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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Jan. 19

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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Jan. 19
TSA Agents work the security screening area at Los Angeles International Airport on Jan. 18, 2019.
Photographer: Jenna Schoenefeld/The New York Times

Government must reopen quickly

Government Shutdown – yes, there is a national emergency. It’s not at the border in Mexico; it’s in the United States. TSA workers are not getting paid and there is less security at the airports. There will be chaos and riots if the government shutdown does not open.
Concetta Cannizzaro
Niskayuna 

 

St. Clare’s workers need a solution now

I’m writing once again to remind the community of the crisis surrounding the pensions of the workers at the former St. Clare’s Hospital.

The news is filled with accounts of the plight of federal workers affected by the government shut down. About 800,000 of our fellow citizens are going without their earned pay. Stories of houses being lost, medical necessities ignored are circulating. It’s a crime and should never have happened. About 1,100 of our fellow, local citizens are facing much worse. This month, 600 St. Clare’s workers are going to be permanently denied their earned pensions and 500 more will see theirs greatly reduced. The federal employees will soon, we hope, be back at work. For the St. Clare’s workers, this crisis will never end. They need your voices. They were there for you. The Catholic Church and New York state share some responsibility for this crisis, and both should be a part of its solution. Please make your voices heard.
Frederick Ziemann
Saratoga Springs

 

Use our military to secure the borders

I chose to read recent short letter literally, because it seems to me the situation described therein doesn’t equate to the situation at our southern border.

Why worry about fencing in five acres of land? Use the 800 feet of fencing and build a solid enclosure to keep the chickens in and the foxes out. 

As far as I’m concerned, the military should be utilized to secure our borders. Maybe it’s time to police the world less and use those resources to keep our own country secure. I believe that’s what our forefathers has in mind. 
Marc Duquette, LCDR, USN(ret)
Glenville

 

Border will come with very high price

At $5.6 billion for a 2,000-mile wall, that comes to $530 a foot. 

If you wish to check the math: 5,280 times 2,000 = 10,056,000 feet of wall. $5.6 billion divided by 10,056,000 = $530.
Ken Bress
Scotia

 

Nisky thrives with citizen participation

Recently, the Niskayuna Town Board conducted one of the most rewarding aspects of our job, welcoming new members to town advisory boards and committees and thanking those who have requested reappointments.

From Planning Board Chair Kevin Walsh, who has served for 21 years, to brand new Conservation Advisory Council members Tina Lee and Ellen Daviero, we never cease to be amazed by the talent, selflessness and volunteer spirit of our Niskayuna neighbors.

In addition to the 31 partners in government we appointed or reappointed at the 2019 organizational meeting, I want to thank Town Planner Laura Robertson for vetting the resumes of appointees, Councilman John Della Ratta and the Economic Development Committee for reviewing the appointments and Supervisor Yasmine Syed for selecting these outstanding volunteers for inclusion on the agenda she sent the Town Board.

The town of Niskayuna is fortunate to have residents who devote their time and energy to improving our community and could always benefit from new perspectives and skill sets as periodic vacancies arise. If you are a Niskayuna resident interested in serving your local government in this capacity, please contact the town planner’s office at 518-386-4592. A listing of town advisory boards can be found at www.niskayuna.org.
Lisa Weber
Niskayuna
The writer is a Niskayuna town councilwoman.

 

How much longer can we put up with Trump

President Trump, encouraged by Senator Graham, has threatened to declare a national emergency along the southern border and use executive power to build a wall between Mexico and the United States of America, a testament to ignorance, stupidity, and intolerance.

I thought an emergency was a crisis of such impending danger as to require immediate action. If I’m right, how do you ‘plan’ to declare an emergency if less drastic measures fail to achieve your goal?

Decades ago, a first-year teacher and colleague of mine requested to extend his winter vacation by using one of his personal business days. 

When the principal informed him that a personal business day could not be used to extend scheduled vacations, he replied that he would use a sick day.

He was not kept on for a second year. How much longer must we tolerate the narcissist in the White House and his pathetic enablers? 
Anthony J. Santo
Rotterdam

 

Sources available to finance a border wall

Money for the wall should acquire large donations from millionaires and politicians who are exempt from paying income taxes. 

