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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, May 30

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, May 30

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Hosting Holocaust memorial a privilege

I was born not too long after World War II ended. My father served in the Marines and never spoke of the war. It was not until I was a young teenager that I read of the atrocities of the war through coverage of war crime trials in the newspapers.
I remember the feelings of helplessness I felt that there was nothing I could have done to prevent these crimes against humanity. Today I have a voice, and together we can make a difference. 
This generation and those that follow must be led by our example as we go forward. It’s a privilege that Niskayuna can host the site of this Holocaust memorial. It is we, the residents of Niskayuna, who can stand proudly and say that we were not silent.
Constance Clarke

Join group in fight to end Huntington’s

The state Legislature recently passed a resolution designating May as Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month in New York State.
 Huntington’s disease is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain that deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities during their prime working years.
Every child of a parent with HD has a 50 percent chance of inheriting the faulty gene that causes Huntington’s disease. There is currently no cure. The symptoms of Huntington’s disease have been described as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s — simultaneously. 
 We would like to invite you to join the Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s Albany chapter in turning up the volume on HD awareness this month in our region, from Kingston to Plattsburgh to Utica.
 The mission of HDSA is to improve the lives of everyone affected by HD. Our chapter focuses on providing education and support services to those in our region living with HD and their families and caregivers, advocacy on a state and local level, and helping to fund groundbreaking research. 
 This month especially, we are aiming to increase awareness of Huntington’s disease throughout our region. The Albany chapter of HDSA has amazing events coming up, including the Fishy Frolic run and walk in August and attendance at the HDSA National Convention in Boston this June. Please join us in spreading the word about Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month.
For more information about HD go to #LetsTalkAboutHD or contact us at www.albany.hdsa.org.
Pat Schuler
The writer is vice president of the Albany Chapter of HDSA.

Won’t hold back if attacked by pit bulls

This is in response to the May 19 letter by Janet and Mark Mattis about strangers rescuing their pet dog from a viscous attack by a pit bull near Central Park. 
This brought to my mind a similar situation that I experienced and thwarted about 20 years ago when my youngest son was about 5 or 6 years old.
While my son waited for the school bus in front of our house, a “temporary” neighbor would let his three or four pit bulls run loose.
The neighbor got very vulgar when I asked him to leash his dogs. From that time until he was evicted, or whatever, I always waited with my son with a baseball bat.
He threatened to shoot me if I harmed his dogs, but soon after that incident, the dogs were kept away. I had every intention to smash his dogs’ heads or break their backs if we were ever attacked.
That may seem very harsh to you, but protecting my son was my only concern.
I have since convinced myself that if I were attacked by a dog, I would very firmly jab my fingers in his eyes.
If you don’t think that would make him let go, try poking your finger into your own eye, even very gently. I would not want to blind him, but saving myself would be my only concern at the time.
Neil Nusbaum

Dems must stop the criticism, take action

Why don’t the Democrats stop abusing our president and start putting their money where their mouth is?
Say for example, out west and the central part of the United States. Why don’t they try to figure out a way to prevent all of the disasters? How many more Democrats are going to throw their hats in the circus arena?
There’s no excuse for abortion nowadays, especially with all the conceptions out there and surgery to prevent unwanted babies.
The only way I would accept it is if a women was raped. If she was raped, she should see a doctor right away before it’s too late. I think our president should demand seeing all the liberals’ tax returns going back six years. 
When they legalize marijuana, what will they do with the tax on it? Put it in the general fund like they did with our Social Security. Don’t we have enough drugs out there destroying people’s lives and putting other lives in danger? 
I would like the names of the legislators who vote for it.
James Maxfield

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