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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Dec. 4

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Dec. 4

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Grateful for help walking in the snow

I am a 94-year-old man who moved to Schenectady in August.
On Dec. 1, I had a ticket to hear the Boston Pops at Proctors, and in spite of the snow was determined to get there on the bus.
After the show, as I exited onto State Street, I was trudging with my walking stick through the heavy snow toward the bus stop when a man came up and asked if I needed help. I said yes and this 50ish man took my arm and led me safely to the bus stop under the railroad tracks.
That was a sincere act of kindness and I thanked him for his help. It also confirmed that Schenectady is a good and friendly place to live.
Thanks again my friend, wherever you may be.
Burk Ketcham
Schenectady


Democrats continue to dig themselves in

History repeats itself.
Upon the completion of the Erie Canal (Clinton’s ditch) in 1825, a memorial plaque was erected at its western end that states “Let prosperity be excited to perpetuate our free institutions and to make still greater efforts than our ancestors. To promote public prosperity by the recollection that these works of internal improvements were achieved by the spirit and perseverance of Republican men.”
That seems fitting today, as the Democrats of today have also themselves dug a hole, but one straight down. And they seem unable to stop digging.
DeWitt Clinton, then governor, suffered greatly from attacks by the Tammany Hall Democrats who tried desperately to stop his efforts to improve mankind. That’s not unlike the Democrats of today, efforts to derail President Trump’s efforts to make and keep our nation great.
Interestingly, the Democrats of that era called themselves “the buck tails.“
One must wonder what they were trying to cover up. Seems like some things never change.
Jack Osterlitz
Glenville


Student dancers act as great role models

During the preparation at the Nov. 23 Schenectady Holiday Parade, our small group of eight girls in the Al Tabari Court No. 28 Youth Group lined up just ahead of the Schenectady schools Dance Department.
This large group of students from SHS displayed contagious enthusiasm and kindness.
They reached out and encouraged our girls, dancing and singing with them from the youngest up.
A better display of high school behavior could not have been planned.
We are grateful for their kindness and their unintentional (and therefore more genuine) role modeling for the younger girls in our group.  
Thank you to the students first and foremost. And thank you to the teachers and advisers and parents. It’s obvious your guidance and support allow this great group of students be the best they can be.
Desiree Chaires
Directress
Natasha Allen
Parent Group pesident
Marie Greiner-Borowski  Ann Jackson
Chaperones

Schenectady and Niskayuna

 

Credibility of climate change document questioned

James Homan’s Nov. 28 letter (“Don’t believe all you read about climate”) touts the “European Climate Declaration” claiming “No Climate Crisis,” claiming credibility because it was “signed by 500 scientists and professionals.” This analysis: https://climatefeedback.org/evaluation/letter-signed-by-500-scientists-relies-on-inaccurate-claims-about-climate-science/ points out the almost total lack of credibility of this document. The 506 “Scientists and Professional” include exactly 10 who self-identify as climate scientists. Many of the professionals identify themselves as employees of fossil fuel companies. The document is a sham lobbying effort.
Don Porter
Schenectady


Research climate change information for yourself

In his Nov. 28 letter, “Don’t Believe All You Read About Climate,” Mr. James Homan makes the basic mistake of failing to research the source of his information. The letter signed by “over 500 professionals” represents almost exclusively people who have no background to speak on the subject or who are in fact employed by or research for the fossil fuel industry. Anyone who wishes to read a reasoned analysis of the letter Mr. Homan cites may do so at 
https://climatefeedback.org/evaluation/letter-signed-by-500-scientists-relies-on-inaccurate-claims-about-climate-science/
Wilma Jozwiak
Clifton Park

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