Letters to the Editor for Saturday, March 2

first_imgAmerica must stop plundering the worldThe United States has a long, sordid, bi-partisan history of ousting democratically elected governments in Latin America, through force or sanctions, in order to appropriate resources.Truman started the School of the Americas (Assassins), teaching torture, killing, overthrows, etc., in 1946. It is still in operation.A partial list of U.S. presidents and their interference, incursions, coups and invasions includes: Eisenhower (Guatemala 1954, Haiti 1959, Ecuador 1960); Kennedy (Cuba 1961, Brazil 1962); Johnson (Dominican Republic 1965); Nixon (Bolivia 1971, Uruguay 1972, Chili 1973); Reagan (Nicaragua 1981, Guatemala 1982); Bush (Peru 1989); Clinton (Haiti 1992, Colombia 1999); Bush (Venezuela 2002); and Obama (Honduras 2009, Nicaragua 2015).Our deadly interference in Latin America increases the numbers of refugees fleeing the negative consequences of violent dictators. I won’t get into the oily chaos created by our $4 trillion illegal wars on Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria. Let’s stop plundering the world!Peter LookerGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionExcited over first woman presidentSenator Kamala Harris was asked at a town hall event whether Democrats had to nominate a man to defeat the president in 2020. It’s dispiriting that this is one of the first questions faced by Sen. Harris as a presidential candidate.  With Amy Klobuchar’s announcement, at least five women will be vying for the presidency in 2020, and they all boast impressive legislative resumes.  These candidates, in many ways, feel empowered and driven to answer the call for the nation’s highest office in rebuke of a president who has been a demagogue since before he was elected.I’m inspired by the women who have announced their candidacy. Personally, women in leadership roles and political office is not a second thought; it’s a way of life in New York.  As a constituent, I’m represented by Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, and Senator/Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand (who also announced her candidacy for president). The narrative in 2020 shouldn’t be that women are running for office, but about the fact that they seemingly are the most qualified.   The Democratic field is the most diverse in United States history. This group of candidates leaves me hopeful for our republic and confident that our political system is yet able to remove those who abuse power. I’m excited that we have an opportunity to check that “first ever” category for the office of president of the United States and elect our first “Madam President.”E. Hyde Clarke Albanylast_img read more