Can’t let Trump undermine election
We have a president that no matter what happens to him, it’s never his fault.
The sensation of losing in any way or believing that no one knows as much as he does emulates a sense of being a “Very Stable Genius.”
Imagine having something said about you in print media or broadcast media that you don’t agree with and therefore deem it, “Fake News.”
I can’t understand why journalists in this country are not making the “rigged election” statement one of the biggest stories of this century, especially the White House press corps. Does this mean no matter what happens on Nov. 3, Donald Trump will not abdicate the presidency?
So, if he loses the election, our sitting president will say the election process in America is rigged and can’t be trusted. If that’s not news worth being hammered into everyone’s consciousness, I don’t know what is.
I can’t imagine how any reporter in the White House press room isn’t filled with outrage at this statement by a sitting president.
Will we become like so many Third World countries where the election process is chaos and the leadership becomes run by the military?
Blame Reagan for Social Security tax
In his Sept. 24 letter (“Back Trump and Joy or leave America”), Vincent Belardo says that readers should blame “Democrat liberals” for federal taxation of Social Security benefits.
Social Security benefits were first taxed under a law enacted by Congress in 1984 and signed by President Ronald Reagan, who was neither a Democrat nor a liberal.
Henry J. Hamelin
The left are the true haters in America
The left has always called the right haters. I have always questioned why. I never see conservatives loot businesses; I never see conservatives gather in unpeaceful protest. I never see conservatives chant “Vote him out” at a ceremony respecting the death of a SCOTUS member.
What I have seen over the last 3-plus years is all the hate and vitriol of the left. The left acts like little spoiled rotten children who don’t get their way. Maxine Waters is to blame. Schumer is to blame. Nadler, Schiff, Pelosi. Do I need to go on?
What happened to civility in this country? The left is now saying they will pull everything out that is in the bag or out of the bag, dirty or not dirt, to stop the next Supreme Court pick. If the left were in charge, they would do the same thing as the right. Don’t think they wouldn’t. It’s the left that are the haters. Thou doth protest too much.
Find ways to make debates entertaining
I just finished watching the debate on Sept. 29 between President Trump and Joe Biden.
What a disaster. It would have been much more enjoyable to watch if they just gave them both boxing gloves. Or even pistols.
Put candidates into soundproof rooms
OK so we are told that we are divided. Politicians can’t get anything done. We have social inequities entrenched in society. We have a pandemic that is keeping us inside away from each other.
And then we watch a so-called debate between two candidates that are equally divided and end up listening to rhetoric beyond what the senses can take.
Well it occurred to me that the best way to attempt for each person to decide their choice for our country’s leadership is to use our so called division and establish this ground rule for future debates.
Divide the two candidates into soundproof rooms where they cannot hear one another and ask them identical questions and provide a 2-minute response. I truly believe we will get a much better picture of policy vision and it will establish a basis for each of us to select our choice for the next president.
Perhaps that will be a small step to begin to unite us and get us back to the great country that we are.
Trashing of Trump got too much space
I’m so disappointed on The Daily Gazette’s Sept. 28 front page, plus three more pages, which highlighted President Trump’s many years of tax avoidance, page after page of interpretation from ultra-liberal New York Times. Geez Gazette I don’t believe that on that tragic 9/11 or even President Richard Nixon’s wiretapping scandal that you highlighted as many pages.
You’re slipping, Gazette. You had many more pages in your paper to try and whitewash President Trump and sway the election with your slanderous headlines. Good job from the most liberal newspaper in the Capital District.
Spa gov’t is effective, so why change it?
The electorate in our country consists of adults 18 years of age who have registered to vote and who have not been stripped of that right for criminal reasons.
As we age and mature, whether Democrat or Republican, we develop perspective on issues that inform our choices. This is called wisdom, and there are not too many shortcuts in its acquisition, although the process can be helped with education and reading.
The current form of government in Saratoga Springs is a more evolved and effective model than the modified ward/parish system on the ballot in November.
Today, all citizens of Saratoga choose a council of five who each share executive responsibility for a functional area. Lack of competency results in an easy change of leadership every two years. The system is adaptable and can expand or constrict much easier than a central control model proposed with a city manager.
We are in the middle of an emergency with a highly effective government, and I hope Republicans and Democrats, young and old, select ‘No’ this November to charter change in Saratoga Springs.
