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Letters to the Editor for Monday, Oct. 7

Letters to the Editor for Monday, Oct. 7

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Union labor offers city many benefits

Why have Albany’s developers suddenly decided to turn their backs on the labor force that has consistently been an integral part of the local economy by bringing out-of-town contractors and workers to do the work?
Local union members are better trained, more productive and better equipped to bring projects in on time and under budget. They don’t leave a long list of items that need fixing because they weren’t done right the first time.
Those members also earn a living wage, so they are not struggling to feed their families the way over 3 million New York households are, according to the United Way ALICE project.
These wages are invested back into the local economy, supporting local businesses and making Albany a better, more attractive place to be.
The naysayers love to tell us how union wages are too high and skyrocket the cost of projects. They are focused on only one portion of a project’s cost, neglecting costs of materials, management and waste disposal; the list goes on. At the end of the day, the project cost will increase minimally. However, developers would also do well to remember this: You get what you pay for.
Union labor built the South Mall and much of Albany’s skyline. Don’t leave the local union men and women behind that have made the Albany area their home.
Mike Martell
Schenectady


Trump has solutions that the Dems don’t

Why don’t the Democrats stop abusing our president and start putting their money where their mouths are?
Take, for example, out west and in  the central part of United States. Why don’t they try to figure out a way to prevent all of the disasters? How many more Democrats are going to throw their hats in the circus arena?
There is no excuse for abortion nowadays, especially with all the contraception option out there and surgery to prevent unwanted babies. The only way I would accept abortion is if a woman was raped. If she was raped, she should see a doctor right away before it’s too late.
I think our president should demand seeing all the liberals’ taxes back six years. When they legalized marijuana, what will they do with the tax on it? Put it in the general fund like they did with our Social Security? Don’t we have enough drugs out there destroying people’s lives and putting other lives in danger? I would like the names of the legislators who vote for it. Why isn’t Hillary in jail for using her own server, which was illegal?
I pray that President Trump gets re-elected. Wake up America. He is doing a fine job. At least he’s trying to negotiate with North Korea and other countries. He’s right about China. They ship more goods over here than we send there. He’s right about putting tariffs on the goods they send over here.
James Maxfield
Scotia

 

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