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Letters to the Editor Sunday, Sep. 20


Unhappy with power struggles in county

It appears now that the question about Spencer Helwig’s special pay decisions are not the real question.
The real question is who on the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors wants his job, and if there are any, should they be on the committee to review his decisions.
I am disappointed to see self-serving power struggles when Saratoga County became successful by unity of the large and small towns.
John Simoni
Ballston Lake
The writer is a former Saratoga County supervisor.

Looking for rational conservatives

I am 72. I vividly remember George Wallace and Bull Connor. True, the Democratic Party was the party of slavery and Jim Crow.
But as usual, the talking heads on the right never tell you the whole story.
The slave masters of the Jim Crow era were Southern white conservative Democrats, protecting Confederate culture and heritage.
Northern liberals, Democrats and Republicans were ardent advocates of the civil rights movement. Many summoned the moral courage (a concept alien to Donnie Bone Spurs) to journey southward to Ole Dixie into the belly of the beast. Some paid with their lives.
Chaney, Goodman, Schwerner and Liuzzo were liberals. Buckley, Goldwater, Reagan and Buchanan did not march in Selma. Daddy Bush voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. McCain voted against the Martin Luther King holiday. The Dixiecrats of yesteryear would feel right at home in Donald Trump’s Republican Party. Confederate flags, “White Power” cheers, “Slavery was a necessary evil,” cherishing monuments commemorating those who fought to keep people in bondage, and now, QAnon followers.
I welcome a rational, intelligent response from any conservative out there, but based on the letters I‘ve read in The Gazette, none of you are capable of one.
Paul Sator

Focus should be on educating children

Regarding the Sept. 14 Gazette article (“Niskayuna Proposed school policy asserts ‘Black lives matter’”): I’ve just completed rearranging the meeting schedules for our office to accommodate the administrative and sales force personnel that have children in school.
The hodge-podge of “one-offs’ from district to district is a sight to behold and certainly a testimonial to the monolithic and unaccountable education complex.
The horror stories I’ve heard from friends and colleagues about the lack of focus, direction and interaction between students and teachers in the current situation is perplexing, as it appears to be a continuation of the “Spring Surprise.”
I’m glad to see that Niskayuna teachers spent their summer arranging for the banning of offensive imagery. With guidance from representatives from the senior class, I have no doubt the Board of Education will get to the bottom of racism, sexism and all “ism’s” impacting the children.
Peter Struzzi

Republicans: Show up with some ideas

It’s good to see Stefanik, Tedisco, Jordan and Walsh with the finger pointing and accusations. We’ve been being attacked with false information and outright lies from President Trump.
Our CDC and HHS were forced by Trump to hold back and change the information needed to protect the citizens. This virus was spreading out of control in February, March and April. Thousands were dying daily. Where were all these representatives then? No ideas, no calls to try to help, but protecting the president and his lies.
It’ll go away, drink poison, the heat will kill it. These people chose to put their heads in the ground.
What happened in our nursing homes was terrible. The homes get paid very well to protect and care for us. That very often may be the last place we live. I believe homes shouldn’t have sent the sick to the hospitals because of overcrowding.
But if they sent them, we’d find a place for them. To these Republicans that come empty handed and fully backing this garbage that’s causing tens of thousands and more daily deaths, either show up with good ideas to help or stick your head back in the ground where you’ve all been for months.
David Keenan

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Robert F. Jewell

Trump, the senate republicans and their collective are a virulence to human souls and American politics the same way the Covid virus is to the human body.
Conservatism has cogent points. However the republicans have turned away from their own precepts and like a grasshoppers turned into locust that are plaguing the world!!

Robert F. Jewell

Right on!! Mr. Santorum…look at the deficient!!! No past fiscal conservative republican would believe in this presidents agenda.

William Marincic

Paul Sator So you look to blame Trump for southern democrats, I will take a guess that you are a liberal, why don’t you tell me about Tump passing prison reform, how come the first black president never did anything for black America except add them to the food stamp rolls. Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.
Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.
So, to my friends on the Left — and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do. These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.
So, say anything you want about this president – I get it – he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights for America!

Robert F. Jewell

He’s a traitor and fights for WHITE SUPREMACIST AMERICA…your kind…republican murderer!! War indeed!! Evil against freedom. Putin lovers versus the rest of us…Trump lies to YOU also…women hating racist..


I would like to remind Mr. Simoni that the current problems in Saratoga County government began when a group of individuals, none of whom are elected officials, met in secret and made decisions regarding the county’s response to the pandemic. Upon hearing of the illegal decisions made a group of mostly Republican elected officials complained about the entire process. Their counterparts have only tried to shove the issue under the rug and stick by those who acted without authority. And therein lies the struggle….not for power but for following existing policies and procedures.

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