Protesters must call for end of violence
Another shooting in Albany. How many is this now?
It’s disheartening to turn on the news to see this happening. It’s such a tragedy that the 11-year-old boy from Troy was killed by a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting. A mother of six was murdered in Schenectady. Since people are protesting the unjust acts and that Black lives matter, why haven’t they brought their grievances to the streets, where these shootings are happening and protest there, too? They are shooting and killing each other, people.
Hopefully, protesting in those neighborhoods would push the shooters out of Dodge.
Political discord has world laughing at us
I am really concerned about how political all of the events taking place in our country are becoming.
Whatever happened to being truthful and facing issues as they really are? The current discord that is taking place in this country is not only hard to believe, but disgraceful and disrespectful as well.
With all of the mudslinging taking place in this country, it is not hard to imagine that people throughout the world now see the United States no longer united, but the laughingstock of the world.
Prove that absentee ballots are a scam
There are two ways that a ballot arrives at your house — You request an absentee ballot or by states sending ballots to all registered voters at the most current address on file.
Some of those sent without request will be returned to sender marked “address unknown.” Others will be forwarded to the forwarding address that the post office has on hand.
The process is vote, sign the seal, and return to the Board of Elections by the U.S. post office or by dropping it in the designated voting locations on early voting days or on Election Day.
So your ballot is now in the hands of the Board of Elections, made up of equal parts Democrats and Republicans and their attorneys. They observe your signature and match it with the signature on file. If it matches the signature on file, they open the ballot and tabulate your vote. If the signature does not match, the vote is rejected.
Our president claims mail-in voting is a scam. I am inviting scam believers to write a letter to the editor and explain how votes can circumvent the process we are all familiar with. I can’t figure it out, I don’t think you can either.
Double standard for Pelosi, Democrats
Nancy Pelosi is the only person in this country who can get away with going to a hair beautician. She says she was framed by the beautician. I guess California makes special conditions for Democratic politicians.
The whole state is closed for hair salons, but Pelosi gets anything she wants, her getting caught getting her hair done, excuse me just getting her hair washed. I guess she’s too stupid to wash her own hair.
Now she wants the owner of the salon to apologize to her for the salon error. This woman hasn’t an ounce of morals in her body. I beg your pardon, the hair salon owner called Pelosi to please come get your hair washed. How ignorant is the Democratic public to believe she was set up? This woman has personally put a halt to new aid packages. She will not give an inch unless she can get funding for her foolish programs that haven’t a single thing to do with coronavirus funding. She’s holding up the trillion-plus dollars for small businesses, among other things. She’s the only one holding this fund from being given to people and businesses in need. She’s horrible to a degree to Congress.
Tonko has vision for upstate New York
Paul Tonko is the rare politician who is both honest and an all-around nice person. This is evident in how he runs his campaign: in his recent social media posts you’ll see none of the name calling nor misleading/false comments that mark his opponent’s feed.
Paul is also intelligent, having graduated from Clarkson with a mechanical and industrial engineering degree, and he has a clear vision on how to move upstate New York forward. He understands that the environment in which we live is important for our health and our economy.
New York has three times as many clean energy jobs than there are coal-based jobs in the entire country. Tonko knows clean energy is the way to move our economy forward. His work to protect the environment in New York and the country will also secure more quality jobs for New Yorkers and Americans, both now and for our children’s future. Paul has plans to move us forward, (tonko.house.gov), and his message isn’t just rhetoric and baseless fear mongering. Paul Tonko has earned my vote, and I hope you also decide to make the rational choice and vote for Paul, who will invigorate New York and help bring us together.
The left favors some lives over others
In the Sept. 23 editorial (“Remember the 200,000 dead from covid”), the Washington Post, increasingly a propaganda puppet of the left, would have all voters remember the 200,000+ American lives lost to COVID-19 to date. Fair enough.
The Post would have voters blame President Trump, who, at least according to the Post’s own Bob Woodward, suggested that many of these deaths couldn’t have been avoided and conclude that somehow Trump could have done more as president to have limited the spread of this global pandemic.
Curiously, as such critics are wont to do, the Post neglected to offer any concrete suggestions as to what more the president, or any president for that matter, might have done to have mitigated this toll.
