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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Oct. 17

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Oct. 17

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Trump’s Syria action a show of bad faith

President Trump advised Turkey that its impending, and now ongoing, invasion of the Kurds in Northern Syria was not a good idea.
In fact his callous and unthinking abandonment of our Kurdish allies is not a good idea. In fact it is a bad idea.
The Kurdish people in Syria suffered 11,000 deaths in support of our efforts to rid Syria of ISIS fighters. To now turn our backs on these people is unconscionable.
The message that we send to the rest of the world by this action only further demonstrates how far the United States has abandoned the hope for peace in the Middle East.
To say that we have no role there or that we have no vested interest there is naive at best, dangerous at worst. A resurgent ISIS is just one of many threats to the region and world peace.
Certainly the adults in Washington understand this. It is time for them to stand up and be counted.
By the way where is the Palestinian/Israeli peace plan the great deal maker promised?
Bruce Castka
Cobleskill


Don’t chastise youth for climate fears

I make no distinction between the irrationality of climate change deniers and those who sincerely believe the earth is flat.
But it still disturbs me when I read Arthur Salvatore’s Oct. 10 letter (“Climate change is kids’ new religion”) in which he rails against young people who rightfully fear the consequences of increasingly rapid climate change.
He recommends Bible studies and reverence for the Founding Fathers as an antidote to the new religion of global warming.
He neglected to mention that those old, white, male slave owners wallowed in Christian righteousness while treating other humans like farm animals as a means of wealth creation.
He seems to believe that was a more decent world than one in which people fear for the health of their planet.
George Milner
Mechanicville

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