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Letters to the Editor for Monday, Feb. 10

Letters to the Editor for Monday, Feb. 10

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League marks 100th with suffrage day

The League of Women Voters turns 100 years old on Friday (Feb. 14). To celebrate, the LWV of Schenectady County will be participating with other local and state leagues around the country in a nationwide day of action called “Women Power the Vote.”
The founders of the LWV achieved the impossible by getting the 19th Amendment passed 100 years ago. So on Feb. 14, we will be honoring their fight for a woman’s right to vote.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization. It encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership is open to men and women of all ages.
With over 750 affiliates across the county, the League is one of the nation’s most trusted organizations.
The League of Women Voters of Schenectady County was founded on April 30, 1925. Throughout the years, we’ve been proud to register voters, to inform our community on important issues, to advocate in our legislatures, and to offer candidate forums during local and state elections.
In our 100th anniversary year, we encourage every voter to play a role in shaping our country. Please visit us at 
Ann Hatke
The writer is president of the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County.

Montreal must deal with drug addicts

To supplement Deborah Bowdish’s Jan. 27 letter (“Use caution when visiting Montreal”) about her daughter’s vehicular break-in when visiting Montreal, I submit the following:
The city of Montreal not only provides needles to heroin addicts (needle give away not needle exchange), but provides official injection sites. But it doesn’t provide the heroin nor the fentanyl.
I guess the addicts are expected to steal or beg for drug money.
Tourists from the United States are likely victims.
The last time I visited there we stayed in the historic district. While walking along Papineau Avenue around 3 p.m., I noticed a dog eating grass next to a bench occupied by the dog’s owners, a middle-aged woman and man.
The woman was in a daze or trance, obviously high on some drug. The guy asked me for money. A block away were two policemen on foot. I told them about the couple. The police talked to them, then just walked away.
Later that day, around 5 p.m., we were driving, but stopped at an intersection. Young people were approaching cars offering to wash windshields for money.
I wrote to the mayor of Montreal and said the only negatives in his city were the addicts. I recommended that the addicts be arrested and offered jail or rehab.
He never responded.
Dick Vale

Separation of powers no longer applicable

For 34 years, I tortured students with tedious lessons about checks and balances and the separation of powers because that was the civics equivalent of making them eat spinach.
I reminded them that an observer once referred to the Constitution as “the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man,” hence they should feel lucky to live under a system of government that was designed to prevent the rise of a tyrannical dictator.
So, what if it’s boring; shut up and eat your spinach.
This fiasco of an impeachment trial proved me wrong. Party loyalty now supersedes constitutional duty. Checks and balances and the separation of powers are antiquated ideals that no longer restrain what one observer called a “partyocracy,” where a single party dominates the political process.
Republicans control the White House, the Senate and the Supreme Court, and they have shown time and again they are unafraid to use their advantage to maintain power, even if it means subverting the intentions of the Founding Fathers.
So I would like to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to my students. Those lessons were a boring waste of time.
Fred Como
Burnt Hills

Plenty of blame for St. Clare’s debacle

My wife and I are retired from St Clare’s Hospital with a combined length of service of 56 years. We have been affected by the apparent miscalculation and mismanagement of the pensions we were promised.
Who is to blame? New York state, the Catholic Diocese, the St Clare`s Foundation, the pension investment managers? The list goes on.
My wife and I have been forced to take Social Security several years ahead of our plans at a loss of substantial benefits.
Many of our former work colleagues I fear have been far more affected. Most if not all of the affected pensioners were loyal and dedicated employees with longevity, but more so a dedication to serving the people of Schenectady and those who may be considered as under privileged.
Why should you care? If you may have been one of those former patients or family to have needed St. Clare’s Hospital and found yourself, a close relative or your child fortunate to have been treated by any one of these compassionate professionals, you should be mad as hell that something like this can happen.
Jack Ham

Bail reform solved our problems, right?

Seeing comments on bail reform that Prince Andrew and his Court promulgated, most people are asking why. The answer is, no one is connecting the dots and thinking out of the box.
With people committing serious crimes now being let go, there is no real need to capture them.
This process then frees up all police departments, like Schenectady, from having any overtime.
Now, with most of their duties eliminated, they can concentrate on the real important stuff that generates money, like catching speeders, red light and parking violations, and making sure cats do not get declawed. Why in Scotia, instead of police trying to catch speeders on Washington Avenue (on the back side of Collins Park) only three to four times a day, they could be there 24/7.
With all this newfound money at all state levels, all budgets will be balanced or possibly even surplussed. At that point, New York will then become the lowest-taxed state in the nation instead of the highest.
Having this tremendous change in our lives, more people will want to move here, especially ones who want everything free.
Free college, free medical care, drugs, etc. This will then bring more fame and fortune to The Prince. By the time all this happens, there will be another election for King of the Hill, which I believe is the ultimate prize The Prince is after. With all the above taking place, I ask you, how could he be refused? Now you have the answer why.
Bob Nicolella

Vote out Democrats for hateful actions

Mercifully, the latest attack on President Trump has ended.
It was the first time that an impeachment of a president was based upon hate, as there are no facts related to crime or wrongdoing. Democratic hatred against Donald J. Trump began to manifest the day after the 2016 election.
First, it was Russian meddling, followed by collusion, followed by the Mueller investigation staffed by 17 Democratic partisan lawyers, followed by a Democratic partisan “whistleblower,” followed by bogus impeachment charges.
Democratic hatred is based upon disrespect of the 2016 election. The Democratic goal is to drive Donald J. Trump out of office. No evidence was ever found that the Trump campaign or presidency ever colluded with the Russians or anyone else or committed a crime.
The reality is: the Democrats did collude with the Russians, they did lie to the FISA Court to spy on the Trump organization and they did participate in Ukrainian and Chinese corruption for personal gain.
The only solution is to vote the Democrats out of power in November. Then those resisters in Congress like Pelosi, Schiff and Nadler will no longer damage the Republic.
Russ Wege

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