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Letters to the Editor Friday, Oct. 2


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.
Cathy Serevino

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.
Joseph Rowny
Saratoga Springs

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.
Glenn Gray

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.
Kenneth Burke

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, (, 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.
David Gillikin
West Glenville

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.
Karl Reynolds

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.
Michael Stella
Saratoga Springs
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.
Matt Lofchie
Saratoga Springs

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.
Tony Galea

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?
Jerry Boehm

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.
Angela Serio
Ballston Lake

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.
Susan Dart
Ballston Lake

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.
Rose Tait
Saratoga Springs

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.
Richard Sellers
Saratoga Springs

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.
John Eldridge
Fly Creek

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.
Thomas Marcellino

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.
Caroline Brooks

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.
Patricia Nugent

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.
Michael Barbarulo

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.
Kathy Sieg


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Robert F. Jewell

…..see everyone…. A great menace of hate is is now a victim of its own indifference to the warnings of science. His use of blind hate
to give weight to the arguments that his worshippers used REFUSING to wear masks for months.
I sincerely pray to the lord that he protects Mr. Trump and his family.
I want him heathy to stand trial next year!

Terry Ryczek

Stand trial for what? The only ones who will stand trial is Obama Biden and all those involved with Russiagate for sedition.

William Marincic

Michael Stella Joe Biden in 1983 voted to start taxing Social Security which when it was established was never supposed to be taxed, that was the promise. In 1993 Joe Biden was the deciding vote in raising taxes even higher on Social Security. Joe Biden always has been and always will be a person that wants to tax your income whether it be by working or Social Security or even death tax.

Terry Ryczek

Joe Biden’s years-old letters to racist senator revealed
By Bob FredericksJune 21, 2019
Joe Biden

Joe Biden’s history of dubious stances on racially charged issues came back to haunt him again Friday with the disclosure of old letters he wrote to a racist Southern senator thanking him for helping him to fight forced school busing.

“I want you to know that I very much appreciate your help during this week’s Committee meeting in attempting to bring my anti-busing legislation to a vote,” Biden wrote on June 30, 1977, to Sen. James Eastland, the Washington Post reported.

Eastland was a plantation owner who believed blacks were an inferior race, and forcefully fought desegregation throughout his career as a Democratic lawmaker from Mississippi.

Biden took heat from many of his fellow Democratic presidential hopefuls earlier this week when it was disclosed that he cited his work with Eastland and another racist Southern Democrat as evidence that he can get things done by working with people even if he disagrees with them.

The letter was written when he was a freshman senator, at a time when federal courts across the US were ordering busing to integrate public schools, a policy Biden and many others from both sides of the aisle opposed at the time.

Biden on Wednesday night described his relationship with Eastland as one he “had to put up with.”

Dissension within Biden camp over segregationist comments: report
But according to the DC paper’s account, the letters show a relationship in which they were both on board the fight against school integration through busing.

Biden’s campaign late Thursday said that “the insinuation that Joe Biden shared the same views as Eastland on segregation is a lie.”

“Plain and simple. Joe Biden has dedicated his career to fighting for civil rights,” the statement said.

But the letters show that Biden’s friendship with Eastland began in 1972, before he had taken office, and that he wrote to him listing his top six committee assignment requests, with Foreign Relations and Judiciary at the top.

Later, Biden wrote to thank Eastland, saying he was “flattered and grateful” for his help.

Robert F. Jewell

Let’s hope Trump takes loads of chloroquine, internal UV exposure…inject some bleach…

Robert F. Jewell


Terry Ryczek

Unpacking Joe Biden’s lies about the Trump job-creation miracle
By Andy PuzderOctober 1, 2020 | 7:56pm

Try as they might, Democrats, the media and the blue-check Twitterati can’t wish away President Trump’s enormously successful stewardship of the US economy.

“You talk about the economy booming,” moderator Chris Wallace told Trump at this week’s presidential debate. But “in Obama’s final three years as president, more jobs were created, a million and a half more jobs, than in the first three years of your presidency.” Wallace was echoing one of the Biden campaign’s favorite talking points.

