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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Nov. 20

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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Nov. 20
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Expand the public’s access to marijuana
Now that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is gone, New York needs to legalize marijuana.
I’ve been using medical marijuana for about a year now and spent at least a few thousand dollars with no coverage. Gov. Andrew Cuomo won’t legalize it because he’s bought and sold by big tobacco and alcohol. Shame on him, and it will cost him in any future presidential run.
Many in state government are vocal in their support. Assembly members Angelo Santabarbara and Phil Steck, as well as Sen. Liz Krueger, have all shown support to expand access to marijuana. But we need more supporters.
Ninety-four percent of Americans are in favor of medical marijuana. Chances are you’ve tried marijuana. (More than half of American adults have.) Progressives and libertarians need to band together to make it legal. It saves money in criminal justice, both in cost of incarceration and the fact that prisoners learn more serious crimes in prison; the government regulates/taxes it; there’s less violence and it becomes a safe product; and most importantly gives the kid with cancer and veterans some pain relief — all a much better substitute for alcohol or pain killers. 
We’re losing a lot of potential revenue, so call your legislators to stand up to Cuomo and change many lives for the better.
Derrick Tusang
Scotia
 
 
Restore funding for sickle-cell treatment
Imagine living with constant pain, fatigue, and infections with no way to be rid of them. Individuals with sickle-cell anemia do just that. Sickle-cell anemia is a heritable blood disease in which healthy red blood cells become rigid and sticky and take the shape of a crescent moon when in low-oxygen conditions. Due to this shape change, the infected blood cells get stuck in small blood vessels, which can slow or even stop the flow of blood and oxygen to parts of the body and cause pain in patients. There is no known cure, but there are treatments: medications, blood transfusions, and in rare cases bone marrow transplants, to relieve pain and other problems.
The federal Sickle Cell Disease Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act of 2018 (Bill S.2465) calls for Congress to reauthorize a sickle-cell disease prevention and treatment demonstration program and to provide for sickle-cell disease research, surveillance, prevention and treatment. The program was initially disbanded because the federal sickle-cell disease programs expired. This will provide much-needed funding for research and finding a cure. Many believe that reinstating such a program would be too expensive to fund this research and care. However, it would only cost about $18 million during the 2018-2022 period, which is only 0.005 percent of what is spent on cancer research ($3.6 billion in 2016). Reauthorizing this plan would enlighten people of their options for care and treatment and keep them out of the dark.
Lauren Sharlow
Menands
 
 
Socialist elements help support poor
There has been a great deal of negative propaganda against socialism. Socialism isn’t all bad and free-market capitalism isn’t all good. This is why our economy is based on capitalism, but has elements of socialism.
The last time capitalism dominated was during the Gilded Age. Wages were at poverty levels and working conditions were unsafe. Pollution was rampant, with virtually no regulations. Wealth was concentrated at the very top. There was no Social Security, no unemployment insurance and virtually no federal government programs that helped people in need.
The Nordic countries are socialist, in that the government promotes economic security for all of their citizens. They do this under a free-market capitalist system. The people who live in these countries are happier, more content and secure when compared to other capitalist countries.
Today, the greed of free-market capitalism is taking over again. The concentration of wealth at the top rivals the Gilded Age. The federal government has given the wealthy more tax cuts as the middle-class contracts. In return, politicians get millions in campaign contributions to spread their propaganda and get re-elected. Spending cuts in social programs are being proposed for the poor and elderly. Tax cuts for the wealthy, at the expense of people who have very little, are detrimental to our society, our democracy and the working class.
During the 1950s and though the 1970s, the top federal income tax rate was never below 70 percent. 
John Dworak
Rotterdam
 
 
Many examples of Trump’s bigotry
The Your Voice section is a place where folks can express their views. They aren’t writing term papers. It’s casual writing and has a limit on space.
We don’t need any examples of Trump’s racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism or xenophobia if we watch the news each day. Examples: Access Hollywood tape, no explanation needed; Women are fat, a pig, a dog, a slob, disgusting animals, Miss Piggy; “Look at that face”, about Carly Fiorina.
Remarks about Megyn Kelly, “blood coming out of her eyes” etc.; “Pocahontas” remarks during a ceremony honoring World War II Native American Wind Talkers.
“Why are we having all these people from s— countries come here?” He then reportedly suggested that the United States should take more people from countries like Norway.
Mexican immigrants are rapists. Muslims are terrorists. If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. Maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. About Charlottesville, Va., white supremacists, he said “there were good people on both sides,” both anti-Semitic and racist; Maxine Waters is “a very low-IQ individual.” “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
Nancy Pennell
Glenville
 
 
Return Lady Liberty to greet visitors, vets
I wish to thank The Gazette for printing my letters to the editor for the past five months regarding the return of the Statue of Liberty to its proper place in Gateway (Liberty) Park.
In my letters, I indicated some important holidays in America’s history that would be good dates to return Lady Liberty. There aren’t many days left in the year and one of our most important days was Veterans Day. A grateful nation remembered the millions of veterans on their day. But the most important symbol of America in Schenectady was not extending her arm to welcome all residents of Schenectady and her veterans just as she did during all wars as troops went overseas to fight for freedom and peace for the world. I imagine that Lady Liberty said, “Godspeed. I’ll be waiting for your return after you claim victory.”
We haven’t heard what the final decision is or will be about bringing the statue back where she belongs. Let us have peace about this subject and have Lady Liberty greet all who pass as citizens see her greeting us to the Gateway of Schenectady.
In the movie “1776,” John Adams sang a song that fits my numerous requests: “Is anybody there? Does anybody care? Does anybody see what I see?”
I care, I’m here, and I, along with many others see what I see, and that’s a solution to this request.
James Wilson
Schenectady
 
Nation needs doers to fix its problems
A lot of letter writers have good ideas on how to stop or cut way down on all the bad stuff going on in our country. Let’s hope that some of the new people that were elected are doers because that’s what we need now — the people that can do something about the way we are ruining the country — or should I say running our country.
It’s time to say enough is enough. Let’s do something to stop all the crazy stuff going on. You all know what I’m saying. 
The will of the people has to win, as we have no choice at this point. Let’s get the goodness going and put a stop to all the bad. Let’s not read this and say he’s right. Let’s get the doers started now.
Sid Gordon
Saratoga Springs
 
 
Is it time to privatize the mail service?
On May 3, our company sent a quote to a gentleman in Cobleskill. The quote was returned to us on Nov. 14 because the gentleman had no mail receptacle. 
Where has the quote been for 6 months-plus? 
The quote should have been returned immediately if there was no mail receptacle. Pretty poor service. If a private business ran itself the way the United States Postal Services does, it would be out of business. A case for privatization?
Lou Mosher
Amsterdam
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