Letters to the Editor

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionShutdown a costly deal for taxpayers“Excuse me,”  a congressman told a reporter, “The people who don’t receive their pay during the shutdown will receive it later on.”This shutdown could mean 400,000 furloughed workers not paid. Some TSA workers earn in the range of $25,000 to $38,000. Seasonal park rangers earn $15 per hour; a supervisor might earn a decent $80,000. Of course, the congressman who made this comment could be earning a lifetime salary of $174,000. He didn’t mention that furloughed people can apply for unemployment benefits. Funny, the bills keep coming,, whether or not you are paid. I believe that we taxpayers have paid late fees for furloughed people before.If I understand the situation properly, because some of our elected officials are doing what some of us citizens want done — not building a wall all along our southern border — people will not get their wages.We taxpayers might need to pay extra unemployment benefits for the furloughed workers if the shutdown goes on long enough, on top of the requested $5 billion for a wall. Personally, I want to use the $1.3 billion that was already offered to Trump for border security for additional judges to speed the processing of asylum seekers. Let’s get the people screened and processed rather than taxpayers paying for food and housing while they wait in holding stations. As recent shooters were American-born, not foreign thugs, sorry, a wall won’t help our security.Janice WalzScotia Affordable care for pre-existing illness New Year’s Eve cartoon was biasedI was surprised, and disappointed of your decision to print the very biased cartoon on New Year’s Eve. It was far below, what I considered, your moral fiber. Sad indeed. God Bless America.Vince Alescio Clifton Park  Wall is a backwards solution to problemPresident Trump says we need a wall to protect our borders. We don’t. Trump is equating the need for border security with the need for a wall. We need the former; we don’t need the latter. Building a wall is a medieval solution to a 21st-century problem. In the Middle Ages, people built walls and moats to protect them from invaders. In the early days of our country, people built walls around forts and military posts for protection. We are well beyond that now. Since those days, there have been great technological advances. We have helicopters, drones and satellites; we can detect rockets and missiles as soon as they are launched. Surely, we can come up with a better solution for border security than a wall. Immigration reform and border security are complex problems requiring a great deal of thought and some compromises. Building a wall is a simplistic, archaic solution to a complex problem. We need to look forward, not backward. Peter SparanoGuilderland Definition of private land is pretty clearThe Gazette’s Dec. 27 editorial stated, “use of waterways on private land is open to wide interpretation.” This begs the question: Why?  Step out of the way for younger leadersPolitical history is littered with names of people who never acknowledged or accepted that their time had come and gone. Their careers dissolved from leadership and even statesmanship into a desperate battle to maintain power and influence at any price. The United States has Lyndon Baines Johnson to thank for repealing civil service mandatory retirement at age 70.Combined with the refusal to set congressional term limits, it has led to a self-serving, career-minded, dysfunctional government that has crippled and discredited America in the eyes of its citizens and the world. Nancy Pelosi is the penultimate example of a Baby Boomer politician who must step aside to allow the younger generations to chart the future of our country. She’s a smug despot diva who will continue to promote acrimony and stalemate in a drive to impose her agenda upon Congress and the country. There’s no hesitation to devour the young to satisfy her lust for power.If necessary, she will sacrifice the futures of congressional freshman by coercing them into becoming her warriors by proxy. Participation in the democratic process will continue to be discouraged, and cynicism and apathy will prevail. On behalf of the American people, I demand, not request reform. Whose job is it to enforce federal laws Don’t see the bias in factual headlinesI have to admit that I got quite a good laugh at Bill Denison’s Dec. 31 letter complaining that a headline announcing that the Trump Foundation is a sham without also claiming that the Clinton Foundation is a sham proves bias on the part of The Gazette. Well, Bill, it’s the new year. Why don’t you try to correct the bias in other similar headlines like “Japan Surrenders” or even “Trump Wins.” That should occupy you for a while.Polly WindelsBallston Lake I see that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is using our money to perform the federal function of keeping Ellis Island open during the government shutdown.So I guess it is OK now for the governors of the Southern border states to enforce federal immigration laws. Or maybe Mr. Cuomo is misappropriating our funds. Seems like it must be one or the other.Michael ReillySchenectady The recent ruling outlawing the Affordable Care Act has me worried. I have a personal reason for being an advocate for insurance coverage of a pre-existing illness.After over 30 years teaching and 20 plus years of healthy retirement I have been diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease. If untreated it would eventually cause me to be wheelchair-bound. One of the most effective treatments for the disease is monthly infusions of IVIG, a blood-based derivative. I’m now on a monthly schedule of infusions at Albany Med. They have kept the disease in check and have moderated the symptoms.The downside of the treatment is the $175,000 yearly cost. My Group Medicare Advantage program covers most of this expense. Without this insurance, I would either be destitute, wheelchair-bound or both. I’m sure if given the option, an insurance company would either deny me coverage of my pre-existing condition or the premiums would be so high I could ill afford to pay them.For the thousands upon thousands of Americans suffering from a pre-existing illness, we must fight to continue their affordable insurance coverage. We must not accept anything less. Keep in mind, some day you may be in need of such insurance for a pre-existing illness.Charles RiellyAltamont After all, the rise of Donald Trump is partially due to the lack of confidence in the will and the ability of Congress to govern in the best interest of the United States and the American people.Mark RahnScotia With regard to ‘private property,’ the words can’t be any clearer. “Private property is land or belongings owned by a person or group and kept for their exclusive use.” Everyone understands the meaning. Some people want courts or legislators to change clear-meaning words to new meanings they like better.So ‘free speech’ might become ‘hate speech’; ‘mandatory insurance’ might become ‘a tax’; or one person’s ‘private property’ might become ‘the people’s boating commons.’The same people who want to interpret away other people’s private property rights wouldn’t dream of doing it to their own. If plain-meaning laws can be interpreted away, then they become arbitrary and capricious. They lose meaning and damage the social contract. The result is anarchy, the absence of rule of law.Our basic law, the U.S. Constitution, has also been interpreted to mangle the document’s clear-meaning words some political interests find inconvenient. So the nation becomes increasingly ungovernable. To paraphrase, the devil is in the interpretation.Werner HetznerCohoesThe writer is the communications director for the Capital District Libertarian Party.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img

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