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Letters to the Editor for Friday, Aug. 30

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Aug. 30

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Who are the actual criminals in the U.S. 

The Trump Administration and his followers believe that immigrants and the poor people looking for a better life are going to ruin America and are criminals. 
Do you think the family that owns Walmart, which makes $100 million a day and pays its employees $12-$15 an hour, or $96-$124 a day, is fair? Are you happy that you can barely pay your bills, feed your family, working two jobs and once a month you can go out to some fast-food joint for that big night out? I wonder where the real crime is.
Jeff Murtagh
Duanesburg


Cuomo just wants to take our money

I don`t wish to downplay the seriousness of world events. However, there is a much more pressing issue. Some highway signs in New York state left off the “M” in regard to Mario M. Cuomo`s middle initial on the now so-called, “Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.” I think it will forever be called the Tappan Zee, but what do I know? I do know that no one calls our own Twin Bridges by the real name, the Thaddeus Kosciusko Bridge. Heck, many can’t even pronounce it. So I certainly don’t understand the issue of the M. Can we get on to an actual issue? It’s the Tappan Zee. No one cares if it’s the Mario Cuomo (without the M) Bridge, or the Mario M. Cuomo (with the M) Bridge. But we’ll all pay for that M, that’s for sure.
I do also look forward to being able to pay for new and rather dull-looking license plates soon. I propose a new design. Picture for New York License plates an enlarged $100 bill with Cuomo’s face on it, and a new motto as well: “If you make it, we’ll take it.” I think it would be splendid. Thank you, Andrew M. Cuomo. Oh, and that “ M “ everyone is so concerned about, well that should really stand for Move.
Brian Baldwin
Burnt Hills


Use renewables to help the community

A recent news article about residents and government officials in Schenectady, Rotterdam and Niskayuna participating in public hearings about the state Public Service Commission’s Community Choice Aggregate energy policy is interesting.  There are millions of state grant monies available for expansion of renewable energy resource development in communities.
Nearly a year ago, a Gazette article indicated General Electric plans to buy energy storage batteries from top manufacturers for its reservoir at GE’s Global Research headquarters. Therefore, I hope other businesses will expand their interest in renewable energy resources for the benefit of our ecological well-being. 
I think growth of people’s interest for renewable energy technology will assist county emergency services managers to install renewable energy micro-grid systems to implement their County Hazard Mitigation Plan.
With appropriately skilled workers,  renewable energy sources coupled with energy storage units at emergency operations centers, community priority facilities and community emergency shelters can sustain services during extreme weather events and blackouts.
Michael McGlynn
Watervliet

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