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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Oct. 15

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Oct. 15

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Agent Orange fitting nickname for Trump

When someone continually attempts to belittle and degrade scores of people via chronic name calling solely on the basis that they’re not in line with his particular way of thinking, perhaps tagging that individual with an appropriate name of his own is in order.
Agent Orange is an extremely toxic herbicide that was spread from airplanes to defoliate the jungles of Vietnam during a war that 58,000 U.S. service members died in. (Some people may have avoided that war because of bone spurs.)
Agent Orange’s long-lasting toxic effects to plants, animals and humans still have negative health, ecological and sociopolitical consequences some 50-plus years after its use.
An agent is a person that has the authorization and power to act on another’s behalf. Obviously, the president of the United States fits that definition and can, with no argument, be called an agent.  
Orange is a color that most assuredly can be associated with Trump, verifiable by looking at, for the most part, any picture of him.
Considering the president’s constant attempts, some of which are successful, to undermine health care, the environment and productive relations with America’s allies, as well as the United States Constitution, one can surmise the result of this toxic behavior will have long-lasting negative health, ecological and sociopolitical effects.
Therefore, one would conclude that no issue be taken when following the lead of our name-calling president, by most appropriately calling him the name “Agent Orange.”
Lou Restifo Sr.
Burnt Hills


Stop referring to our children as kids

Why are we still calling our children “kids,” when it says in the Word of God (Bible) that a kid is a sacrificial animal. Are we sacrificing our own children by using the term kid when we are angry at them for something? Or are we just not thinking about what we are truly saying? I was greatly appreciated to learn by a true man of God when he let the people know what harm we might be doing by calling our children kids. I thank God that I repented of such foolishness, and I now refer to all children as children, not the k-word.
Bonita Cade
Schenectady


Expand number of sites for early voting

This year, New Yorkers have nine additional days to vote, including two weekends before Election Day, but no one seems to know about it.
No more do you have to wait till after work, then go stand in line at 8 p.m. No more do you have to choose between picking kids up at childcare and stopping off to vote. This will make a huge difference, especially for working parents.
Early voting will take place in every county in New York state from Saturday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 3. Voting during early voting is the same as voting on Election Day.
You will check in to vote, receive your ballot and vote as any other election. Election Day will be Tuesday, Nov. 5, and people will vote at their regular polling places on Election Day.
But in Montgomery County, there is only one place to vote early, and that’s at the Board of Elections office in Fonda. Beginning Oct. 26, the Montgomery County Early Voting Poll site will be located at the Montgomery County Old Courthouse, located at 9 Park Street in Fonda. This does not make it easy to vote early for people who don’t have a car. Surely, an early polling place in the city of Amsterdam would be useful.
We need multiple polling places across the county, especially in population centers, so that the maximum number of people can exercise their right to vote.
Anita Sanchez
Amsterdam

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