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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, July 31

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, July 31

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America can’t take another Trump term

Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, often shows up on YouTube, addressing issues with thoughtful consideration.
As one of his interviews was being shown, apparently on Fox, there was a flow of comments insulting him.
Even worse was the vitriol written against other U.S. citizens. I have heard these responses before. I just had not seen so many of them. It was frightening. It was a mob without bodies hurling all they had as weapons against not just Reich, but anyone who didn’t believe what they believed.
These unnerving comments, made with no thought behind them, are the same as we are hearing now against the four representatives recently targeted by President Trump.
He was shouting at his rallies, “Go back where you came from.” But three out of the four were born here. Where should they go? Anywhere but here. Most of us have met people we wish would go “anywhere but here,” but to hear words like those from our president is appalling. Who can be here?
I don’t frighten easily, but I am terrified for our country. There’s a tribe of mad dogs roaming our country, and unless the Democrats select a person who can beat Trump and totally support that person, we will have Trump again. 
Robert Reich said, “The largest party in America is neither the Democrats nor the Republicans. It’s the party of non-voters.”
We must dialog with those non-voters; the situation is too serious not to do so.
Janice Walz
Scotia


We shouldn’t lock up kids seeking help

This has got to be fake news. 
“America puts kids in cages.” 
That couldn’t be true.
Throughout our history, we never locked up kids because they came to us asking for help. I’m glad I don’t have grandchildren. How would I explain this to them?
Arthur Hombach
Schenectady


Get kids hooked on books early in life

Books are the fundamental beginning of all knowledge, which is why it is key to instill the importance of books in the minds of our future.
Children learn a wealth of information from books, and it all starts at a very young age. As former President Harry Truman said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” 
Children grow every day, which is why their variety of books should grow, too. In order to form the next greatest leaders, parents need to start helping our children reap the benefits of reading.
Here are several tips to help make reading enjoyable and educational for both the kids and parents:
By associating words with pictures within books, children begin to learn new words.
Encourage your children to pick out books they favor by having a variety of options, so that they look forward to reading.
We all know kids like to do what their parent is doing, so let them see you reading. This will push them to read more.
Use funny voices and sing songs while reading so kids remember the information even more.
When on vacation, have kids read signs from everywhere you go by pointing out letters. This will help them learn our language.
The greatest amount of brain growth occurs between birth and age 5, so it’s never too early to start reading with children. 
With the growing nation, it’s important to encourage our children to read from their first day in our ever-changing world.
Lillian Kronau
Poestenkill

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