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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, August 11

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, August 11

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Skin color should not shield from criticism

I have a question for Dennis Quinn (“We must condemn racist attacks”, August 3) and others who keep “pulling the race card” every time there is criticism of politicians who are people of color.
The question is this: Does their being people of color make them right? Does their being people of color make them immune to criticism or protect them in some way?
Way back (eons ago in 2009) when President Obama announced his Cash for Clunkers and Stimulus Package, the Tea Party rallies were also called racist, not for criticizing the necessity or financial wisdom of spending so much money, but because Obama was black.
No amount of cogent discussion of their opinions against Obama’s policies stopped the call of racism, and I thought to myself that Obama was, then, somehow protected from any criticism simply because of his race.
So, here we are with four women of color who had snide and disrespectful comments made about “going back” to their respective towns and cities, and suddenly it’s “racist” simply because they happen to be minorities. Shouldn’t they be judged based on “the content of their character” rather than the content of their melanin — an aspect of their persons over which they have no control, of which they had no decision, and by which they should gain no protection? Trump has been equally nasty toward others who are not minorities, and it should be taken only for what it is, criticism, without imputing racist motivations that are speculative.
Dave Hart

Trump should revel in God-like popularity

Your editorial cartoon in the August 5 Daily Gazette on page C6, showing President Trump declaring himself “the most popular president since God,” reminded me of something that happened many years ago.
In March 1966, a lad by the name of John Lennon stated in an interview something to the effect that the Beatles, a four-man British rock band at the time, were mentioned a lot more frequently than Jesus.
Though this was quite true at that point in history, poor John got a lot of people annoyed at him by saying this.
There are people who have told me that I appear to them to enjoy annoying people. I guess that is true. To keep up my reputation, I need to share my take on how things are nowadays, now in your time:
Trump has taken the place of the Beatles in this. Trump is now mentioned a lot more frequently than Jesus. Almost a half of the United States talks about how great Trump is. Most of the rest talk about how very not great he is. If I were advertising and recruiting for Trump, I would be enjoying this, because there is no such thing as bad publicity. Alas, I work for someone different, a guy I have also mentioned in this. Guess who.
Have I annoyed you yet? Actually, I do hope that this has brought a smile to your face instead.
Joel Nelson

Rotterdam water deal threatens pipes

Your news story on August 4 (“Rotterdam and Guilderland reach water agreement”) left out some very important information.
As you may not know, the town of Rotterdam has a problem with water pipe breaks. The old pipes cannot handle the increased pressure without breaking.
In order for Rotterdam to pump water to Guilderland, it will have to increase the pressure in these lines.
The original resolution passed two years ago called for only emergency water to Guilderland.
A very serious issue is that in the months of June, July and August, Rotterdam can’t keep up with the demands for water for its residents. That’s why we have water restrictions for those months.
We don’t have the capacity to keep our water tanks full, even by drilling another well. The outlet pipes from the pumping station can only pump so many gallons a minute. A study completed by Clark Collins, former water supervisor, supports this. If you try to force too much water through the water lines, you will increase pressure and rupture them.
By not keeping the water tanks full for these summer months, you will jeopardize the pressure on the water hydrants to fight fires, which is a real public safety concern.
They should have just provided emergency water to Guilderland.
No matter how many wells or pumps you put in, you still have to increase the pressure in water lines that are over 50 years old. It’s a recipe for disaster.
Bob Godlewski
The writer is a former town councilman.

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