Perhaps, when voters remember these American lives lost to COVID-19, they might also give similar thought to the 695,425 American lives lost on average, according to the CDC, to abortion each year between 2009 and 2016. As Democrats vow to make access to abortion even freer and easier, even funded by U.S. taxpayers, I doubt the Post would have voters seriously contemplate these numbers as well. It seems that to the left, some lives matter more than others.
Get facts straight on Social Security taxes
I am disappointed to discover that The Gazette publishes letters that are allowed to be factually incorrect. The Sept. 24 letter from Mr. Vincent Belardo (“Back Trump and Joy or leave America”) asserted that under Democratic representation American taxpayers are paying tax twice on their Social Security. That is not true. The amount deducted from your check that goes toward Social Security is deducted before calculating taxable income. So actually, you do not pay income tax on that amount.
You do however pay federal income tax on Social Security when you receive it.
The letter editor could have verified this by looking at his own pay stub and noting the facts below Mr. Belardo’s letter.
Editor’s Note: There are circumstances in the country in which some individuals’ Social Security is taxed twice.
Gazette has gone too far to the ‘dark’ left
I fear The Daily Gazette has finally gone over to the dark side after a long fall to the left.
The final straw is the allowing publication of a hateful, vicious and untruthful political cartoon printed on Sept. 22 depicting Trump joyfully dancing at Justice Ginsberg’s graveside.
This ignores his decent remarks upon hearing of her death and instead promotes hateful, unabated biased attitudes unbecoming of the past tradition of the Schenectady Gazette with which I grew up. The Sept. 24 Gazette has nine New York Times news services, four Daily News, two Bloomberg and others one each. I fear you have not been true to the legacy of the Greens/Humes. After almost 70 years as a subscriber and watching the decline of unbiased reporting and editorials, I fear I may have to reconsider my subscription.
Dr. Arthur Salvatore
How can one justify voting for Trump?
When Donald Trump belittled the military record of Sen. McCain, I thought, “That’s the end of Trump.” But instead he became more popular. Then he trashed the Gold Star parents of a soldier who had died in the Middle East. I thought, “He’ll never recover from that.” But he became even more popular.
Now Trump is quoted, totally believable, as saying that soldiers who gave their lives for their country are “suckers and losers.”
I’m no longer capable of mustering outrage at Trump. But what about the 40% of Americans who support him? What are they thinking?
Trump is no anomaly. He won the presidency because voters preferred him to Clinton. at least enough to win the electoral vote.
He’s the candidate that America chose, and many Americans are ready to vote for him again, in spite of every atrocity he had committed.
Who are these people? I am saving my outrage for them.
Leftist media lies to promote agenda
Fellow citizens, it is time to wake up and let your voices be heard. Do not be intimidated. We are being constantly played by the “infotainment” industry, which has become little more than the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party.
What began as a melding of the entertainment and news industries has now permeated all aspects of entertainment from Hollywood and professional sports to social media.
The phony pretense that we are being provided objective news reporting is long gone. Remember that the mainstream media is controlled by only a handful of people.
Even this so-called “locally owned voice” publishes the propaganda from the New York Times and Washington Post almost exclusively.
We are constantly lied to and misled to suit their agenda. They have pulled out all the stops to create an atmosphere of chaos, hatred, and despair. We are told the “protests are mostly peaceful,” while watching cities looted, burned, and destroyed. We are told Black lives matter, yet the Black on Black carnage in inner cities is ignored. We are constantly told that the right is sexist, racist, xenophobic, etc., yet it is the left that perpetually promotes division and identity politics. So much for judging people by the content of their character and the dream of a colorblind society.
Remember that hate comes in many flavors, but in the end it’s all the same poison. You have a clear choice; you can embrace the hate, division and destruction of America or you can be part of the solution.
How can pro-lifers back death penalty?
In her Sept. 25 letter (“True Christians will vote for Trump”), Ms. Virginia DelGallo says “Vote for life in November. If you don’t, you’re not a Christian.” I would ask Ms. DelGallo: Are you a Christian? You say you voted for Trump. He’s in favor of the death penalty. Hmmm, how does that sit with Christians?
