Take Russia’s role in election seriously

first_img“How could they better gratify this than by raising a creature of their own to the chief magistracy of the Union?”Although President Trump is uncomfortable with Robert Mueller’s investigation, Russians may indeed have helped in a significant way his becoming president. What really happened needs to be known in order to prevent this problem from recurring.The current Republican campaign to undercut Mueller’s credibility is both disgraceful and dishonest. I doubt the American people are so gullible that they will be taken in by the campaign.More likely, they will surmise that President Trump is guilty of a whole host of illegalities.Howard Littman NiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRussian involvement in our 2016 presidential election is a more serious matter than many realize and needs to be thoroughly investigated, as the special prosecutor is doing.I note that in The Federalist Papers (#68), Alexander Hamilton wrote over 200 years ago, “… the most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one quarter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.last_img read more

Don’t take food away from hungry

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) is the cornerstone of our country’s fight against hunger, helping more than 40 million people put food on the table. Yet federal lawmakers were entertaining a farm bill that would take SNAP away from people struggling to find work. Fortunately, we just saw its defeat on the House floor.How well you would complete your daily tasks if you were hungry all the time and unsure where your next meal was coming from? Probably not very well. The fact is, SNAP helps people find and keep work. We should be expanding and strengthening it.I urge our members of Congress to vote against any bill that takes food assistance from struggling Americans. Instead, we need a bipartisan farm bill that makes sure everyone has enough to eat.Darren SkotnesDelmarMore from The Daily Gazette:Albany County warns of COVID increaseFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, January 15

first_imgHelp kids deal with emotional issuesThe 2018 Final Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety Indicates “Integrating mental health prevention and treatment services and supports into schools can…help provide early identification and intervention.” The Centers for Disease Control webpage, Violence Prevention, mentions Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) “have a tremendous impact on future victimization and perpetration.”The state Board of Regents’ 2018 report, “Social Emotional Learning, Essential for Learning, Essential for Life” recognizes ACEs and the need for adults to understand it.School counselors are committed to supporting students’ social and emotional needs with direct and indirect services. Educators, such as social studies teachers, can inform students of federal and state human rights laws to enhance understanding of social dignity and respect for others. School resource officers can inform students about federal and state hate-crime laws and penalties. And guest speakers from alternative dispute resolution centers can introduce mediation and nonviolent behavior skills for potential peacemakers.Cooperation by county government and school board officials can establish 21st century community learning centers to enhance youth services through county shared services plans. In addition, coordinated application to the Allstate Foundation for a portion of it five-year, $45 million grant program can assist social and emotional learning programs.And, school board members and college professors can coordinate application to the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economics for grant monies to fund social and emotional learning projects with college students as researchers and mentors.Michael McGlynnWatervliet Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuscenter_img City sidewalk plan will not be fair to allSchenectady politicians don’t pass an opportunity to saddle property owners with more taxes because they are very good at imposing taxing solutions and shifting the financial responsibility to city residents.Instead of reducing the property tax burden with the casino tax revenue, they are making it more unaffordable for people to live in our city. Reading through their sidewalk proposal, one can only conclude that it’s clearly unfair because some sidewalks were recently replaced by the city at no cost to the property owners, while other sidewalks have not been replaced in more than 20 years. So the City Council’s ingenious solution is to tax those unfortunate property-owners that the city chose not to replace their sidewalks in 20 years, while the lucky property owners with new sidewalks will be exempted from paying because the city replaced their sidewalks for free.It’s unfair that some property owners pay nothing at all while others will be forced to pay to replace their sidewalks or be subjected to code enforcement and ticketing.It’s a nightmare to people on fixed incomes who cannot afford to pay the new council tax. A working solution has to be fair or it’s not a solution at all. We either all pay, or no one pays for sidewalks.Mohamed HafezSchenectadylast_img read more

Retail of two cities

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New row over 1.1m homes

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Brentford offices: A changing skyline

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Retail market overview

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L&G lets to Lingards Games in Cambridge

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OAS Awards: My day with the office judges

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Phoenix from the ashes

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