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Can no longer accept Israel actions in Gaza

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Can no longer accept Israel actions in Gaza

As Christians went to their churches and prayed for peace and love, their vaunted ally Israel completed its devastation of the Palestinian people in Gaza. Israel's tanks, attack bombers and artillery, mostly American-made and paid for, just laid waste to most of the heavily populated Gaza strip so there aren't many targets left to hit.

Human lives are cheap on the Palestinian side, something our Christian upbringing should never let us accept. The kill ratio in this massacre is over 30-1 in favor of Israel against the Gazans and the casualty rate is a higher figure. Some 8,000 Israeli air strikes were carried out against targets in four weeks of war, killing and maiming women and children, demonstrating a violence of the likes we go back to the Old Testament to read about.

Israel says it has a right to defend itself and that it is right. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he wants an all-out war. That's not the spirit our brethren should like to hear from the pulpit. When their army kills civilians indiscriminately, Israel is surely guilty of committing war crimes, as defined by the Fourth Geneva Convention. What do we Christians think about that?

Israel says the enemy places its rocket launchers near schools, apartment buildings and mosques -- that's why it explodes bombs and shells near them. But we can see that Israel's forces have gone beyond military necessity in their slaughter. They've produced a disproportionate response to the reasons for making war, both in the extent of violence and in the blockade that has denied Palestinians food supplies and freedom of travel. Those are clear violations of the principles of international humanitarian law.

Meanwhile, Israel's warplanes have destroyed water and sewer systems and knocked out the electric power supply for 1.7 million people in Gaza. We see in the news media images of grieving families surrounding bodies of their dead, shattered houses and vehicles outside.

It should bring home to some in our congregations the sorrow and suffering that have marked the history of the Christian church. And the need for mercy and forgiveness in the quest for peace in the Middle East.

Roy Neville

Schenectady

Citizens best served by electing Jill Polk

I am very much looking forward to Primary Day, Sept. 9, so that I can vote for Jill Polk for Schenectady County Family Court judge. Jill -- running for the Democratic nomination -- has unsurpassed credentials in the law, including 20 years experience in Family Court.

But, just as important, Jill is committed to our community, having worked with children and families for many years. She is a person of deep compassion and integrity; precisely the kind of judge we need on the Family Court bench.

Democrats, and all Schenectady County residents, will be well-served by electing Jill Polk to Family Court.

Frank Maurizio

Schenectady

Don't tolerate media bias against the GOP

The partisan bias in American media is not acceptable. It totally contradicts the purpose and meaning of a "free press."

The New Times/Associated Press and much of the mainstream media are notorious for tinkering with political news. Overall, there's an obvious partisan favoritism habit to select and/or edit stories in order to eliminate or downplay news that reflects poorly on the Democrat Party.

Conversely, stories, including gossip and rumor that embarrass alternate political parties are often embellished and overly reported. A well-informed observer would judge the general media an active component of the Democrat Party.

Further: the frequent reporting a fact from questionable news sources and the abetting of political factoids is becoming anew media norm. Honest, factual unbiased news sources are absolutely essential to maintain democracies. Its absence destroys them.

Electing representatives without the benefit of unvarnished truth can result in unqualified, incompetent representatives. possibly to the point of failure. Is the media part of the problem and its reform the solution? I would invite my fellow Americans disturbed by media bias to innovate with alternate word-fits for the PRAVDA acronym, a reminder of the Cold War and the Russian newspaper, Pravda, (The Truth) that touted the Communist Party at the expense of all others.

Repetition of the acronym may shame the media and beget restoration of a truly free press. PRAVDA: "Persecuting Republicans, Abdicating Veracity, Destructing America."

Wallace Hughes

Charlton

Metroplex not open to all business types

Re Aug. 17 guest column by Elmer Bertsch, "Transparency lacking in how Metroplex selects businesses for tax breaks": This experience goes a little beyond the issue of "how Metroplex selects businesses for tax breaks" but goes more to the broader issue of how Metroplex selects businesses upon which to bestow its favors.

