Letters to the Editor Wednesday, May 11 – The Daily Gazette

The rich should pay their fair share of taxes

The pandemic has enriched many people, unfortunately not our heroes working in the health and service sectors.
People I know are aware that this is not right and assume that nothing can rectify this situation.
We are all concerned about the people of Ukraine, climate change and the need to provide health care for all.
America’s wealthiest people must finally share the tax burden with people who live paycheck to paycheck. Since it seems that they are happy to have more money than they need or can never spend, we must insist that they pay taxes like all of us.
We need to change the tax law so that it is no longer a salary-based structure and includes other sources of income.
We have the opportunity to make that happen in the midterm elections.
It is a subject that has been discussed and rejected in the agenda of our current governments.
We need to elect politicians who support taxing the rich.
I often get the impression that politicians prioritize the benefits they receive from contributions before revising current tax laws. I fail to see how people who work for wages can continue to shoulder the tax burden to meet America’s needs and participate in global humanitarian concerns.
John Nicolas
Hagaman

Take time to honor our heroic veterans

If you value your freedom, thank all veterans.
In our daily life, we come across many people wearing hats and shirts that display a message. For me, the most important messages I see are those that label someone a veteran of our US military.
These hats and shirts are symbols, not just decorations or declarations of being a fan of a sports team or company. They are a symbol of pride for serving in our US military.
They are symbols that represent the fact that they not only served in our armed forces, but also made a sacrifice in some way.
Some have left loved ones behind to defend our beautiful country and have missed many birthdays, holidays and other celebrations with friends and family.
Some made the ultimate sacrifice when their life was lost.
Still others suffer for the rest of their lives because of the pain and suffering they endured during their service. All have given a little, and some have given everything, but all have made a sacrifice in serving.
The courage and bravery of these people should never be overlooked or overlooked. World War II veterans are known as the greatest generation. I consider Vietnam veterans the least respected generation. The fact is that all veterans deserve to be recognized for their courage, their bravery and their commitment to our great country.
If you see someone proudly displaying one of these symbols, thank them for their service as well as their sacrifice.
Eddie brush
Schenectady

Grateful for Schalmont race information

Many thanks to The Gazette for sharing candidate profiles ahead of the Schalmont School Board elections.
For many years, I relied on a close friend at the school board to find out which candidates deserved my vote. But sadly, she passed away last year. Now I am forced to look for other sources for candidate positions, and your article was helpful to me.
I especially want to commend The Gazette for including comments from the only candidate who took advantage of The Gazette’s article to blow his dog whistle loudly. I now know who will not get my vote.
John D.Fisher
Pattersonville

It’s hard to change your mind about Trump

Vince Dacquisto’s April 29 letter (“Biden saved the nation from Trump”) was a devastating rebuttal to Republican critics of the administration.
But I doubt that he changed his mind because when faced with facts that contradict their profound opinions, people do not listen to reason. They dig their heels in and become more stubborn.
Mr. Dacquisto, for example, rightly points out that Donald Trump played a leading role in the January 6 insurrection and that he is a chain liar.
In fact, he is worse than a liar; he has no sense of right or wrong. Even former Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell believes Trump should have been convicted in his second impeachment trial.
Yet McConnell, stalwart Republican that he is, voted for acquittal on the flimsy argument that since Trump lost the election, he would be out of office in a month anyway.
Has McConnell forgotten that Trump’s acquittal makes him eligible to run again in 2024, an option that allows him to remain the dominant force in the Republican Party?
Like the Wizard of Oz, Trump continues to bamboozle the GOP behind the curtain at Mar-a-Lago. Republicans, including career desperado Rep. Elise Stefanik, who once criticized Trump, are unabashedly following him in repeating the “big lie” that the election was stolen.
I guess Republican candidates would rather endorse political conduct that strikes at the very heart of our democracy than risk losing to a Democrat who has every right to brag about Biden’s impressive record.
Fred Come
burnt hills

Mental health problems are linked to smoking

Mental Health Awareness Month serves as a catalyst each May to help the public better understand the challenges faced by people with mental health needs.
Mental health issues can affect anyone. Research shows that millions of Americans live with mental illness. And, as the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored, mental health and physical health are inextricably linked.
People living with mental illness also face a significant disparity in tobacco use.
In a 2019 telephone survey conducted by the state Health Department, adult smoking rates were highest among adults reporting frequent mental distress (24.7%). In comparison, the prevalence of smoking in the general adult population was 12.7%.
The New York State Smoking Cessation Helpline – a resource for nicotine support and replacement products – noted that 42% of those they served in 2021 said they had a mental health problem.
Healthcare professionals play a vital role in helping patients live a tobacco-free life. We know that counseling and support more than doubles a patient’s chance of successfully quitting smoking.
Smokers: Even if you’re not quite ready to quit smoking, talk to your health care provider.
Suppliers: Even a 3-5 minute conversation with smokers could ultimately save a life.
Need help quitting smoking? Try The Butt Stops Here, a community-based smoking cessation program. Sign up for a virtual group at sphp.com/quitsmoking or join Ellis Medicine’s in-person group. Dial 518-831-6957.
To contact the NYS Smokers’ Quitline, call 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8387) or visit nysmokefree.com.
Amanda Mulhern
Schenectady

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