But here’s the thing: That talking point depends on misleading and cherry-picked data.

Most significantly, it ignores the worker shortage during Trump’s second and third years in office. Obviously, it’s harder to add jobs when employers can’t find workers. But rather than an economic shortcoming, this shortage was a result of the Trump economy “booming,” producing job openings so abundant that they exceeded the number of people looking for work — by a lot.

It’s called a tight labor market, and it’s good for workers, as economists of every stripe agree.

This worker shortage was the defining difference between the Obama-Biden era and Trump’s first three years in office.

Every month, the National Federation of Independent Businesses asks business owners to name “the most important problem facing your business today.” The No. 1 and No. 2 most important problems under Obama-Biden were — not surprisingly — high taxes and burdensome, unpredictable government regulation. Should we elect Biden president, those will once again be the foremost problems facing businesses.

By contrast, once Trump cut taxes and slashed regulations in 2017, business growth accelerated, and business owners identified “finding qualified workers” as the most pressing problem they faced. The numbers — the full numbers — prove the point.

For the eight years of the Obama-Biden administration, there wasn’t a single month when job openings exceeded the number of people unemployed. Zero.

In fact, when Obama and Biden left office in January 2017, there were 1.9 million more people unemployed than there were job openings. So there was an abundance of people looking for work, but too few jobs opportunities open to them.

A little more than a year later, in March 2018, that situation had reversed. Following Trump’s regulatory overhaul and passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, employment openings exceeded the number of people unemployed for the first time on records going back to 2000.

Astoundingly, that remained the case for 24 consecutive months — until the pandemic — with over 1 million more job openings than people unemployed for 17 of those months.

NYC’s economy may never recover from COVID-19, Trump says
This unprecedented competition for workers had extremely positive consequences. It lowered the unemployment rate, which consistently hit 50-year lows, and as a result, employers began competing for workers and raising wages.

In August 2018, year-over-year wage growth exceeded 3 percent for the first time in nearly a decade and stayed at or above 3 percent for 20 consecutive months until the pandemic. By comparison, under Team Obama-Biden there wasn’t a single post-recession month when wage growth exceeded 3 percent. Again, zero.

With wages rising, people started coming out of the woodwork to fill those abundant good-paying job openings. In the fourth quarter of 2019, 74.2 percent of workers who took jobs came from outside the labor force rather than the ranks of the unemployed. That was the highest percentage since 1990, when the government began reporting such data.

By contrast, under the Obama-Biden administration, people fled the labor force, discouraged by limited opportunities and stagnant wages. During Biden’s eight years in office, the labor force participation rate — the share of people working or actively looking for work — dropped from 65.7 to 62.8 percent. During Trump’s first three pre-pandemic years, it rose back up to 63.4 percent, as people rejoined the labor force.

Thus, when Trump talks about “a booming economy,” he is absolutely correct. Wallace’s question ignored the overwhelmingly positive impact of Trump’s policies on businesses and workers alike.

Before a once-in-a-generation pandemic decimated the whole global economy, Trump took the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression and turned it into the strongest labor market in modern times, maybe ever. Democrats cherry-picking the economic data to make it appear otherwise won’t change that reality.

Andy Puzder a senior fellow at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy, served for 16 years as CEO of CKE Restaurants. Twitter: @AndyPuzder

Terry Ryczek

Letters from Joe Biden reveal how he sought support of segregationists in fight against busing
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By Jeff Zeleny, Senior Washington Correspondent

(CNN)Joe Biden’s road to a third presidential bid has been lined with a series of explanations and apologies, illustrating the challenges of preparing a long record of public service for fresh scrutiny under the spotlight of the 2020 campaign.

