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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, May 24

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Where are words of concern from mayor?

As a daily reader of this newspaper, I have been surprised to see that nothing has come from our Mayor Gary McCarthy concerning the coronavirus. Just a little something to give encouragement to the people of Schenectady.
But what he did say is that the city is going to have a deficit and he might have to cut our police and firefighters. Well, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that most cities and states are going to have a deficit, but to decrease our police and firefighters at this time is not a very wise decision. They are our first responders. We need them.
People need words of encouragement. At least let the people of this city know that he is concerned about them.
Mary Jane Foley

We need to come together as a nation

I remember long, long ago there was a war called the Civil War. It was not any good; we all know this. Too many lives were lost. This was a sad time for the people of the United States of America. Most of us remember reading about this.
I have always said there was never a good war, as everyone loses. In this Civil War, we used guns of all types and anything that could kill people.
I hate to say it, but we are again having a different kind of civil war in our country. It’s a war of words between leaders of our land from the federal level to the states to the large cities.
This is a civil war of words, which is not good for the people of the United States to hear. It’s time for all of us to pull together, work together, be kind to each other and do the right stuff to help us get out of the mess we are in, along with getting rid of this terrible virus. Let goodness and common sense take over. It’s time to work together. Enough said. God bless America.
Sid Gordon
Saratoga Springs

Keep focus on ending America’s virus of sin

Stop the blame game and pointing fingers. Until we can find a vaccine to cure abortion, there will always be a virus in this world – it’s called sin. Americans are suffering as our country combats the COVID-19 pandemic, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is focused on keeping abortion clinics open and funded by struggling taxpayers.
Crystal DeLorenzo

Follow the money for Reade’s real agenda

Joe Biden ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 and 2008 and lost both times. Barack Obama had Biden vetted and then tapped him as his vice presidential running mate in 2008 and again in 2012.
Assume that an accusation of sexual assault in 1993 by Tara Reade, then an intern in Biden’s Senate office, has some validity (though it has become a she said/he said incident).
Why didn’t Ms. Reade come forward in 2008 (15 years after the alleged incident)?  Obama was elected with Biden. If it was so traumatizing to Ms. Reade back then, why did she wait so much longer, until 2020 (now 27 years since the alleged incident)?
Ms. Reade, a Bernie Sanders political supporter, who is also reportedly an admirer of Vladimir Putin of Russia, might just have a more nefarious agenda. Follow the money.
David Lucier

Shutdown, reopening has been a big sham

OK, I get it now. The race tracks are now open for business without fans. Don’t you know the state will collect a whole lot of cash on bets made for tax revenue and, of course, you can pay a fee to go to a state beach, another perk for the state?
This whole opening thing is a shame. And sooner than later, business owners will take a jail term in order to feed a family.
My local liquor store practices social distancing with no masks at all. Today I went into a nationally operated local merchant to pick up a fruit gift and no one was wearing a mask at the counter, and I could see that those in the back area were not either.
It’s my responsibility to protect myself and it’s my right to choose a merchant who can abide by the rules, according to the CDC, not Andrew.
Dianne Burns

Grateful for work of Angelo Santabarbara

Over the years, I have worked with many people, and I know great partners for our town when I see them. I’m proud to say Angelo Santabarbara is one of them.
Anyone who lives in Rotterdam knows Angelo because he’s always around finding ways to help. He’s been there for our sheriff, police and fire departments with funding and support to help them do their jobs. He led the fight to save Rotterdam EMS and delivered the funding they needed to better serve our community. Although the past few months have been difficult for everyone, I’m happy to have Angelo as our assemblyman here in Rotterdam.
Diane Marco
The writer is the Rotterdam town clerk.

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