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GOP backers are the offensive ones here

I am glad that a recent letter writer found the March 16 cartoon offensive.

I find the Republican Party offensive, as well as the letter writer’s subsequent comments about supporters of President Obama.

The hateful and racist views expressed by the writer are unfortunately the norm for those who support the Republican Party.

Steven Potter

Ballston Lake

Senators not traitors for opposing Iran deal

I am writing this letter because everybody seems to be under the impression that the 47 senators who wrote the letter to the leaders of Iran were somehow committing an act of treason.

If anybody actually bothered to read the Constitution, the very document that helped create the very society we enjoy today, it specifically states that an act of treason is “levying war against the United States or by giving aid and comfort to an enemy of the United States.” How exactly is writing a letter to the leaders of Iran, stating that you will not support any treaty that comes to their desk, an act of treason?

To say that this is an act of treason or to say that this is anywhere in the ball park is absolutely insane. It’s fine to have an opinion, but writing to the opinion section of a newspaper and accusing people of a very serious crime as treason, you had better back up the accusation with more than political rhetoric.

There was a man that wrote a [March 19] letter [“Iran letter just a step away from treason”] to this paper asking who was pulling these senators’ strings to make them do it. I ask you this: Who is pulling the strings of the other 53 senators who didn’t sign the letter?

A nuclear deal with a tyrannical regime like Iran, where you are offering more of the carrot than the stick (Ted Cruz’s comment), is just asking for trouble down the line, and these 47 senators see that writing on the wall.

Duane Watkins


Political views don’t make people traitors

On March 24 Mr. Tony Russo had his opinion [“Obama backers are real America haters”] published in which he states those who support and vote for President Obama are hateful of America. To label a group of Americans based only on their political views goes beyond offensive. Since this country was formed, whether civilian or military, millions of Americans have served their country and millions have died.

I do not know Mr. Russo’s story, but I do know mine. From August 1964 to August 1970, I served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an 0311 (rifleman). The day after 9/11, I went to the local Marine recruiter and told him I was ready to serve. He was polite and took my serial number and stated they would call if I was needed. To this day, if my country calls, I am ready to toe the line.

I am ready to take a bullet — as a Democrat — for my country. Is Mr. Russo?

Jim Gibson

Ballston Lake

Cuomo should act to stop oil train tragedy

Attention, Gov. Cuomo. It’s pretty clear to most people that we have to, and are, shifting to a world that lives within its energy income (clean, safe, affordable solar, wind, water and conservation), rather than leveling mountains and poisoning land, water and air for short-term greed of the coal, oil and gas corporations.

Seventy years ago, Edison compared burning fossil fuels to a tenant farmer burning his fences to keep warm.

Stephen Williams’ March 21 column highlights the danger of those extremely explosive black tankers rolling across our country, through our towns, at 40 times the rate of five years ago, just so a few oil corporations can get richer selling it to other countries. I see hundreds a day through my window, knowing we and our local schools are within the one-mile blast zone from which our emergency responders can only try to evacuate people.

A courageous governor would stand up for us against big oil, using Summary Abatement powers, (as Mario Cuomo did to stop unsafe oil barges) and immediately halt these bomb trains.

If not, Larry Mann, author of Federal Rail Safety Act, predicts: “It may not happen today or tomorrow, but one day a town or city is going to be wiped out.” May this be our last April 1 Fossil Fool’s Day as we become solar wise.

Pete Looker


Don’t be tolerant of government abuses

In Glenville, it’s not animals that should be removed from farms but rather some public servants who should be removed from office. I am a farmer — I do not support animal abuse, nor do I support governmental abuse.

When you want to charge someone with 12-plus counts stemming from animal abuse, which is not far off from spousal or child abuse in the public’s eye, you should think and know what you’re talking about before you act. You’re destroying someone’s reputation and livelihood.

I grew up on a farm in Schenectady County. I still raise cattle, turkeys, pigs and chickens just outside Washington, D.C. I can go on and on about the benefits of raising livestock outside. But to learn firsthand, just YouTube search “Pasture Raised” vs. “Factory Farm.”

I hope something good comes out of the governmental abuse in Glenville. Maybe we will all take a minute to think about where our food comes from. Please do some research, and then more of us will support small farms like West Wind Acres.

In the meantime, Glenville officials will do anything to save face and make some of these charges stick. There’s nothing more dangerous than a government official, in the spotlight, defended by your tax dollars.

A farmer’s livelihood is based on his reputation and the livestock and crops he produces, a public official by the judgments they make. The outcome of this case may indicate it’s time to tell some Glenville officials goodbye and to go look for greener pastures. All charges should be dropped immediately.

Jeb S. Fuller

Vienna, Va.

The writer is a former Schenectady County farmer.

Think before judging those you don’t know

I’d like to respond to the March 20 letter [“Drive-thru line shows how lazy we now are”] about the “laziness of Americans,” as “evidenced” by the number of people in the drive-thru at a fast food place.”

I don’t know about how lazy our society is, but the word “judgmental” certainly comes to mind. I’m assuming the author of the letter didn’t take the time to question each individual as to why they use the drive-thru, which is odd, because he sure doesn’t seem to mind judging them for doing so.

People have many reasons for utilizing the drive-thru. Perhaps they had small children in the car and would rather not deal with taking them out of their car seats and wrangling them inside the restaurant. Maybe they are disabled and walking into the restaurant is difficult for them. Maybe they just got off a long day of work and would rather not have to leave the car.

Or maybe they just prefer to take advantage of something that makes life a little simpler. That doesn’t equate to laziness. If you think it does, I hope you don’t use air conditioners, indoor plumbing, refrigerators, microwaves, cars or credit cards, because each of those things were developed in order to make our lives a little easier.

Maybe instead of thinking of ways everyone else is lazy, you can spend some time figuring out how to stop judging people you know nothing about.

Sean Mearns



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