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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, March 13

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, March 13

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Ideals of political parties have changed over time

Richard W. Colyer’s March 4 letter questioned why black voters support the Democratic Party. He stumbled on the answer but failed to see it. Lyndon Johnson championed the Civil Rights bills that passed Congress in the 1960’s, including the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Johnson was a Democrat. Since then all the southern Democrats abandoned the Party and became Republicans. They were initially against the Party of Abraham Lincoln but Lyndon Johnson “ruined” the Democratic Party for them and they had a new demon to despise. The old “Dixiecrats” found a new home.
Michael McNally
Saratoga Springs

 

Spectrum’s services expensive, but viable options don’t exist

In Mr. Jones’ Feb. 27 letter about watching your cable bill, he didn’t say if he was referring to Spectrum but that’s who we have.

Our monthly price hike was about $14 from $197 a month in December to $212 a month starting in January. This has become an annual event with them without any prior notification or explanation.

We bundle TV, internet and phone. The internet is consistently slow. The on-screen caller ID only works about half the time and I have to reboot the cable box about three times a week because it just stops working for whatever reason. If you’re paying that kind of money a month you should expect the product to work.

I would also encourage reaching out to our political leaders in Albany and Washington but I’m given to understand that even they are powerless to get any results. A company the size of Charter Communications could at least offer a break to seniors. It would it be nice if Consumer Cellular could get into the cable TV business. A company that’s built its business around providing seniors with a service at an affordable price with a number of options.

As far as other companies that are out there, from the people that I have talked to they’re not any better than Spectrum. That’s why these extortionists have a take it or leave it attitude. I suspect that there are Spectrum customers who are happy with their service. My wife and I are not one of them.
Dan Lindsay
Rotterdam

 

Can’t support GOP slate for Ballston Spa village board

My family has lived in the Village of Ballston Spa for almost 35 years. After last year’s state audit faulted the mayor and his party’s two trustees for over four years of unfiled accounting, the subsequent resignation of our treasurer and his deputy and the 17.5 percent property tax increase I can no longer be complacent in my support. An audit was approved more than five months ago but was just authorized. I cannot support the mayor’s personal and parties’ candidates. They continue to blur the line of separateness by taking bank meetings together and entering into loan agreements on behalf of the Village before they are even elected.  

I will be voting for Liz Kormos and Christine Fitzpatrick on March 19 and I urge other concerned residents to do the same. I’m impressed with their qualifications. Liz Kormos has worked for clients securing grants, totaling over a $100 million, that require insight into complex financial assessment. Christine Fitzpatrick has 35 years’ experience in private, not for profit and government sectors negotiating benefits plans and leading a not for profit. She has worked as a successful project manager, setting clear objectives with measurable results and delivering on her objectives. I’m glad we have these two fine candidates available to us and I’m confident their experience and commitment will not only correct our past mistakes, but will keep us from repeating them and in the process build a better Ballston Spa for all of us.
Keith Lewis
Ballston Spa

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