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.
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.
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.
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.
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