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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, July 27

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, July 27

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Trump needs to be voted out of office

With all the exaggerated facial expressions of a silent film star, Donald J. Trump takes the stage.
His claims are outrageous and blatantly untrue; his base couldn’t care less. They know he’s no negotiator; he’s a bottom feeder. He’s the defender of their faith in a nation the world is leaving behind. For decades, we have produced little other than dissension. Since the rest of world has grown tired of that export, he has decided to sell it at home.
If the role of the president is to represent his consistency, that would be all Americans. Trump has failed. It’s his job to join Americans together, not divide them, not to profit off his office or involve his family in some quasi-official role to represent this nation. 
Trump took an oath to uphold the Constitution and has only worked to contravene it. 
Our hope to remove him from office is not through impeachment, but to register and vote against him and his supporters. Republicans have been silent through all of this administration’s embarrassments, lies, self-dealing and criminal acts. For their silent endorsement of his behavior they need to be removed too.
Nikolas Kaiser
Schenectady


Nursing home costs, tax hurting disabled

In 2009, my wife received a diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer’s. The next 10 years, I took care of her. Now that she can no longer walk, I had to place her in a nursing home. Now comes the rude awakening. The cost is between $340 and $460 per day, plus medicine. As if this was not enough, the state in 2002 placed a luxury tax of 6.8 percent on the disabled. This adds another $693.60 to $938.40 per month, for a total of $10,893.60 to $14,738.40 per month.
My question is: Can we get President Trump to issue an executive order giving the legislators and governor who passed this two options? First: Take the tax off the nursing homes and divide loss revenue between those who passed it. Second: Those who refuse should be chained together, shipped to Newfoundland Grand Banks and shoved overboard. We know the morons can vote together. Let’s see if they can swim together.
Anyone who thinks politicians care about them better get their head out of the sand. In my opinion, all they care about is how to line their pockets and get good benefits without getting their hands dirty.
Joseph Gibson
Ballston Lake


No grad coverage  for Scotia-Glenville?

As a long-time subscriber to The Daily Gazette, a Scotia resident, and the parent of a graduating senior from Scotia-Glenville High School, I was disappointed with the lack of coverage of Scotia-Glenville High School’s commencement ceremony, which was held on June 29 at Proctors Theater. There was no article about it and only one picture of about a dozen students’ backs as they were lined up to enter the theater. I hoped to find photos in the online gallery, but there weren’t any. I found 50 of Duanesburg, 42 of Niskayuna, 70 of Niskayuna, 90 of Saratoga Springs, 32 of Mekeel, many more from six other local high schools, but zero of Scotia-Glenville. Shame on you, Gazette.
Suzanne King
Scotia


Don’t let images detract from reality

In response to your cartoon of a very frazzled Uncle Sam with the caption “I WANT YOU to ...,” I am reminded of how tradition makes any atrocity palatable. The cartoon’s intent was to encourage readers to chill out this past 4th of July. I get that. But the imagery – the devil is in the details. 
“To grab a hot dog...” Eat hotdogs? Thanks, but I’ll pass on colorectal cancer.  “Sense of pride”? Not when fellow citizens are fine with kids in cages. 
“A good spot to watch the fireworks from”? Works of fire are childish war reenactment games. War is to be avoided, not celebrated. I’d prefer to give the young children, pets and PTSD sufferers a break. 
And as for the call to put my “politics in time-out for the day,” it’s difficult among the many brightly colored hate hats sitting atop empty, racist heads chanting “Send her back!” 
Poisonous food. Works of war fire. Social cretins and racists everywhere enamored by a charlatan grifter. In other words, what the cartoon is really saying is let’s ignore the realities and just pretend that the “American way” is OK. Great again? More like sad and embarrassing.
David Schachne
Albany
 

