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Friday’s Correspondence: January 26, 2024


Why Evangelical Christians Should Turn ‌to the New Testament

If you’re⁤ an Evangelical Christian and support‌ Donald Trump, then you’re failing as ‌a Christian. But there⁤ is⁣ hope.

I​ suggest you turn ⁤off Fox News and turn on the New Testament. Fox News propagates fear (and misinformation); Jesus‌ preaches faith⁢ (and truth). ⁣Reminder: fear is the opposite of faith. Also, ⁤please note,‍ Trump is not your messiah, voice, retribution and/or savior. He’s a con man in⁢ a ‌blue‍ suit that brings out the worst in‌ people.

He’s ⁣the very definition of a​ demagogue: a political leader⁢ who seeks support by appealing to the ⁣desires‌ and prejudices of ‍people ⁢rather than by using a rational argument.

Jesus, on the hand, is the messiah, ⁣the savior, and his message⁣ will ⁢make you shine.

James Gonda


Why Tax⁢ Incentives for Volunteers Need ​to Evolve

I’m glad to see so many local communities beginning to offer ⁣rewards for the volunteers who staff our fire departments.‍ With little to offer,⁢ these towns are⁤ providing tax breaks to show their appreciation and maybe to encourage more people to volunteer.

Unfortunately, home⁤ ownership is much harder ⁤these days,‌ particularly to younger people. The ⁣pool‌ of possible volunteers is not likely to be able to afford ⁤a home today, ⁣so a tax break is not any help.

If they really want to⁢ recruit the next generation of volunteers, they need to develop incentives for those ‌unable to⁣ benefit from property tax breaks.

I suggest actually ‌asking the next new volunteer‍ what would increase their participation.

There⁣ may⁢ not be much‌ a town can offer besides tax ⁢breaks, but this benefit⁤ only ⁤works​ for the older volunteers who own their own homes.

Polly Windels

Ballston ⁤Spa

Expressing Concern Over the ‍Change in Nisky Historian

I would​ like to add my voice ‌to those expressing shock and concern about the abrupt change in the Niskayuna town historian position.

Denis Brennan is well ‌qualified, ​hardworking and has been dedicated to ⁣his ⁣role. His passion for ​our local ‍history is inspiring. I am ‍honestly puzzled ⁤about ​the change.

Moreover, I am concerned about the lack of transparency and apparent lack of process.

This appears to have been‍ a purely political move.

Thank you,‌ Dr. Brennan, for your service to our ⁢community. You did not deserve this.

Joanna⁤ Begg



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Rafael Torres
Rafael Torres
Rafael Torres, a native of Schenectady, has returned to his hometown after several years of reporting in the Midwest. A graduate of Missouri School of Journalism, Alex is known for his empathetic approach to local news, covering everything from community events to local governance, always with an aim to bridge diverse perspectives.
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  1. Agree Good job on the concise and informative correspondence! It’s always helpful to have clear communication on Fridays.


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