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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Jan. 28

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Jan. 28

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Clean Lady Liberty and bring her home

Returning Lady Liberty to her former home in Gateway Park will not detract from the new sculptures there. Her old spot is still vacant, waiting for her to return to her place of honor.
It is a disgrace to Schenectady for an iconic national symbol to be wedged into a tiny, dangerous corner. Furthermore, was she as dirty as she is now when Mayor Gary McCarthy had her put there?
Give her a good cleaning and bring her home.
Joyce M. Cockerham
Schenectady


Trump impeachment articles underplayed

We are in the middle of the impeachment of the president of the United States of America.
By any account, it is a proceeding with implications not only for every New Yorker, but every American, the very existence of our country and consequences for the entire world. It is an event that has only occurred three times before in the history of our country.
Yet, on Jan. 23, this momentous proceeding was relegated to a story in the lower right-hand corner of your front page. More important apparently, were stories about a school budget gap and state prosecutors struggling under a new law.
Not to diminish either story, but they pale in comparison to the crisis our country is facing.
On Jan. 24, the impeachment coverage not only did not make the headline but was buried in a 4x5 small article on page 4. What in the world are you thinking?
The only thing I can surmise is that you hope that few people read about this historic event that will change the course of history. Do better.
Linda McDermott
Clifton Park


Give judges power to assess risk on bail

Regarding the new bail law, how many Capital Region cases have there been that have raised the sky-is-falling reaction of sheriffs and Republican legislators?
A couple? Five, six? It doesn’t seem more than that.
On the other hand, how many people are free to continue working, supporting families or otherwise going about their lives as they await court cases?
I’m not sure what the number is, but it is enough that a local bail bondsman has said he’s losing 80-90% of his business getting people out of jail who can’t afford the bail.
There is no need to repeal the law as Sen. Jim Tedisco has called for. It just needs to be changed to allow judges to decide in a case where there is a clear risk or the need for a cooling-off period, as Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo suggested.
Jim Murphy
Scotia


Enjoyed reading the historic information

I miss the 125 Years of news. I looked forward each day to reading the tidbits of news from The Daily Gazette’s history. Thank you for providing an interesting glimpse into our local past.
Suzanne King
Scotia

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