This is the wise choice.
Trump is exploiting Christians for votes
As a Bible-believing Christian, I take issue with Virginia DelGallo’s assertion in her Sept. 25 letter (“True Christians will vote for Trump”) that if you don’t vote for “life” (i.e. Trump), “you’re not a Christian.” Trump is not pro-life; he is pro-self, a demagogue who only pursues his own aggrandizement. Trump seized on conservative Christians’ preoccupation with abortion to hook them for their votes, even though he exhibits no real faith, moral convictions or “family values.” Is this not hypocrisy?
The Bible makes it abundantly clear that God cares about all matters of justice and righteousness. Jesus warned us that we will “know them by their fruits” (Mt. 7:16). What kind of fruits have we seen from Trump? Lying, bullying, raging, greed, manipulation, cronyism, tampering with justice, sowing racial tensions, persecuting refugees, ignoring environmental threats and sidelining the pandemic.
He began his campaign stoking discord with slander and insults and has never stopped. These are why his opponents detest him, not because he is a political “outsider.” By contrast, Joe Biden is a dedicated public servant, a man of faith, peace and goodwill. Trump is a travesty. Let us stop enabling the wolf in pro-life clothing.
Pro-lifers also care after a baby is born
In answer to Frank Palmeri’s Sept. 29 letter, (“Pro-lifer backers only support life in the womb”), I would state that we also care about the babies after they are born.
Our financial contributions support the many pregnancy centers that provide food, clothing and even shelter for the mothers that do not kill their babies. Some of us have even adopted rescued babies and raised them to be responsible adults.
The most visible part of pro-life activity is probably our presence at the abortion clinics where we pray not only for the babies in the womb, but also for their mothers, the abortionist, the clinic staff, and for distraught fathers who could not save their children. I remember a Black father weeping for his child being aborted. The best we could do was to put our arms around him and pray (before COVID-19).
As far as “stealing” a Supreme Court seat, we do not have that power. That is up to our elected legislators and the Constitution of the United States. Please Frank, do some research before writing to The Gazette.
Trump must pay the price for his crimes
Will Trump, his family and minions ever be held accountable for breaking multiple laws? Trump is akin to a mob boss who acts with impunity supported by Republicans who refuse to pursue his obvious acts of corruption and abuse of power.
There are credible accusations of Trump’s crimes. His fraudulent university scammed many. Over 16 women accused him of sexual assault. He illegally obstructed justice and likely colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election and will do it again. Trump sought election interference from Ukraine and was impeached. But the feckless Republicans in the Senate refused to remove him from office so Trump could serve their political agenda.
Trump has violated the Emoluments Clause by encouraging foreign officials to stay at his hotels. He likely has committed tax fraud. In addition, his incompetent response to the pandemic has resulted in over 200,000 deaths and counting and is destroying the economy.
If Trump loses the election, there should be investigations by an independent attorney general of him and his corrupt sycophants’ criminal actions. But if Trump wins reelection, we will likely slip further into an autocratic plutocracy where no law is sacrosanct.
Vote McCalmon to address social issues
As a medical social worker, I am very excited by Thearse McCalmon, candidate in the 49th district for New York State Senate. Social workers are essential in the medical setting because we try to find ways to address the social determinants of health that prevent patients from effectively managing chronic illnesses and accessing quality healthcare they deserve.
Social determinants of health include socioeconomic status, education, employment, housing, access to social supports and food security.
Thearse’s vision directly addresses these factors. She has plans to make healthcare affordable for all New Yorkers and address housing inequities and wage inequities. Thearse has a long history of activism and working toward social justice goals. She has a demonstrated history of advocating for marginalized communities and has shown that she is committed to working for all New Yorkers.
Thearse has worked in the nursing profession and in education. She has raised four children. She is well-acquainted with the issues that our most vulnerable citizens face. Thearse is the fresh voice that the 49th District needs. Join me in voting for her.
Amanda Brazee, LCSW
Reinstate financial transaction tax in NY
Many families are experiencing a lot of financial pain due to the coronavirus. Oddly, Wall Street is booming. Wall Street should patriotically share the pain.
New York state can do this through the financial transaction tax on stocks of .25%, (already on the books), but suspended year after year. This is estimated to raise $16 billion a year. The state could use these funds to assume the local share of Medicaid (lowering property taxes), fully fund schools and expand health care coverage to those without.
