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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, March 28

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, March 28

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Fear and bigotry are dangerous qualities

I’m curious what could possibly have given Bonnie Decker, in her Feb. 28 letter, the right to accuse all Democrats and liberals of “hating America.”

Does she know them all and what’s in their hearts? That’s a very sweeping, inaccurate, bigoted, ridiculous thing to say based in no known reality at all.

She has obviously been drinking from the cup that’s being passed around made up of fear, anger and irrationality, much like the followers of cult leaders, the ultra-right and Fox News pundits.

She suggests that one American who dies at the hands of an illegal immigrant is one too many. Then she contradicts herself by gladly offering the physical whereabouts of any Democrat or liberal, as well as disarming their means of security. Apparently they are not included in her “one too many” worth saving.

The immigrant policies currently implemented at the border are both cruel and inhumane. 

Any policy that rips children from their parents with no news of when and how they will meet again is unAmerican. These are children, not political affiliations. We’re all honor-bound in a sane society to protect kids everywhere. How about some kindness? People with anger, fear and bigotry are far more dangerous than 99 percent of the immigrant population looking to us for a better life, much like our ancestors did years ago.

“Every man’s death diminishes me, for I involved in mankind”  including Democrats and liberals, and all humans sharing this planet.
Connie Cartwright


Rabbi Cutler worthy of community praise

As a 97-year-old member of Congregation Gates of Heaven (oldest man in the synagogue), I feel well-qualified to celebrate Rabbi Matthew Cutler as an outstanding community leader.

Over his 24 years’ of service at Temple Gates, Rabbi Cutler emerged as one of the strongest and most visible clergy leaders in the Capital District. His ecumenical work is well known. He’s a much sought-after speaker and teacher in the area. He’s one of the founders of the interfaith conference, Schenectady Clergy Against Hate, a group dedicated to cross religious and cultural lines and foster healthier dialogue to build a strong community.

Rabbi Cutler serves on the board of Bethesda House, which is working to help the poor and the homeless in our area.

On October 29, 2018, Rabbi Matt hosted a standing-room-only event at Gates of Heaven to remember the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.

Schenectady Clergy Against Hate speakers of several religious leaders included American Sikhs, Islamic Center, Union College, Schenectady Interfaith, African-American churches and several others.

Rabbi Cutler is not only creative and innovative within the congregation, but believes in and practices outreach.
Ted Vinick


Don’t trust Dems to pass major reforms

In response to the March 20 Gazette article, “9 fund-raisers in just 1 night,” I believe that the state’s Democrats “will enact campaign and ethics reforms.” I also believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.
Paul Butler

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