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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, March 19

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, March 19

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Facts about Planned Parenthood missing

“Planned Parenthood” has had another rally in Albany and the March 13 Gazette’s Kassie Parisi has provided a splendid summary of the event.

From this report on the “Planned Parenthood” rally we learn: “Planned Parenthood” will continue to fight tooth and nail for “family planning programs;" there are “endless” attacks on reproductive healthcare on a federal level; the new New York State Reproductive Health Act is an attack on “Planned Parenthood;” we need to supply “affordable birth control”, i.e., abortion, killing of the unborn; and, abortion care is healthcare and healthcare is a right.

Nowhere in this report is there an indication that the folks that call themselves “Planned Parenthood” are abortion providers. Nowhere does “Planned Parenthood” seem to recognize that New York State taxpayers have any right not to support “Planned Parenthood” in their abortion efforts.

I suppose there isn't a single person in New York State opposed to healthcare, although some may not be certain healthcare is a constitutional government responsibility.

I suppose there isn't a single person in New York State opposed to parenthood planning. But many are opposed to “Planned Parenthood,” the country’s leading supplier of abortion.

I suppose there isn't a single person in New York State who would oppose “Planned Parenthood” if they were in fact simply an organization helping women in parenthood planning responsibilities.

Clyde Maughan




Help is available for ‘the hidden addiction’

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Did you know that gambling addiction is diagnosable and treatable and that help and hope are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week?

You see, Problem Gambling is known as the “Hidden Addiction.” Unlike other addictions, problem gamblers do not display any physical signs. There are no “card marks” on their arms, and no “roulette breath.”  While visible symptoms are minimal, problem gamblers are often depressed, anxious, and may have suicidal thoughts. They often neglect their families, friends, run up large amounts of debt, and may involve themselves in illegal activity in order to feed their addiction.

Some facts: 6 million Americans suffer from problem gambling; 80 percent of the population has gambled; 39.5 percent between the ages of 12-17 have gambled in the past year; 30 percent of these youth started gambling at age 10 or younger; and, alcohol abuse, use of marijuana, and energy drinks consumption is higher among youth who are gambling.

For information for yourself or a loved one, contact 1-877-8HOPE-NY for 24-hour free and confidential help or contact Cara Waldynski at Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montogmery Counties at 518-842-4202 or email [email protected].

Cara Waldynski




Proposed housing cuts unconscionable

In response to your recent coverage of the Trump Administration's 2020 budget proposal, I'm dismayed that the president is once again calling for cuts to housing assistance. America is in a housing crisis. A person earning the prevailing minimum wage cannot afford a modest two-bedroom apartment anywhere in America. However, only one in four eligible households can get housing assistance because of inadequate funding.

It is unconscionable that President Trump would propose to put more families at risk of homelessness by cutting housing assistance in his budget. Everyone deserves a roof over their head. Safe, stable housing has a positive impact on job performance and children in these environments are healthier, happier, and do better in school.

I call on our senators and representatives in Washington to reject President Trump's reckless budget cuts and instead increase investments in housing assistance programs.

Sybil Schwartzbach




Ballston Town Board ignoring public?

The Ballston Town Board is once again unresponsive to to the concerns of the residents they are supposed to represent.

The board has spent over two years revising and updating land use rules that are incorporated into over 200 technical pages. The public hearing was held in a small room unable to hold all concerned residents. We were given only three minutes each for public comment, and ten days for written comments, almost an impossible task considering the number of pages involved.

The board will vote April 30 and gave no indication they would even consider incorporating any public recommendations before voting.

This is not an example of a board attentive to the community.

Barbara Thurnau

Burnt  Hills

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