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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Nov. 3

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Nov. 3

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We’ve had enough of Trump’s misconduct

The clandestine relationship between Trump and Putin, I believe, started long before the 2016 presidential campaign.
They could have planned it all in advance. Trump might have agreed to join the race if Putin assured his winning. The Russian hacking of Clinton’s emails, as well as those of the Democratic National Committee, gave the scheme its impetus.
This arrangement could explain Trump’s love affair with Putin. As Nancy Pelosi said recently, “All roads lead to Russia.”
In an attempt to ensure his winning in 2020, he has overstepped the boundaries enough to cause an impeachment inquiry. His bragging about his “unmatched wisdom” has only proven how dumb he really is.
Calling his opponents “human scum” was a nasty thing to say, even for him. He, along with Pence, Pompeo, Barr, Mulvaney, Giuliani and Perry, are the real “human scum.”
We absolutely do not need another four years of Donald Trump.
Jane Reisenger
Schenectady


Happy to see threats now taken seriously

I read this newspaper daily due to being a person that visits this area frequently, and I read the Oct. 23 story “Saratoga Sheriff: 13-year-old charged in Schuylerville school threat.”
When I glanced over this story, I thought of how the school system has changed since I was in high school not too long ago.
These days, threats made by anyone have to be taken with an urgent response from the police department. It is very unfortunate that some adolescents make a threat like this without realizing the initial impact it has on others. I am thankful that the district officials were able to pass this along to the police to deal with
 I believe that things like this should be taken seriously, regardless if it is a joke or not.
Kameron Kelly
Sharon Springs


Dyslexia screening is a welcome mandate

The Oct. 27 headline (“Local lawmakers support dyslexia screening mandate”) brings sudden tears to my eyes. My grandson suffered through his early school years, a victim of dyslexia.
In spite of continued effort, he could not accomplish success as his classmates did. Consequently, he experienced daily failure and humiliation.
This scenario is a very tough one. It’s an awesome burden for a youngster. Parents deal with similar feelings with their inability to help him at home.
Teacher conferences were dismal meetings and time was passing without encouragement or answers.
On July 28, 2003, Time magazine published an article on dyslexia.
Seemingly, there was a wide disparity within the school’s curriculum to train staff to the possibilities of this problem. Teachers began requesting this training when they learned of my grandson’s disability.
My daughter persevered with further research now that she had a direction. Ultimately, she presented her findings to the school board. She met with hard resistance, but eventually succeeded in securing classroom assistance for her son.
Finally, the long arduous school days began to ebb, and a very bright youngster began to absorb his schoolwork. A completely competent student was finally able to show his prowess. Today, he is a successful young man, well in control and mastery of his dyslexia. My daughter has become the go-to person for many other parents.
Godspeed this proposal. Our heartfelt thanks go to all those supporting its passage — a long overdue acknowledgment of this problem.
Margaret M. Nixon
Mechanicville


‘Socialism’ still a fear tactic of Republicans

In an October 10, 1952, campaign speech, delivered from the rear platform of a train in Syracuse, President Harry S. Truman said that “Socialism is a scareword (sic) that they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years.
“Socialism is what they called public power. Socialism is what they called social security. Socialism is what they called farm price supports.
“Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance. Socialism is what they called public power. Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations. Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people.”
“They” were the Republicans -- and 67 years later -- they’re still at it.
Walter F. Wouk
Summit


Trump killing dream for a better world

During my life, I have tried to follow a “do no harm” strategy.
For mankind and my children’s sake, I hoped to leave this world in as good or better condition than it was when I was born.
Now, in my 80th year, I sadly observe Trump’s destruction of my lifelong dream. Every action taken by the president reduces the possibility of attaining my goal.
His environmental deregulations have increased the pollution of our air and water. His denial of global warming threatens the very existence of mankind.
His border wall mentality fails to recognize the root causes of mass migration. His economic policies increase the gap between the rich and the poor.
His military threats and isolationism jeopardize world peace. His tax revisions benefit the rich and increase the national debt in a time of economic prosperity.
His chipping away of the ACA threatens many families with the financial disaster of a serious illness. His subservience to the NRA prevents the adoption of significant gun control legislation.
His narcissistic, lying, immoral behavior has destroyed our respect for the office of the president.
To restore my broken dream, Trump must either be impeached or defeated in the next election.
Charles Rielly
Altamont

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