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Other states had more time to react


The Aug. 1 letter by Mr. Malec of Fredericksburg, Texas, (“Feel safer in Texas than in New York,”) is the second letter I can recall from an out-of-stater congratulating their adopted states for having fewer deaths from covid than New York.

And I say to them, aren’t you aware that there have been several months and innumerable scientists studying this disease and best ways to treat it?

Of course, there have been treatment improvements. Instead of congratulating your respective states for doing a better job than New York, maybe you should be grateful to the people who came before.

Debra Kenfield

Schenectady




Not time to make parking confusing


I realize the city of Schenectady most likely was preparing to roll out an app for drivers to use to pay for parking long before the coronavirus quarantine hit.

But to institute increased fees, along with reducing the free parking in public lots from two hours to one, at a time when downtown businesses are reeling from the almost four month shutdown, boggles my mind.

Efforts to encourage people to shop downtown should be in full force right now, not new, confusing parking regulations that will just drive people away. Couldn’t this change have been delayed until the economy had a chance to recover?

I also wonder about a system that assumes everyone has, first, a smart phone, and second, the wherewithal to download and use this app.

Christine Witkowski

Scotia




Run more actual conservative writers


After receiving (and by policy had to print) a bunch of letters requesting fairness representing both Republicans and Democrats, you actually did.

For a week. Now your choice of editorials is back to almost always anti-Trump or anti-Republican.

Please find factual, balanced editorials to print. Stop using Washington Post writers. They’re invariably very liberal Trump haters, but you seem to use them almost every time. It’s funny how they always say “writes from a conservative perspective” when they clearly aren’t.

There’s a very important election coming, and biased media is a serious problem.

Michael Gerson’s latest diatribe in the August 1 Gazette (“Book on Trump’s lies is an exercise in civic awareness”) is a great example of lies, exaggerations and twisted conclusions, all trying desperately to make Trump look bad.

Can you imagine how much trouble we’d be in right now if Hillary or poor senile Joe were in charge?

The Democrats whine about how badly Trump is handling the pandemic, but never offer any viable alternatives. They have nothing useful to contribute but complain. They offer only the usual empty promises, and a pathetic candidate. Joe’s been in D.C. for 40 years and done nothing but make his kids rich.

Bill Denison

Burnt Hills





Postal Service in no need of Trump ‘fix’


The U.S. Postal Service is OK. If there is one government service that is head and shoulders above anything else, USPS-Priority Mail is it. Mr. President: “Please don’t fix it!”

Lest you do not regularly use the U.S. Postal Service, here is why I say so. The USPS carrier visits my home six days a week and hasn’t missed a day since the pandemic began. I print my own priority mail address-with-postage. My letter or package is trackable and typically delivered in two days anywhere in the United States. Just call for envelopes and boxes. They’re free and  delivered by carrier (or order first-class stamps by mail). USPS confirms credit card charges, plus provides a full shipping record by email.

Now the best part; no trips to stand in line at the post office. Having been on lockdown most of this year, I was happy to skip the exposure during this time of masks and social distancing. Absent the above service, I would have been unable to mail anything except a letter.

Cutting USPS would be a drastic mistake.

Christopher G. MacDermot

Schenectady




Now is not the time to reopen casinos


I found the July 28 Gazette editorial (“Time to reopen casinos”) calling for the reopening of the Rivers Casino very disturbing.

The editors of the paper claim to hold the lives and health of its readers in the highest regard.

How do they reconcile this with throwing the doors open to a casino, where, judging by the spikes in other states, seems very foolhardy?

If there ever was a non-essential business, a casino is it.

With far more urgent problems like opening schools, it would seem opening a casino should be pushed into the distant future.

Dale Guldenzopf

Schenectady




Trump dismissive of massive covid deaths


This week marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The combined death toll resulting from the immediate blast was about 150,000. Ironically, this week the COVID-19 toll of dead Americans is approximately the same, with the prospects by the end of the year of the number increasing to 250,000, or a quarter of a million Americans dead.

President Trump dismisses this American mega-death reality as “It is what it is,” implying that it is of no great significance. He previously said that his supporters would support him if he killed one person on Fifth Avenue. What about 250,000  dead Americans by the end of this year? Will they still support him?

Dave Ofiara

Saratoga Springs



 

Don’t be duped by Biden’s phony charm


It’s always interesting asking leftists to identify Joe Biden’s accomplishments during his 40 years milking the public trough.

The scary part isn’t that they have no idea, but that they believe the superficial is relevant. Biden is a professional politician. That means he says what you want to hear, period. Lining his family’s pockets, selling out America and pretending to be an average Joe seems to take a back seat to “He has a nice smile,” “He was Obama’s VP,” “He seems friendly.” Sleepy Joe will not make your life better because he has a nice smile. He will be controlled by radicals and rip this country apart. Conversely, Trump is not a politician. He does what he says and was likely a net-plus in your life pre-pandemic. He will be a net-plus, post-pandemic. Get over his tweets. He has been under a savage attack since day one and still has significant accomplishments. Joe has been coddled by the media his entire career and done nothing. How is he best for America? If he wins, will we be subjected to Valerie Jarrett’s third term?

Dave Dankanich

Rexford




Baseball players not following safety rules


I thought all ballplayers were to observe the rules set by the CDC, to wear masks, social distance, no mingling in the dugouts, no high fives, etc.

No fans allowed in the stands, no refreshments and extra rules to keep fans safe.

I thought some of the players were supposed to sit in the box seats, behind the dugouts, to keep the players safe.

I’ve watched Mets and Yankees games and they aren’t obeying the rules.

If a player comes to bat and gets a hit, he goes to first base. Who’s there? The first baseman that is supposed to keep close to him, so he doesn’t steal a base, and the coach. They aren’t six feet apart.

If a player hits a home run he goes around the bases, returns to the dugout and his teammates give him a celebration for his great feat.

High fives, laughing, no masks, no distancing and shame on the player that doesn’t participate.

What happens in the locker room? What kind of distance do they give each other?

Then they go home to their families. Can a ballplayer be a carrier?

Hats off to the ballplayers that opted out of playing because they didn’t want to take the chance of bringing home the virus.

Are 60 games and big bucks so important to not obey the rules? It only takes one carrier to spread this virus. I hope that I’m wrong, and no one gets sick from the actions of the players.

James A. Wilson

Schenectady




State should tie exits to road mile markers


I have had the opportunity to travel in the United States considerably.

Many of the states that I have driven in designate their superhighway exits by mile marker. This seems to make a lot of sense.

If you add an exit, it is assigned the corresponding mile marker number. No need for 8, 8A et cetera. It also helps in trip planning

 If you get on at Exit 24 and are traveling to Exit 83, you can figure how many miles you are going and approximate time of travel. I wonder why the progressive state of New York has not learned this lesson.

Michael Andreadakis

Ballston Spa




Why fly, then hide Confederate flag?


I was driving on Route 146 from Clifton Park back to Schenectady when a pickup truck passed me with three flags flapping from its tail.

The flags were the Stars and Stripes, the Battle Flag of the Confederacy, and the Gadsden Flag.

The Battle Flag was hidden between the other two. I have two questions: 1: Isn’t the presence of the Battle Flag a direct refutation of the principles and the ethos of the Stars and Stripes? And, 2: If you are a proponent of the principles and ethos of the Battle Flag, why hide it between the others? Just asking.

Wayne Gage

Schenectady

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