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Letters to the Editor for Monday, March 25

Letters to the Editor for Monday, March 25

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Open minds are cure for white supremacy

White supremacy seems to be a large epidemic in this country, one no doctor can cure.

Only people can cure it, by having an open mind and heart for all people.
Rachael Wilkinson
Saratoga Springs


Learn more about climate law options

Many say the Green New Deal is unattainable and “anyone who signs on without nailing down specifics will be slammed” (Jennifer Rubin Washington Post). 

The Green New Deal is a climate emergency response plan that provides a plan to move away from our addiction to fossil fuels by 2030.

However, the Green New Deal will change every aspect of the way we currently live in a joyful way if we let it.

Unfortunately, the Green New Deal cannot be legislated because it mandates such a broad spectrum of goals that will need to be applied across the country in different ways by 2030.

The time associated with legislating an economically sensitive, geographically diverse and market responsive climate emergency plan would be putting us on a path to oblivion.

Currently, there are several versions of the Green New Deal at the state level and one at the federal level.

Climate change threatens life as we know it on this planet and we need to be certain we get the strongest climate change legislation possible.

Now is the time to familiarize yourself with the various options and leverage your support. 

As 15-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg says, she is not looking for hope from adults; she looking for action like the house is on fire. 
Gary J. Lessard 


Writer wrong about background checks

Martha Harausz’s March 17 letter shows that she is well educated and good at creative writing. 

However, it would be better if she used her talents to preserve the U.S. Constitution instead of creating fiction to try and tear it down. Her assertion that you can buy a firearm without a background check at a gun show, off the internet is patently false.

Perhaps she should attempt to buy a firearm this way herself to test it. 
Eugene Spicer


Nisky needs action on its fund balance

In watching the recent Niskayuna Town Board meeting, Supervisor Yasmine Syed’s presentation on establishing a fund balance policy surprised me.

While I was glad to see the supervisor take an interest in improving her understanding of the position’s responsibilities, I was frustrated that the presentation didn’t seem to propose a recommendation for moving forward on something that has been discussed for several months. 

It simply reviewed basic fiscal policy points available from the comptroller. From the coverage I’ve seen, despite her experience as a budget analyst, the Town Board members were the first to suggest this prudent fiscal move after the supervisor attempted to spend reserve funds in her proposed budget.

While we may be in good times today, we won’t always be, and we should prepare ourselves for that likelihood.

The Town Board’s leadership on this issue is just one more example of the value of professional government experience that has guided Niskayuna in recent years and led me to move to this town. 

I hope with this policy and in future years, the Town Board will continue their track record of keeping taxes low while continuing to provide quality resident services and adequate recognition for the town’s workforce.
Ben Spear

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