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Letters to the Editor for Friday, July 5

Letters to the Editor for Friday, July 5

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Honor father/son inventors at Gateway

Regarding another letter from James Wilson on June 27 about “Lady Liberty:” She should not be in Westinghouse Park at the end of State Street and the entry to the Western Gateway Bridge.
Honor her and the veterans who fought for freedom at Veterans Park.
Return the piece of planet across from SCCC to the honor of the Westinghouse father and son who lived and worked at that site — the elder with his progressive designs for well-built agricultural equipment and Junior for his invention of the air-brake for trains, patented while a resident just home from the Civil War at age 19.
This was the major impetus for opening the whole country to commerce and an industrial age.
A statue of Westinghouse should stand where he once lived. The whole area could be a living museum to agriculture and industry.
Where better than the entry to the Western Gateway Bridge? 
Even now, a small group of citizens, including Professor Emeritus Frank Wicks, is exploring the possibilities of adding another figure to the Steinmetz, Edison, Tubman and Seward statues that grace our city.
Let’s bring the talented historical men and women of Schenectady back to our streets.
Betty Pieper
Scotia


Don’t romanticize childhood diseases

I’m late in writing this letter but no less indignant about the topics covered in the June 2 Gazette column by Karen Cookson (“Legal Punishment for Anti-Vaxxers”). 
Her reminiscing about play dates to catch chicken pox, mumps, etc. was off-putting, as was her overall tone about childhood diseases.
No mention was made of the lifelong complications they can cause. Cookson’s comments about polio were especially egregious. I’m sorry she contacted polio at age 9, but when she said it “may have made her healthier,” I must point out that she was one of the luckier polio victims.
She didn’t end up in an iron lung or in a wheelchair. She didn’t have to walk with canes and braces for the entire rest of life, as my own mother did.
She apparently is fortunate in not being a victim of post-polio syndrome, either.
I respectfully suggest that Karen Cookson study the whole issue of vaccinations and rely on facts, not opinion, when writing about polio or any other disease that can leave lasting complications and suffering.
Amy Dievendorf 
Canajoharie       


Presidential race could be condensed

Here we go again, facing another interminable presidential campaign of about 15 months.
In my opinion, it could be accomplished in six months, saving millions of dollars and sparing we the people the tediousness of it all.
Twenty-plus Democrats and one Republican will be cavorting around the country espousing repetitious promises of all the good and great things coming our way. 
Trump will brag about his non-existent accomplishments. 
Other than the drastic tax cuts for the fat cats, what has he done? The beneficiaries of these tax cuts are donating millions of dollars to his campaign to ensure, hopefully, they continue to benefit. Trump will need to find someone else to “lock up,” and he will be busy making up nasty and belittling names for all those opponents.
He has been president for 886 days (as of June 24) and lied more than 10,000 times according to the fact checkers.
It is shocking that a man could lie so glibly and so frequently.
Jane Reisenger
Schenectady

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