Yet he rarely discusses one of the earliest — and most controversial — issues he championed in the Senate: his fight against busing to desegregate schools. His record on the issue was at the center of the most dramatic moment of the Democratic presidential debate on Thursday, when Sen. Kamala Harris confronted him about his position, and how it impacted a little girl in California.
“That little girl was me,” Harris said. “So I will tell you that on this subject, it cannot be an intellectual debate among Democrats. We have to take it seriously. We have to act swiftly.”
When pushed by Harris on whether he was wrong to oppose busing, Biden shot back, “I did not oppose busing in America. What I opposed is busing ordered by the
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Biden opposed busing more than four decades ago as a battle raged across the country — and in Congress — over sending white students to majority-black schools and black students to majority-white schools often far away from their own neighborhoods. Biden forcefully opposed the government’s role in trying to integrate schools, saying he favored desegregation, but believed busing did not achieve equal opportunity.
In a series of never-before-published letters from Biden, which were reviewed by CNN, the strength of his opposition to busing comes into sharper focus, particularly how he followed the lead of — and sought support from — some of the Senate’s most fervent segregationists.
“My bill strikes at the heart of the injustice of court-ordered busing. It prohibits the federal courts from disrupting our educational system in the name of the constitution where there is no evidence that the governmental officials intended to discriminate,” Biden wrote to fellow senators on March 25, 1977. “I believe there is a growing sentiment in the Congress to curb unnecessary busing.”
Biden, who at the time was 34 and serving his first term in the Senate, repeatedly asked for — and received — the support of Sen. James Eastland, a Mississippi Democrat and chairman of the Judiciary Committee and a leading symbol of Southern resistance to desegregation. Eastland frequently spoke of blacks as “an inferior race.”
“Dear Mr. Chairman,” Biden wrote on June 30, 1977. “I want you to know that I very much appreciate your help during this week’s committee meeting in attempting to bring my anti-busing legislation to a vote.”

