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Letters to the Editor for Friday, May 31

Letters to the Editor for Friday, May 31

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Honor all who serve on the front lines

I want to thank the Daily Gazette for its Memorial Day editorial titled “List of Heroes.” In our seemingly fast-paced world of today, and apparently even during World War II, it tugged at my heartstrings to learn what these death codes actually were.
Growing up in the Vietnam era, I saw both sides of anguish and anger. A neighbor’s son died in Vietnam and could never stop crying. The news was filled with protests and hatred such that to this day, I get a lump in my throat just thinking about it.
And now people are finally getting it. People died for our country, for us, and for the United States so that we can continue to enjoy our freedoms.
It’s not often that anything brings tears to my eyes, but your editorial did. It made me stop and think about what it was like for everyone during every war. I am so thankful that I can live my life as I do, because life is precious and short.
Please support our veterans, military, police, firefighters, doctors, nurses and EMT’s. Each should be identified as they are, not necessarily clumping them under one term. They are all on the front lines to protect and save us.
Patricia Pytlovany

New statue should serve as inspiration

The recently unveiled bronze statue at the Schenectady Public Library celebrates the connection between escaped slave Harriet Tubman and anti-slavery statesman William Seward, an 1820 graduate of Union College.
The common themes are leadership, freedom, diversity and friendship. 
Dexter Benedict is the sculptor who created the clay model, and also the craftsman who cast it into bronze. Prior works include Thomas Edison and Charles Steinmetz on Erie Boulevard. 
The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region founded by Mary Liz and Paul Stewart sponsored.
The follow-through team included Professors Carl George and Twitty Styles of Union College and community leaders Brian Merriam, Laura Lee, Marsha Mortimore, Anita Paul, Miriam Butzel, Naomi Bristol and Linda Wicks. More than 100 people have provided funding.
A five-ton Mohawk Valley Ordovician Age dolostone and crane and rigging services were donated. Mounting holes were drilled with precision by Dexter Benedict. 
On May 17, an overflow crowd heard the Union College Gospel Choir, speeches and invocation by the Rev. Ruby Smith, with introductions by broadcaster Jack Aernecke. All moved outside to the plaza and to the nicely prepared garden spot for the unveiling. Everyone should take the opportunity to look at this unique statue. It should inspire citizens and visitors for many years and generations yet to come.
Frank Wicks

No help from Cuomo for St. Clare’s  staff

Over the past several years, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been very generous with New York’s resources.
Over the past few years, he has sent assets to California, Washington and Oregon to help fight fires; has sent hurricane aid and assistance to North Carolina, Texas and Louisiana, as well as the Virgin Islands; and of course, he spent millions of dollars in aid for Puerto Rico. He’s also spending millions giving away free tuition to undocumented immigrants.
Let’s compare those actions to what he has done for the 1,100plus pensioners of the former St. Clare’s Hospital.
New York state played a direct role in this current pension mess, first by closing the hospital against its own commission’s recommendations, and then by not ensuring that the pension would indeed be fully funded as was agreed to.
These dedicated healthcare workers are New Yorkers who took care of some of New York’s poorest patients. These pensioners are his constituents. 
These are people in trouble who voted for him. These are New Yorkers who pay his salary. Yet he has done absolutely nothing. Why is that?
Bob Bradley
Clifton Park

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