Follow the money on immigration reform 

In response to William Malec’s July 4 letter, “Base immigration on merit, the law,” he neglects to mention the real reason there has not been immigration reform. Legal and illegal immigration is all about the money.
I have worked to assist immigrants for over 30 years, and this is what I have discovered. There’s a lot of money to be made keeping the system, sadly, as it is.
Here are a few examples.
Undocumented immigrants must borrow money to get across. Landlords make money on each immigrant they can cram into their illegally subdivided homes or trailers. Farmers are dependent on their labor to bring in the crops because few Americans will do field work at the wages paid.
Immigrants, both legal and undocumented, can legally pay taxes, and often do. When they shop, they pay county and sales taxes. 
Since those without papers cannot get driver’s licenses in most states, when they are stopped while trying to get work, they pay fines up to $1,200, all to county coffers.
Immigration rakes in hundreds of million dollars in application fees. ICE is one huge employment agency. Our taxes go to pay private prisons to house the undocumented in poor conditions. And our president has benefited from the use of illegal labor in his past construction business. On and on it goes.
Philip Kellerman
East Greenbush


Is America really equally polarized?

The political cartoon in the July 7 Gazette echoes the myth that this country is uniformly polarized.
Liberals are capable of understanding and appreciating context of time, culture and circumstance. If the country is so uniform, is it then a given that killing can be likewise reduced to: allowable vs. unallowable?
Arden Rauch
Schenectady 


Set a consistent age for legal adulthood

With the law that increases the age for smoking from 18 to 21, I have to voice my logical opinion. We the people of New York changed the drinking age from 18 to 21. We the people of New York just changed the smoking age from 18 to 21. Why? Because these people do not have the knowledge to know what is right and what is wrong? To curb underage drinking and smoking? Well in that case, then these individuals don’t have the ability to enter the armed services until 21. If you can fight and die for your country, then you should be able to smoke a cigarette or cigar and drink a beer or alcoholic beverage.
I’m a reformed smoker and drinker and I still believe this. 
Here’s the best part of this. If these “children” can’t drink or smoke until the age of 21, then they shouldn’t be able to have a say in our government until then, either. So I put it up to you New Yorkers: With the left wanting to lower the age of voting to 16, are they nuts? No, this is a calculated move to try and get more votes to maintain power. I say let’s figure out what the age of an adult is and move all adult things to that age, whether it’s 18 to 26, I don’t care. Let’s just be consistent.
Bill Whipple
Charlton

 

Time for us all to call on our better selves

In our nation today, I see the historical repetition of two dangerous trends. First is the cult of the personality. Throughout history, strong political leaders used the force of personality to crush dissent, disagreement with the leader becomes unpatriotic. Elimination of a free press is essential to this process.
The second trend is the idea that the people should go back to “the good old days,” a time when people were secure and happy as long as everyone knew his place.
In the 1950s and ‘60s, I learned from my elders about retards, queers, Jews and the colored, different from “us,” someone to fear. Females were to be subservient to males, and the poor were destined to be exploited by the rich. The emphasis was on conformity and authority was not to be questioned.
This idea of “knowing one’s place” began to change, not in a neat orderly fashion, but in a noisy mess of gains and setbacks.
Today, the carefully worded thoughts of Jefferson and Lincoln have been replaced by the tweet. 
Unfiltered and simplistic expressions of the leader excite the followers; what the leader says then becomes their truth.
Too few of our elected representatives dare to speak out against the cult of the personality, even if that personality is divisive. 
Lincoln appealed to the “better angels of our nature.” If inflammatory rhetoric replaces reason and civility, then compromise becomes impossible. If we do have better angels, now is the time to call on them. 
Kermit Ackley Sr.
Scotia