Then a national charity like the Red Cross could be set up for the wall and citizens could make donations that will be exempt on their income tax.

Once the funds are accumulated, obtain the services from the inmates of our prisons to build the wall. Mission accomplished. God Bless America.
Carmela St. George
Schenectady

 

Cuomo insults all who came in the right way

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s swearing-in ceremony at Ellis Island was an insult to all the immigrants who came to this country the right way.

My father passed through Ellis Island. He often spoke of his experience. There were two lines in Ellis Island: one for the fit; another for those who were not.

Upon arrival, every person was given a physical. If the individual didn’t pass it, he was not permitted to continue on to his American destination. Rather, he was returned to his original homeland.

That was the law at the time. It was the country’s way of protecting its citizens, and the law was accepted by those who wanted to come to America.

In today’s times, the politician says things that will get him votes and the modern immigrant wants the law changed to suit him or her. 

America must send a message to the people of the world, “Welcome, but wait your turn.”

As for the governor’s comments after the ceremony, he represents the state of New York, not all the people who didn’t vote for him. 

I don’t favor sanctuary cities. I don’t approve of abortions and I’m against the legalization of marijuana. If smoking tobacco is harmful to one’s health, why would smoking weed be different?

Like President Trump, Gov. Cuomo was elected to office. God help the United States of America.
Mary McClaine
Schenectady

 

Tax immigration to offset border costs

It’s common sense to have barriers, fences, gates, doors and walls for obstruction. Would you leave your house wide open? No. So why would you want to leave your home, the United States of America, wide open? You feel that safe to have open borders?

If your answer is yes, then leave your house doors unlocked all the time. Take down your walls and fences around your house. How safe do you feel now?

It’s not President Trump’s border wall or borders. It’s ours, the American people’s border walls and fences. Everything belongs to the American people, and President Trump wants to protect us. It’s our right as American people to protect what we have. Wake up, before it’s too late.

They say 1 million people come and go from our borders every day. We need to tell Congress to pass a law or bill to have a $5 surcharge tax for each person coming or going from our borders. That’s $5 million a day, or $1.8 billion a year more or less. That surcharge tax would help build the southern border wall and fences. Plus down the road, that money would cover some border patrol costs, customs, ICE, etc.

Congress needs to work on a travel surcharge tax bill and law. We, the American taxpayers, don’t need to keep paying for everything. Democrats and Republicans need to work with our president to keep the American people safe.
David Mattas
Gloversville

 

Writer correct about Trump and Obama

Thank you, Diane Sanders Hombach, for your absolutely true statements about Trump and President Obama in your Dec. 26 letter.
Joyce Cockerham
Schenectady

 

Let the Bible provide guidance on abortion 

How uplifting to open The Gazette this week (Jan. 6) and see the king and queen of corruption, Cuomo and Clinton, sharing a joke on the occasion of their push to secure and expand our so-called reproductive “rights” in New York state. With Pelosi’s preaching on what is immoral (walls) and the on-going meltdown over Trump’s victory and the toothless deplorables’ ability to find their way to the polling places, why do I not feel secure and enlightened? Could it be because “progressives” strain to replace America’s Judeo-Christian moral compass with their own pathetic concepts of right and wrong?

People cannot endow people with unalienable rights; only our Creator has that power. That goes for unborn children as well. Whatever the Supreme Court decides, our supreme judge doesn’t see babies as disposable; they are innocent and defenseless, and also our heritage, blessing, and greatest gift. Allowed to reach birth, they soon will look in our eyes and smile at us. And at fathers, siblings, and grandparents.

The Bible commands us to speak out in defense of those who cannot speak for themselves. We are compelled to do that, while queen Clinton cackles her way back into New York state’s spotlight. Find yourself a Bible and look up Proverbs 31:8 for the right response to “progressives’” assault on little ones who should be safe in the womb, not endangered. Read the book and be amazed at what God says about our souls, judgment and escape from judgment. Readers will be uplifted.
Lucy Roy
Glenville

 

We must take steps to control our borders

We know what has been tried, what has not worked and what will not work.

The past predicts the future. That’s why we know it won’t work.

