Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Jan. 1

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPut Lady Liberty back where she belongsI know that this is the holiday season, but when I talk about the Statue of Liberty, it is a right subject for any time of the year. She takes whatever weather that is sent her way, and still stands there, tall.In one day last week, I had the occasion to go by Gateway (Liberty) Park, twice. I saw the island from two angles. It is a beautiful looking park, very level, and colorful. I noticed that it could stand a little symbol that would stand out and add to the area.Wait a minute. What happened to that beautiful statue that stood there for over 50 years?That would really add to the area and be very recognizable for a lot of people, like me, that go by the park daily. I took a ride over Erie Boulevard and low and behold, I found her. She looked so lonely and dirty.There was no one around to talk to her because you cannot get to her. It is dangerous to stop or walk by her. With her torch and arm in the air, she seems to be calling us to help her get back home where she belongs.I still think the Statue of Liberty belongs in her rightful place, in Liberty (Gateway) Park, and I am sure that there may be a surplus in this year’s budget to move her back.James A. WilsonSchenectadyLet Thruway drivers pay tolls themselvesI am writing to comment on the Dec. 26 Gazette Editorial “Thruway hike takes a heavy toll.”Using the Thruway or any toll highway is the choice of the driver. I do not support the idea that every vehicle be equipped with E-ZPass. If I choose to drive on non-toll roads, I don’t think I should be required to pay for an E-ZPass account.Your suggestion that “In time, the state might even consider making E-ZPass a condition of vehicle registration or renewal” is totally inappropriate. How do you support telling people what roads to travel?Why should we consider paying for roads we do not travel? Government does not have the authority to make that decision. Talk about taxation without representation.Barbara HeiseSchenectadyMore 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: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img

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