Seven years ago, my wife and I helped our son and his partner start their business in downtown Schenectady. The biggest challenge was finding financing. Aside from the money the two partners brought to the table, they had already found some financing. However, it was not enough.

We were not unaware of the success that Metroplex had in helping new businesses get started in downtown Schenectady and the fact that a lot of this help had to do with financial assistance. Metroplex sure seemed like a good place to start. However, we had no idea how one might go about obtaining Metroplex's help, nor how Metroplex might go about bestowing its largess. So, we did the logical thing -- we called them up.

Here's how that conversation went.

Us: "We're interested in finding out how one goes about obtaining Metroplex's assistance for a startup business in downtown Schenectady.

Metroplex: "Well, what kind of business are we talking about here?"

Us: "It's a bar/restaurant."

Metroplex: "We're not interested in helping any more businesses of that type. We've done enough of that already."

End of conversation. No invitation to visit Metroplex and talk about the business and the principals or their business plan. No discussion of how one goes about "applying" to Metoplex or how Metroplex goes about deciding who might get assistance or what the criteria might be for qualifying for assistance. No offer to send materials or information describing Metroplex's role and process.

Nothing like that at all. We did press the issue somewhat, but to no avail. We did question the other end of the phone as to what we could do, how they might help, etc. This person made it clear we were wasting our time. It's not going to happen, so let's not waste any more time talking about it.

So, our experience is that the Metroplex decision-making process is someone sitting on the other end of a telephone making an arbitrary, ad hoc, off-the-cuff, seat-of-the-pants, unilateral decision.

So, I don't feel so bad now that I see that perhaps we are not alone in being treated dismissively.

George Nigriny

Scotia

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comments

August 27, 2014
12:55 p.m.
+1 votes
wmarincic says...

Roy Neville
Thousands of Christians have been slaughtered by Muslims in Iraq this year alone. Children beheaded in front of their parents who are then beheaded. Crucifixions in the streets of Iraq. Look at the videos on YouTube of Hamas shooting off rockets from schools and the phony videos of supposedly dead children. I'm so sick of you brainwashed liberals. A friend told me the other day that a liberal America hating reporter met a peaceful Muslim and his knife last week. Do you think they wouldn't kill you and your family too?

August 27, 2014
5:33 p.m.
+1 votes
pnotto says...

The problem with Leftist's like Mr. Neville is that you are totally clueless as to how the world operates. The world operates by the use of force, period!!! The people who have the force call the shots that is why America has survived for over 200 plus years. Along with this military power comes great responsibility in maintaining world peace by keeping people like Vladimir Putin and others in check or at least were held in check when this country had real leaders in the White House. But this is why Leftist's like Mr. Neville hate the US and other countries like Israel who have the military power and are not afraid to utilize it when necessary. We are the countries who don't stand for being bullied and will put a stop to it as we see occurring in the Gaza-Israel war. So Mr. Neville, if you think along the same lines as other brain dead Liberals like Barrack Hussein Obama, mmm, mmm, mmm, and his partner in stupidity the Haughty John Kerry, who btw served in Vietnam are mistaken who think the new millennium brings a new set of rules governed by peace treaties and clean water and clean air with wind mills for ever, you people are living in Disney Land. The other problem with people like Mr. Neville is they view the US/Israel as the real bullies who take advantage of lesser opponents because its not a fair fight and you are ashamed to be called an American. Well, my advice to dim wits like Mr. Neville, this is our America, so love it or leave...As for your destining of Israel and the US using its military force to rid ourselves and the threat others bring to our citizens it is well justified in using that military strength to protect ourselves and extinguish the threat these people bring to us by wanting to kill us...BTW we all thought your President was supposed to put a stop to all these wars and disagreements but I guess your guy didn't show up to answer the bell. So snap out of it Mr. Neville and join the rest of humanity from your land of make believe...

August 31, 2014
3:29 p.m.
+1 votes
stockadian says...

Thank God we have intelligent people like Roy Neville who can sort through the facts for us, and not everyone is a war hawk like wmarincic, who never has a nice thing to say about anyone who has a brain in their head. Thank you, Roy Neville for your thoughts on the situation.

 

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