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Letters to the Editor for Monday, May 13

Letters to the Editor for Monday, May 13

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Letters to the Editor for Monday, May 13
Brendan Mulvaney is shown at his lemonade stand. One of today's letters concerns a proposed lemonade stand law
Photographer: Erica Miller/Gazette Photographer
Human-trafficking efforts improve lives
Thank you so very much for your May 5 editorial which highlighted the community fight against human trafficking. 
 
I especially appreciated your emphasis on the fact that sex trafficking is not just a “big city problem” and that “Schenectady is a particularly attractive target for sex traffickers because of its proximity to interstates and New York City.”
 
As you stated, it’s noteworthy that Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney has been taking positive steps with the state Office of Court Administration to initiate a human trafficking court to serve the Schenectady area. We welcome all collaborative efforts to enable sex-trafficked victims to avoid incarceration.
 
We want to partner with our community courts and social service agencies to enable these victims to have access to the medical care, housing, education and job training essential for future success.
 
Since 1985, Safe Inc. of Schenectady’s primary goal has been to provide outreach, counseling, advocacy and shelter to homeless, runaway, “throw-away,” at-risk and sexually-exploited youth.
 
The success of our agency comes from the quality of our outreach, case management and therapeutic programs, both residential and non-residential, with the aim of instilling in each client the importance of self-dignity and enduring relationships. The work we do not only strengthens and empowers the youth we serve, but it also strengthens the community in which we live.
 
Barbara Dworkin
Schenectady
The writer is the Board President of Safe Inc. of Schenectady.
 
 
Leave Morrison and Madigan in seats
If we are smart in the primary on June 25, we can have two Democrats supporting our values instead of one. 
Patty Morrison currently has the important role of protecting our values as a member of the Board of Education, with several years left on her term.
 
We need to keep her on the Board of Education to protect her seat and vote from those we disagree with. 
Morrison is running for the Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Finance, a job held for the past seven-plus years by fellow Democrat Michele Madigan, who has been endorsed by the Democratic Committee for re-election.
 
Unfortunately, state law is very clear: A person cannot stay on the Board of Education and be an elected city official.
 
Therefore, to keep both Democrats protecting our city and schools, it’s critical to vote for Michele Madigan to return as Commissioner of Finance in the Democratic primary on June 25 and thereby keeping Patty Morrison on the Board of Education.
 
One vote for Madigan will guarantee two Democrats will represent us and fight for our values.
 
Kathy Wilson
Saratoga Springs
 
 
Laws for lemonade stands are absurd
I cannot believe that I am writing an opinion on governing a lemonade stand.
 
I would like to meet the individual that could walk up to a child and tell him it is against the law to sell lemonade, not beer or wine but lemonade.
 
I worked in a restaurant years ago and and I know for a fact that the Health department would call the manager or inn keeper and give them a days’ notice that they were coming. We all scurried around making everything “up to Health Dept. standards.” Perhaps the Health Department will call the parents before poor Johnny and Mary get slapped with a fine.
 
How on Earth are you going to enforce this law? By hiring more people to surf the streets looking for children selling lemonade? No, some curmudgeon will rat out the poor kid.  
 
Well throw out the old adage “When life hands you lemons make lemonade,” but not without a permit.
 
The whole notion of having to legislate children’s “Kool-Aid or lemonade stand is absolutely absurd to any normal thinking person and I am sure Sen. Tedisco (whom I like) probably feels the same way.
 
This is the world we live in today. Sad really sad.
 
Linda Cortese
Niskayuna
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