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Letters to the Editor for Monday, Sep. 23

Letters to the Editor for Monday, Sep. 23

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Support efforts to battle depression

We are on a journey to find effective ways to treat depression.
There are so many unturned stones and my hope is that research may provide answers and cures.
In June, I was one of about 300 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention volunteers who “stormed” the hill in Washington to tell our stories so that our representatives will remember and act. The three-digit suicide hotline was one of the asks we had last year in D.C. and now that is going to be a reality, which will save lives.
These changes combined with more open discussions about depression and suicide are making a difference.
No longer can we view depression as a moral shortcoming that can be remediated by pulling one’s self up or snapping out of it. Depression is an illness, not unlike cancer or heart disease and it is just as deadly.
We must remember that to shame those who suffer with depression is not unlike blaming someone who has cancer, we would not think of doing that and we should not think of blaming those who suffer from depression.
Team Lasky has raised over $16,200 for the AFSP. I proudly support them, and you can, too. You can donate to Team Lasky at AFSP.org/Rita.
Joann Perillo-Lasky
Schenectady


Be vigilant against terrorist ideology

 Regarding Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (NY-D) comments about Sept. 11th that “some people did something.” This was the worst attack on American soil in history with over 3,000 dead.
Please read the book “Between Heaven and Ground Zero” by Leslie Haskin, who shares the shock and pain and hell of that day.
“At one point there was a woman burned to the bone,” she trembled uncontrollably as her skin melted from her body. What kind of motherless soul can so easily and savagely murder thousands and proclaim it to be in the name of righteousness?
Radical Muslim terrorists, that’s who. We must never forget, and we must always be hypervigilant against this ideology.
We must teach this history in schools. Osama Bin Laden in his book taught there will be a thousand years for revenge.
Arlene Shako
Schoharie


CDTA should use, or lose, parking spots

All along Route 50 in Ballston Spa, there are designated bus stops for CDTA. If you park in them you will get a ticket. But CDTA buses never use them. They stand in traffic (regardless of the amount of traffic they back up).
They must believe that it would take too much effort to pull back into traffic. If the CDTA does not want to use them, take them out. Or is CDTA just too special?
John White
Ballston Spa

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