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September 17, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 17, 2013

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Furthermore, there are glaring problems with “Obamacare” that would trample on religious freedoms and even impose the use of toxic chemicals (abortifacients), which can kill thousands of unborn babies each year here at home.

Abortion is indeed (most often) chemical warfare against our next generation.

Shouldn’t we clean up our act here before bombing Syria?

CLAIRE MIDDLETON

Plattsburgh

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Path of condemnation

TO THE EDITOR: On Thursday, Aug. 29, Gov. Andrew Cuomo commented about failing schools in New York state.

Speaking at a press conference in the Buffalo area, he stated that there has to be “a death sentence for failing schools.”

He singled out Buffalo City Schools, Rochester City Schools and three schools on Long Island and recommended solutions to include mayoral control of school districts, coupled with takeover by corporate charter schools.

Shame on you, Gov. Cuomo, for making such an analogous comment, especially referring to schools that are struggling with the new testing rigors and Common Core curriculum standards, while faced with the magnitude of problems associated with extremely low socio-economic conditions.

It was less than a year ago when Gov. Cuomo proclaimed himself the “education advocate” for the children of New York state. Today he wants to sentence the schools of failing children to the “death penalty.”

I remind you, Mr. Cuomo, that those same schools serve the children of our inner cities with perhaps their only interlude of security and an opportunity to express themselves in speech, writing, art, music and athletics.

These same schools provide caring teachers, principals and staff who face each day with the overwhelming culture of failure, violence and fear.

And you, sitting on your exalted throne of arrogance simply wish to condemn their schools to the “death penalty.”

True leaders lead by example. Perhaps you should lead the charge for support of inner-city public education and send your children to the public schools of downtown Albany instead of the elite private education they are provided.

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