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If Amazon gets help, why not St. Clare’s
The Nov. 14 front page of The Gazette had two stories. One was that New York state had given one of the richest companies on earth $1.7 billion to locate a headquarters in New York City. The other story was about the pension problems of the former employees of St. Clare’s Hospital. 
You would think New York state should be able to assist the employees of a charity hospital if it can help Amazon. 
Andy Beiniks
Charlton
 
 
Local charities give back, please donate 
This is the time of year when our mailboxes are full of requests from many not-for-profit organizations asking for vital support to continue their missions.
As executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County and as a resident of Schenectady, I’m always proud and grateful for the immense generosity of this community. 
The majority of Schenectady Habitat’s donations come from people living right here, in Schenectady County. I know firsthand the power of local support.
When our good citizens donate to Schenectady’s local charities, we can all see the lasting, positive difference for our neighbors and community. Local donations improve our neighborhoods. Local donations help our families and children. Local donations create local jobs.
Of course, donating to any good cause is important, but, with respect to whatever choice you make, I ask you to consider investing right here in our community.
Here in Schenectady, we’re all working to build a vibrant community. By sending your donation to a local charity at a Schenectady address, you will be able to see your dollars at work.
Therefore, as you consider how you will give to those in need, I encourage you to look no further than your own community. Your local investment will go far. Thank you for making Schenectady a place that is a home and a community for all of us, and one that brings joy and hope throughout the year.
Madelyn Thorne
Schenectady
 
 
Serve up balance on the Opinion pages
Thank you Corinne Cazer for that well-written Nov. 10 letter. I have observed the routine, repeated left-leaning column selections. While The Gazette piously stated they print every letter submitted and don’t edit the choices, they were ducking their own bias. It’s not the letters we send in. It’s the columns they choose to add to the opinion page. They have full power to pick the ones they want, and lo the ones they want are invariably anti-Trump. Somehow they miss all the terrific things for the United States that Trump has accomplished, and they continually focus on out-of-context, spun, or outright fake news columns from the flock of liberal commentators. So Gazette, how about when you print the inevitable leftist opinion, you also print a rightist opinion that same day in order to present a balanced view? I’m sure it will be hard for you to do it, but a balanced diet is best for you and for all of us.
Bill Denison
Burnt Hills
 
 
Grateful for veterans honor at BH-BL
On Nov. 9, my wife and I and two of our friends attended a Veterans Day Ceremony at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. It was excellent. They opened the ceremony with the Civil Air Patrol students presenting the colors. Next, the high school band provided some excellent music. Next, some of the students delivered excellent speeches in regards to veterans.
At the very end the entire senior class at BH-BL High School lined up to thank every veteran who was present with a handshake. And then all the veterans were invited to enjoy an excellent breakfast in the cafeteria. 
The breakfast was so good that I am thinking about returning to high school. I want to thank the entire staff and students at BH-BL High School for a job well done. I’m sure that all the veterans, including myself, who were present for this wonderful Veterans Day Ceremony are grateful for they great job they did. 
Chip Bowles     
Rotterdam
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