouraging to learn that large corporations, including PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Nestle, recognize the need to act on behalf of the environment.

But we can’t wait until 2025 to act. There are many things we can do right now to limit our use of plastics. Recycling is a good start; reducing is even better. Learn about which plastics can and should be recycled and which shouldn’t go in your recycling bin by visiting the web page or Face-book page of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schenectady County, and checking out Schenectady County Recycles. You will find many practical suggestions for reducing plastics and other waste.

Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day. It’s a good time to raise our awareness of the importance of recycling and buying recycled products. Please commit to doing your part to avoid creating more waste that pollutes the Earth. By working together, we can make real progress toward solving this global problem.



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