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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, April 17

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, April 17

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Church, not 1960s, to blame for abuses

Sometimes I can’t tell what rhetoric is more bizarre — what comes out of the White House or the Vatican. The Daily Gazette April 12 article claims the sexual revolution of the 1960’s is the reason for the sexual abuse problems in the Catholic Church. 

Perhaps Pope-Emeritus Benedict has been hidden away too long in the Vatican glued to his television watching the Flip Wilson Show, “The Devil Made Me Do It.”

His 6000-word letter has once again placed the blame for the sexual abuse problems in the Catholic Church on someone other than the priests and clergy that perpetrated the problem in the first place then covered it up.

Now we have to listen to this no-longer-relevant pope bring a fresh set of “Pretzel Logic” to the unresolved situation of sex abuse in the church. Talk about a farfetched reason for the problem. 

Perhaps the sexual revolution of the 60’s was relevant to some, but it certainly did not happen to the priests within the church, or did it? Where he got the notion of showing sex films on airplanes and therefore potentially causing a riot is a new one on me, unless he showed them on his private jet and saw it firsthand.

This would be the same as ex-presidents coming out and condemning everything Donald Trump does as though they were still in office and have the power to influence him. They don’t. And Benedict should realize that he is no longer relevant, since he abdicated. Keep watching Flip Wilson.
Bob Belive


Town board must listen to residents

On April 11, the Greenfield Town Board conducted a public hearing regarding the revised Code of Ethics legislation. Many residents shared their ideas and concerns with the proposed legislation. Immedietly after the public hearing was closed, the Town Board voted to pass its version into law without any discussion or thought of the many well-informed concerns raised by the public. We witnessed the town board members listening to the public only as they were required to do and that is all. In other words, it was a sham. Greenfield needs a change from this negligence to serve the public.

The public has no confidence in this kind of government that is trying to control the people rather than listen to them.
Marian O’Keefe
Saratoga Springs



Church abandoned St. Clare’s workers

I think it’s unconscionable that the Catholic Church Albany Diocese, the Ellis Foundation and our local politicians cannot stand by the employees of St. Clare’s and back their pension fund that they worked and contributed to all the years they worked.

If the Catholic Church can ask for weekly support and also the Bishop’s Appeal annually, I think it should be able to compensate its own at St. Clare’s.

A huge tract of land on Route 7 was given away. Yet the church can turn around and have no conscience about the workers who served it loyally.

It’s time the workers had a union that would stand behind the employees and never let this happen. Where were all the so called lawyers when this happened?
Cecilia McFadden

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