Stefanik a socialist for private sector
As we near the November election, we’ve seen more and more negative political advertisements from Elise Stefanik. She has constantly claimed that her opponent Tedra Cobb is a “socialist.”
I’m guessing because Ms. Cobb supports health care reforms, Social Security and Medicare.
I’m not certain Ms. Stefanik understands socialism or has forgotten that the government farm subsidies she has supported and bragged about are the purest form of socialism we can witness.
In fact, in 2018 NY21’s four most northern counties received over $5.4 million in dairy subsidies. Whether you agree with farm subsidies or not, government financial support of private business is the essence of socialism and I assure you, Ms. Stefanik knows this.
Remember Social Security, Medicare and expanded government healthcare require participants to financially contribute. Farm subsidies do not. Farmers either sell their products to the government, (products the government doesn’t need) or they just get a stipend.
So, the next time you hear Ms. Stefanik brag about dairy and farm subsidies, remember her comments on socialism. She supports the government giving money to private companies, but not human services like Social Security, Medicare or expanded health care that benefit the vast majority of her constituents.
What would Mesicks think of progress?
I am a Niskayuna resident who takes a daily walk on Route 7. Between Inman Road and Avon Crest on the north side of Troy-Schenectady Road is a stately old farmhouse still standing since 1781.
With Niskayuna’s Town Historian Denise Cashmere’s help, I learned that this structure had included the remains of apple orchards and a carriage house.
It served as a farm from the 18th century to the first quarter of the 20th century.
By 1892, the Mesick family lived there and Anna Mesick’s diaries from between 1892 and 1903 survived, describing life on a farm. They cut wood for fuel, drew coal from the depot, took ice from the river and took logs to the lumber mill. The family entertained friends, shopped in town and her daughters attended Vassar College.
They saw carriage smash-ups in front of their house and the men served in the Niskayuna Reformed Church.
I often wonder what the Messick family would think if they were transported to today and looked out their front windows and saw the streaming traffic and horseless carriages racing down this road. The family crest signature “M” still adorns the front door window entrance. Hopefully they have recently been cleaning up the area around the house to keep it fresh.
This 241-year-old structure is a monument to ingenuity, stability and continuing civilization and continues to face down the threat of destruction, degeneration and unwanted change that continuously attacks our efforts to improve the lot of humanity.
Vets grateful for Schultz and Wilkin
I read the news of Marc Schultz’s retirement; a great person and a great photographer/reporter. I failed to write when Jeff Wilkin retired and I don’t want to do the same for Marc.
Both of these gentlemen were very devoted to The Gazette and to the public when they reported news stories and the photos of the activities. They both covered the news with a special touch that you don’t find in most newspapers.
These two gentlemen covered many veterans events and services that we conducted in the city for many years. They covered the Memorial Day and Veterans Day programs conducted by veteran organizations on our “special” day to pay respects to our fallen comrades. The story was recorded for all your readers to understand.
They told their stories with special feeling and made it a personal thing as they talked to the veterans and reported what the veteran felt about the day and why the veteran was at the services.
I have known these two fine men for many years as they joined other great Gazette reporters/photographers that covered our programs; men like Jim Leggett, Sid Brown, Marv Cermak and Marc’s great dad, Ed Schultz.
Your paper should be proud to have had these men on your staff. They did the job as it was required, but made sure to cover the story and get it right with words and photos.
Good luck to Marc and Jeff in your retirement and thanks again from the veterans of this area.
James A. Wilson
With awareness, we can create change
In the wake of the monumental changes that occurred in the sixties during the civil rights movement, many of us naively thought the playing field was now leveled and all Black people needed to do in order to succeed was to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. But in reality, the playing field wasn’t level at all.
Unfortunately, many of us remained unaware of this. We were also unaware of the racial injustices that still plagued the Black community. Naturally without awareness, we couldn’t very well understand what needed to happen next. So nothing changed.
A couple of generations later, the Black Lives Matter protests exploded and challenged our belief system. As the Black community found its voice, it became evident that Black people were still struggling under the yoke of oppression and inequality.
This made us realize we needed to take a closer look at the current situation, and what we found was shocking. It became clear Blacks were indeed still struggling under the suppression of racial inequalities such as housing availability, police brutality and educational opportunities.
This was an ‘Ah-ha moment’ for many of us.
With this new awareness, we can now take the next crucial step and finally acknowledge the unfairness of the current situation, and with this acknowledgment work for change. Change can finally occur, and there is new hope.
A vote for Joy is a vote for America
What has happened to the America we grew up in? Does anyone wonder why Congress has not stepped up to enact legislation that would permit the president to step in and quell these uprisings?
Why do Democrats in the House of Representatives, including Paul Tonko from the 20th District, refuse to address this issue? One can only conclude they wish to put partisan politics ahead of the safety of law-abiding citizens.
We need representatives in Washington with some common sense and appreciation for the role of law enforcement in maintaining a civil society. What we witness every day on TV is not protesting. Protesting does not include bricks, bats and Molotov cocktails.
America needs fresh leadership, a person who has the trust of law enforcement, someone who brings some good old-fashioned common sense to Congress.
We need Liz Joy to represent us in Washington. To represent our values and the values of the unborn and the values of America. Please look over her platform and vision of what America should look like. If you agree her ideas sound like your ideas, consider voting for America, vote for Liz Joy.
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