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Letters to the Editor for Monday, April 6

Letters to the Editor for Monday, April 6

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Support teachers by preserving their jobs

I couldn’t agree more with Board of Education President  Howard Schlossberg’s April 1 letter of support for Niskayuna’s teachers (“Teachers still work hard during crisis.”)
I wholeheartedly agree that Niskayuna’s teachers deserve praise and appreciation for their reaction to this pandemic.
In addition to developing ways to teach our children remotely, they are restoring a sense of normalcy to our kids’ lives, facilitating connections to friends and engaging our kids with humor and compassion in addition to homework.
While Niskayuna teachers no doubt appreciate the sentiment in Schlossberg’s letter, I think they’d probably like more than lip service from him. Last week, school administration announced that due to a projected budget gap, they are proposing to cut at least 20 full-time positions. So, the district’s message to our teachers is, “Nice work during this pandemic, but you may be losing your job.”
In normal times, it might be reasonable to move quickly to close a budget gap and resort to job cuts. These are not normal times. If Schlossberg and the administration really want to show their support for our teachers and staff, they should go back to the drawing board on the budget. They should find ways to delay job cuts and save positions. They should work with teacher representatives and consider extraordinary measures.
Right now, Niskayuna teachers are demonstrating leadership, compassion and devotion to our community. It’s time for the administration to do something inspiring.
Janette Schue

Trump disrespects medical workers

The evidence is clear, Trump is a fraud and a failure. I used to wonder what were the underlying reasons for his myriad bankruptcies. Now, each day as he hijacks our local evening news, we see how his poor planning (incompetence) and arrogance are the main factors for his businesses’ demise and will be for his political future.
His elimination of the pandemic response team, unrealistic predictions and slow and ineffective response are evidence of his leadership failure. As a result, the United States leads the world in coronavirus cases.
His incapability to think beyond the present day is evident in his failure to understand that hospitals need to have an abundance of supplies on hand before the need arises.
Accusing heroic healthcare workers in New York City of stealing personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators is an all-time low from Trump.
New York’s health care workers are treating exploding numbers of COVID-19 patients around the clock willingly and without complaint.
All doctors, nurses, every hospital worker deserve our praise, and they get slapped in the face from this pitiful man. I hope they repay him by giving their vote in November to someone who shows human decency.
Maxine Brisport

Repay the cost of nurses’ educations

I have five nurses in my family, one being my daughter.
As everyone knows, nurses are on the front lines of this virus, risking their lives every day. While everyone else can stay in the safety of their homes.
I see everyone else that is unemployed will receive an ample check during this virus crisis and not have to care for the people with this contagious and dangerous virus because nurses are doing it with their lives and their family’s lives at stake.
There is nothing in the stimulus bill for these brave nurses for what they are doing. I think the least we could do for these brave and courageous nurses would be to reimburse them for the cost of their education to become a nurse.
My mother, who was also a nurse, always said “nurses will always be needed in time of war or peace.”
Beverly Borgeest
Clifton Park

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