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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, April 15

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Bernie backers now must vote for Biden

To all of you Bernie supporters: Please join with Joe (Biden) and vote for him. I love Bernie just like you do, but we need a viable candidate for this 2020 election. And most independent Americans like me and you are not ready for Bernie’s agenda, as wonderful as it is.
We need Joe Biden to be our president during these most dark days in American history, like FDR in World War II (who was a real leader).
Beverly Shea

U.S. needs a leader who can inspire us

When I listened to Queen Elizabeth’s speech from Windsor Castle recently, where she eloquently offered words of encouragement to the British people in the face of the COVID-19 world pandemic, I cried. And I wondered, why, oh why, don’t we have a leader who can similarly comfort us?  
Certainly, we have had presidents who were able to meet this great need. In their well-known speeches, Franklin Roosevelt told us what fear can do, John Kennedy challenged us to reach for the stars and Lyndon Johnson called for a Great Society.
Was there ever a more heartbreaking, consoling speech than Ronald Reagan’s after the Challenger tragedy?: “We will never forget them nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye, and slipped the surly bonds of Earth to touch the face of God.”
Of course, we all know presidents often rely on others to write their speeches. But even though they may not write them, they most definitely are able to identify the issues and challenges that the country is facing and convey those points to the writer. They know the speech they are going to make is not about themselves. It’s about the country we all dearly love. It’s about the people who are scared, angry, sad or full of rage. The speech is our unifier, our hope, our inspiration. Is this too much to hope for?
Christine Witkowski

Many are hurting, so give generously

For years, “I am on a fixed income” has been the retiree’s lament when prices or taxes have gone up. Now, it is a blessing. If you are on a fixed income and have some extra cash because your vacation is now canceled or you are living more frugally, remember those people, businesses and charities that are struggling.
Your church may need help because offerings are down with no in-person church services. Proctors is hurting, as is almost every arts organization. Local businesses, especially restaurants, have taken a real income hit. So, pick someone or something to support.
Give a $20 tip on a $20 takeout check. Mail a check to your church or to Proctors. Give to the Rebuilding Families Fund of the Schenectady Foundation or to SiCM, or to some other charity that is helping the most vulnerable in Schenectady. Stay home, stay healthy, but help.
Ken Larsen

We must all stand together in crisis

When I was a young child, I remember my Mom saying to me “Treat others how you want to be treated.” I have carried that with me into adulthood; it’s why I work with the most vulnerable as a medical social worker.
Now, some of the most vulnerable are people like my Mom, who along with the rest of my family, live on Long Island, where COVID cases have topped nearly 16,000. Both my parents know someone who has died; there has been talk amongst government officials to convert a children’s ice-skating rink to a temporary morgue to accommodate the deaths.
So, you can imagine my disappointment when I see some of our local representatives (namely, Jim Tedisco, my state senator comes to mind) spreading falsehoods about seizing ventilators from our local hospitals. I remember Mr. Tedisco calling for unity after 9/11, touting to never forget. Have you forgotten about your fellow New Yorkers, Mr. Tedisco? As Gov. Cuomo says, we are New York strong. Please put politics aside; united we must stand. As New York, as a nation, as a world.
Allison Marinucci

Writer put concerns into perspective

Thank you, Alexis Varamogiannis, for your guest column on April 7 (“Coronavirus crisis gives us time to reflect”), and thank you Daily Gazette for printing it. Ms. Varamogiannis might be young in years, but she is far wiser than most many times her age.
At this very daunting time, unprecedented for most of us in the United States, we certainly have great cause for alarm and anxiety. But as this wise young lady has learned, through deep thought, we really should put our concerns in perspective and be grateful for all the great things we have.
Many all over the world are without our “luxuries” (which we often consider “essentials”) all the time, and many are constantly at risk from disease, militant extremists or many other dangers that we in the United States have not had to deal with.
Hopefully, after this crisis has passed, we will go back to a “normal” that is not quite the same as our old way but with some new appreciation for all that we have.
I believe Ms. Varamogiannis has a great career ahead, whether it is in communications, sociology, journalism or all three.
Robert Means

Keep a close eye on local government

With the recent shenanigans that have transpired in the Saratoga County government as management, yet again, pilfered the coffers, it is even more vital that county residents focus on their local governments.
World and national events get much attention and become our focus. We are powerless to affect global change. Local towns and counties, on the other hand, are well within our ability to have our voices heard.
The citizens of Saratoga County must insist that the Board of Supervisors review and update the 2020 budget to reflect the certain reduction of revenue.
Going forward, the 2021 budget, too, must show decreased revenue as a product of the economic realities we are now in and will face over the next few years.
There are those within the county who purport to be citizen activists and occasionally bark at the activities of the town and county supervisors.
In times of crisis like the one we are now facing, they seem to be silent.
Unless citizens stand up and focus their attention locally, we will be at fault for allowing the county supervisors and management to continue their greedy fiscal games at the expense of hard working souls.
George B. Martin
Clifton Park
The writer is a retired Saratoga County finance director.

We need more info about Covid cases

Recent comments about state and county transparency regarding COVID-19 have made me wonder why local board of health officials have done little (if anything) to help the “locals” better arm themselves with knowledge of the virus threat that could be present.
I am a firm believer that knowledge is power and have received no information of who, what, where or when 11 citizens of Fulton County have gotten the virus. Did they contract it at my local grocery? If so, when?
Is there a posting telling citizens of this? Is the person who spread the virus quarantined now? Since our local board of health does nothing to inform the local population, it appears to me that many whom I observe seem to think this whole problem happens somewhere else and to someone else.
Shouldn’t we be better informed? Ignorance is the enemy here. We should be better served.
Bruce Sargeant

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