Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNations like America take care of the poorWealthy, compassionate, civilized nations, do not deprive their citizens of food stamps.Rich LeonGlenville A big NO to county pay raise proposalRegarding the Dec. 6 Gazette editorial “Pay hike timed just right to pass,” greedy public servants just don’t get it. Greed is what brought a once mighty and powerful company to its knees at our neighbor GE. GE executives over the years have whittled away longtime workers’ health care and earned pensions, but cash out with millions in benefits and compensation.How can you ever justify an obscene 35% pay raise? Who gets that in the real world? In August, I had to close my small business, the G&S B&B, the only legal B&B in the city and county. Why? Because our school’s property tax doubled. Why should I give more to a failed schools system?I’ll support your raise if all of you support: a 35% reduction of city property taxes and SUNY tuition as well. Sound crazy? Sure is. Just like your offer of a 35% pay raise. Let’s fix the problems that permeate the city first. Stop ripping off property owners and students.Just remember, last week New Yorkers were put on notice by the governor’s office that the state’s budget has ballooned from an initial $4.1 billion to an almost $7 billion deficit. Who’s gonna pick up the tab for that scary scenario?No to any pay raises. What part of ‘NO’ don’t you understand?Gerald PlanteStan ChristySchenectadyA week is plenty of time to clear walkOK, it’s been over a week since the snowstorm. My wife and I attended a family function at a State Street restaurant Sunday morning. We parked a few blocks above Proctors just past the Hampton Inn. We had to walk on the barely shoveled sidewalk in front of the Hampton Inn. I’m quite sure it is their responsibility to keep that part of the sidewalk clear. It was not only us, but several other people who were stuck in the middle as they shuffled along trying not to slip on this portion on the sidewalk. All the other sidewalks around were cleared down to the pavement.Whoever’s responsibility it is, shame on you for being so lazy that you can’t get out there a week later and clear your sidewalk.When we returned, we walked in the road up State Street where it was safe.Joseph KellySaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?