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Letters to the Editor for Friday, March 8

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GOP has changed since civil rights days
This is response to Mr. Colyer’s  March 4 letter. Maybe the reason the African-American community is voting Democrat is because the Republican Party is not the party of your youth.
The current president doesn’t seem to express the values of the Republican Party you speak of.
Rose Wertman
Niskayuna
 
 
Rotterdam ethics law is now weaker
Yes, the fox is now guarding the chicken coop since the Rotterdam Town Board on Feb. 27 adopted a proposed new ethics code. The Town Board is replacing the current one with a weaker version.
The new one is a generic ethics code put out by the state Comptroller’s Office. Keep in mind that the new ethics code will take away the controls that were put in place in 2003 and 2007. These changes were adopted because of unethical actions by town employees and elected officials in prior years.
The focus of these changes was to keep the Ethics Board independent and impartial from Town Board influence.
Sections 31-18 and 31-19 were put in place to set term limits and the number of members at five. Members could serve only two consecutive terms and the number was limited from each political party.
The new Ethics Code eliminates these provisions and makes the members serve at the pleasure of the Town Board, with no term limits.
It was changed to a three-member board with one being a municipal employee, who works for the town.
The Town Board has Home Rule Authority to make its ethics code stronger. Why would any reasonable person adopt a weak generic ethics code?
The town of Rotterdam had a weak ethics code prior to 2000 and the taxpayers paid for it.
Yes, the fox will be guarding the chicken coop under the new ethics code.
Bob Godlewski
Schenectady
 
 
Progressives show disdain for humanity
The progressive Democrats won the majority of the Congress, and instead of passing laws re: education, healthcare etc. as promised, they are busily calling congressional hearings in order to set up an impeachment of President Trump.
Even worse, they are now showing their true inhumane nature by hitting a new low, even for them, by voting down ‘The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.’
The act would have required that “any health care practitioner present at the time of a birth exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.”
All prominent Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls in the Senate voted against the measure, including Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
The Democratic senators one after another took the floor and smeared the bill as an attack on ‘women’s health care.’ This quote from our illustrious Sen. Charles Schumer shows clearly the obfuscation of truth that the Democrats do so well:
“The bill is solely meant to intimidate doctors and restrict patients’ access to care and has nothing, nothing, nothing to do with protecting children.”
If they refuse to save ‘born alive’ babies, you’d better believe you or your parents could be next. Don’t say this is an exaggeration after this heinous act.
In any civilized society, they will be forever known as ‘’baby killers.”
Dr. Arthur Salvatore
Malta
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