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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, May 19

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, May 19

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Hatred of Trump is destructive to country

My wife is a very wise woman.
She announced, years ago, that there’s no room in her life for hatred or any negativity.
She’s going to surround herself with people she loves and good things. Like I said, a wise woman.
Almost half of our electorate has been infected with a deep, abiding and vitriolic hatred of everything that is Trump. This hatred has had celebrities who should know better dropping the F-bomb on live TV; even newscasters have done this.
I don’t mean just an ordinary hatred of Trump, oh no.
They hate the color of his hair, the way he combs his hair, his wife, his children, etc. This is a deep and abiding hatred that knows no bounds and, I fear, could destroy one’s soul.
With this depth of hatred, one risks becoming blinded to the truth. One does not read of Hitler with his destruction of millions of souls, Stalin with his slaughter of the Ukraine, etc., ever receiving this level of hatred.
I don’t like Obama or what he stood for as president, most especially his anti-hegemony belief in America. But I don’t hate him. 
Many of my good friends are Trump haters. I just avoid mentioning him to them for fear of losing a friendship. This isn’t a healthy thing for our relationship and our nation. I pray that this hatred will be dialed back to a normal emotion, not one so self-destructive.
In the meantime, I think I’ll spend more time with my wife.
Dr. Arthur Salvatore
Clinton was the real ignorant fool in office

I would like to respond to Cynthia Swanson’s remarks made in her May 3 letter regarding the president of the United States.
She, of course, had absolutely nothing good to say and I truly respect and admire both her attitude and her opinion. She stated, “He’s an ignorant fool and continues to soil the office of the presidency.”
The only president that truly soiled the office of the president was Bill Clinton, in the Oval Office, while his wife and daughter were down the hall.
Who’s the ignorant fool, really?
Evelyn Shields-Kennedy

Grateful for rescuers of pet from pit bull

Last week we experienced a traumatic situation, to which many people responded, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them.
While walking our dog, Mellie, near Central Park, a pit bull got loose from its home and attacked Mellie. The pit bull did not release its jaws from her for 30 to 40 terrifying seconds.
We held onto Mellie, trying unsuccessfully to get the other dog to release her. Fortunately for us, some landscapers who were working down the street heard the commotion and rushed to our aid.
It took the four of them to get the other dog off of Mellie. They then wrestled it to the ground and held it until someone came to get the dog.
Mellie sustained several puncture wounds and deep lacerations.
After excellent emergency care at Capital District Veterinary Referral Hospital, she is slowly healing.
We realize that the situation could have been much more dire, if it hadn’t been for the quick action of the landscape workers down the street, who risked their own health and safety.
Additionally, Lindsay from across the street and our neighbor, Jan, provided comfort and support. Several cars stopped to offer assistance before the paramedics and Animal Control arrived.
We would like to thank everyone who assisted us during this traumatic experience, but especially the four landscapers, whose names we were unable to learn.
For us, this act of bravery and compassion was a confirmation of humanity, for which we (and Mellie) are extremely grateful.
Janet and Mark Mattis
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