Why is it that no matter what President Trump tries to do, he is hated by certain people. I think we all know who they are, or we should know. These people have to be stopped. They can’t continue to just walk across our border.

Would you want someone coming into your house or on your property and have no idea who they are? I wouldn’t. Not only that, a lot of the poor souls die in the desert.

Our border needs something it does not have: a fence, wall or something to stop this. What do you want to call it? The pope has a wall. If you want to do the research, you’ll find more.
Eunice Kilmer
Johnstown

 

First reading lessons were in comic books 

With regard to The Daily Gazette Dec. 24 article on Comic Depot: When I was 5 years old back in 1942, I had a friend whose grandmother had an enclosed sun porch, glass windows on all sides and a door leading to her kitchen. 

She had nothing on that porch but stacks and stacks of comic books. Every school day off in the morning, from 9 until noon, I’d be there with other kids, and sometimes the only sound was flipping pages. I learned to read sitting there on her sun-drenched porch. It was my first classroom, although I was too young to call it that. Then came school with “Dick and Jane” and “Baby Sally.” Hooray for comics.
Peg Lapo
Delanson

 

Marijuana should come with warnings

Caution: Cigarette Smoking May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Yep! In 1966, the U.S. Surgeon General made it mandatory to put this warning on tobacco products.

Here we are 56 years later and now we want to legalize marijuana smoking. It may not be the same kind of smoke, but in the end, it will be harmful to your health.

For all these years, it has been illegal to use marijuana. Now our leaders want to legalize it because the millions of dollars spent to control it has not worked. Now we want to create another sin tax to collect revenue to balance the state budget.

Why don’t we use the revenue to fight the opioid crisis, create more rehabilitation centers and drug clinics? In the end, maybe we should put warning labels on marijuana, “Caution: Smoking It May Be Hazardous to Your Health.”
Robert J. Godlewski
Schenectady

 

State, diocese must help St. Clare’s retirees

It‘s now January and many former employees of St. Clare’s Hospital will begin to feel the effects of the heartless decision made by the board to terminate their pension plan.

Hundreds of pensioners will now be receiving 30 percent less of their promised benefit, while some who had been receiving a monthly check will get nothing at all.

Both New York state and the Albany Diocese played a role in this debacle.

Members of the Diocese (including bishops) sat on the SCH board for many years; they were well aware of the conversion of the pension plan from an ERISA plan to a “church” plan and the severe underfunding of the plan in subsequent years. They stood by and did nothing.

New York state forced the closure of the hospital, effectively cutting off that potential source of funds forever.

The passage of Obamacare in 2010 could have helped the hospital immensely, as it cared for many patients without insurance.

Although the state did attempt to fully fund the plan as part of the merger with Ellis, the calculation used to determine the amount was significantly off the mark.

Both New York state and the church will tell you that they care for those who are struggling financially, yet both have played a part in the hardships many are going to experience.

Other than state Sens. Jim Tedisco and George Amedore, no one has stepped forward with a plan to help these people. It’s time for both the state and the Albany Diocese to step up and solve this problem. No excuses.
Bob Bradley
Clifton Park

 

Support lower blood alcohol limit for DWI

Sara Foss’ Jan. 2 column, “We need to take drunken driving more seriously,” focused on laws that would punish drunk drivers after the fact.

What’s more significant to the public’s safety are preventative measures that have a positive influence on the drivers’ judgment, beforehand.

In 1984, Surgeon General Koop announced that a person begins to lose their peripheral vision when they reach a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .029 percent.

Koop was dismissed by his own administration (President Reagan), and the issue soon fell off the map.

Now more than three decades later, there’s finally a bill, A2302, sponsored by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, that lowers the BAC limit for driving while intoxicated from 0.08 to 0.05 in New York state. Bill A2302 accurately reflects the reality of the effects of intoxication. 

It’s long overdue that our BAC laws are on par with the BAC science. I urge all New Yorkers to contact their representatives at the capitol to advocate for the passing of this life-saving bill.
Lillian Stern
Niskayuna

 

 

Stop problems before they become big stuff

A common expression “Don’t sweat the small stuff” is good advice some of the time. But how about nipping it in the bud before it becomes “the big stuff?” Something to think about.
Helen Caldaro
Burnt Hills

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