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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, April 4

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, April 4

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No easy way to get to new train station

Schenectady has a lovely new train station, one that reflects its long and substantial history with railroads. Sadly, the care that the station shows is not at all evident in the way one gets to it.

There are two access points, on Erie Boulevard and on Liberty Street. But only the Liberty Street access is open. That access is throttled by the city’s parking lot company.

To drive in and drop off a passenger is to be impeded by the parking lot attendant. (The one blocking my way this morning sported an attitude.)

Having made the drop, there is no easy way to get back out.

Two things are clear: The traffic planning for the new station was and remains sadly lacking — no surprise given the Bodyshop Bonanza traffic circle up by the casino (among other local stupidities). Whoever took the cumshaw that resulted in this screwup should be hounded from office.
Donald Jenner
Scotia

 

Dems squandering new state majority

In January of this year, the Democrats received the privilege of leading New Yorkers with their dream, having majorities in the Assembly and the Senate to work with the Democratic governor.

So far, they have covered our beloved state with a cloud of darkness that is making New Yorkers and many other Americans sick and horrified.

The abortion expansion bill offends more consciences than it does not offend.

The idea that you can murder a baby by hurting his pregnant mom and not be charged for a crime against that baby is just sick.

The idea that a baby surviving an abortion can be killed on the table is beyond cruel.

This abortion expansion bill is causing many New Yorkers and many Americans to reconsider the whole idea abortion as nothing more than infanticide with a fancy name.

Space prohibits me to note the other bills that lack any sense of morality and the bills that keep New Yorkers paying some of the most ridiculously high taxes in the nation. What a sad way to squander the gift of the majorities that were entrusted to you.
Joe Roof
Schenectady

 

State, bishop must resolve St. Clare’s

How much more can the former employees of St. Clare’s Hospital be beaten down?

Another slap in the face is what we just got and they keep coming.

Not only did we find out recently that the state rejected a request for monies from the budget to assist with our pension crisis, we also found out that St. Clare’s Corp. formally filed a petition to dissolve.

Oh wait, one more thing: The corporation had a remaining balance of nearly $52,000 and decided to give it to Catholic Charities, which is part of the Diocese of Albany, “to be used exclusively as a pensioner relief fund for the benefit of St. Clare’s retirees.” We’ll see.

How can our highest-ranking state elected officials and the bishop of Albany live with themselves? None of them seem to care that there are 1,100-plus futures at risk here.

We had a meeting almost two months ago with local state officials and the bishop. The state officials did their part and requested monies from the state budget be allocated to assist us with our pension. As noted, it was denied. The bishop said he would be looking into other financial avenues to support us, including the Mother Cabrini fund, but we haven’t heard a peep from him since.

The former employees of St. Clare’s Hospital are doing everything they can to turn this disaster around.

I guess I don’t understand why or how the governor, comptroller, Bishop Scharfenberger  and others are looking the other way.
Kathy Adach
Rotterdam

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