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Letters to the Editor for Friday, Oct. 18

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Oct. 18

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Trumps trade policy fails in many ways

Greg Autry’s Sept. 28 love letter to Donald Trump’s economic and trade policies (“Trump’s policy toward China appears to be working”) gives credit to Trump for what the president claims are his successes rather than what is actually happening.
Mr. Autry conveniently leaves out a few facts.
It is true that that Trump gave massive tax cuts. Mr. Autry fails to include the fact that the average American household saves about $1,600, while the wealthiest 1% saves over $200,000.
While Mr. Autry claims Chinese industries ignore environmental concerns and pollute their environment extensively, he gives Trump credit for deregulation.
However, Trump’s deregulations included withdrawing from the Climate Accord and gutting every clean air and clean water regulation that his EPA regulators could get their hands on.
Mr. Autry claims that tariffs are affecting China while ignoring the impact on Americans.
The tariffs scheduled to go into effect at the end of 2019 will cost the average American family $2,031.
To preserve his farm vote, Trump has quietly bailed out American farmers at a cost of $28 billion, or three times the final auto bailout cost during the last recession. The China tariffs are now a major contributor to a looming economic crisis in Europe that could result in the loss of thousand American jobs.
We all agree that China is an untrustworthy trading partner. But despite Trump’s great and unmatched wisdom, his tariff policy is failing.
A coordinated policy including our European allies would have been more effective and a lot less painful.
Robert Karandy
Burnt Hills


Kelly getting a lot done as Spa mayor

I am supporting Meg Kelly’s re-election for mayor of Saratoga Springs, because she is forthright and effective at getting things done. The first time I heard her speak, she was asking the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee to endorse her campaign, having just decided to run.
Typical of SSDC endorsement meetings, people fired all kinds of questions. Meg answered each one clearly – knowing that some people who’d be voting on her endorsement would disagree with some of her stances.
She won my admiration (and endorsement vote) for this clarity and courage, which she continues practicing to this day.
Meg also gets things done that our city needs. She does this by bringing diverse interests and viewpoints together, listening and developing plans that work.
There are many examples: resolution to the gun show, multiple lawsuits and labor contracts finalized, trail completion and most recently Code Blue’s two-year lease.
Thank goodness Meg was on duty when City Hall caught fire.
Another example of complex project management, the renovations will give us a far more functional seat for city government services. Please help return Meg for another term.
Ellen D. Kiehl
Saratoga Springs


Pratt understands Schenectady County

As a lifelong resident of Schenectady County, I have a keen interest in what happens here. I believe that Sara Mae Pratt is the best choice of candidate for the Schenectady County Legislature. Her candidacy is a breath of fresh air and just what the county needs.
Sara Mae Pratt understands Schenectady County. She has lived here all her life. She grew up in Rotterdam and now makes her home in Alplaus. She owns a business in downtown Schenectady. She is currently involved in the county, serving as a board member of the Schenectady County IDA/CRC. She was appointed to fill a vacancy on the legislature.
Pratt has received many accolades, including a 2014 Women of Distinction honor from Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, a 2015 Rising Star Award from the Chamber of Schenectady County, and the 2015-2016 Rotterdam Elks Citizen of the Year award, among many others.
She has received the endorsements of four political parties.
If all of these people think so highly of Sara Mae Pratt, I think we should too.
She will bring varied experiences to the county legislature and lead Schenectady County into the future.
Ed Meskutovecz
Glenville

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