Trump pushing for violence if he loses
I believe that President Trump answered two of the questions during the Sept. 29 debate on that, if thought about together, will lead to his overwhelming defeat in this November’s election.
First, he refused to denounce white supremacists and added that the Proud Boys, an armed and violent racist organization looking forward to civil war to implement their beliefs, should “stand back and stand by.” He also stated again that mail-in voting would lead to widespread fraud. His own appointee as head of the FBI, Christopher Wray, has said there is no such evidence. He will accept no outcome other than his victory; heads I win, tails you lose. He will not assure a peaceful transition should he lose.
Is he asking for violence if he loses the election? It appears so.
Anthony J. Santo
Releasing records is unfair to officers
On Sept. 20 both the Opinion editor (“No progress on police reform without transparency”) and Sarah Foss (“Police unions fight to keep records hidden”) argued that the disciplinary files of police officers, even those which are deceitful or fraudulent allegations, must be made public.
The malicious repeal of section 50-a, which protected those records, was a reprehensible election year stratagem by the Democratic enemies of our police. Law enforcement officers must deal with the most unsavory elements in our society. Offenders often file false allegations hoping for more lenient adjudication of their case from Democrat DAs, or simply for revenge.
When have you seen a DA charge a felon with making a false statement? That charge is reserved exclusively for the Trump campaign.
As civil servants, cops have almost no recourse against libel or slander. The officer’s reputation is damaged: you cannot unring a bell Why does The Gazette choose to hurt these fine people and their families? I believe the legislation will eventually be modified by the courts. Until then, recruitment and retention of the people who place their bodies between us and the foul-mouthed rioters and looters will be problematic.
No single solution to speeding in Sch’dy
Thank you for the coverage in the Sept. 23 article (“Solutions sought to speeding problems”) by Pete DeMola. As Tom Carey, president of Schenectady United Neighborhoods (SUN), pointed out, this is a citywide problem.
No single approach will successfully eliminate speeding; but a collection of strategies will help.
Reducing the speed limit is critical. Thirty mph is just too fast for Schenectady’s residential streets.
Even with a full complement of staffing, the police won’t stop speeders unless they are going five to ten mph faster than a speed limit that is already too fast. (I am referring to comments made by a police officer who spoke several years ago at our association meeting.)
We need more stop signs. There are Stockade intersections with one stop sign where there should be three, and traffic signals on Union Street which should be four-way stops.
Also, center line stripes on wider streets should be used to delineate travel lanes. Recently, two oncoming cars collided on Union Street.
Fortunately, no one was seriously injured, but the cars had to be towed away. A four-way stop at Union and Ferry might have avoided such severe damage or colliding at all.
These changes have been suggested many times to city officials.
We don’t need police to install a stop sign or paint a stripe down the middle of a street. How about it, city? Let’s work together to make all city neighborhoods safer before something truly tragic happens on Schenectady streets.
Suzanne S. Unger
The writer is president of the Stockade Association.
Police reform needs community’s input
The Gazette Sept. 25 article (“Schenectady City police receive state accreditation”) indicated “the department must now further refine its policies and procedures, this time with community input, as part of an executive order issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.”
The Schenectady City Police Department’s accredited achievements need to be reviewed by community organizations.
The Schenectady Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative could include the state Board of Regents “social and emotional learning” guidelines to improve their Community Oriented Policing program.
In addition, community organizations could expand “social and emotional learning” guidelines through the federal and state Education Department’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program for children, youth and adults.
As a white-colored person, I lack trust of white “neo-confederate” supremacists’ attitudes toward others’ struggles for pro-family human rights, freedoms and liberties.
Therefore, I think requesting the Unified Court System’s Community Dispute Resolution Center mediation services to issue a judicial definition of “unreasonable search and seizure” will assist police and community organizations and members.
Prioritize road repair based on real need
As a Niskayuna newcomer, we moved here in 1984, I’m curious as to how local road repair decisions are made. This past summer, the county resurfaced St. David’s Lane. It did not need it, and the final product is worse than before: The new pavement sits about an inch above the existing manhole covers.
Now Niskayuna is repaving streets in our Avon Crest neighborhood that don’t need it. Meanwhile, Consaul Road between Balltown Road and Route 7 and on to State Street is in horrific condition. This road sees heavy daily use and is the main access to two schools, a church, a daycare center and Northern Rivers Development Center.
I worked for the state transportation department for 23 years and with the Capital District Transportation Committee for 14 of those years. Road repair funds can be shifted among municipalities according to need. Why are the county and the city ignoring this section of Consaul Road?
Remember to vote, and help others vote
Democracy is a four-legged table missing one leg. We must be very careful how we place priceless items on the table such as free press, freedom of speech, separation of church and state, and the right to vote, just to name a few. Remove one more leg and the table of democracy will fall. All of the precious items placed on it will crash and crumble into pieces.
The precious right to vote must not be taken for granted. Buddy up with someone who has never voted, or registered, and usher them through the process. The deadline for registering in New York is Oct. 9. Vote by mail, vote early or bring your ballot to your local board of elections if they’re open or if they have a drop box. You can vote again on Election Day. New York is one of the few states that allows this. Your previous ballot will be canceled.
No matter what, vote and help someone do the same.
We’re all paying for Trump’s covid lies
I wonder how all you Republicans feel now that you know that Trump lied to you and to all Americans. He knew as early as January how bad the covid virus was, that it was way worse than the flu, that it was passed through the air.
Don’t you think that if he had told the people, that they would have been better prepared for it? And he could have gotten together with all 50 governors and the leading scientists and formulated a national plan to battle covid.
There can be no doubt that his lack of action has cost many lives. He continues to lie about the virus, while the total number of people who have died surpasses 190,000 and will probably be 250,000 or more by Nov. 3.
He has been having indoor rallies with few people wearing masks or social distancing, even though he knew some of his own supporters will get covid and some may die. However, he doesn’t care how many die as long as he gets reelected.
He cares only about himself.
God help the United States of America.
John H. Quinn
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