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State deserves cut of escape movie profits
I wrote an opinion back when the Dannemora prison break first happened. I felt if there were books or movies made about this story, the taxpayers of New York state should share in any profits. The millions of dollars taxpayers paid for this prison break were astronomical. Now there is a movie.
I wonder if New York state will get a cut. We should.
Peg Lapo
Delanson


Americans need to end our divisiveness
Over the last two years, President Trump and the Republican Party have attacked immigrants, minority groups, women, anyone who is at all “different” than they are, or who has different views.
They have fueled hatred in this country that is reprehensible.
The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence starts as follows: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
President Trump says he wants to “Make America Great Again.”
To do this, we must end the hatred, embrace each other, and recognize our fellow countrymen as Americans, not by race, religion or ethnicity. We must support immigrants as they pursue happiness in our country; they are only trying to ensure the safety of their families and offer a better life for them.
Isn’t that what we all want for our children? How can it be wrong to want to keep your family safe from corrupt governments, drug cartels and violence? I would want to, wouldn’t you?
Furthermore, there’s no place in America for white nationalists or any person or group that wishes to divide this great country. We are all Americans.
I plead for all Americans to work together to end the division and violence that has swept over our great nation, for “united we stand, divided we fall.” I implore you all to work side by side with our fellow Americans, embrace each other and treat each other with respect and kindness.
We all have our differences, but more importantly, we all have one thing in common. We are all Americans.
Margie Swedberg
South Glens Falls


Live your beliefs by respecting rights
By upholding the fine of a woman who criticized Islam’s Prophet Mohammad, the European Court of Human Rights demonstrated a misunderstanding of reverence to religious doctrine.
In no way does the woman’s statement about the impropriety of the then-56-year-old’s marriage to a 6-year-old defame a truth accepted by his followers.
The court’s rebuttal that Mohammad remained faithful to this girl until his death 12 years later suggests that marital acts with a small child are acceptable it they continue for the duration of her childhood.
This defense does no more justice to Muslim beliefs than the convicted woman’s interpretation, but demands complacency in the midst of harmful practices.
Beliefs are meant to be lived, and choosing doctrines that respect each individual is fundamental to humanity.
Stephen Dansereau
Albany


Don’t forget to thank utility workers, too
Your Thanksgiving editorial omitted those who are working to provide our electricity, gas and water, without which most, if not all of what we enjoy, would not be possible.
Jeanette K. Christoff
Schenectady
Editor’s note: We apologize to anyone we unintentionally left out of our editorial. Thank you to all.

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