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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, June 29

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, June 29

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Trump compares to LBJ, Clintons best

I’ve found several books about Lyndon Johnson’s dark side, including his massive corruption. 
Without looking very far, I’ve found three books about the Clintons’ corruption. Authors include Joachim Joesten, Roger Stone and Peter Schweizer.
Trump comparisons to Obama make some sense, but having read one of those books about Johnson and the Clintons, they’re clearly more similar to Trump than Nixon was. It makes sense to me that Trump should be compared more to LBJ and the Clintons, and less to Richard Nixon.
Colin Yunick
Charlton


Israel is far better than its neighbors

Regarding Mr. Van Dijk’s rants in his June 15 letter directed to a position of Bruce Trackenburg’s letter of May 23:
Mr. Van Dijk spews forth his version of the situation in the Middle East area. However, his view does come across as being somewhat anti-Semitic. In fact, his writing could be used for a poster for these types of organizations.
Is Israel lily white in its dealings with its neighbors? Not by a long shot. However, it’s far better than any of its tyrannical neighbors by having a democratically elected government, duly elected, by its people, since 1948. Also it’s probably more lily white than the United States is and has been in many of its dealings. However, I’d rather have Israel take out Iraq’s nuclear reactor, as it did in 1989, than us sitting by with North Korea and Iran in 2019.
Constantly being attacked on all sides, having your neighbors only want to see your death and destruction — if that doesn’t give you some moral leeway in your dealings, then maybe 6-plus-million voices of the past do.
Sorry, but the world isn’t perfect. And for these people to survive, anything goes. Never again should anyone attempt to wipe them off the face of the Earth.
PS: The last time I read the Bible and attended classes in ancient history, this land was theirs long before any of its neighbors. 
Bob Nicolella
Scotia


Christians shouldn’t show self-interest

To address Audrey Saltsman’s question in her June 12 letter about Schenectady High School changing the date of the prom to accommodate our many students of Muslim faith, I have three thoughts:
1. Most school districts have never been and likely never will be in the position to do the same for Christians, as the academic school calendar (aside from and agrarian summers-off schedule) is planned entirely around Christian holidays.
2. As Christians, we are taught humility and never to put ourselves before others; especially if they are suffering in any way. 
If there are others who cease suffering by having a special request met, it isn’t truly Christ-like to adopt a “What about me?” point of view. To do so when it’s always about us is something to step back from and reflect upon and potentially grow from as a Christian.
3. The students are to be commended for following the protocol and doing everything they were supposed to do to effect change. The superintendent and district are to be commended for taking responsibility for the ignorance of privilege. For either to be questioned undermines the constitutional rights of the students and people of Muslim faith. Implicit bias often goes completely unseen to oneself, but can appear as racism and prejudice to others. 
Lisa Russo
Schenectady


Taxpayers not hurt by horsemen cutback

Casinos should not be immune from criticism. But the criticism should at least be accurate.
Today’s editorial gives the impression that Rivers is seeking a tax break and to pay less money to the state. That’s just not true.
The horseman do not lose $1 under the bill I introduced. Instead of the casino making 100 percent of the contribution to the horseman and breeder’s funds, the racino would make 50 percent and the casino would make 50 percent. Prior to the advent of the casino, the racino paid 100 percent. It’s not the job of the casino to subsidize the racino, as is currently the case.
The marketing credit sought by Rivers would not decrease the amount Rivers pays to the state. The credit only applies after Rivers makes the same contribution to the state as it makes now.
Your readers can judge whether either proposal is unreasonable.
Phil Steck
Loudonville
The writer represents the 110th Assembly District in the state Legislature.


eWIC program makes going shopping easier

There is an exciting new development in the New York State Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program called eWIC. With eWIC, benefits are now provided electronically, making shopping with WIC easier and more convenient.
Anyone who has shopped with WIC paper checks will appreciate the convenience of eWIC. WIC benefits are loaded onto the eWIC card at the WIC clinic appointment. 
The eWIC card is used just like a debit card at the grocery store, letting participants buy food when it works best for them rather than all at once.
Another benefit of eWIC is a new app called WIC2Go that lets participants check their WIC benefit balance right from their phone. This app also allows participants to scan foods to see if they are WIC-approved, look up WIC-approved stores and local WIC clinics and see their next WIC appointment.
WIC may be able to help those who are pregnant, a new mom or have children under age 5, or are fathers, grandparents or caregivers of children under age 5. WIC provides nutritious food, breastfeeding support, nutrition education and referrals to other services.
To learn more about WIC eligibility, contact the local WIC Help Specialist. WIC Help Specialists provide one-on-one services to help connect eligible pregnant women and families with young children to WIC. These services are free and confidential.
Vanessa Gee
Albany
The writer is a WIC help specialist, Catholic Charities Tri-County Services serving Albany and Schenectady Counties.


