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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Feb. 9

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Feb. 9

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New York has lost all of its human decency

At church on Sunday, our pastor described the grim reality of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act.

He explained that a baby only moments from birth can be killed and those babies lucky enough to survive can be left to die.

I looked at my 8-year-old daughter who until now was coloring in the pew. She looked up with tears streaming down her face.

“What are we going to do?” she asked. “I don’t want this to happen.”

My 8-year-old knows this abortion expansion law is immoral.

She feels empathy for the babies who will suffer and die because of this legislation.

But our Democratic law makers are celebrating, gallivanting around in their fuchsia pink outfits.

Have we lost all human decency? Have we become so wedded to our political party that we only care about winning at all costs, even if it means destroying the most innocent and precious of living beings — a human baby?

Do we not care about our doctors and nurses who now shoulder the burden of committing murder for fear of losing their jobs? 

Gov. Cuomo once said if you are pro-life, you are not welcome to live in the state of New York. He is a man of his word.

He has made New York the abortion capital of the world with no conscience, with no caring about the suffering of innocent victims — a sweet baby and her mother who will have nothing but regret and a broken heart. 
Jennifer Richard
Burnt Hills

 

Trump wall not worth another shutdown

I’ve listened to President Trump’s recent speeches and read articles in the paper, and I’m confused.

Trump says he must have a wall, not called by any other name, except that he said it could be a barrier or a fence.

He said he might close the government again if he didn’t get wall funding, but then he said the wall is being built right now. A wall is being built right now? By our soldiers? Then why did he shut down the government?

Figures suggest it cost our economy, not even thinking of the hardships endured by furloughed workers, from $3 billion to $11 billion. Even if it was the lesser figure, that is too much.

A secure border isn’t the issue here. Everyone agrees that we need that. The issue is the word “wall,” the item promised on the campaign trail which must be fulfilled so that people will vote again for Trump. 

Have we taxpayers just added $3 billion worth of votes to Trump’s campaign fund with his shut-down? 

And if Trump decides to shut down the government again, I want all the workers to go to their representatives for food and support.

No more going to their kind neighbors and churches. No more Americans taking care of their own. 

No, go to the people who are not willing to fight for them. Go to the politicians who are playing with people’s lives. 
Janice Walz
Scotia

 

We can’t handle four more years of Trump

Another presidential campaign is looming on the horizon and it’s not a happy thought. We are still remembering what a fiasco, actually more like a circus, occurred in 2016. The clown-in-chief, wearing his foolish cap, and clapping for himself night after night.

I don’t recall any original or brilliant ideas for the betterment of the country being introduced.

His agenda was primarily locking up Hillary, building a wall that Mexico would pay for and dismantling the accomplishments of Obama.

Thanks to some help from his Russian friends, he became our leader.  His agenda has not changed. 

If anything, it has gone from bad to worse. So far, no Republican has been gutsy enough to come forward to challenge him in 2020. This is another not so happy thought.

A smart man with no political experience would have selected the most reputable, experienced and honorable people possible. But instead he searched the swamp for the likes of Manafort, Flynn, Pruit, Zinke, Bannon, Conway and his family, just to name a few. The results have been disastrous in every way possible. I pray that we don’t get stuck with him for another four years. We deserve better. He’s definitely a pimple on the path of progress.
Jane Reisenger
Schenectady

 

Wall opposition not same as open borders

I am responding to James Homan’s Feb. 3 letter, accusing those who don’t support a border wall of being in favor of an open border.  

How ridiculous.

The most recent Democratic proposal includes $22 billion for border security. This money would be for new agents; scanners, sensors and other technological solutions; and new boats and planes.

It also includes $500 million for food and medical care. And all this is at a time when border crossings or attempted border crossings by undocumented people are at historic lows.

Above all, we must remember that applying for asylum at a port of entry is entirely legal. Those applying are not “illegals.”

A far better and cheaper solution would be for the government to enforce the e-Verify program, where employers are responsible for verifying that people they hire have legal permission to work in the United States. We also need to relieve the backlog in the immigration courts.

And finally, we must remember that the majority of those in the United States without proper documentation actually entered legally. 

For the most part, they are people who have overstayed their visas.
Faith Donovan
Niskayuna

 

Grateful to kindness after DeMasi death

I would like to thank the many people who showed us kindness and compassion at the passing of my brother, Frank DeMasi, who died so unexpectedly in January.

The news stories, the concern from co-workers and students and parents, and the love from members of Frank’s church and neighbors brought much comfort during a horrible time in our lives.

Thank you so much. May God’s best be yours.
Jackie DeMasi Allard
Saint Joseph, Mich.

 

Regret decision to vote for murderers

Did you vote for a murderer? I’m ashamed to say, but I did when I cast my vote in the last election.

Bill A00021, also known as the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), was signed into New York law on Jan. 22, thereby allowing third-trimester abortions for any reason, and making it legal for a baby, miraculously surviving a late-term abortion, to be denied medical care, suffer and die.

Phil Steck, Angelo Santabarbara and Carrie Woerner, I don’t want to be part of your murderous agenda. I don’t want to be an accomplice in your cowardly attempts to retain your status and standing as an “Assemblyman or woman,” a member of the go-along-to-get-along crowd, in order to maintain your self-centered, love-the-power, love-the -spotlight charade.

But you made me a part of this when you ran for election and hid behind a facade of garbage. And I voted for you. I believed you, your earnest messages of morality, “concern for all” and “I will work for you” lies.

You pulled the rug out from under those of us who believed in the steaming piles of false pretenses you shoveled in your electoral barns by declaring you were moral, upstanding citizens. 

Nothing could be further from the truth when you fast-tracked this awful, awful bill. I don’t want to be a part of this, but my vote for you makes me a murderer by default, and I don’t know how I’m going to live with that.
Laurie Cox
Niskayuna

 

No quick fix for bad government officials

I truly believe I have heard enough misguided statements coming from our government officials.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to give financial aid to undocumented immigrants. He also wants to give them driver’s licenses, thus giving them a New York address and solving the mass exodus issue. He wants us to believe that the exodus is the result of our cold winters. Oh, please.

Yet let us not look so far and take a close look at our very own Schenectady council. Quite some time ago, this paper ran an article regarding the up-and-coming demolition of the Olinder building on State Street. As I read it, I could not help but think that somebody was throwing a large loop and would end up with the whole corner lot. 

And so it is, the new building has a footprint that covers the old  Nicholaus Building.

Maybe I have a different perspective than most, but I find it very hard to believe that our state and local governments feel they can back-door deal and toss their power around, and we’ll just sit back and take it. I, for one, can see no quick fix for the state of our disrepair. But as for me, the fix is simple. Hello, Montana.
Andrew Greiner
Glenville 

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