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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Feb. 9

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Feb. 9

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Stefanik’s enabling of Trump hurts district

By enabling Trump, Rep. Elise Stefanik imposes negative economic conditions on residents of the Adirondacks.
Unemployment at 3.9% appears to be positive economic news. However, it disguises negative considerations. Trump’s decision to eliminate environmental rules and regulations have boosted economic activity for sure. But the cost will prove very high to the economy and the environment. The latter is especially ominous in the Adirondacks, where tourism has risen to supplement the jobs lost when the area’s paper plants closed.
Or consider taxes, something Stefanik likes to criticize Tedra Cobb about. The 2017 Trump tax bill shifted 60% of the savings to people in the top 20% of the income ladder, further widening a yawning deficit in the federal budget by $3 trillion. The irresponsible policies Trump and enabler Stefanik have pursued guarantee that our children and theirs will be hamstrung paying off these obligations. Service of this enormous debt means that money that could help grow the economy will be unavailable.
Stefanik’s warm embrace of Trump proves that her interest is not primarily the welfare of the 21st Congressional District. It is herself. The urgent removal of Trump and Stefanik from office is essential to everyone’s welfare.
Eric Lawson
Saratoga Springs

Bloomberg’s wealth is a plus for country

In the Feb. 4 Gazette, in her column (“Mayors are overlooking Bloomberg’s flaws”), Sara Foss essentially noted she is against Michael Bloomberg’s candidacy because he is a billionaire.
Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution are the rich excluded from becoming president. In fact, it is instructional to note that our most of our Founding Fathers were not “ordinary” citizens, but rather the “elite” of the day, involved in the highest levels of society.
Bloomberg Philanthropies has donated millions of dollars for arts, education, environment, government innovation and health care.
Ms. Foss believes these donations have bought the endorsements of mayors across the country. If “buying an endorsement” means being supported as a result of using one’s wealth for the betterment of society, then consider me bought.
How refreshing it would be to have a president who is not influenced by powerful donors, as he is self-funding his campaign. He therefore offers us the best opportunity to get compromise from Democrats and Republicans to create legislation for the good of our society and end the continued stalemate in Washington.
Patrick Reilly
Saratoga Springs

Rep. Tonko has done plenty for women

There are a lot of things I like about Congressman Paul Tonko, but one of the most important to me is how reliably he supports women and girls.
He worked diligently to pass the Violence Against Women Act; he is a champion of women’s reproductive health and autonomy; he voted for workplace protections that narrow the gender pay gap; and hw has worked across the aisle to promote opportunities for young women in STEM education.
I’m so grateful to Rep. Tonko for his commitment to the women and girls of our district and for doing the hard work of legislating in these difficult times.
Women can count on him. We can all count on him.
Holly Loth

Plenty of plastic bags  are still being used

I recently went to the market to get a few things for Sunday dinner.
I grabbed a plastic bag of baby carrots and a bag of salad mix. I got some deli meat for lunch next week that was put in a plastic zip-lock bag. I also grabbed a frozen bag of shrimp. I went to get a chicken and often wondered how they managed to get that plastic wrap so tight to package the chicken. And I picked up some frozen bags of vegetables for side dishes. I finally went to check out with my reusable bags. I was happy that I did not have to use one of those flimsy one-time-use store bags.
Paul St. Onge

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