Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Oct. 8

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDems lie so big they distort the truthThe Big Lie was used by Adolf Hitler in his book “Mein Kampf.”He said in Mein Kampf of telling a “lie so colossal that no one would believe that someone could distort the truth so infamously.”  Sounds like the current crop of Democrats in Washington, D.C.Lou MosherAmsterdamPressure Metroplex for funding of parksIn the Oct. 5 Gazette, Pete Demola reported that Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy will seek additional funding for city parks.The New York state law creating Metroplex states under “purposes and powers of the authority” that Metroplex is to, “…design, develop, plan, finance, create, site, construct, renovate, administer, operate, manage and/or maintain such buildings, parks,….and other facilities as may be necessary or convenient…”Metroplex will get approximately $8,689,000 from county sales tax receipts in 2019. Any funding for parks?The Metroplex Law requires its chair and board to give rigorous detailed reports on its projects to the county legislature, the City Council, town boards and the public. But the annual Metroplex report to the county legislature is superficial, while the other reporting requirements are simply ignored altogether.Our elected representatives at the town, city and county level will ask the Metroplex Development Authority representatives to spell out what Metroplex will do to upgrade parks in the city and towns, as well as all other Metroplex projects, only when the voting public demands it.Elmer BertschNiskayunaGrateful to all who packed backpacksSchenectady Community Ministries (SiCM) would like to take this opportunity to thank the Feed the Children Organization, Price Rite Market Place, Thompson and Johnson Equipment Co for their forklift and operator, Schenectady Police Department,  Mayor McCarthy, Superintendent Larry Spring, Assemblyman Phil Steck, officials from Assemblyman Santabarbara’s and Congressman Paul Tonko’s offices, Susan Zimiti from the governor’s office, and Tom Hedderon from NYS SNAP Program, the SiCM Staff and 75+ community volunteers for making the “BackPack Giveaway Program” such a wonderful success.On Thursday, Aug. 29, starting about 6:30 a.m., this group of staff and volunteers met to setup the distribution of backpacks filled with school supplies, new reading books, boxes of personal care items, cases of water and cases of fresh produce for 400 families.The entire operation was unloaded, setup, distributed and cleaned up by 2 p.m. Four hundred families, approximately 1,800 individuals, received these supplies, all donated from Feed the Children and the Price Rite Market Place.SiCM thanks you for assisting our families in preparing for Back to School.Jo-Anne RafalikSchenectadyThe writer is the Summer Meals Director for Schenectady Community Ministries. More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img

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