Two weeks later, Biden followed up with a note to Eastland “to thank you again for your efforts in support of my bill to limit court ordered busing.”
Biden, who would go on to lead the Judiciary Committee a decade later, got his start on the panel under Eastland. Few senators were more virulently outspoken against desegregation than the Mississippi senator, who was known for incendiary floor speeches on race.
Yet Biden invited Eastland to speak on the Senate floor in support of his anti-busing bill.
“I want to personally ask your continued support and alert you to our intentions,” Biden wrote on Aug. 22, 1978. “Your participation in floor debate would be welcomed.”
The letters, which are filed away in Eastland’s archives at the University of Mississippi, offer a window into the robust nature of Biden’s support of anti-busing bills.
While most of Biden’s legislative efforts failed, he was not a passive observer like many fellow Democrats of the era, who sought to balance the anger of white constituents surrounding school busing without blocking the next step in the expansion of civil rights.
When an anti-integration amendment from North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms failed, Biden proposed an anti-busing amendment of his own that rankled Sen. Ed Brooke, a Massachusetts Republican and the first black senator to be elected since Reconstruction.
“I have become convinced that busing is a bankrupt concept,” Biden said during debate.
While Biden has built a strong civil rights record over the last four decades and spent eight years as vice president to the nation’s first black president, his stand against busing as a method to desegregate schools — which he still stands by today — is among the chapters of a legislative record facing a second look by today’s progressive Democratic Party.
Bill Russo, a spokesman for Biden, told CNN the former vice president stands by his belief that mandatory busing did not achieve equal opportunity for students or provide “real answers to problems like educational inequities,” including fair housing and how school district lines were drawn.
He said Biden’s long record of service makes clear his commitment to civil rights.
“Joe Biden is today — and has been for more than 40 years in public life — one of the strongest and most powerful voices for civil rights in America,” Russo said in a statement. “His long commitment to civil rights has repeatedly been recognized by many of the most important civil rights organizations in America.”
While Biden supported integration during his 1972 campaign, he rarely discussed busing until many of his constituents urged him to take a forceful stand against mandatory busing in the aftermath of a court-ordered desegregation plan in Delaware.
Jason Sokol, a civil rights historian and the author of “All Eyes Are Upon Us,” reviewed the letters for CNN that Biden wrote to Eastland during that tumultuous time.
“At the very least, they present further evidence to suggest that Biden was quite committed to the anti-busing cause,” said Sokol, a professor at the University of New Hampshire who has extensively studied Biden’s role in the anti-busing debate. “He was strongly opposed to busing and was very interested in the passage of the anti-busing legislation that he sponsored. It wasn’t a half-hearted thing.”
For most of the next four decades, Biden has become known as a champion of civil rights legislation like the expansion of the Voting Rights Act and changes to the Fair Housing Act. But he has rarely explained his views surrounding busing.
Joe Biden's experience sets him apart. It could also hurt him in 2020.
Joe Biden’s experience sets him apart. It could also hurt him in 2020.
Ronnie Dunn, a professor at Cleveland State University and co-author of “Boycotts, Busing, & Beyond,” said Biden’s old views opposing busing should not be disqualifying, but warrant a broader explanation. After reviewing the letters from Biden to Eastland, Dunn said he was surprised at the degree to which Biden was soliciting support from such a known segregationist leader.
“We all evolve and grow, but we’re still going to have to answer for our past records,” Dunn told CNN. He said busing certainly wasn’t popular among many black and white families, but he said history has shown integration to be “a necessary measure to achieve change.”
While Dunn said Biden’s views should be considered through the full context of nearly half-century in public life, he said he doubts Barack Obama could have reached the White House if anti-busing legislation — like Biden’s — would have succeeded.
“If it weren’t for the busing during that time period, we likely wouldn’t have seen our first African American president,” Dunn said. “That social interaction helped break down the structural barriers of racism.”
While Biden has run for the White House twice before, his long record — on civil rights and other matters — will be examined in the context of a Democratic Party that has shifted to the left and become far more diverse. For the first time, an extensive conversation is underway among Democratic candidates about reparations — or the compensation of descendants of slaves.
Biden has yet to offer his view of reparations.
Yet even before he formally declares his presidential candidacy, Biden’s remarks about busing are already facing fresh scrutiny. A month ago, The Washington Post unearthed a lengthy 1975 interview Biden conducted with a Delaware newspaper, which at the time was entered into the congressional record.
“I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather,” Biden said in the interview. “I feel responsible for what the situation is today, for the sins of my own generation. And I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.”
As he prepares to join the presidential race at the end of this month, experience is one of Biden’s biggest calling cards. It is also one of his biggest challenges, given the breadth of his public service that spans a period of historic change in the United States. He’s already expressed second thoughts over the consequences of the 1994 crime bill and voiced regret about the treatment of Anita Hill during the Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Clarence Thomas in 1991.
He has repeatedly touted his progressive roots, declaring last month to a Delaware audience: “I have the most progressive record of anybody running.” And last week, he said: “I was never labeled as a moderate.”
Asked about those comments, he said he welcomes the ideological debate ahead.
“Everybody asks me what kind of Democrat,” Biden said. “I’m an Obama-Biden Democrat, man, and I’m proud of it.”

Terry Ryczek

Treasury reports rebut Biden’s ‘totally false’ claims about Hunter’s cash haul

In this file photo, family members gather for a road naming ceremony with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, center, his son Hunter Biden, left, and his sister Valerie Biden Owens, right, joined by other family members during a ceremony to name a national road after his late son Joseph R.
In this file photo, family members gather for a road naming ceremony with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, center, his son Hunter Biden, left, and his sister Valerie Biden Owens, right, joined by other family members during a ceremony to … more >
Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden flatly denied at Tuesday night’s debate that his lawyer son took huge sums of money from corrupt oligarchs and Chinese communists during his vice presidency, but Treasury Department reports show that Hunter Biden did receive the money.

President Trump chose to make an issue of Hunter Biden’s cash haul from Russia, Ukraine and China with the implication that unsavory figures were trying to buy Vice President Biden and the Obama administration.

“When somebody gets 3½ million dollars from the mayor of Moscow,” Mr. Trump said.