Get politics out of Nisky school board

The Niskayuna school board has failed the taxpayers. A disgraceful campaign was conducted slandering a board candidate. They extended the superintendent’s contract for 5 years despite staff outcry of low morale in the district. He does not need to even rent a place in the town but  travels to Herkimer daily.
He’s not contributing one penny to the district’s tax base.
In addition, they and the superintendent are proposing a $50 million to $80 million bond for building renovations etc. The taxpayers have to pay for this enormous bond, since previous boards and administrations didn’t make building upkeep their priority. In essence, we are paying for neglect.
School boards are supposed to be non-political, but this isn’t the case. Why would a school board election take on the appearance of a political campaign when members don’t receive compensation? 
The simple answer is board members are using it as a stepping stone for political office. A school board member is running for the town board in November. School boards are supposed to be a selfless act of service. There should be a policy that school board members wait a year after they leave office before running for a paid political office. Political aspirations carry with them political decisions that are often self-serving. This is horrendous for the town, students, staff and taxpayers.
Taxpayers and staff need to take back their district. One way to accomplish this is to speak out and vote.
Linda Rizzo
Niskayuna


Beware forces seeking U.S.-Europe merger

It’s time United States citizens were informed of activity of a little-known non-government organization that has been working to advance plans for the merger of the United States and Europe. ‘ The Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN), the organization which anticipates such a merger, is made up of many powerful and well-known corporations, think tanks and legislators on both sides of the Atlantic.
I’d think such a movement that would effect all citizens would warrant coverage by mainstream news media. But no. Complete silence.
It’s urgent for Congress to reject the US.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The Deep State globalists prefer small incremental advances to their goal, therefore they hide the adverse portions of an agreement under advantages, which nobody can oppose. But once approved, the adverse items hold sway and USMCA would be a step toward this proposed merger.
The USMCA contains such adverse conditions causing us to surrender sovereignty to that organization. Chapter 30, entitled “Administrative and Institutional Provisions,” establishes a governing “Free Trade Commission,” a supernational governing body, which would have power to revise the USMCA without congressional approval. Loss of sovereignty is in the heart of the agreement. The Free Trade Commission would oversee a bureaucracy of at least 16 subordinate committees, each related to a particular chapter in the agreement. There’s much that’s covered in the proposed agreement which would effect the sovereignty of the greatest nation on Earth. USMCA is one step toward One World Government.
Please contact your congressional representative and instruct them to vote against the USMCA.
George Van Schaick
Rotterdam


Support getting rid of Trump, McConnell

In response to Jane Pauze’s June 22 letter (“Enough effort wasted investigating Trump”), as a resident of Niskayuna and Schenectady County, I do support Paul Tonko’s efforts including investigating Donald Trump further with respect to the Mueller report.
If you read the Mueller report fully, you will see clear evidence that Mr. Trump did try hard to obstruct justice. Only because he is president has he avoided being indicted so far. Hopefully once his one term is over, he will be pursued for his efforts to obstruct justice. 
One other note is that the House has been trying to get legislation through which addresses the items Ms. Pauze’s letter recited. But the “grim reaper,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has been blocking all efforts to get meaningful laws passed. Hopefully, this will be his last term, too.
Douglas McFadden
Niskayuna

Become citizen before reaping U.S. benefits

I woke up this morning to find that immigrants here illegally can now obtain a driver’s license from the state of New York.
This is supposed to keep their families from being torn apart and to allow them to go to and from their jobs that they hold illegally. 
Allowing them to have driver’s license is also going to prod them to get insurance on the vehicles that they drive on the roads that our tax dollars pay for. Next, their right to vote will be pushed through in the middle of the night. There will be people left in this state to vote for Andrew Cuomo next election.
You can sit around, get stoned (It’s only a matter of time.), watch the immigrants drive by and dream up what you can do to make their lives easier. Maybe some health insurance. Why do we not want the immigrants to go through the proper channels to become legal citizens in this country? Does anyone remember Ellis Island? My family has their names in the books from when they arrived in this great country to pursue the opportunities that were being offered. No one gave them anything but a chance. 
I believe you should have to be a legal citizen in order to enjoy any benefits that may come from being in this country. Otherwise, what is the incentive for them to do so?
Kathleen Lamphere
Canajoharie

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