Stop exaggerating covid mortality rates
Despite the statistics and despite the science to the contrary, the media — obsessed with showcasing the most dire cases —continues to portray each fresh incident of COVID-19 as a death sentence for the newly infected. And the government eagerly signs the death warrant.
One fan at a Chiefs-Texans football game tests positive for coronavirus and it makes headlines. Twenty college kids caught partying on a campus of 16,000 and the school is faced with the decision to shut down or order 6,000 body bags. These underscore the current tone of exaggeration, confusion and catastrophe that saturates what is served up by social, broadcast and print media.
No reasonable person can ignore the toll that COVID-19 has taken on our economy and our mental and physical health. Yet the mortality rate for those who contract coronavirus continues to fall below 3%.
The rate of infection for the entire population of the United States is also below 3%.
COVID-19 is not to be taken lightly; all reasonable precautions are necessary to control the spread of the virus. However, those who fear-monger, heralding each new case as an inevitable death, must stop. Cuomo and his disciples have recreated a “bomb shelter” mentality, leading to social isolation, an economy on life support, and a potential generational catastrophe in education.
These consequences will have a more devastating impact than the physical cost of COVID-19.
Frank J. Ciervo
Local papers omitted photo of new justice
If, as the old adage states “A picture is worth a thousand words,” then when does NOT using a picture convey even more? Perhaps when editors intentionally omit using a photograph in their newspaper’s accompanying story.
On a recent “picture perfect” day in the White House Rose Garden, President Trump presented to the nation his selection to fill a United States Supreme Court Justice position. His nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, an accomplished jurist, devoted wife and mother to seven children, was presented to the country with her proud family in attendance. This all American family portrait was just too positive an image for our two local Capital District newspapers to publicize.
Competitors in business. but political ‘soul mates’ just the same, our two dailies sought fit to spare their readers a picture of a conservative icon in such a complimentary light.
When an omission becomes an admission, it speaks volumes. Believe me, we get the picture.
Trump fits definition of traitor and tyrant
Definitions in Webster’s Dictionary: Treason “The betrayal of a trust,” Traitor “One who betrays another’s trust.”
Earlier in this covid pandemic, Donald Trump declared the virus was a “hoax” and would magically disappear. Because of this, people ignored it, and many have died who might have lived had they listened to science.
This is a betrayal of the public trust: that trust which we put in our president to do what is best for “We the people.” Trump does what is best for himself, and a handful of corporations and rich white men. As a Republican, I am horrified.
Anthropology text Hoebel: “Law exists to channel behavior so that conflicts of interest do not result in an overt clash. Of course, it is unfortunately true that tyrants, usurpers and pettifoggers can, and do, pervert the ends of the law to their own designs without regard to social interests or prevailing standards of what is right.” Like gagging the CDC, or blaming “Black Lives Matter” for violence, when his own white supremacy gives tacit permission for violence against minorities.
Do not vote for this proven traitor, tyrant, usurper and pettifogger, nor for those who support him.
Cuomo shouldn’t politicize the vaccine
I heard the governor’s recent comments about having New York state conduct its own review of any vaccine against COVID-19 which is approved by the FDA. He has again crossed the line as to what a leader is supposed to say and how to act.
His statement further politicizes the topic of a vaccine, something that the governor and others have spoken out against.
I assure you that a review by New York state will add nothing to help me view a vaccine as safe.
While he worries that the FDA will push a vaccine to be approved too quickly, I fear that the governor will intimidate his panel to delay “approval” as a way to embarrass the federal government. Any delay in distributing an effective vaccine will allow the governor to continue to exert unnecessary control over New Yorkers and make the federal government look ineffective.
The governor’s comments will discourage people from taking this vaccine which will cost lives and certainly cost livelihoods. His comments are irresponsible and reckless.
If he should delay the distribution of an effective vaccine in New York because of his bureaucratic commission, he will again have lives on his hands (see nursing home crisis where 7,000-10,000 residents died as a result of the governor’s decision to require covid patients be taken back to their residences).
I suggest that the governor focus his energies on rebuilding New York and establishing policies that make people truly want to live here.
It’s anti-American to force voters to leave
When my father shed his blood in the fields of France in World War II receiving two bronze stars, a purple heart and the French Legion of Honor, he fought for our democracy, and against fascism and Nazism.