“That’s is not true. That report is totally false,” Mr. Biden said.

A Senate Republican report by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee says Mr. Trump is right, though it was not Moscow’s mayor, but his wife, whom the U.S. suspects of corruption in attaining billionaire status.

Hunter Biden received a single wire transfer of $3.5 million from Elena Baturina. The Senate report said she became a billionaire through illegal construction contracts awarded by her husband, since deceased.

This is based on Treasury Department reports received by committee Chairman Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican.

The Senate narrative is not specific, but the types of transaction records match the description of confidential suspicious activity reports that the Treasury issues when it suspects illegal activity.

The Senate report says, “On Feb. 14, 2014, Baturina wired $3.5 million to a Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC (Rosemont Seneca Thornton) bank account for a ‘Consultancy Agreement.’ Rosemont Seneca Thornton is an investment firm co-founded by Hunter Biden that was incorporated on May 28, 2013 in Wilmington, Del.”

Russia invaded Crimea in Ukraine the month Ms. Baturina sent the money.

“Why did he get it?” Mr. Trump asked.

“That report was written for political reasons,” Mr. Biden said.

Mr. Trump asserted, “Once you became vice president, he made a fortune in Ukraine, in China, in Moscow and various other places.”

Mr. Biden responded, “That is not true.”

According to the senators’ Treasury records, it is true.

In April 2014, President Obama made Mr. Biden the point man in Ukraine, after the Russian invasion, to persuade leaders to rid the country of rampant corruption.

The next month, Hunter Biden showed up on the board of directors of the energy company Burisma Holdings, which the State Department considers corrupt, as it does its oligarch owner, Mykola Zlochevsky. Hunter Biden’s business partner, Devon Archer, already had secured a spot.

Over the years, Burisma paid the two more than $4 million. Treasury records show that 48 wire transfers from May 2014 to February 2016 totaled $3.4 million. The money went to Rosemont Seneca Bohai, a shell company run by Mr. Archer in partnership with a Chinese investment fund.

In 2014 and 2015, Burisma sent $700,000 directly to Hunter Biden. After Mr. Archer was arrested on fraud charges, Burisma sent Hunter Biden another $752,000.

On China, Vice President Biden promoted closer ties to the communist regime on many fronts. He traveled to China in 2013 on Air Force Two and took along Hunter, who met with Chinese businessmen.

“China ate your lunch, Joe,” Mr. Trump said Tuesday night. “And no wonder your son goes in and he takes out billions of dollars. He takes out billions of dollars to manage. He makes millions of dollars.”

Mr. Biden said, “None of that is true.”

The Bidens have adamantly denied reports that Hunter Biden’s investment firm received a $1 billion infusion.

But the Senate report documents extensive ties between Hunter Biden and various Chinese entities that produced millions of dollars in wire transfers.

In one example, China’s CEFC Infrastructure Investment wired $5 million to HudsonWest LLC, a New York company jointly owned by Hunter Biden and Chinese interests. HudsonWest then sent $4.7 million to Hunter Biden’s law firm. The next year, another $1 million was delivered.

Hunter Biden sent 20 wire transfers totaling $1.3 million to Vice President Biden’s brother James for consulting services. Treasury flagged the transfers as potentially criminal, the Senate report said.

When the bank contacted James Biden’s wife, Sara, to learn details, she refused to cooperate, the Senate report said.

“Hunter Biden has extensive connections to Chinese businesses and Chinese foreign nationals that are linked to the Communist government,” the Senate report said. “Those contacts bore financial fruit when his father was vice president and after he left office.”

The Senate report also said Hunter Biden sent money to Ukrainian and Russian women. The Treasury reports said the transactions are linked to “what appears to be an Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring.”

Mr. Johnson, the Senate homeland security panel chairman, wrote in a column Tuesday that liberal news media have ignored his report showing disturbing ties between the Biden family and corrupt people.

