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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Dec. 8

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Dec. 8

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Treatment plant not worthy of its award

 I read the story in the Nov. 29 Gazette’s Your Niskayuna about the town of Niskayuna Wastewater Treatment Facility winning a local award and was aghast.
While I am all for a better facility, this effort was far from award worthy.
Those who give this award must not have visited the facility or the surrounding Mohawk River State Park and homes to smell the foul air.
Nor did they consider that the state Department of Environmental Conservation hasn’t issued its final permits for the project, the negative impacts of over 20 daily passes of large trucks along the border of the park, or the massive cost overruns.
I guess it doesn’t take much to win this award.
Jeffrey Meyers
Niskayuna


What makes Stefanik such a role model?

I was interested to read the Nov. 22 letter from Meg Messitt (“Rep. Stefanik serves as an inspiration”), noting her uncritical admiration of her congressional representative, Elise Stefanik.
Let me say at the outset it is pleasing to hear of high school students being politically aware; I believe America would be a better place if more of her generation were thus involved.
What is surprising is her enthusiastic endorsement of Ms. Stefanik, whose most recent distinguishing trademark is her obsequious defense of her president, whose transgressions with respect to his self-serving dealings with Ukraine have been clearly revealed in the impeachment hearings.
It is appropriate for young people to have role models; my question for Ms. Messitt is:
Why Elise Stefanik? Does she imagine America would be a better place with another Stefanik?
Or would young people be better advised to model themselves on someone like, say, Fiona Hill, whose intellect, skill and love of and dedication to her adopted country shone through in her testimony, which the Republican representatives were wise (for once) to not even challenge.
Michael Bishop
Scotia


Some don’t fit into definition of morality

Being moral is not about obeying a list of rules, whether the list contains 10 rules or 20,000 rules.
Being a moral adult means incorporating into the balance of your decision making the effect on, and the feelings of, others.
The foundation of morality is nurtured empathy.
To be totally without empathy for your fellow man is to be a sociopath.
This is modern psychological thinking, but it is not new. Consider the 17th century admonition of John Donne about “tolling bells.”
Also consider this 13th century verse from the Persian poet Saadi Shiraz:
All men and women are to each other the limbs of a single frame/ since all at first from the same essence came./ When time afflicts a limb with bane,/ the other limbs at rest cannot remain./ You, who will not feel another’s’ pain, you forfeit the right to be called human.
Hmm... Bring anyone to mind?
Bill MacTiernan
Schenectady


Cartoon mocking police wasn’t funny

I could not believe your sense of humor when your cartoon showed a state policeman offering to tear up a ticket if the motorist paid him off.
My grandson happens to be a New York state trooper.
The hours are long, like a lot of jobs, but he and they don’t know what he’ll face when he goes to work. Is your job like that?
We really need out troopers in this day and age. Don’t you agree?
I haven’t met anyone who says he or she wants to do it, have you?
I saw a film of the training. It was awful.
How would you like pepper spray in your face? My grandson had to do that to a man once.
He’d kicked my grandson in the mouth.
I’m trying to stay on the straight and narrow.
Eunice Kilmer
Johnstown

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