Federal politicians have disgraced their country, should resign

Monday, October 14, 2013
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Federal politicians have disgraced their country, should resign

To my elected officials at the Capitol, along with President Obama, enough already! You should be ashamed of yourselves, you are making a mockery of our country.

Before you put your Obamacare plan into effect, you should think about the health care package each and every one of you have, and will have, now and forever. Then [approve] the same package for everyone else, otherwise you are sending us a message that you are better than us.

Leave Obamacare out of the mess you have, get back to work and do your damn job. I didn’t elect you to shove your individual policies down my throat, I elected you to make the future of my children and my life better. What you are doing is showing the younger generation that you can go to the White House or the Capitol, sit there as if you are high and mighty, not do the job you were hired to do and still get paid. Not to mention what the world is thinking of us right now.

This is not about which party, Democratic or Republican, it is what is in the best interests of every individual in this country. Take a look at Canada’s health care system that doesn’t work, and this is why you’ve decided to shut down the functioning bodies of federal government that actually do work? For most of you, this will have no impact on your day-to-day living patterns.

These [federal employees] weren’t elected to their jobs, they work for them. Maybe this doesn’t matter to you, but it does to the working class. You and your six-figure salaries should step down in total disgrace.

You certainly have taken our country into a whole new dimension.

Grace Petronis


Cartoon offensive to women and Democrats

The selection of Catalino’s cartoon [Oct. 8 issue] reflects a step backward, equally disrespectful to both women and Democrats.

The woman is depicted as a helpless idiot and the man, apparently, the all-knowing Republican. Are the Koch brothers now involved in your decisions regarding your political cartoon selections, or was someone simply asleep at the wheel?

I am appalled that this denigration of women is perpetuated with such regular flippancy, and am especially aware of it, as we are soon approaching a presidential campaign that will likely include people of two sexes.

Kendra Schieber


Anthony Wayne’s story an inspiring one

Re Sara Foss’s Oct. 8 article on the passing of Anthony Wayne [and what an] incredible and fascinating man Anthony Wayne was: Thank you so very much to Foss, [author] John Stewart and [documentarian] Tom Henderson for making us aware of this extraordinary man, and of his courage and fascinating adventure. Mr. Wayne was a true hero, a model for others to look up to.

The world was, indeed, a much different place 70 years ago. The high-tech tools and devices that we take for granted today simply did not exist. Yet 70 years is but a blink of time. We should all give pause and reflect just how much the world and our lives have changed in such a short period.

The fact is, we have heroes and extraordinary people in our lives everyday. They are in our neighborhoods, our communities. We see them at the market, at church, we see them walking their dogs and raking their yards. We should reach out to other Anthony Waynes and hear their stories and adventures. Listen to what they have to say. They can be teachers without degrees — inspiring us to do more, inspiring us to serve the communities we live in and the community of mankind.

Find a hero, find an extraordinary person today. Thank them for a job well done. Incredible people are not hard to find, they are all around us. Just open your heart and mind.

Michael La Duke


Spare us the rhetoric and get back to work

It would be sad if it were not so serious: The fox is in the henhouse; a predator is being let loose among the prey.

Or, as the Senate chaplain recently prayed, more mildly, “Deliver us from the hypocrisy of attempting to sound reasonable while being unreasonable.”

Ill-used power and money can each corrupt the public good; together they can ruin it.

Hugh Nevin


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October 14, 2013
7:53 a.m.
Ahmjrcpa1 says...

"Federal politicians should resign"------The same for the NYS legislature and Gov

October 14, 2013
8:28 a.m.
MMRMIKE68 says...


October 14, 2013
9:05 a.m.
ChuckD says...

@MMRMIKE68: First STOP SCREAMING. Then some facts. It was derisively named "Obamacare" by Republicans, it caught on with the media and then in a good humored way Mr. Obama accepted that name. Those are facts that can easily be verified.
So, does knowing you made that mistake make you wonder what other mistakes you've made in your judgement? It ought to.

October 14, 2013
3:35 p.m.
gina99 says...

How about disgraced Schenectady County Democrats? After raising our record County property taxes 6% in a recession {3X the Cuomo Tax Cap} Karen Johnson, Philip Fields and Cathy Gatta are ALL running again. Karen Johnson for her eighth election. Change is coming to Schenectady County.

October 14, 2013
5:02 p.m.
wmarincic says...

ChuckD always the defender of all things liberal and Anti-American. BTW, the fact that the government is forcing people to purchase a product is illegal regardless that SCOTUS considered it a tax, it violates the anti trust laws. It is socialism at best, everything Obama said about it is a lie. He said it was not a tax = lie, can keep own insurance = lie, everyone will be covered = lie, no death panels = lie, insurance rates will go down and better coverage = lie, lie and on and on. Didn't in one of your rant posts refer to it as Romneycare?

October 14, 2013
6:23 p.m.
gazettereader says...

Maybe wmarincic is right. Maybe the government forcing people to purchase things like police protection is illegal. I'm not for it... but it's interesting idea to fire all the police. But I really wouldn't want to live in this police-less society that he suggests.

October 14, 2013
7:47 p.m.
wmarincic says...

With our taxes we pay for Police, Fire and the basic tenants of a free society. Government has gotten too big, government costs money it does not create any type of wealth. Obama stated yesterday that the government is Americas largest employer, tell me what do we get, how do we sustain it as people live longer and taxes continue to grow. The only way to stop this mess is to cut spending, cut government and that includes the state level. When NYS was forced to work a four day week absolutely nothing changed, that tells me that we have 20% too many people working for NYS. When private business start losing money they cut employees and find ways to work smarter and leaner. Not the government, they add jobs and raise taxes. You must not pay taxes gazette since it does not matter to you. BTW the Constitution says nothing about providing health care, free or otherwise.

October 14, 2013
10:06 p.m.
gazettereader says...

When you were listing the basic tenants of a free society, you forgot healthcare. That in many ways is more important than the others.

October 15, 2013
6:27 a.m.
Phils2008 says...

gazettreader, 'free society" does not mean a society of free things. You have no right to health care. If you want it go work for it. This country got were it is because of the basic concept of hard work reaps rewards. You, ChuckD, janesjoy, have this simpleton notion that you're entitled to whatever you want. In your world there are no consequences to anyone else for what you want, but there will be consequences for you when you collapse the system.

October 15, 2013
6:34 a.m.
Phils2008 says...

Kendra Schieber, boo hoo, your offended. Ill take a wild guess and say you have never been offended by any cartoon attacking conservatives. I gather in Kendra's world denigration of women does not extend to Sara Palin does it? No it doesn't. Like most liberals, there are no boundaries for you when it comes to propriety, but you're so easily offended and outraged when you get attacked. Lucky for liberals, you control the media. You might be whining more often,

October 15, 2013
10:09 a.m.
wmarincic says...

Kendra Schieber, obviously a Hillary supporter. Maybe Hillary can get her own Monica. BTW you might want to look at all the people around the Clintons that just keep on dying violently.

October 15, 2013
1:27 p.m.
ChuckD says...

Right Phils2008, simpleton. Like: all birds of this color what these, free. Who's being simplistic?

October 15, 2013
2:33 p.m.
ChuckD says...

edit...Like: all birds of this color want these, free. Who's being simplistic?

October 15, 2013
6:50 p.m.
Phils2008 says...

ChuckD, ChuckD! Did I lose you?

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