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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, July 23

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, July 23

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Trump didn’t step up to serve in military

We readers have noticed in the Opinion pages the reader’s back and forth of President Trump’s earlier failure to serve in the military.
For some part, this subject matter can only be levied on Trump when he disparaged Sen. John McCain as not being a war hero. Why did Trump have to go there? Surprisingly or not, a young Trump did very well in his military-style school. Quite possibly, he would have been a good officer or soldier. We will never know though. He never stepped forward (no pun intended) with the bone spurs. McCain did step forward.
Also, something tells me that Sen. McCain would not have minded if you coughed when he spoke.
Edwin Litts

America must cure its disease of racism

Racism is a national disease. Sins of the past made this country sick and we have to fix it. There’s no doubt that the recent tweets from Trump prove that he’s a raging racist. Trump’s racism was apparent well before he ran for president. Telling four non-white American citizens (three natural-born) members of Congress,to “go back” to the “countries” they “originally came from” is racist to the core. 
Challenging America to own its sins and to live up to its ideals isn’t a vicious attack; it’s an act of patriotism.
As James Baldwin once put it, “I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”
The blatant truth is that Trump’s America doesn’t include all of us. He wants a whiter America, one with fewer black and brown immigrants and citizens. It’s evident that Trump and his Republican counterparts are working diligently with the goal of translating his white nationalist prejudice into public policy.
This country was built on the backs of enslaved Africans and on the backs of immigrants of all races. Black and brown people should not be erased from the country that they built or dispossessed from the land that belonged to the Mexican and indigenous people before the Mayflower arrived.
We have to fight to cure the disease of racism. Voting is the remedy. We cannot let Trump be re-elected; our lives depend on it.
Maxine Brisport

Town threatened by over-development

Friends of Clifton Park Open Space would like to draw public attention to our growing concern about how new development proposals are proceeding in western Clifton Park.
Starting in 2000, there was a long and public process involving two townwide surveys, an Open Space Planning Committee and a Generic Environmental Impact Study of the area, culminating in the current zoning in 2005. There has been consistently strong support for protecting the natural areas in this part of town.
These measures were meant to reduce development potential from 7,500 to 2,500 residences in the study area.
It would appear that these underlying principles are being ignored for recent development projects, including solar farms, planned unit developments and variances approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).
The ZBA recently approved variances for two duplex buildings (four residences) on 4.57 acres of buildable space, which would normally require 12 acres. 
For this parcel, current zoning would allow a single-family residence without variances. Just as anomalous, projects are normally presented to the Planning Board first and then referred to the ZBA, if necessary. That normal process was bypassed here.
This action is a recent example of the erosion of the hard-fought and publicly conceived protections established over the last two decades to preserve western Clifton Park’s open space, agriculture and wildlife habitat. Please join us in continuing to support these principles.
Susan Burton
Clifton Park
The writer is vice president of the Friends of Clifton Park Open Space.

Rather than leave, stay and fix America

I have been listening to the radio all day about what Trump said.
What Trump said: “If you don’t like this country, leave.”
What I say: “If you don’t like something, talk about it, try to change it.”
Ellie Peters

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