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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Sep. 12

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Sep. 12

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Investigator helped resolve disputes

I read with interest Pete DeMola’s Sept. 3 article on the Civilian Police Review Board, as I was the first chairperson of the board from 2001 to 2008.

I’m saddened that vacancies exist, and quorums are sometimes difficult to establish.

However, my reason for writing is to inform your readers that our board did have an investigator who was paid, on an hourly basis, by the city Legal Department.

The benefit realized by having an investigator was that in nearly all cases, the police officers involved did their job properly; the investigator’s involvement helped to determine that many complaints were unfounded.

Many of those complaints would have been considered “unresolved” had it not been for the investigator’s efforts.
A.C. Budd Mazurek

Liberty statue put in a dumb location

Never in a million years would I have guessed where the mayor of Schenectady would have decided to put Lady Liberty — on a corner of Union Street and Erie Boulevard looking at the railroad overpass watching the trains leave Schenectady. It’s barely noticed by people northbound on Erie Boulevard, and it’s not noticed at all by the rest of the travelers.

It’s in a perfect spot to be urinated on by passing dogs and drunk walkers, and it won’t be long before the graffiti will match that of the Union Street railroad overpass.

Of all the dumb things this city has done to appease their special interests, this is the dumbest.
Patricia Pytlovany

People have a right not to die by guns

Another deadly Texas shootout in the state that has the weakest gun laws in the country.

Since 1970 more Americans have died of gun violence, murders by accidents and suicide than all the wars in American history, a total of 1.4 million.

The president blames mental illness for the tragic events, but he has declared himself “the Chosen One” so he could do something about it immediately.

Trump’s support for the NRA gun lobby does not take into account the people’s right not to die at the hands of a gun owner.
Mary Jane Valachovic

No tax exemption for Planned Parenthood

Watch out New Yorkers. Our governor wants to bail out a non-profit agency that is refusing Title X funds, not with money from his own pockets, but with taxpayer funds. The allegedly non-profit entity is Planned Parenthood, which is classified as a 501c(3) charity.

Over 300,000 unborn Americans are killed surgically by Planned Parenthood each year, and this is a very lucrative and profitable business. If the loose standards under which it gained its charitable tax exemption status were applied fairly, the National Rifle Association (NRA) would also qualify very easily.

It seems that Planned Parenthood has some sort of diplomatic immunity because it provides the pill, a group 1 carcinogen, as classified by the World Health Organization. Of course, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has an ingenious plan to raise money for his Planned Parenthood bailout. He wants to force New Yorkers to buy new license plates, which cost less than $2 to make, for $25. This will be over and above the regular registration fee.

Sorry, governor, I don’t agree with your license plate scam, nor with the 501c(3) classification of Planned Parenthood. That classification should be revoked immediately. If a donation to Planned Parenthood is tax deductible, so should a gift to the NRA.
Wendell Neugebauer
Ballston Spa

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