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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, Sep. 29

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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.
Sally Magid
Schenectady

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.
Sarah Bradley
Scotia

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
Saratoga Springs

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?
Frank Palmeri
Schenectady

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
Hagaman

 

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Robert F. Jewell

FOR TERRY RYCVEK…..

THE RACE

RACIST THOUGHT SEEKS OUT ITS OWN,

AND WHISPERS DARKLY OF ITS MIGHT.

RUINOUS WORDS TO COAX A SOUL,

AND KILLS IT WITH A PURE DELIGHT!

THE SUN ARISES EVERY MORN,

TO VIEW THE RACE THE RACIST RAN.

THAT LEAVES THIS WORLD A SADDER PLACE

LESS LIVABLE FOR MOTHER EARTH AND MAN!

Terry Ryczek

Not what you, Robert, perceive as truth.
The truth, Jesus said “I Am the way the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me”

Robert F. Jewell

For WILLIAM MARINCIC

NUMBERS
BILL BELIEVES THAT DEATHS OKAY,
SINCE IT HAPPENS FAR AWAY.
GOLLY!, HE SAID ONLY THOUSANDS ARE DEAD!
SO WHATS THERE TO DREAD!
WHEN ITS MILLIONS THAT DIES ILL WIPE MY EYES,
WHILE HOPING ITS MILLIONS INSTEAD!

William Marincic

I have no idea what you’re talking about. But I know this you must feel awful guilty and have a terrible life that all you think about is me and Terry Rycvek.

William Marincic

Frank Palmeri I’m just curious how this is a stolen Supreme Court seat? Isn’t President Trump still the president until January 20 of 2021 if he loses the election, which he won’t. Do you think if the Democrats had this chance that they would wait for the next president if it’s not theirs?

Terry Ryczek

Terry Ryczek
September 28th, 2020
Robert why is it that if a pregnant woman dies in a car crash or is tragically murdered the perpetrator is charged with a double count of manslaughter or murder?

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Robert F. Jewell
September 28th, 2020
Because
A. the law recognizes that the MOTHER was criminally denied the choice to KEEP her child …or not…
B. Since being denied that right..the responsible agent becomes guilty of a double Homicide since the most horrid damage to her right is the loss of her life and the loss of her potential offspring.
C. Thus double homicide charges…

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Terry Ryczek
September 29th, 2020
So you admit it’s child not a fetus. Logic dictates then that abortion is murder.

Terry Ryczek

Wallstreet Journal: Biden Avoids Paying Taxes

While the Joe Biden campaign was quick to leap on a New York Times story that President Donald Trump paid a small amount in personal income taxes in recent years, it is clearly a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Joe and his wife Jill Biden funneled millions in income through a pair of S corporations they set up in Delaware as a way to circumnavigate paying Social Security and Medicare taxes, according to an August opinion article in The Wall Street Journal.

Of the nearly $13.3 million the couple took in primarily through speaking fees and book royalties during the 2017 and 2018 tax years, they claimed just $750,000 in income.

The other 94 percent of the money passed through the corporations as a direct distribution to the Bidens, preventing it from being subject to the 15.3 percent combined Social Security and Medicare tax rate, according to CNBC.

The Internal Revenue Service requires S corps to pay “reasonable compensation” to employee shareholders before making non-wage distributions to them.

The nature of the business dictates what should be characterized as income and what can be a distribution to an employee shareholder as money generated from the business.

“But to the extent gross receipts are generated by the shareholder’s personal services, then payments to the shareholder-employee should be classified as wages that are subject to employment taxes [Social Security and Medicare],” IRS guidance reads.

Such is clearly the case with the Bidens.

The companies made money through their speaking fees and book royalties and apparently little, if anything, else.

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Most if not all the compensation the couple received from the S corps should have been in the form of income, subject to employment taxes.

Even left-wing journalist Ryan Grim, with The Intercept, during the heat of the Democratic primary race last year, highlighted the Bidens’ use of Delaware corporate law to shield their income from public scrutiny.

The Biden campaign was quick to grab on to a New York Times story claiming Trump paid only $750 in personal income taxes the year he won the presidency in 2016 with an attack ad.

In response to the Times story, the president tweeted Monday morning, “The Fake News Media, just like Election time 2016, is bringing up my Taxes & all sorts of other nonsense with illegally obtained information & only bad intent.

“I paid many millions of dollars in taxes but was entitled, like everyone else, to depreciation & tax credits,” he added.

