Education secretary needs to step up
With thousands of students in poor rural areas and poor urban areas,and students who are homeless, unable to have computers or access to WiFi, where is our secretary of Education?
Isn’t this the person who should be making sure that ALL students are educated during a pandemic, which has lasted now for over 6 months. We realize private schools, charter schools and parochial schools are her first priority, but these are also children, and they are in need.
Change to ethics law a GOP political ploy
It is my sincere hope that my fellow residents of Glenville are paying attention to Supervisor Chris Koetzle and the Republican-majority town board’s proposed amendment to the town’s ethics law to be voted on at the Oct. 7 board meeting.
The proposed change would restrict town employees from holding jobs with other governments, a clearly partisan ploy targeted at current Councilman Mike Godlewski and Scotia’s superintendent of public works, Andrew Kohout, who launched a nearly successful bid for a council seat in 2019.
Both Godlewski and Kohout are Democrats. But in targeting these two individuals, this law would also prohibit state employees and other public sector workers from holding elected office in Glenville, despite paying taxes and utilizing services like the rest of the community.
More than 20% of the Capital Region workforce is made up of state employees. So this proposed ethics law would effectively disenfranchise one in five Glenville residents.
Selecting and voting for elected officials is the job of the town’s residents, not the town board or town supervisor. It is a shame that the town Republicans are so scared to let their hold on the board slip that they have resorted to rewriting the rules.
I hope this community will remember this brazen disregard for democratic procedures when these officials are up for reelection.
Spa’s government works. Why change?
What has made Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the place to live? The answer: since 1915, Saratoga’s residents have had direct access to the commissioners who govern our city.
This unity created the city we all enjoy today while maintaining its historical charm. The residents have one governing body where they bring ideas benefiting the whole city.
The proposed charter changes would divide the city into wards known as the “Inner East Side,” “North Side, “Outer East Side,” “South Side,” “West Side,” and “South West Side.” Wards having their own elected council people.
These wards are known to become competitive and exist to promote their respective turf.
Imagine, the city’s great benefactors speaking to six ward councils, in order to win over their approval for a project not in their ward.
I hope anyone contemplating abolishing a system of government that has worked for over 100 years will vote down this proposed fragmented and expensive structure.
It’s wrong to change what has worked so well over the many years. The present city form of government has welcomed many new residents and deserves the support of everyone, vote No for charter change.
M. Thomas Porter
Pro-lifer backers only support life in womb
Wouldn’t it be great if the so-called pro-lifers, who are salivating at the thought of another stolen Supreme Court seat, loved you as much when you’re out of the womb as they apparently love you when you’re in the womb?
Call on senators to reject SCOTUS vote
I hate this Supreme Court frenzy. Eight months before the 2016 election, GOP senators screamed there could be no nomination until after inauguration.
But this month, only weeks before the 2020 election, they are silent. Despite their hypocrisy, most Americans agree there should be no nomination now.
To do so completely ignores the spirit of the Constitution and disrespects the role of the people to shape our government.
There are less than 40 days left before Nov. 3. Early voting or absentee voting has already begun in many states, including Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming.
If the Senate still functioned as originally intended, all senators would refuse to entertain a nomination now. But our constitutional checks and balances are gone.
Rather than the House and Senate working as a unit independent of the president, the GOP-led Senate and president have aligned to consolidate power and debilitate Congress.
And now President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seek to subsume the Supreme Court, too.
The PEOPLE are now the last vestige of our checks and balance system. Call your senators daily at 202-225-3121.
They need to know you reject any nomination before inauguration.
Nicole V. Clarke
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