Kelly will be an advocate for Saratoga residents

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion To my fellow Saratoga Springs residents, I hope you are all planning on voting this November. It’s important, especially in this day and age, for us all to exercise our constitutional rights and do our civic duty.I also hope that you will vote for Meg Kelly for mayor. I have had the honor to know Meg Kelly for many years and I have never met a more intelligent, dedicated, and resourceful person. Many of you know her as our current deputy mayor or from her years as an expert golf instructor.I first met Meg through her not-for-profit organization: The Saratoga Children’s Theater (SCT). Before SCT, there weren’t many choices for “theater kids” like my daughter to express themselves and learn their craft. Meg saw that need in this city and did something about it.In a short time, the organization grew from serving 20 kids to over 1,500 kids offering summer camps as well as main stage shows throughout the year, all the while not just teaching theater skills, but also promoting team-building, unity, public speaking, community service and anti-bullying lessons. My daughter has done over 20 shows with SCT and has thrived with both the theater skills and the life skills she’s been given.Being of little means, we couldn’t always afford a summer camp or a workshop, but Meg Kelly always helped families like mine with scholarships. She believed that every child should have the same opportunity regardless of their financial situation.Aside from her compassion, I was always impressed by her organizational skills, as well as her fierce determination.I think she would be an outstanding advocate for the citizens of Saratoga Springs.Alison LeskeSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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Polarization is hurting our country

first_imgThe polarization of politics is detrimental to our nation. There is a surprisingly large group of people that believes capitalism is good and socialism is bad. The reality is both economic systems have negative and positive aspects. Capitalism is based on profit and greed, which can be very negative for the workers, like what was experienced during the Gilded Age. Capitalism is positive because it rewards work and innovation and has been credited for our prosperity and growth.Socialism has been criticized as discouraging innovation. Socialism has been criticized for taking money from hard-working people and giving money to unproductive people. On the positive side, socialism provides the help for people in need.Our economy has changed over the decades. Because of globalization, there has been a large influx of imports that have taken jobs away from our economy. Automation has also eliminated jobs. It’s projected that 40 percent of current jobs will be replaced by automation in the future. Objectively, there aren’t enough jobs for everyone now and the situation won’t improve significantly in the future. The unemployment numbers only count the people who are actively looking for a job and don’t count people who are underemployed (part-time) or have given up looking for a job.A social safety net has become absolutely necessary in our present-day society. The only question is how to finance it and to what extent. The middle class seems to have solved the finance part as corporation and the top 1 percent receives the real tax cuts.John DworakRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Disparity between what bank gives out

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion It was heartwarming to see on your May 5 Business page that Trustco recently donated $500,000 to the Albany Medical Center. Just this same week, they gave me 3 cents interest on my savings account.Ken BressScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img

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Lewis stores up career options

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Arrowcroft joint venture to compete with Trillium

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London West End

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Rugby looks for team support to enter the super league

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Reflating the e-bubble

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Talk of the towns

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Canary eyes £80m Texaco HQ

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