Terry Ryczek

More Bad News for Joe Biden, Google Searches for Hunter Biden Spike Up After the Debate
October 1, 2020

More Bad News for Joe Biden, Google Searches for Hunter Biden Spike Up After the Debate.

Last night President Trump went after Joe Biden HARD on his corrupt drug and sex addicted son Hunter Biden.
Joe Biden responded by lying that what President Trump was saying about his corrupt son was accurate.

Today Google searches for Hunter Biden are up ten-fold over the last week!

As reported in November 2019 by Cassandra Fairbanks — Hunter Biden’s fondness for strip clubs continues to unfold, revelations came out on Wednesday that not only did he impregnate a DC stripper, he also had sex toys used on him by dancers at the Hustler Club in New York City.

And earlier we found out an Arkansas woman gave birth to Hunter Biden’s child and the paternity test proved it was his.

And now we know the stripper’s stage name was “Dallas” and that Hunter Biden fathered the child while dating his deceased brother’s wife.

Recently it was reported that Hunter Biden sent “thousands of dollars” to people who appear to be involved in the sex industry, including non-resident alien women in the US who are citizens of Russia or Ukraine!

Via the New York Post:

Hunter Biden sent “thousands of dollars” to people who appear to be involved in the sex industry, according to a report released Wednesday by Republicans in the US Senate.

The report says unspecified records show that Biden “has sent funds to non-resident alien women in the United States who are citizens of Russia and Ukraine and who have subsequently wired funds they have received from Hunter Biden to individuals located in Russia and Ukraine.”

“The records also note that some of these transactions are linked to what ‘appears to be an Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring,’” the report says.

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Michael Barbarulo, You’re not alone. I subscribed several weeks ago and am still awaiting my first delivery in my email box. Numerous calls to the Gazette have proven fruitless. Circulation staff can’t figure out why this is happening and higher level people don’t bother to return calls. Not a good reflection on the paper and how it is run. Not certain I’ll renew when the time comes.

Mark Mahoney

I’ve forwarded your comments to our circulation department. Hopefully, they can help you. My apologies for your troubles.
Mark Mahoney
Editorial Page Editor

Robert F. Jewell

Good riddance…
I have no problems with the service from the Schenectady Gazette’ and recommend it to many interested people in my region.
Thanks for your efforts to be fair to all and thank you.
I plan on renewing despite what is said about you.

Terry Ryczek

David Gillikin, in all the years Tonko has been the congressman how has the area been improved? Just take a ride through his blighted home town of Amsterdam and you will seen his handy work. Liz Joy 2020


She has no plan and just parrots whatever Trump says. Her statements are just fear mongering and lies. We’ll be worse off if she wins. It doesn’t take much to see who is the better candidate here: Tonko 2020!

Terry Ryczek

Matt Lofchie: “Now Trump is quoted, totally believable, as saying that soldiers who gave their lives for their country are “suckers and losers.” Trump never said this. It was something published in a dying magazine called the Atlantic where the famous anonymous source made up the story. It has been debunked by more than 20 attending eye witnesses. This statement is as fallacious as Trump being a white supremacist racist. That lie was made up bu the Clinton campaign in 2016 to try and smear Trump. Look it up.

Robert F. Jewell

Nice try Terry… he called John McCain a loser…he said it on tv…

Of course having never served Rycvek you know nothing about service and duty and honor.
To republicans waving a flag and playing the national anthem is patriotism. Deluded no nothings do nothing cowards.

Terry Ryczek

Once again Robert 1. I never said anything about John McCain who was referred to as a songbird. 2. You don’t know if I served or not. 3.I am not a Republican, 4. Don’t you ever question my patriotism. You support the party that want to turn this country into a communist state so that makes you a traitor.

Robert F. Jewell

No I Do not question your love of this United States of Apartheid….

I question your obedience to the Constitution of these United States of America.

People who try to ride a razors edge…usually bleed to death…

Good luck with your sick sick sick Messiah…

Terry Ryczek

Once again you turn to lies and slander. That’s why NOBODY takes you seriously. You are one sick hate filled person.

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