Socialist Democrats are the real threat

It’s time to stand for America and what the founding Fathers started.  
I and millions of others are sick and tired of the labeling put out by liberals, both political and in the press. Trump is right about the hate groups constantly tearing down nation and leaders of the past, mainly those who stood for law and order, the Constitution, calling out the enemy and not playing up to adversaries with payoffs.
Socialist Democrats have taken over the party, thanks to freeloaders looking for some else to pay the bill. It ain’t gonna work, never did.  
Joe Biden, told people of color in 2016 and again in 2019 that Republicans “will put you in chains if they win. Well, they won in ‘16, and I don’t see “chains.” I did see Biden and other Socialist Democrats making millions from China, Russia, etc. All the labeling has to stop, from newspapers, TV, bloggers, etc. For those who agree with the liberal view, you really have some soul searching to do.
Where has it gotten the nation in education, wages, military strength? 
If it was up to liberals, we would not have a military at all. So please, just take a strong look at Socialist Democrats. If you still like them and chaos, like the presidential race, we are in big doo-doo.
Al Marvell 
Scotia


The president should respect others’ views 

Most parents want to show their children examples of tolerance and civil discourse. The most influential people in our midst, such as the president of the United States, can model for us this tolerance. This is the reason I was so disheartened when our president criticized U.S. Republican Rep. Justin Amash. Rather than repeat the president’s tweet of July 4, let me share what I would have preferred he say: “One of the great things about our country is that everyone is entitled to their opinions. Mr. Amash’s courage to stand up against me and the Republican Party required some soul searching in order to take the stand that he did. He relied on his conscience,, which is laudable, in spite of the fact that I used my conscience and came to a different conclusion.”
The sad reality is that this president does not only criticize a person’s point of view, but insults the total person. For our next election, I pray that enough voting citizens will embrace a candidate who respects different points of view as long as they communicate no harm to our country and that they support justice irrespective of race, religion or national origin — cherished American principles.
Our president could bring our country together by accepting the reality of peoples’ different beliefs. However, that would require that he be supportive of differences between him and others. So far, he has clearly expressed an unwillingness to do. 
Bill Shapiro
Schenectady
 

Bullies reflect their own shortcomings

Have you ever visited an elementary school playground during recess?  It’s a great place for kids to burn off excess energy, enjoy the great outdoors and use catcalls to bully others to whom they have taken a dislike. You might hear such witticisms as, “I’m offended.” “I find that offensive.” “Bigot.” “Black lives matter.” “You’re politically incorrect.” “Me, too.” “You’re not diverse enough.” Ah, but the most often used accusation lately is, “You’re a racist.” All this makes me think of Pee Wee Herman’s famous quip, “I know you are, but what am I?” It has taken me some time to understand what that bicycle-riding, grade-school look-a-like meant. But I am beginning to get it. What I think Pee Wee was saying is, “If you’re going to use verbal put-downs, you just might be espousing the very same personal shortcomings. It kind of makes me think of certain members of Congress.
Allen R. Remaley
Saratoga Springs


Trump isn’t a racist; he’s just frustrated 

The four congresswomen calling President Trump a racist are just wrong. President Trump is tired of all roadblocks the Democrats are trying to throw at him because they don’t have any answer for his many successes. Those four women were elected to Congress to do the people’s business. The people elected him president and the Democrats need to get over it.
Lowell Montgomery
Mayfield

 

Expand hours that truckers can drive

Regarding your editorial about truck driver working hours, I’d like to know how many years of truck driving you have? I have more than 43 years, accident-free. 
Truckers like me have families and want to work and get home safely just like everyone else. Our first-hand experience means we are the most knowledgeable highway safety advocates. 
You mention the numbers of crashes involving trucks, but you left out something important. According to government data, about 75 percent truck-related crashes are not the fault of the truck driver at all. 
You seem to have a problem with letting me take a three-hour break. What is wrong with stopping and taking a nap or avoiding heavy traffic or bad weather? Other motorists have that option. Why can’t I, as long as I don’t go over my total allowable hours?
It’s not about extending a driver’s time on the road or making them drive more miles. It’s about letting them drive smarter. It lets us avoid operating in situations we know are not ideal. 
We are at a time when there are more regulations than ever, more enforcement and compliance than ever, and yet truck crashes are going up. 
In my opinion, we need driver training standards for all motorists, and we need to address the incredibly high turnover rates in trucking which keep putting the least experienced drivers on the road. That would truly make highways safer for everyone.
Terry L. Button
Rushville

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