Letters to the Editor for Sept. 17

Monday, September 17, 2012
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Romney doesn’t say it, but middle class decline began with Bush

During his speech at the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney stated “this Obama economy has crushed the middle class. Family income has fallen by $4,000 ... more Americans wake up in poverty than ever before.” Romney’s statements require comment.

First, with regard to the middle class, a recent report by Pew Social and Demographic Trends does indeed indicate that median household income for the middle class has dropped by about $4,000. However, the report notes that this drop has been occurring over the past 11 years, not just over the Obama presidency, as suggested by Romney.

In fact, the Pew report calls the last 11 years, “the lost decade” for the country’s middle class. The report also notes that over the last 11 years the middle class has suffered not only in income, but also in wealth, which has dropped by about 40 percent.

Next, regarding poverty, it is true that the number of people in poverty has increased over the past four years, however according to the U.S. Census Bureau the number of people in poverty has been increasing steadily over the past 11 years. Moreover, Census Bureau data show that over the past 11 years, while the 99 percent has suffered economically, the 1 percent has prospered with increased income and wealth.

While there are several reasons for this trend in income and wealth inequality, a major cause has been the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. These tax cuts have not created “good-paying jobs” as promised by the Republicans, but rather have enriched the wealthy at the expense of the 99 percent.

Romney wants to blame the economic problems of the middle class and poor solely on the Democrats, while ignoring the fact many of the problems began during the Bush presidency. Also, Romney does not want to acknowledge that while the middle class and poor have suffered economically, the wealthiest Americans have enjoyed increased income and wealth.

If elected, Romney intends to implement further tax cuts for the 1 percent. We should not give him the chance.

Don Steiner


Fracking decision can wait for gas prices to firm up

The Sept. 9 opinion page published two conflicting viewpoints, side by side. I liked that very much. As I read each article, I became aware of a single common concern: water.

Engineer Don Cazer identified the need for large volumes during development, as well as the potential risk of groundwater pollution.

Karen Cookson, who lives in the development area, expressed concern over the many possible adverse social, economic and environmental impacts. She concludes that the harm would outweigh the benefits.

Mr. Cazer suggests taking the risk in order to reap the benefits.

I say: “Wait a while! The real question is how and when to develop the natural gas resources of the Marcellus shale.”

The price of natural gas has recently dropped because of the increase in available supplies. A good merchant would not bring to market a product during a glut, but would cleverly wait until the supply became scarce and the price rose. So, let’s wait until the scarcity of gas fully justifies the risks of exploitation.

In the meantime, we should dust off New York’s water resources development studies that I helped create in the 1960s under the aegis of our forward-looking governor, Nelson A. Rockefeller.

We found many potential multiple-use surface water reservoir sites throughout the Marcellus shale region. By harnessing the abundant surface water resources for uses including flood control and power generation, as well as water supply, gas exploitation could proceed with less adverse impact.

This could also be an opportunity for government-private sector cooperative enterprise. If that effort begins soon, it should bear fruit before 2020 — right on time to meet Rockefeller’s expectations.

Kernan Davis


Let Lower Taxes Now have line on the ballot

The recent lawsuit attempting to disallow a ballot line for the Lower Taxes Now! [party] is quite enlightening.

First, the lawsuit was filed by a so-called Conservative and Republican candidate. Isn’t lowering taxes supposed to be what that candidate should be fighting for?

Second, almost 1,700 voters signed a petition saying they want [county Legislator] Angelo Santabarbara running for state Assembly on the Lower Taxes Now! ballot line.

Whether our individual politics support lowering taxes is one thing. Attempting to thwart the voice of the taxpayers is another.

It appears Mr. Santabarbara’s opponent cannot successfully put his record against Mr. Santabarbara’s, of repeatedly cutting taxes and never voting to raise taxes.

Gerard F. Parisi


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September 17, 2012
5:36 a.m.
muggy says...


September 17, 2012
8:15 a.m.
wmarincic says...

Don Steiner,
I'm just curious when will it be Obamas fault? I'm so sick of hearing "it was Bushs fault". I never trusted anyone that continues to blame somebody else for "their" poor performance.

Another thing I'm sick and tired of hearing is "the 1%". How about the 47% that pay zero taxes every year? maybe if the rest of the country pulled it's own weight we would not be iin this situation.

People and business are leaving Schenectady and NY state in droves, why? Could it be the extremely high taxes and loss of services? I uses to look up to and respect teachers, not any more, they are the 1% in my book, they make an average of $75,000 a year with free medical and pension while working 9 months a year with every weekend and holiday off. While giving our kids a terible education and a 57% graduation rate.

September 17, 2012
9:21 a.m.
SnowGrinch says...

"Since President Barack Obama’s first year in office, a majority of Americans have said that former President Bush’s policies were more responsible for current economic problems than Obama’s policies were."

A CNN poll last Thursday shows that 57% still hold that opinion.
The only groups in the poll whose majorities didn’t support this view were Republicans and conservatives.

September 17, 2012
11:19 a.m.
wmarincic says...

A CNN Poll why not an MSNBC poll or maybe a Obama campaign poll.

September 17, 2012
12:15 p.m.
SnowGrinch says...

wmarincic, You can continue to blame the messenger, but the message is still the same... America Blames Bush!

A recent Gallup poll agrees with the CNN conclusion... America Blames Bush for the Economy.

"Gallup first asked this question in July 2009, six months after Obama was inaugurated. At that time, 80% of Americans gave Bush a great deal or a moderate amount of blame, compared with 32% who gave the same level of blame to Obama. Naturally, over time the percentage blaming Bush dropped to about 70% in August 2010, and about half of Americans have blamed Obama since March 2010, with little change from then until now."

September 17, 2012
1:42 p.m.
pnotto says...

Snowgrinch, take your Leftist polls, surveys and opinion pieces and wipe your gluteus maximus with them for that is all they are worth.....

September 17, 2012
4:39 p.m.
SnowGrinch says...

Pnotto's idea of a "leftest poll"...
any poll, although accurate, that disagrees with his agenda! :D

September 17, 2012
4:54 p.m.
wmarincic says...

Polls are polls and don't always represent the reality. I guess Obama blaming Bush continuously is working for Obama. Maybe now Romney can straighten out the misconception and lies of the left.

September 17, 2012
5:31 p.m.
wmarincic says...

The market is up but jobs are down the fed keeps printing money and the real unemplyment is well over 10% for whites and 20% for blacks, that includes those that just stopped looking for work. The price of gas is over $4 and climbing we are allowing Iran to get nukes, the mideast that Obama supported with his Arab Spring is boiling over, Israel, our greatest ally has no trust in us and Obama say's everything will be alright if we give him four more years. Do you really support that snow? really?

September 17, 2012
7:26 p.m.
pnotto says...

wmaricic, so whats the problem? Obama has everything under control. Don't you see this...He's weaving his magic through his BS...The fact is that we don't appreciate it what he is doing for us.

September 17, 2012
7:28 p.m.
pnotto says...

wmarincic, here is one you can support, we need Pat Paulson for President.

September 18, 2012
7:34 a.m.
wmarincic says...

Oh the good ol days....

December 15, 2012
12:16 a.m.
pnotto says...

The disease of this generation is the political theory of delusional thought. This is a symptom of people of the left who have to use lies and deceit to cover and hide their short comings intellectually in trying to defend their lame political positions of that so they must involve the art of delusional thought. This is something snowgrinch suffers from doing all that dope in school that has effected his/her ability to reason from killing your brain cells.

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