Mom, 97, enjoys paper’s puzzle page
My mom has been a faithful subscriber to the Schenectady Gazette for a number of years. The daily puzzles that are featured each day in your newspaper have been a welcome hobby for my mom.
She enjoys solving the Cryptoquote and figuring out KenKen, the Jumble, and Sudoku.
My mom is 97 years young and she takes pride in getting the correct answers each day. I would like to thank you for publishing the word games.
Our family loves watching our mom’s reaction as she solves each puzzle correctly after spending hours working on them each day.
Planned Parenthood not against fathers
The picture accompanying The Gazette Sept. 26 article (“Court nominee spurs reproductive-rights discussion”) is disingenuous.
The picture depicted a male, pro-life activist marching in front of Planned Parenthood in Schenectady with a sign that read, “Men Regret Lost Fatherhood.” While that sentiment may very well be true for him and other men, that has nothing to do with the services that Planned Parenthood provides.
For those unfamiliar with the goal of Planned Parenthood, this is their mission statement: provide comprehensive reproductive health care services in settings which preserve and protect the privacy and rights of each individual; advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and access to such services; provide educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality; promote research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent bioethical, behavioral, and social implications.
Nowhere is it stated that they want to deny men of becoming fathers, nor for that matter, women becoming mothers. Their goal is dedicated to bringing high-quality, affordable care to every member of their community.
Becoming a parent should be a discussion between two consenting adults wishing mutually to bring a child into this world with the commitment to each other and to the unborn child to physically, emotionally, and financially support the child until they are of legal age. It may be regrettable to Mr. Protestor that he hasn’t had that conversation with another consenting adult, but it’s not the fault of Planned Parenthood.
Why mess with a good government?
I’m a long-time Saratoga Springs resident and love our town.
We’re fortunate to live here versus anyplace else, at least anyplace else in New York state.
I know that there are a lot of reasons for our city’s success, but any list must start with our responsive and accountable form of government: the commission form of government.
When I have a problem, I just pick up the phone or send an email to the mayor or commissioner who is responsible for getting action. Their contact information is on the city’s website.
But I don’t see a lot of local problems. The streets are paved regularly, snow is removed, leaves are picked up (unlike most towns), water is safe and plentiful, and city operations keep humming along. It only took the city one week to be back in business after the fire two years ago closed City Hall. Impressive planning.
And I give credit to the mayor and commissioners for dealing with the pandemic and national business crisis. It scares me that our city would take the risk of tossing out our government and installing an out-of-town city manager with newbie ward politicians during this time of crisis. I’m voting NO.
Spa City version of three men in a room
With no public discussion, not even Zoom meetings or press releases, the self-anointed charter change leaders were able to make the bad 2017 Saratoga Springs charter proposal much worse by one: adding wards, and two: enriching the future mayor.
Wards mysteriously appeared on this year’s ballot, rejecting their 2017 charter change committee, which had decided against wards after discussing it in a public meeting.
And the proposed mayor’s salary was increased by another $25,000 to an excessive $65,000 for a part-time job, again ignoring 2017 committee members’ research and recommendations.
Official committee minutes reveal: “Jeff Altamari said he had read through NYCOM data and the average salary of a Mayor with the City Manager was $19,000.” Rob Kuczynski said “that $40,000 was too high for the Mayor’s position. He reminded everyone that we will have a City Manager to do the work.”
Since the mayor’s responsibilities are identical with 2017, ask yourself: Did someone push for this much higher salary for themselves hoping to get $65,000 for a part-time job. One candidate seems to be maneuvering already.
These two bad decisions that will make city government worse were made in a back room, rather than receiving public input. I’m voting No.
Don’t limit financial info to just Trump
On your Sept. 28 front page article on Trump (“An editor’s note on the Trump tax investigation”) it stated: “We are publishing this report because we believe citizens should understand as much as possible about their leaders and representatives — their priorities, their experiences and also their finances.
Every president since the mid-1970s has made his tax information public. The tradition ensures that an official with the power to shake markets and change policy does not seek to benefit financially from his actions.” In that quote, you morph from leaders and representatives to just the president.