Due to the nature of Trump’s business being primarily in real estate development, tax law does provide for significant tax credits, deductions and depreciation to encourage entrepreneurs to take risks.

Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., also addressed the Times story in an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Monday, pointing to the development of the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C., as an example for which his father received tax credits.

“My father’s paid tens of millions of taxes,” Trump Jr., said. “If he does things in certain years where you get depreciation, where you get write-off, where you get historical tax credits, like we did when we took on the risk of building the Old Post Office in DC.”

The Old Post Office Building, originally constructed in the 1890s not far from the White House, reopened as a newly renovated Trump hotel in October 2016.

“That was literally a government contract,” Trump Jr. recounted. “We bid against every hotel company in the world. Historical tax credits that you use to offset tax payments for taking the risk to build that. That was done under the Obama administration. It literally took an act of Congress to get it done.”

The president’s son further suggested that while his father’s federal income tax due may be low any given year, he still had to pay property taxes and payroll taxes (Social Security and Medicare) among others.

Trump Jr. also pointed out that his father put “thousands and thousands of people to work on an annual basis” through his various business ventures. Those people pay taxes too.

The Times’ big scoop appears to be that a businessman took advantage of business tax deductions. And?

Of far greater service to the public would be reporting on the tax avoidance schemes of the Bidens and the shady dealings of their son Hunter.

Terry Ryczek

BREAKING: Ballot Harvester Connected To Rep. Omar Caught Exchanging Cash For Ballots

By Clayton Keirns

Moments ago, Project Veritas released part 2 of their exposé into a massive voter fraud scheme in Minnesota.

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWK56l2VaLY&feature=emb_title

In the shocking new video, footage shows money being exchanged for ballots. Project Veritas reports that people in the Somali community are paid up to as much as $800 for ballots!

A ballot harvester connected to Rep. Ilhan Omar can be seen exchanging $200 for a ballot.

At another point in their full video, a Project Veritas source said that this cash-for-ballots scheme was all Rep. Omar’s idea:

Monday’s Project Veritas report implicated Ilhan Omar staffer Ali Gainey Isse and other Ilhan Omar operatives in conduct related to voter fraud, ballot harvesting, harvesting ballots from seniors and bribery, that is, exchanging ballots for cash and paying precinct managers and election judges.

“She’s [Ilhan Omar] the one who came up with all this [pay-for-vote],” said one source who added. “She’s [Ilhan Omar] the one, somehow. Nobody knew, but, yeah, this is something like new with Ilhan [Omar].”

Jamal Omar said cash for votes is an open secret in Minneapolis. “The techniques that he [Ali Isse] uses to exchange money for vote — that’s not a secret. It’s, it’s open, and everybody knows about it,” he said. “$200, $300 per ballot received!”

Terry Ryczek

Vote By Mail Fraud in Virginia

According to multiple reports, 1,400 registered voters in Virginia received two absentee ballots in the mail.

Check out what the Daily Caller reported:

A problem with the printer resulted in employees accidentally sending out two ballots, Fairfax County election officials said according to the Washington Post.

Officials instructed people who received two ballots to destroy the second and noted that only one would be counted, Fox 5 DC reported.

A higher demand for absentee ballots amid COVID-19 concerns was also partially to blame, officials suggested according to the Post.

While the media tries to tamper the dangers of voting by mail, others are sounding the alarms.

“This is what [Trump’s] concerned about and I am too and I wanted to bring it to your attention,” said Trump supporter Jean Brennan.

This isn’t the only recent example of a problem that has arisen from voting by mail. The United States Postal Service has launched an investigation after absentee ballots were found on the side of the road in Wisconsin, a key swing state.

“According to the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office, three trays of mail were discovered shortly before 8 a.m. Monday in a ditch along State 96 at Outagamie county CB in Greenville,” the Post Crescent reported. “The mail was on its way to the post office and the sheriff’s office turned it over to the postal inspector. The mail was mixed and did contain ‘several’ absentee ballots.”

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According to the report, the U.S. Postal Service will not be sharing the specific location in which the mail was found and how many absentee ballots were recovered.

“We are aware of some mail including absentee ballots recovered in Greenville, Outagamie County earlier this week,” a spokesperson said. “The U.S. Postal Service is investigating this matter, and we are unable to comment further at this time.”

