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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Feb. 16

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Feb. 16

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Trump and lapdog Stefanik must go

Well I see Trump’s lady lapdog, Rep. Elise Stefanik, has fully embraced his alternate reality.
Of course, it’s just a coincidence that Vindman and Sondland were removed from their jobs. It couldn’t have been retribution. All good worshipers of the Great Orange Raccoon know that he is above such pettiness. Never a nasty tweet or a bad word about anyone.
Does she really think we are all idiots? She and all her ilk, including the Orange Raccoon, need to go.
George Elston
Fort Hunter


More info needed on ALCO site projects

It would be hard to not be impressed by the changes that have taken place on the abandoned ALCO site in Schenectady.
Obviously, millions of dollars have been invested in reclaiming the site and in the construction of new infrastructure, a casino, two hotels, condos and apartments, parking garages, etc.
This type of project, which received government (taxpayer) assistance, is expected to provide additional jobs and additional tax revenue to the locality. In addition, the ALCO project will provide revenue from the casino’s gambling receipts.
Casino payments are reported on a regular basis; however, I have not seen reports on income (or expected income) being received from property taxes.
It is important that Schenectady residents, who have supported the project with various incentives (sales tax waivers, tax exemptions), be provided with a summary report of property tax activity related to the total project.
The report should include total assessed value, exemption value, expected revenue to city, school district and county based on 100% assessment, date when 100% evaluation kicks in. Other data such as jobs created and expected sales tax would be helpful.
Taxpayers deserve to be informed of how tax dollars are being used by agencies such as Metroplex and Schenectady IDA and the results achieved. Also, development agencies deserve to receive credit for sponsoring successful projects such as the ALCO Site Project.
Paul R. Butler


Ease proof for kids to obtain non-driver IDs

Why is it so difficult to get a New York state non-driver ID?
My 14-year-old grandson has a class trip scheduled for May to Montreal, and the new border security requirements require him to get a non-driver ID or a passport to enter and leave Canada.
We opted for the state non-driver ID, as it was far less than a passport in terms of money and timeliness.
It took us four trips to the Department of Motor Vehicles to finally succeed in getting the ID, mostly because the required Homeland Security proofs for a 14-year-old are unrealistic.
He had an original birth certificate and a Social Security card, but the additional proof included such things as a pay stub, a W-2, a voter registration card, a copy of a utility bill, etc. — none of which a 14-year-old would have.
Additionally, a high school photo ID and a copy of a report card is one proof, but he is in middle school and his ID and report card were not acceptable.
Neither was a copy of a summary of his latest doctor appointment.
Fortunately, he had a savings account, and a statement from the credit union was finally accepted.
These rules are unrealistically stringent for a middle school student who just wants to go on the class trip to our neighboring Canada.
An original birth certificate and a Social Security card used to be sufficient, but no longer.
James Shear

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