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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, March 25

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, March 25

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Ride out the storm of the stock market

When sailors go to sea, they very rarely abandon ship. When violent storms come, the ship could be rocked and buffeted by wind and waves for days. It’s not uncommon for decks to be washed with seawater. Some damage will occur. Still, the safest place to be is on the ship. Jumping overboard in a panic will lead to certain doom.
This applies to investors. If you sold your investments before the corona storm, good for you. Watch the storm from a safe place on land. If you sailed with the stock market ship, stay on the ship. Lash yourself to a sturdy post and hope the storm ends soon.
Investors must accept these occasional hurricanes. They happen all the time, and we recover all the time. Part of being an investor is knowing storms will come. Don’t berate yourself for climbing on board and setting sail. Hang on, be cool, calm seas will come.
James Pavoldi
Duanesburg


In troubled times, take time to pray

I am writing this entry to encourage us to pray. God is waiting for His people to call upon Him for His annihilation of the Covid-19 virus.
God has a purpose for all events, however catastrophic. The Bible says so and it is His way of communicating with us. He has created the universe and all there is in it.
Some of the hearts of people looking out for other people are also His creation. Even those who seem selfish and self-centered are only doing their best in these times of strife, uncertainty and anxiety.
God needs us to seek and find Him in these troubled times as “blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.“
I will be on my knees talking with Him, and I invite others to do the same.
Nancyjane Batten
Scotia


Use military funds to boost rail service

Regarding the recent Daily Gazette news and opinion articles about stalled efforts to improve and expand passenger rail service in the United States, I would love to see improvements. I have traveled tens of thousands of miles in at least thirty states on Amtrak since the 1980s.
Political will and funding are two stumbling blocks to moderately or vastly improved rail service. Amtrak operates in 46 states and must remain a national system to assure political support throughout the country.
How are the service improvements to be financed? Investments will easily cost in the tens of billions of dollars.
Not mentioned in the articles is that the United States annually spends enormous sums on the military, more than the next six or seven highest-spending nations combined. Military spending has soared in the past three years while President Trump reneged on his 2016 campaign promise to fund a massive infrastructure program.
Diverting some of the superfluous military budget is an easy way to finance the new infrastructure and expanded rail service many of us desire.
Tom Ellis
Albany


Don’t encourage people to buy guns

Can you tell me what possible social good the two front page articles on gun purchases in the last week could have? I cannot think of a more dangerous spoon with which to stir this storm.
By the way, I’m a firearm owner but I would never shoot anyone over the last roll of toilet paper.
Ken Somers
Amsterdam

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