This news came just hours after a federal investigation was sparked after mail-in ballots at the Luzerne County Bureau of Elections turned up nine ballots that were discarded, all of which were casted for President Donald Trump.

Although there were only nine ballots, this finding is alarming because it shows what we are up against as the November election nears and mail-in-ballots are casted at much higher rates.

“Investigators have recovered nine ballots at this time,” said U.S. Attorney David J. Freed. “Some of those ballots can be attributed to specific voters and some cannot. All nine ballots were cast for presidential candidate Donald Trump.”

Check out what was posted to the Department of Justice’s website:

HARRISBURG – On Monday, September 21, 2020, at the request of Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, the Office of the United States Attorney along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Scranton Resident Office, began an inquiry into reports of potential issues with a small number of mail-in ballots at the Luzerne County Board of Elections.

Since Monday, FBI personnel working together with the Pennsylvania State Police have conducted numerous interviews and recovered and reviewed certain physical evidence. Election officials in Luzerne County have been cooperative. At this point we can confirm that a small number of military ballots were discarded. Investigators have recovered nine ballots at this time. Some of those ballots can be attributed to specific voters and some cannot. All nine ballots were cast for presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Our inquiry remains ongoing and we expect later today to share our up to date findings with officials in Luzerne County. It is the vital duty of government to ensure that every properly cast vote is counted.

Robert F. Jewell

I NOW UNDERSTAND YOU COWARDLY REPUBLICANS BETTER!

TRUMP TOLD US ON NATIONAL TV BEFORE THE WORLD HIS VIEWS ABOUT THE MILITARY PERSONNEL THAT DIES ON DUTY….LOSERS!!

TRUMP CAME OUT AND ATTACKED JOES CHILDREN!!

SICK LOW LIFE

Terry Ryczek

Chris Wallace Faces Intense Backlash, Including From Colleagues, Over Bias During Debate
By Ryan Saavedra

Sep 29, 2020 DailyWire.com

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Fox News host Chris Wallace, a registered Democrat, faced intense backlash on Tuesday night for what was widely deemed as bias in the debate in the favor of Democrat Joe Biden and against Republican President Donald Trump.

One of the issues that Wallace was called out for the most was how he appeared to let Biden interrupt Trump but would jump in to interrupt Trump when Trump would talk over Biden.

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade even noted the discrepancy and called it out on social media, writing: “Why is @JoeBiden allowed to interrupt? @realDonaldTrump is not.”

Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy wrote: “I love Chris Wallace, but he should get out of the way.”

McCarthy added: “Biden doesn’t support the Green New Deal. Oh, Wallace got that out of him? No, Trump did. Oh, well, did Wallace clarify what’s parts of Green New Deal Biden is against? No, needed to move on …”

McCarthy added: “Chris Wallace jumps in a second time when Biden having trouble with Trump’s questioning.”

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld said that it was “not good” when Wallace reportedly laughed with Biden.

Bill O’Reilly, who used to be a colleague of Wallace’s, wrote on Twitter: “Good line from Trump—he tells Chris Wallace he’s debating him, not Joe.”

O’Reilly added: “Chris Wallace doesn’t have the facts at his command about the Ukraine payments made to Biden’s son that Trump brought up. Big mistake by Mr. Wallace.”

Attorney Harmeet Dhillon wrote on Twitter: “Chris Wallace is a disgrace. Republicans need to stop allowing the slanted media to have any role in debates in future years.”

Actor James Woods wrote on Twitter: “Chris Wallace is shamelessly biased. It’s a beautiful demonstration of fake news in action. I’m actually glad it’s happening, because you can see it for yourself.”

Journalist Yashar Ali, who was Hillary Clinton’s co-chair on her 2008 presidential campaign, wrote on Twitter that there was “no doubt” that “Wallace is not doing a good job as a debate moderator.”

Newsweek editor Josh Hammer wrote on Twitter: “Just an inexcusable effort tonight from Chris Wallace. And I say that as someone who is generally a fan of his.”

Federal co-founder Sean Davis wrote on Twitter: “Chris Wallace is now reading Biden’s energy plan back to him to remind Biden what’s in his plan. I have never, never seen anything like this from a moderator.”

Davis added: “Chris Wallace is making very clear that his goal tonight is to run interference for Joe Biden. If he wants to be a deranged NeverTrumper, that’s his prerogative, but Wallace is doing everything in his power to tilt the election toward his preferred candidate. Everyone can see it.”

