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Letters to the Editor for Monday, Dec. 9

Letters to the Editor for Monday, Dec. 9

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Americans must stand up to bullies

After seeing overwhelming evidence that our current president committed a crime, one that even loyal Republicans don’t dispute, these same Republicans are looking for ways to say there’s nothing there.
It’s as if the bully in the schoolyard stole their collective lunch money — that is their oath of office, loyalty to the Constitution and duty to country — and they don’t know how to get it back.
My suggestion is do what we tell our children to do: “Stand up to the bully.” Bullies are cowards and rely on not being challenged.
They use scare tactics and threats and in the end they tum tail and run.
Sometimes they enlist an older kid for support, or they hurl verbal attacks or tweets. That’s their cover and how they get their way.
My experience from playground to adulthood, if you give in, the behavior worsens, the stakes get higher. If you stand up, there’s a good chance the bully will back down.
Having grown up during the Cold War, I’ve seen this played out on the world stage. Russia (USSR) was often the bully. But we as a country recognized the threat and stood up for ourselves and our allies.
We have a president who seems to be conflicted in his loyalties. He’d prefer to side with the global bully rather than challenge him for whatever reason.
It’s up to us, citizens of this democracy, to stand up to the bully and encourage our lawmakers, both Republicans and Democrats, to do the same.
Barbara J. Stowell
Central Bridge


Why bother to clear snow off sidewalks?

On the complaint of homeowners not clearing their sidewalks, I live in the Mont Pleasant area, and people do not use the sidewalks in good weather.
They walk in the middle of the street in July when there is no snow on sidewalks. Walkers take their time strolling in middle of the streets holding up traffic.
I wonder if they know what the cement strip on the side of the road is for.
The best is when parent(s) stroll their babies in carriages in the middle of the street. Are you kidding me? What are these parents thinking strolling along in the street with baby carriages? Don’t they care about their babies? That should be child abuse, since everything is child abuse these days.
As for not clearing sidewalks: Why would I bother, since people do not use the sidewalks?
Where are my neighbors? No one offered even to help those who can’t shovel. I’d rather they slip on the city streets that aren’t plowed.
Albert Zanger
Schenectady


Clear all city streets right up to the curb

The Daily Gazette’s Dec. 3 article titled, “City begins towing illegally-parked vehicles” was truly one of the funniest pieces of written comedy I’ve had the occasion to read in a good, long while. The article quoted the city of Schenectady’s “Priority Street Plowing” program, with a paragraph stating, “Vehicles may return only after the ‘entire length of the street has been cleared of snow back to the curb.’”
What a hoot. I haven’t seen a curb after a snowfall in over 20 years, except where the homeowners themselves clear the street. The snow is usually more than two feet from the curb.
One glaring exception is on Chrisler Avenue at the intersection of Altamont Avenue, if you happen to want to make a right-turn onto Altamont toward the railroad bridge, you have to do it from the center lane; the right hand lane is mostly a fantasy.
And to harken back to a letter I wrote last winter, yes, the plows are still going too fast on Guilderland Avenue and burying the recently cleared sidewalks, so why should we even bother shoveling?
Growing up in Schenectady, I remember the huge snowblowers attached to trucks and how they really cleaned the streets.
I know that parts got scarce, the machines deteriorated and were never replaced, and that clearing the streets to the curbs in residential neighborhoods just doesn’t happen anymore. All the street should be cleared to the curbs, or don’t even bring it up.
Kurt C. Siegel
Schenectady

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