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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, July 2

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, July 2

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Prioritize humans over animals in NY

We face a lot of problems in upstate New York.
We have local nursing homes neglecting their elderly residents. We have families leaving our state in search of stable employment, lower taxes and higher morals.
We devalue the dignity of human life through extreme abortion expansion. Our legislators should devote their time and attention to solving these problems.
But instead, what do the Democrats choose to focus on? Banning cat declawing.
Democrats pushed the Cat Declaw Ban through the state Assembly and Senate while the Republican-sponsored bill, Abortion Survivors Protection Act, sits dormant in committee never to see the light of day.
Our Democratic majority needs to get its priorities straight. The Democrats waste our time and resources focusing on temporary animal discomfort, when they should focus on eliminating human suffering.
Human lives are more important than cat claws.
Our Democratic majority has turned New York state into the laughingstock of the nation. Instead of leading other states by example, other states look at New York as an example of what not to do.
Our friends in other parts of the country think we’ve lost our minds. We must change the leadership in Albany before we continue to prioritize animals over humans and before all good families leave.
Jennifer Richards
Burnt Hills


Ballston Spa baseball had winning qualities

Congratulations to the Ballston Spa High School baseball team.
New York State Class A champions, a No. 1 state ranking and 30th in the country. Certainly a history-making season.
Not only were they a hard working and talented group of players, there were three factors that can’t be measured by statistics that this team possessed.
The first was dedication. Each player was dedicated to baseball. They practiced hard each day and during the off-season. The second was team chemistry. Their coach, Curtis Nobles, set the tone. He often referred to his team as “ his family, his brothers.” The players were constantly encouraging one another.
Third, and most important in my mind, is the fact that they had fun. The atmosphere, fostered by the coach, was fantastic. The team had music playing in the dugout, a rally “hobby horse,” and a WWF replica belt given to a player after each game. They even had a jumpy-jump for the young children during one game.
We sometimes lose sight of the fact that these players are still high school students and their high school years should include having fun, not being put under constant pressure of winning. With the right training, atmosphere and chemistry, winning will be achieved. Ballston Spa proved that. Kudos to Coach Nobles and the Ballston Spa High School baseball team.
Paul Fox
Schenectady


Israel letter writer should rethink views

The June 22 letter from Saratoga regarding the unnecessary existence of Israel had some interesting details, but made little sense.
First, Israel’s main Western ally, the United States, does not support its continued existence because of guilt over the Holocaust. Any such guilt should lie in Europe.
Rather, I think that our government, with the exception of a few members of Congress, supports Israel’s continued existence because it is a democracy, a survivor among tyrannies and terrorism.
To suggest that the disappearance of Israel would be good for the Middle East is so ludicrous that, at first, I thought the letter from Saratoga was a hoax.
I do give credit to The Gazette for printing a wide range of letters, and I’m fairly sure that its readers are smart enough not to be swayed by the extremism expressed in certain letters printed on its opinion page.
Roger Sheffer
Schenectady


Ladies golf tourney deserved coverage

Your recent article, supplied by the New York Times Service, highlighted the many efforts being made to familiarize the public with the outstanding golfers on the LPGA tour. What I found truly ironic was The Gazette’s complete lack of reporting on the Women’s PGA Championship final round held the previous Sunday. As expected, Monday morning there was a big article on Chez Reavie’s well-deserved win in Hartford, but not one single word about the ladies major tournament in Minnesota. Not one single word. Is it any wonder the tour suffers from lack of recognition?
Virginia Newton
Burnt Hills

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