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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, July 17

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, July 17

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“Sweeteners” help sell contract deals

Here’s a reaction to your editorial on sick day payouts, based on my experience in faculty negotiations.
While these may seem extravagant viewed in isolation, such items often make sense from a broader perspective. Tweaking of such “sweeteners” such as deferred benefits can help bring about a deal in the case of an otherwise disappointing package. A little enriching here can make up for a much larger reduction in the big-ticket items, pay and major benefits. Likewise, the positives of sick day features such as incentive for fuller attendance, minimizing student disruption and reduced substitute cost can help management negotiators sell the full imperfect settlement to their masters.
Paul Bryant

Give e-car racing coverage it deserves

I know Formula E is still a new form of car racing, but all electric cars are in our future and Formula E is here now.
There were two races in Brooklyn, the final city race on July 13 and the championship race on July 14. A little coverage would help the sport grow. Nice you included results for Formula 1 and Indy car from foreign countries, but you missed another international racing sport right here in New York.
As they say “there’s an app for that.” Check it out. The 2019/2020 season starts Nov. 22.
Kenneth Rupert
Round Lake

Are we wasting our recycling efforts?

Increasingly, recyclables are buried in landfills (NPR Planet Money, Episode 926, July 12, 2019). 
Yet, governments continue to mandate the burdens and costs of recycling, particularly wasting water to clean plastics, fearing once the habit is broken, consumers will not recycle should the practice become planet-friendly in the future.
Could The Gazette please investigate what happens to our recycled papers and plastics in Schenectady County? I would like to know if all the energy used to clean and collect recyclables is being wasted.
Jerry Moore

Trump cheated his way out of military

I’m responding to William Young’s July 13 letter (“Trump not alone in no military service”). 
Mr. Young correctly pointed out how many former presidents of the United States had not served in the military. Apparently, the list was designed to point out that President Trump was actually no different than any of those former presidents or Gov. Cuomo for that matter.
Trump is a draft-dodger who used his wealth to get a doctor to falsify his medical records. No other president did that. That seems like a breathtaking difference to me, and I think it’s a huge difference to most people. I’m surprised that it doesn’t matter to Mr. Young.
He wants us to stop whining about a draft-dodging president based on comparison to other presidents who simply didn’t serve. They aren’t any more the “same” than lightning and a lightning bug.
You shouldn’t have to be struck by lightning to perceive the difference.
Glenn Gray

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