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Letters to the Editor for Monday, Aug. 26

Letters to the Editor for Monday, Aug. 26

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Law makers should support enforcement

When the media regularly refers to our elected representatives as “law makers” it kind of rubs me the wrong way.
But when their carefully drafted laws collide with compassion, and officials move to enforce those laws, some law makers call them cruel, heartless, racists and bigots whose efforts should be terminated. For whatever reason, law makers become complicit with the law breakers. 
Instead of accusing law enforcement, we would be better represented if our representatives exercise the moral courage to stand behind the laws they created and support their enforcement or modify the law. In our country, the rule of law still reigns.  So, I say out of duty, rigorously enforce the laws. Don’t condemn the enforcer. 
Keith Gasner
Delanson


U.S. threatened by turn away from God

When I was young boy growing up, black kids and white kids played together. I never even knew what racist meant. Sure we had our fights and quarrels, but I never thought about the fact that the kids I played with were black or white; it did not matter to me.
But today, everything the left says, if you don’t agree with them or support President Trump, you are a racist.
While I’m so sick of hearing that word all the time, is that maybe making me a racist?
I don’t know what’s wrong with people today. They are always knocking America. All they want to do is get rid of murals and statues and erase our history. The TV news never tells the truth about our president, Donald Trump, who in my opinion is doing a great job, even though he has to fight the Democrats all the way.
The American people had better wake up, because all the great empires before us fell from within and we are headed in that direction. I believe all the floods and hurricanes are happening because America is turning away from God.
Chronicles 7:14: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Tony Monte
Duanesburg


Get facts straight  on Russian influence

John Hoetker’s Aug. 19 letter (“Trump didn’t get his way with Russia help”) uncritically accepts the “alternative facts” presented by Attorney General William Barr.
Barr put his inaccurate spin on the report before the rest of us had an opportunity to read it. 
If  Mr. Hoetker now reads the Mueller report and revisits Mueller’s testimony, he will find that the Russians interfered in the 2016 presidential election. The Russians wanted Trump to win, and the Trump team welcomed their interference, as indicated by the more than 100 contacts they had with Russian agents. There was insufficient evidence to prosecute for conspiracy, but there was certainly collaboration, which is not a crime. Mr. Hoetker’s letter calls the investigation into our election system, the very bedrock of American democracy, “fruitless,” and claims that Mueller found no instances of obstruction.
That too is false. Mueller didn’t seek an indictment because of a Justice Department practice that prevents sitting presidents from being indicted. But he did find 10 cases of possible obstruction and testified that Trump could face indictment when he leaves office. Interference by a foreign power in our electoral system is a major threat to our democracy. Mueller testified that the Russians are already preparing to attack our 2020 elections. Are we going to let Putin pick our next president? Are we going to emulate the German experience of the 1930s when a “strong” leader put himself above the rule of law by peddling “alternative facts” to his worshipping admirers. It can happen here if we allow it.
Bill Scheuerman
Scotia


Look into why TV channels are gone

Like others in the Capital District who had been receiving their TV programming over the air, I lost the ability to watch channels 10, 17 and 23 in early August. I’ve written to the stations involved and have learned that they are still working on their transmission antennas and are still not up to full power. An interesting assignment for your reporters might be to investigate the situation for the many of us missing our favorite programs.
Edith Kliman
Schenectady

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