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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Oct. 13

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Oct. 13

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How will solar panels affect town aquifer?

Chances are, if you are reading this letter, you are part of the 150,000-plus residents that enjoy the water from the sole source aquifer in the town of Rotterdam.
Currently, there is a project in progress to install solar panels right in the middle of Rotterdam Junction directly over the wellheads, in a Zone 1 protected area, and right on top of our valued water supply.
I have been trying to get detailed information on the type of solar panels and what materials are used in the manufacturing.
This is a potential hazard and a high risk to our water supply that appears to have been rubber-stamped through our town and county elected officials.
I find it ironic that they would let this project go through and then turn around on their re-election literature and state they are protecting our aquifer.
My requests for information on this project and panels have all gone unanswered. Something is not right, and this needs to be pursued by anyone concerned about water quality. Town and county officials are elected to act in the best interest of their citizens. In my opinion, they are falling woefully short of their responsibilities.
Steve Grandstaff
Rotterdam Junction

Write in the people who are deserving

Yes, it’s getting close to Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 5). The election signs are already cluttering up our roads. The campaign commercials are already ruining our television watching.
I respectfully suggest that this year, you make your votes actually worth something. I suggest you do this by writing your votes in instead of filling out ovals for them. Write in someone you admire for every position you vote for. Doing that gets that your favorite person’s name into the consciousness of the general public, because someone has to read all the names that have been written in during each election.
I myself will be writing in Jesus, as anyone who knows me or has read my letters to the editor would easily guess. If you don’t want to write in Jesus, then let me suggest that you write in Mollie Collins, who actually has election signs around here asking us to write her in. Thank you. Maybe someone should put up some election signs for Jesus.
Joel Nelson

Gazette makes effort at political balance

I take issue with Mr. Eplite, and then some, in his Oct. 4 letter “Paper has shifted too far to the left.”
I have enormous respect for The Gazette policy regarding the selection of nationally recognized journalists. I read two to three newspapers every day and keep extremely current on the national news.
In my opinion, The Gazette makes a reasonable effort to provide a balanced perspective in matters political.
Does Mr. Eplite read George Will’s column which appears nearly every Sunday? Mr. Will has long been recognized as one of the most respected purveyors of conservative opinion.
I could cite several other conservative thinkers, several of whom appear in The Gazette with some frequency. I’m thinking of David Brooks, Bret Stephens, Peggy Noonan, Bill Kristol, David Frum, Jennifer Rubin, Michelle Malkin and Hugh Hewitt.
What appears to upset Mr. Eplite is that only a scant few of these demonstrate any respect for President Trump. That’s because there’s a virtual consensus among respected liberal and conservative pundits that Trump is a chronic liar, unbridled narcissist, corrupt businessman and con man who poses a grave threat to our country.
At this point, the principal dispute I see among pundits is how best to rid ourselves of this guy before something really dangerous occurs.
Robert K. Corliss

Kids are doing what’s expected of citizens

Sometimes kids can’t win. So often they are criticized for being unconcerned, preferring to sit on the couch playing video games rather than being engaged in civic duty.
However, when informed young people marched in the student climate strike and spoke passionately about the issue of their generation, many adults were quick to criticize and made ridiculous claims that these young advocates were being manipulated by those with a leftist agenda.
The student climate strike is a good example of what is essential to keep our republic healthy: Stay informed and advocate for what you believe to be true.
Today’s young people are reminding us that we live in a democracy. Elected officials are in office to serve their constituents, and it’s up to us to hold them accountable.
Upon leaving the Constitutional Convention more than 230 years ago, Ben Franklin was asked what government the delegates had settled on. He famously responded, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
He understood an informed, active citizenry would keep this new “experimental” government alive.
If old Ben was around today, I’m guessing he would have applauded the students on that climate strike for pounding the pavement to wake the adults up.
Bill Brooks

Examine the reasons for hatred of Trump

It makes you wonder, this deep-seated political hatred for the American president. From where does it come? Is it because he, this non-lawyer, this non-politico, overstepped his limitations by challenging a chosen one in a national election? How dare he. Is it because he realized that the media and its minions were so totally indebted to one political party and its seemingly anti-American rant? Nah, couldn’t be. Is all this never-ending criticism of the chief of state taking place because of the president’s skin color? Nah, couldn’t be. But he is a white male, and for some, that is enough to indict. What is the reason for a three-year vendetta against this president, members of his family, Supreme Court members and their families?
Global warming? Have outside temperatures somehow altered the brains of certain members of Congress who were clearly ensconced in the camp of a woman who still might be indicted for high crimes and misdemeanors?
What causes members of Congress to incite social injustice against the president and members of his administration?  Who knows? Partisan politics?
You know, maybe a little more time should be spent in solving the problems of homelessness, failing infrastructure and illegal border crossings. It might also be a good idea if our media, yes, all of them, would just report the news instead of altering it. Might it be time to impeach ... Congress?
Allen R. Remaley
Saratoga Springs

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