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Letters to the Editor for Monday, May 20

Letters to the Editor for Monday, May 20

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Waiting for word on fate of Lady Liberty

A haven’t written to the readers of The Gazette all winter as it seemed fruitless because I knew that nothing was going to be done about the return of the Statue of Liberty to her rightful place during the bad weather, since nothing has been done during the better weather months.
I was thinking that it was about time to start the second year of pursuit to brighten up Gateway Park with the statue, among the beautiful flowers that have broken out.
Bob Nicolella’s April 28 letter and the plea for something to be done hit home for me and the many residents of Schenectady who are waiting for answers to our pleas as well. 
The Holocaust memorial would stand as a tribute to the many men, women, and children, regardless of age, that lost their lives to a monster who had no regard for human life just because of their birth in the Jewish faith. 
It’s true that a monument is only made of stone, but it is the spirit of those that lost their lives and their memory that we must honor.
The Statue of Liberty is that same symbol to all the people that support our cause to return the Lady of the Harbor, to her rightful place in Schenectady.
As the committee for the Holocaust memorial waits for answers, we also wait. We have been promised twice, in The Gazette, that an answer would come “soon.”
He who waits has hope.
James A. Wilson


Waiting to hear from Cuomo on St. Clare’s

Why is Gov. Andrew Cuomo ignoring St. Clare’s Pensioners? I’ve waited long enough for a response and/or action to this question. Granted, there has been a great deal of coverage by the news media regarding our plight and we are very grateful for that. 
However, one would expect the governor of New York state to step in at one point or another.
Many, many emails and letters have been sent to Gov. Cuomo and they have been blatantly ignored. Word has come back to our devoted pensioners that the governor is aware of our situation. 
He is aware? Why, then, doesn’t someone, anyone, from his office respond to us?
We are a group of dedicated people who have given our life’s work to taking care of many of the members of this community. 
Apparently, Gov. Cuomo doesn’t care about votes from hard-working hospital workers who helped so many of the families of Schenectady County.
Well, Gov. Cuomo, Bishop Scharfenberger has already had one private meeting with my co-chairman, Bob Bradley, and I. 
It was very helpful, and he has offered to help our members in any way that he can. In fact, his office has already contacted me and scheduled a follow-up meeting before the end of this month. 
Where do you stand?
We deserve some of your time. 
We count as voters, but more importantly as the good and hardworking people of St. Clare’s Hospital. 
Mary Hartshorne
The writer is co-chair of the St. Clare’s Pensioners.


Nation didn’t have a president one day

Currently we seem to be having a run of constitutional crises. 
We have had a few in history, but the one in 1849 stands out for me. President Polk’s term ended at noon on March 4, 1849. 
President-elect Zachary Taylor, however, refused to take the oath of office that day as it was the Sabbath and he waited until the next day. So who succeeded? 
The presidential succession act in place at the time does not help much, as the term of the senator serving as president pro tempore also expired on the Sabbath.
So was the United States without a president for one day?  Whoever it was had only, at most, a one-day term, and that certainly helped keep the mischief down.
John Hershey

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