Appointments and dismissals should be based on merit, not based on political reward or punishment.

Letters to the Editor

Janet D’Arcangelis​ For the Guilderland Teaching Assistants

Connie Rue, secretary, Altamont, Community Tradition

Raymond and Joan Decker, Voorheesville

Shirley Unser, coordinator, New Salem Volunteer, Fire Department Auxiliary

More than 400,000 New Yorkers served in the military during World War I, more than from any other state.

Meteorologically in these parts, November has the least sunshine and December the fewest hours of daylight. How did Guilderland folks in the late 1880s get through these months before electricity and all that it powers, the internet, and the automobile?

John Scally, trustee, Village of Altamont   

Adam Greenberg, Dan Leinung​, New Scotland

I think perhaps I’ll do a draft of my own obituary. After all, who knows me better than me?

It also seems rather thoughtless to make those close to me, at one of the worst times of their lives, try to craft a coherent portrait of their loved one. Really, you don’t do your best work under those circumstances.