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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, March 12

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, March 12

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No Russian meddling in United State elections

First of all there’s no Russian meddling in the United States, as the people of Russia cannot vote in the United States; plus the United States and Russia are allies.

Steven P. Goldberg

Schenectady

 

Trump at least forcing action on immigration laws

My grandparents came to the United States via Ellis Island at the turn of the 1800s. They spoke of saving money for the trip from Poland and proudly learning to speak the English language. To them the Polish language became secondary as they became “Americanized.”

Today I witness with great disdain large number of illegal immigrants attempting to enter our nation from the south. Somehow, we are expected to applaud their efforts to thwart the laws.

My grandparents and likewise millions of other legal immigrants would have shaken their heads in disgust.

At the moment “The Wall” is the issue in immigration but that is merely the tip of the iceberg. For how many decades have the Democrats and Republicans ignored true immigration via laws? Donald Trump has forced us as a nation to do something. Hate him if you want, and many of you do, but he is no longer ignoring the elephant in the room. Chuck and Nancy need to get their act together and with the president help build a permanent solution by law. Together, they can “Make America Great Again.”

Jerry Bubniak

Northville

 

Gloversville should lead on transportation study

On Feb. 28. the Gloversville Common Council awarded a contract for a regional transportation study to RLS Associates of Dayton, Ohio (Leader-Herald 3/6/17). The state Department of Transportation approved the study in January 2017 to look into the feasibility of creating a regional public transportation system in Fulton and Montgomery counties.

Six entities were involved in the study: Fulton County, Montgomery County, the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown, city of Amsterdam, and Fulton-Montgomery Community College, with Gloversville as the lead agency.

The study was to be reimbursed by the federal government at 80 percent and the state at 10 percent. Each of the six entities was to share the remaining 10 percent, at a cost of $953.57 each. DOT approved awarding the study to RLS and Associates for $57,215.

A draft final report dated October 2018 was submitted to the six entities. As Gloversville was designated the lead agency, the Gloversville Common Council should take the lead in evaluating and implementing the regional service models presented in the feasibility study.

Wallace Truesdell

Gloversville

The writer is a former member of the Gloversville Transit Commission.

 

Legal marijuana will bring many more problems

I encourage everyone, and especially our governor and legislators, to read “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence” by Alex Berenson that explains the cons of recreational marijuana. This author draws upon NYS psychiatric records to show how dangerous marijuana can be. Marijuana is more concentrated now than ever before. We don’t need more accidents, more crimes and more health issues like Colorado has seen. We cannot jeopardize our population due to Governor Cuomo’s need to glean more taxes. Our state resources for police, medical emergency personnel, addiction counseling and possible employment errors will be overwhelming. People do not all stay home and drink responsibly and neither will those who smoke or ingest marijuana. Our state will be overburdened with addiction and vehicle accidents. Let’s prevent this now. Studies need to be done on the effect of prescription and over the counter medications with marijuana. People’s reflexes are slowed, ,judgement is impaired and the need to smoke more or ingest more is real. Let’s protect our children and grandchildren from a very destructive habit now.

Arlene Shako

Schoharie

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