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Letters to the Editor for Friday, Sep. 13

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Sep. 13

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Sanders is leader in climate change fight

On Sept. 4, during CNN’s Climate Crisis forum, Americans had an opportunity to compare 10 Democratic presidential frontrunners’ positions on climate change. All the candidates took the “No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge.”
Thanks to a question from someone in the audience, we learned that Biden had agreed to attend a pricey fundraiser the following day co-sponsored by Andrew Goldman, co-founder of a fracking company. Can Biden be trusted to hold polluting industries accountable if he violated the above pledge? His plans to deal with climate change were short on specifics.
Unlike Biden, Bernie Sanders’ answers to questions were received with enthusiasm. He emphasized the importance of tackling the crisis over the next 11 years, when scientists say carbon emissions must be cut in half to avoid runaway climate change.
Although Sanders’ $14 trillion Green New Deal Plan, to be invested over a 15-year period to fund a transition to renewables, has been called unrealistic, he said it was “an emergency that could make the whole planet uninhabitable.”
He cited the $400 billion in oil subsidies and the over $1 trillion spent on nuclear weapons as expenditures that would be better spent on dealing with climate change.
Sanders is a leader who grasps the gravity of this environmental crisis. He respects the climate scientists who have warned us for decades that greenhouse gas emissions are heating up the planet at an unprecedented pace.
It’s no wonder the DNC was opposed to a debate on just climate change. Joe Biden would’ve lost.
Barbara Trypaluk
Saratoga Springs

Know the pros, cons of facial recognition

Facial recognition software is a newer technology that is now widely available to the general public.
Once a thing of science fiction novels, this software is capable of identifying individuals from a distinct image or video frame found online.
You can find it almost anywhere, from the cameras in the streets that watch us to the phones in our hands. This technology, like any other, has its pros and cons.
Some of the obvious pros are that it can identify criminals, terrorists, and felons from an image saved in its database.
This is a vital way of spotting dangerous people before they do something dangerous to hurt themselves or others. Another pro is that this system is non-contact, meaning that you don’t have to touch it for it to recognize you.
These facial recognition systems are extremely fast and accurate, while finger ID can be slow and sometimes inaccurate.
While efficiency and accuracy might be great, some people find their privacy is at risk with these cameras in use.
In China, a wanted criminal was at a concert with 50,000 other people. Using this technology, the police were able to find and arrest him during the concert.
This might seem like a seemingly fantastic invention to catch criminals but what if people began to abuse this technology?
In other countries, it could be used to end all crime while in others it could be used to hunt down political enemies or people who don’t agree with one’s ideas.
Dean Buttaci
Averill Park

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