I eagerly await similar reports regarding Pence, Biden, Harris, Pelosi, Schumer, et. al. before the election.
Santabarbara takes care of Amsterdam
I’m thankful that Assemblyman Santabarbara has not forgotten the needs of our Amsterdam community though these difficult times.
Angelo has always been around to help out when a water line needed replacing or our sewers were leaking. But I can honestly say he’s also been one of the few politicians that has actually been out to support us during COVID-19, so much that I’m used to seeing him with a mask on.
I think it’s because he’s also one of the few local politicians that served in the military. So I’m not surprised to see him here again to make sure our water tank project is getting done even under the circumstances.
No doubt these are not easy times for any city, but with Angelo here, we are still seeing important projects like this continue. I thank him for always taking care of our city even during the toughest of times.
Tonko cares about future of the planet
When trying to make sense of the pressing issues leading up to Election Day, remember the long game: climate change.
As we’ve seen, the impact includes loss of homes and property, rising healthcare costs, and social unrest. Though the impact is felt by all, the effect isn’t equal.
Those with the least access to resources face inexorable challenges to mitigate and adapt to climate changes, cutting across age, race, socio-economic class, and gender.
With this in mind, in the 20th Congressional District, Paul Tonko is the clear choice.
As the co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, Congressman Tonko promotes clean energy technology innovation, domestic manufacturing, the development of renewable energy, and the creation of new, quality jobs.
He continues to fight the climate deniers by promoting climate issues in Congress. His opponent, Liz Joy, aligns herself with our science-denying president, and she neglects to address the biggest fight of all: the survival of our planet.
When you figuratively pull that election lever, you’re literally choosing the path of our planet and everything on it. Think about the social, economic and humanitarian consequences of your vote. Choose Tonko.
Trump backers try to silence dissenters
Last weekend, in broad daylight, campaign signs for Joe Biden and for Tedra Cobb were stolen from my four neighbors’ and my front yards. And two signs for Elise Stefanik suddenly appeared on our corner. Signs for other Democratic candidates were left standing, indicating that the Trump/Stefanik ticket was responsible for this theft of private property while trespassing on private property. That’s a crime – evidence of more lawlessness by Trump’s Party, formerly known as Republicans.
It’s not just the signs they want gone; they want to silence dissent, silence challenges to their intended path to authoritarianism. They say they support the military. Our military has been deployed to support democracy around the globe, American soldiers have died defending it. But democracy is now being undermined on Americansoil by Trump’s tactics of winning at any cost.
Another neighbor has a Trump/Pence sign in front of his house. I would never think it my right to remove it. What kind of person thinks that’s OK? A Trump/Stefanik supporter, I guess. That’s why I’m voting for Joe Biden and Tedra Cobb.
Paper changed online format without notice
In my opinion, The Gazette has fallen down, and it seems it cannot get up. I’m not sure if it is the virus or what but they had a good working system with the e-edition of the paper. You go online and get the paper every morning. It was in my inbox by 5:15 a.m. great, then they go and change the format without any notification to the customer (not so nice) so I cannot review the paper until I spend time on the computer, time on the phone and headaches that I did not need.
It would be nice if we all got a reason for this happening for no reason.
Save our democracy from Trump. Vote.
This election is about saving our democracy, which Donald Trump is destroying. He told us that if he loses, the election was rigged, and he will not agree to a peaceful transfer of power.
He has declared mail-in votes to be a conspiracy against him and should not be counted (except for his mail-in vote). He hired a big donor to disrupt postal services to sabotage the mail-in votes.
I was a lifelong Republican until the election of Trump, when the GOP abandoned me along with all of its former principles.
The United States has enjoyed a peaceful transfer of power longer than any country. We used to be envied as a beacon of liberty. Trump has degraded and perverted everything that was good about our country.
He, and every Senate and House Republican, took an oath to uphold the Constitution. They must condemn Trump’s dangerous behavior and insist on a peaceful transfer of power and that all votes will be counted.
This is no exaggeration; just look to Hitler’s Germany or to Belarus today. The parallels are frightening.
Trump wants to be a dictator; just listen to his own words. Vote to save our democracy.
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