Let moderator turn off Trump’s sound
What happened to the customary decorum and civility that were the expected norm during televised presidential debates?
It was obvious that there was no respect shown by President Trump to former Vice President Biden or moderator Chris Wallace.
Mr. Wallace had the most unenviable job of trying to discipline President Trump.
If this is the level of disrespect Trump showed to a conservative moderator, can anyone imagine how he would behave toward the moderator of the next two debates?
I have a simple solution: Provide the moderator with the ability to turn off Trump’s microphone after his allotted two minutes.
Court justices need to have term limits
Instead of doing the honorable thing and leaving office while she was of sound mind and body, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hung on until she was clearly too physically and mentally decrepit to sit on the bench.
While I have no hard evidence to prove it, I believe that in her final years on the bench, she did no more than to pen her name on opinions that were written by her faceless, nameless and unaccountable law clerks and this is exactly what we should not expect from a Supreme Court Justice.
It’s bad enough when elected officials want to hang on to their office until they are carried out feet first, but at least the voters can term limit them by voting them out of office.
Supreme Court justices and lower federal court judges get lifetime appointments and are essentially accountable to nobody.
They can only be removed by impeachment in the House (majority vote), followed by a trial in the Senate and then conviction/removal (two-thirds supermajority vote).
For a sitting Supreme Court justice, this has happened only once since the founding of the United States, and the justice was not removed.
For these reasons, members of Congress and the Judicial branch need to be term-limited by an Article V convention of the states to amend the Constitution.
And the sooner the better.
Charles F. Heimerdinger
Trump’s Christian backers deny beliefs
To Christians who support President Trump: You claim to be pro-life but support a U.S. president who failed to warn us, lying, and continuing to discourage us from taking precautions, packing his unmasked supporters into his rallies while he stands safely distant.
He is primarily responsible for 200,000 American deaths, with the toll constantly rising. Isn’t “Thou shalt not kill” one of the Ten Commandments?
You claim to follow the teachings of Jesus, who suffered the little children to come unto him.
Yet, you would support one who has separated over 2,300 children from their parents, placing them in cages. Is this something Jesus would do? Trump’s only use for the Bible is as a prop, holding it upside down in front of a church.
You claim to be patriotic. Yet, you would vote for a man who has never voiced any criticism of Putin, our most dangerous enemy who has placed a bounty on the heads of American fighting men.
Trump is a draft-dodger who has called our fallen heroes “suckers” and “losers.” And he won’t admit Russia is actively working on his behalf in this election.
In voting for Donald Trump, Christians are denying everything they claim to believe.
Richard W. Lewis, Jr.
All Americans’ votes should be equal
In his Sept. 20 column (“Fix the Electoral College, don’t replace it”) John Figliozzi offers his proposed solution, distributing each state’s electoral votes proportionally and illustrates that unfairness will continue until we establish a national popular vote.
Figliozzi’s proposal addresses the issue that most states receive little attention during the general presidential election because of partisan lean. The general election ignores New Yorkers because Democratic candidates have won our state resoundingly since 1992.
While Figliozzi’s solution puts each state in play, it leaves another problem with the Electoral College unanswered: the disproportionate power of smaller states. Because each state has as many electors as members of Congress, smaller states possess more electors per voter. This is because each state has two senators, regardless of population.
There were 472,000 people of voting age for every electoral vote in New York; there were 144,000 in Vermont. Figliozzi’s solution keeps New Yorkers’ votes one-third as powerful as Vermonters’. That’s unfair.
No matter how you slice it, anything but a national popular vote gives certain Americans more power than others. Yes, Mr. Figliozzi, let the candidates speak to us all, knowing that everyone’s vote will matter. Let’s also make sure that each American’s vote carries the same weight.
Joy will be a fresh voice in Washington
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 the majority 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, the values of the unborn and the values of America. Please look over her platform and vision of what America should look like and if you agree her ideas sound like your ideas, consider voting for America, vote for Liz Joy.
Ideas for coping with virtual school
David Childs’ concerns in his Sept. 22 letter (“How will poor pay for internet service?”) are justified, as are those of others regarding “virtual schooling.”
It’s fair to say nobody was ready with a plan when COVID-19 closed schools. With due respect to the professionals, as a one-time teacher I wonder how I would cope with the task; call it “brainstorming the problem” if you will.
One thing I am sure of, given the collective brain power in the Capital District: We can get the job done. Here are my ideas:
Commandeer regular television time in lieu of laptop computers. Kids all know how to run a TV. Dedicate each one-hour time segment to one grade, or two grades combined.
Teach that which is teachable under the conditions. Defer subjects that are unsuited to teaching in the virtual classroom. There is more, by far, to be learned in life than there is time to teach it; time for some of that when kids are back in school.
Read, using text-on-screen.
Sing, as the ABC’s song. Music embeds in memory and mobilizes memory later, suiting complexity to age. Show illustrated “how it works” films.
Include geography. Presenting pictures from around the world makes it actually enjoyable.
Talk. Recognize our newest residents by learning a few foreign language expressions.
Include general knowledge. Brief students on the news of the day.
Let’s hear some more ideas.
Christopher G. MacDermot
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