I commend you on your condemnation of Tom Galante, CEO of our library system (“The library controversy,” Editorial, Jan. 31), and the news article “Thomas Galante’s suspicious expenses” (Jan. 31). I expected shady dealings when he cut back the hours at 60 branches and recently installed automated check-in and returns which can easily eliminate more jobs. I wondered how much salary he took, but over $400,000 a year is more than excessive! A fitting punishment would be some well-deserved give-backs to restore staff cuts, decreased hours of operation and other amenities rather than replace staff with automation.
The letters by Ryan Graham and Tyler Cassell were most welcome and stand out against the dubious statements of Janice Wijnen and Ed Konecnik, who bash our president’s efforts to bring uninsured citizens into the Affordable Health Care Act. Half of my niece’s modest salary goes into her insurance for her family as her husband has begun a new position without benefits. This in addition to her son’s tuition at SUNY Albany consumes the rest of her salary after taxes. Her job of 20 years does not compensate her for vacations no more than a minimal health plan.