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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Nov. 27

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Nov. 27

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Proctors is a jewel; treat it with respect

I was privileged to attend the spectacular production of “Frozen” at Proctors.
The elderly gentleman with me needed his walker, so we were among the last to leave the theater.
As we came up from the fifth row, I was astounded at the amount of trash left behind all over the floor, not just playbills, but water bottles, half-eaten candy bars, plastic cups and wrappers.
Why should the volunteers have to clean up all this garbage, especially when there are bins on the way out? Restoring this beautiful, historic theater has helped restore downtown, and we no longer need to go to New York City to see wonderful Broadway shows. Proctors has become the jewel of Schenectady, and we should treat it as such.
Joanna DeSilva

Question witnesses in impeachment case

According to one American poet, “Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see.”
This might be the watchword for the House of Representative’s impeachment hearings.
The House-backed witnesses repeatedly stated that they “overheard” conversations between the American president and foreign leaders. Hum. Such eavesdropping accusations ring hollow in credence and smack of much doubt.
But even worse is what we see — too many House witnesses opine as to what form the president’s action should take.
They say, “I think the president’s comments are inappropriate.” Huh? What gives these public servants the supposed credibility to question official policy-making decisions? Might it be their party affiliation? Impossible. Whistleblowers are above reproach, aren’t they?
Allen R. Remaley
Saratoga Springs

Say thanks to all vets who’ve served

As I prepared to go out on this Veterans Day to pay respects to my fellow veterans, and those that are not with us anymore, I decided that I would first send this letter to The Daily Gazette, and give you a big salute for the great job the paper did in publishing the section “Honoring Our Veterans.”
That space dedicated to the special people on this special day was a great gesture of respect to the many Schenectady and Rotterdam residents that served our country in the military.
I noted the many female veterans recognized in the section. Over 730 female veterans have received the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat in the current Afghanistan war.
This section brought back many memories from when I was director of Schenectady County Veterans Service Agency, and how I had served the veterans with their military entitlements questions.
Many veterans who served came from the same family and had parents that could have lost all of their children, like the “Five Sullivans” that lost their lives in World War II on the same ship.
There were many families that sent their “boys” into the military because they were born at the wrong time and the government said they needed them to give us the freedom we enjoy today.
When we see a person wearing a veterans cap that says they served, thank them for their service. They wear the cap, not to get praise, but because they have pride in having served.
James A. Wilson

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