first_imgAlso at stake — public education, the environment, pension rights and the right to unionize. These issues are critical to millions of citizens, and we cannot put them at risk.Then there’s the money. Millions of taxpayer dollars would be wasted. Many of the delegates to past conventions have been elected officials and political insiders. Since delegates receive a stipend, it means that elected officials who serve as delegates are, essentially, double dipping. Those extra dips are costly. Delegates would receive compensation equal to that of a state Assembly member. That amount is currently $79,500. I don’t begrudge officials their salary. I do mind giving them this salary twice.Change can be necessary and good, but change must be carefully considered. It’s in our best interest to vote no on a constitutional convention. We don’t want to pay double to delegates for work that could be done in the Assembly and Senate. More importantly, we don’t want to endanger the rights for which people have fought for many, many years.Save the taxpayers’ money and save the taxpayers’ rights. Vote no for the constitutional convention this year.Martha MeskutoveczGlenville More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census While a state constitutional convention sounds like a good idea, the truth is that it isn’t. We need to vote no this November.A convention could make changes affecting nearly everyone. Many of the protections we have are due to our current state constitution. Millions of unionized workers could see their right to collective bargaining affected. Civil service positions could be impacted.center_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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first_imgThe March 13 headline on page A2 of The Gazette’s edition from the Washington Post article by Marwa Eltagouri reads – “Married Iowa lawmaker quits after video shows him kissing woman.” First of all, I knew that it would be a Republican lawmaker because if it were a Democrat, the story would never be written. The other thing of note, if you read the story, it was the woman (a lobbyist) who “leans over and begins kissing Dix” (the lawmaker). Was this a set-up? I’ll let the reader decide.LOU MOSHERAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Three seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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