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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, March 12

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, March 12

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Protect candidates by banning rallies

Covid-19 infections are multiplying exponentially across the United States and the world. This appears to an average citizen like myself to be a clear definition of a pandemic.
We have a president and two presidential hopefuls that are over the age of 70, the most at-risk group for fatality if they contact this infection.
Why have the CDC and all state health departments not banned all campaign rallies?
Schools and sports teams have had the good sense to ban attendance at events. Presidential candidates should do the same if the government officials fail to make this call.
Blanche Fischer

Westinghouse statue long overdue

“Make hay while the sun shines” is a farmer’s maxim. Get it done when we can.
It applies to the creation of a public statue.
With less than 1% of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding, Schenectady can have a bronze statue of George Westinghouse. It will be next to Thomas Edison and Charles Steinmetz, two other icons who created marvels of electricity for our modern world.
It is now or never. Dexter Benedict, a uniquely talented sculptor, caster and installer, has the necessary facility and has offered to do it. Civic leader Brian Merriam and a team of experienced advocates have volunteered to oversee it.
George Westinghouse is the most important person in the long history of Schenectady. Westinghouse alternating current lights and powers the world.
He learned to invent, manufacture and market while working in the family Westinghouse Agricultural Works, next to the Erie Canal, and now lower Erie Boulevard.
George Westinghouse was a captain of industry and engineer for humanity. His 300 inventions led to the creation of 60 companies and 100,000 jobs.
He was known for fair treatment of workers and other inventors. “If someday they say of me that in my work I have contributed something to the welfare and happiness of my fellow man, I shall be satisfied,” further shows why we should celebrate George Westinghouse.
It will be there to help educate and inspire generations of citizens and visitors.
Frank Wicks

Need Amsterdam golf course update

For more than a year, the Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course clubhouse has been closed due to, we’ve been told, a water main break caused by a faulty heating system.
During this lengthy closure, the mayor, golf commission and golf professionals have shared zero insight as to where repairs stand or when the clubhouse might reopen.
Will we have a clubhouse this year? What will it look like? Who will run it? What is the status of the insurance claim? Have we received acceptable repair bids?
These are reasonable questions our leaders should answer and share with the golfers who have faithfully supported “The Muni” through all of its trials and tribulations over the years. Lack of information leads to rumors, a problem easily solved with clear communication.
I suggest a meeting at City Hall to inform the golfing public as to what is going on, before people decide to leave this beautiful course and play elsewhere.
Bob Karutis

Very impressed by Orenda school kids

Recently a group of student council members from Shenendehowa’s Orenda School visited Coburg Village residents to share activities that included making a craft and playing games.
The students made arrangements for this visit and took responsibility for planning and organizing the activities.
Both residents and staff were impressed with the level of maturity, leadership and interactions on the part of these third-through-fifth graders. The students mentioned that they also participate in community service projects such as providing backpacks with food for families in need.
It was a pleasure to meet these young students who are developing important skills while they serve their school’s community.
Holly Kimble
The writer is a member of the Coburg Village Activities Department.

Stefanik tainted by Trump connection

In June 2018, Donald Trump said of North Korean tyrant, Kim Jong-un, Kim’s people sit up when he speaks, “I want my people to do the same.”
Recently, Trump representative Elise Stefanik found “a vile note” on the windshield of her car that stated, “Rot in Hell, Fascist Pig.” This may come as a shock to Ms. Stefanik, but when you publicly and enthusiastically champion the cause of a wanna-be dictator like Donald Trump and revel in his praise, some folks might think you’re just like him. Just saying.
Walter Wouk

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