Letters to the Editor for Friday, Aug. 21

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How much do you really trust the mail?

Everywhere you look, we have Democrats screaming and yelling about mail-in voting. They will tell you how safe it is to vote by mail. My question is this: If you have a $5,000 winning lottery ticket, will you mail it to the lottery office or will you take it there in person? Case closed.
Bill Marincic
Schenectady

Will welcome change in the White House

Looking forward to a nice contrast in the White House in January: Biden reading reports and no Twitter-whining Trump and a First Lady still going to work teaching at a community college versus a designer-dressed mannequin with sunglasses.
Mary Kuykendall
Ballston Lake

Paper reveals bias against president

Missy Babcock’s Aug. 19 letter (“Gazette shows its bias against Trump”) said you are too far left and biased against Trump. I couldn’t agree more. There were 368 boats in the July 4th parade on Great Sacandaga Lake. Apparently, one boat had a Confederate flag on it. That is the boat that was in the picture on the front page of the local section the next day. I did not see this boat. Coincidence? I doubt it.
It was a beautiful day celebrating our country’s independence and our president. There was no destruction of property, looting, fires being set, etc. Just very peaceful. You tried to tarnish it.
James Calkins
Ballston Spa

Take advantage of options for voting

Thank you for publishing Roger Feuerstein’s Aug. 18 letter (“Don’t wait until Nov. 3 to cast vote.”)
This letter explains all voting opportunities available for New York state citizens. There is no need for the fallacy of mail-in voting. Absentee ballots can be applied for and tracked if you are uncomfortable to vote in person.
Please consider rerunning Mr. Feuerstein’s letter every day until Nov. 3.
Bruce Reisner
Schenectady

Hybrid learning is the wrong approach

Currently, schools in New York state are considering plans for reopening using a combination of distance teaching and classroom teaching.
This hybrid approach might work in a few unique school settings. However, for most school districts, this approach will not work for the reasons noted below.
1. Human behavior is imperfect.
We all tend to take shortcuts occasionally. Will protocols always be followed inside and outside the classrooms? Errors in judgment can always have negative consequences on the best of plans.
2. COVID-19 testing time.
The plans typically are based on a 24-hour turnaround for COVID-19 testing. I am skeptical about achieving this target given current experience with testing turnaround times, and the additional load presented by opening schools.
3. Not all schools are equal.
Schools in poor, crowded, and underserved areas will not have the resources necessary to carry out the protocols required for safely opening classrooms.
4. Asymptomatic carriers. Infected people who have no symptoms may not be detected. These individuals shed the virus and can cause an outbreak.
I believe that the best use of the limited resources should be directed to enhancing distance learning, since this will be the most likely mode during the fall semester.
Don Steiner
Schenectady

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