He fought for the foundation of our country, the country he and I love: democracy and tolerance.
What did Vincent Belardo fight for? In his Sept. 24 letter (“Back Trump and Joy or leave America”), Mr. Belardo says vote his way or get out, the antithesis of what America stands for, should strive for and guarantee to all citizens.
Bruce S. Trachtenberg
The writer is a former town justice.
Sign stealer helped contribute to Biden
Someone stole my Biden/Harris yard sign Saturday night. Just so you know, I ordered another and gave an additional donation. The Biden campaign thanks you.
Gazette a satellite for The New York Times
I just got done looking at the first section of Monday’s Sept. 28 Gazette. If I wanted to read four pages of the New York Times editorial, I would have subscribed to that paper. But then I guess when I see seven or eight New York Times news stories in your paper on a daily basis, I guess you have become a satellite for that paper.
Facts say to vote no on charter change
I like voting for the facts.
Fact One: Saratoga Springs’ tax rate is the second lowest of any city in New York state.
Fact Two: Saratoga Springs is one of the financially healthiest cities in New York state, according to the State Comptroller.
Fact Three: Saratoga is highly rated by both bond agencies which also complimented our city’s financial management.
Fact Four: Saratoga Springs was rated the best city to live in in New York state by an unbiased statistical analysis by Wallethub.com.
Fact Five: Saratoga Springs continues to get even better, with a city solar park, new trails, and the new downtown parking adjacent to the City Center.
Fact Six: Several years ago, 58% of city residents recognized that our city is well run and voted to retain the commission form of government rather than change to a similar city manager government.
Fact Seven: The current charter proposal is incomplete, uses inaccurate assumptions about staffing and costs, which is dangerous for Saratoga Springs.
Fact Eight: An unknown, unelected transition will make the real decisions AFTER we vote. Please read the proposal. It is not a trustworthy plan.
Fact Nine: I am voting NO against throwing out our successful government.
Stefanik gets this ex-Democrat’s vote
This year’s election will be most important in determining what direction our country will go in. Not only is the election of a president that important, but the election of our representative in Congress.
I am a retired local elected official of 24 years, formerly a member of the Democratic Party, endorsing Elise Stefanik for the 21st Congressional District seat. There are basically three reasons for my endorsement and support for Elise. First, she defended our president when others were silent. Second, unlike many in Congress today, Elise is not afraid to compromise and be bipartisan on important issues. Third, her opponent does not have a record to run on and uses negative ads and canned reasons for electing her. However, my fear is that she is too naïve to know that if elected, she will be beholden to the whims and wishes of the “radical” left of her party. It is my opinion that we need a person who is for law and order, a “back the blue” supporter who is also cognizant of the need for improvement.
We need a person who abides by the Constitution and the wishes of her constituents. Please vote for Elise.
Back the blue and support Paul Tonko
I write as a citizen gravely concerned for the need to eradicate systemic racism in this county, and as such, staunchly support Congressman Paul Tonko.
The baseless assertion of opponent Liz Joy that Rep. Tonko does not support law enforcement is deeply disrespectful of his tireless efforts to enact legislation designed to heal and fortify the relationship between law enforcement and our Black and brown communities.
Congressman Tonko is a cosponsor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which passed in the House in June. This legislation works to end racial and religious profiling, saves lives by banning choke holds and no-knock warrants, limits military equipment on American streets, and requires body cameras.
I stand firmly in support of the brave law enforcement officers in this country who put their lives on the line every day to ensure our safety, but it will not be until there is better training, greater accountability, and the abandonment of outmoded techniques that we will begin to see the lasting racial justice necessary to restore the soul of our nation. I cannot think of a better way to “back the blue” than to re-elect Congressman Paul Tonko.
Show balance on reporting of Trump
I was appalled and disgusted with the Sept. 28 headline in The Gazette (“Trump’s taxes show chronic losses, years of income tax avoidance.”) The note (“An editor’s note on the Trump tax investigation”) stated it was to enlighten us about our leaders. Why wasn’t this done when we have had corrupt leaders in the past? The headlines are from the Washington Post and New York Times, which are definitely biased newspapers. I would ask you to be more balanced with your reporting, but know your marching orders come from the above mentioned newspapers.
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