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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Feb. 26

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Feb. 26

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Add these to Trump’s “accomplishments”
I would like to add to the 289 Trump accomplishments alluded to in Mr. DeAngelus’ Feb. 17 letter. 
Oh, where to start. Our national debt is estimated to be $25 trillion by 2021. So much for Republicans’ fiscal constraint. Our children and grandchildren will thank us. Mexico will pay for the wall. I forgot, that won’t happen. The rest of the world looks up to us — not. The tax cut will mostly benefit the middle class. Really? The swamp will be drained. Now that’s a good one. I would like to add a few more to get to an even 300, but the paper might run out of space.
James Brodie 
Schenectady
 
 
Our area would be the best place for Amazon
Mr. Bezos, please consider the New York Capital District/Tech Valley as an excellent Amazon HQ2 LIC alternative.
1. Believe the governor could make it happen in his backyard with incentives.
2. Benefit to the region. Jobs create income which generates tax revenue from 25,000 employees, people have disposable income which creates revenue for local businesses and additional tax revenue, and reduction in government funds required to support unemployment issues.
Available real estate for a project of this proportion. Downtown Albany skyscrapers that could be renovated, state office complex, Rensselaer waterfront.
3. Quality of life with great healthcare, low crime, great schools, affordable housing, low traffic, increasingly temperate weather, low probability of floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, natural disasters.
4. Intellectual talent including established model for technical transformation, already being the No. 1 location in the world for intellectual talent in the field of nanotechnology.
Leading technical companies already established here including Global Foundries (recently brought 10,000 jobs), Regeneron (leading pharmaceutical firm growing exponentially), and GE’s Global Research. Access to new talent through leading world class technological universities: RPI, SUNY Polytechnic, SUNY Albany, Albany Law.
5. Location: currently 2.5-hour car/train ride to New York City or Boston. Modern, easily accessible international airport. Capital government proximity.
6. Recreation: extensive hiking and biking trails, swimming, skiing, fishing, hunting, boating, snowmobiling, parks, clean air/water, active outdoor minded people.
Proximity to Adirondack and Catskill Mountains, Saratoga, Lake George, Hudson, Battenkill, and Delaware rivers. Proctor’s off-Broadway plays. Short trip to skiing, Cape Cod, New Jersey Shore, Hampton’s beaches, and Montreal.
Michael Izdebski
Bethlehem
 
 
Do more to coordinate social justice efforts
The need for improved educational services for youth and adults indicates social justice coordination among agencies is essential.
Recognition of this by SUNY’s University Center for Academic and Workforce Development (UCAWD) has established a network of Educational Opportunity Centers collaborating with state, municipal and county agencies, secondary and post-secondary institutions, community-based organizations, and business and industry in its efforts.
Academically and economically underserved students who are at least 16 years old  have accessed traditional classroom learning with applied science or hands-on projects to become skilled workers for businesses.
Collaboration among guidance counselors, teachers, teacher assistants, parents and students is essential for the state Board of Regents’ Whole Child Social and Emotional Learning approach to access classroom learning and applied science projects for the students.
In our area, the GE Brilliant Career Lab was established through partnership by the GE Foundation, the GE Power, and Schenectady city’s public-school district.
The reproduction of that model requires social-justice minded individuals to persuade municipal and school district officials to utilize the State-County Shared Services Initiative to coordinate the federal-state funded 21st Century Community Learning Center program with the UCAWD network for academically and financially underserved youth and adults.
Michael McGlynn
Watervliet
 
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