Ben Shapiro wrote on Twitter: “Chris Wallace, over the course of the night, has moved from moderator to debater.”

Conservative commentator Jesse Kelly wrote on Twitter: “Ok, I don’t generally nitpick moderators, but Chris Wallace asking Joe Biden about the ‘very fine people’ thing without bringing up that it’s a flat-out lie is an absolute embarrassment.”

Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell tweeted: “Chris Wallace is supposed to be invisible. He isn’t. He’s off to a terrible start.”

Grenell added: “Chris Wallace doesn’t interrupt Joe Biden.”

Commentator Candace Owens tweeted: “Unbelievable. Every person in America knows these riots are being orchestrated by black lives matter and Antifa. Chris Wallace asks the President to condemn white supremacists but did not think to ask Joe Biden to condemn Antifa or BLM.”

RealClearInvestigations Senior Writer Mark Hemingway wrote: “Chris Wallace calling critical race theory ‘racial sensitivity training’ is totally ignorant of what’s being taught. It is racist and anti-American. Appalling.”

Political commentator Harry Khachatrian tweeted: “Chris Wallace chuckling and joking with Biden during the debate, mid-question is grossly unprofessional conduct from a moderator.”

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter wrote: “Every time Trump is nailing Biden, Chris Wallace interrupts. ‘That’s the next topic!’”

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough wrote: “Where is Chris Wallace? This is a disgrace.”

Where is Chris Wallace? This is a disgrace.

— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) September 30, 2020

Former White House doctor Ronny Jackson tweeted: “Fire Chris Wallace! He is an embarrassment to Fox News!!”

Former CNN host Soledad O’Brien wrote: “Hellllo Chris Wallace??? Looking for a moderator here. Jesus Christ what a fricken mess.”

Leftist Mikel Jollett wrote: “Dear Chris Wallace: You are a national embarrassment.”

Conservative Dana Loesch wrote on Twitter: “Never allow Chris Wallace to moderate another debate again. This was an absolute shit show. The viewer wasn’t even a secondary concern.”

Conservative commentator Kurt Schlichter wrote: “Everybody hates Chris Wallace, and no that’s not proof that he’s good. It’s proof that he sucks.”

Daily Caller Editor in Chief Geoffrey Ingersoll wrote: “Chris Wallace calling critical race theory ‘racial sensitivity training’ is honestly f***ing sad. This s**t is not circa 1980s corporate hr seminars. Herding whites only into white privilege indoctrination is not ‘racial sensitivity.’ It’s racial insensitivity.”

Conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey wrote on Twitter: “I generally like Chris Wallace. This is a HARD debate to moderate. But it’s just true that this debate is very clearly two against one.”

Political strategist Chris Barron wrote on Twitter: “Biden/Wallace won the debate. Don’t try to spin me with some bs. Fox News just handed the most important debate in history to the left. And they did it on purpose. If you have one set of rules you enforce it on all participants. Chris Wallace failed miserably.”

The Reagan Battalion wrote: “Joe Biden better buy Chris Wallace a beer after he saved his a** so many times tonight.”

National security expert David Reaboi wrote: “Every time Trump is landing blows, Wallace comes to shut it down.”

Radio host Hugh Hewitt wrote: “Strong, strong, strong answer by @realDonaldTrump interrupted by Wallace. ‘They were teaching people to hate our country and I’m not going to let that happen.’ Defining moment.”

This story has been updated to include additional reaction from pundits on Chris Wallace’s performance during the debate.

Robert F. Jewell

Backlash for allowing TRUMP TO REVEAL HIS SUPPORT OF DOMESTIC TERRORISTS…
AND. DOG WHISTLES THEM ON NATIONAL TV!!

THIS IS TREASON AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!

Terry Ryczek

Antifa is a myth right Robert? All that destruction isn’t happening right Robert?????.
Trump declared the dems KKK and the dems Antifa domestic terrorists. I would call that denouncing domestic terrorists. You twisted mind can’t comprehend that.

THIS IS TREASON AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE????????? insanity.

Treason is what Obama/Biden did to Trump conjuring up the Russia hoax to try and enact a coup on a duly elected president. (Comey on the hot seat today)

Biden flip flopped on AOC Green New Disaster and lost the crazy Bernie bros. They’re going to stay home.

The dog whistles are on the democrat plantation.

Telemundo reports Latinos favored President Trump 66% – 34% dems are losing the minority vote.

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