Many reasons to vote no on charter
The charter change proposition on the ballot in Saratoga Springs creates a system of six election wards that would drastically reduce every city resident’s representation on the City Council and make elected officials much less accountable.
We would get to vote for a mayor and only one of six council members, with no promise that even that one candidate, let alone the other five, would feel compelled to address the concerns of our neighborhood.
A map of the election districts reveals how disparate areas would be lumped together (see https://www.saratogadems.org/voting/). For instance, Ward Three stretches from the city neighborhoods around the Caroline Street School to the sprawling estates off Meadowbrook Road. Ward Four combines the South Side (everything south of Lincoln Avenue, including Jefferson Terrace) with the Saratoga Lake developments, more than three miles and a world away.
Other reasons to vote no include the creation of both a full-time mayor and full-time manager, plus the pandemic, which is preventing in-person discussion and is leaving the city in a budget crisis. Bottom line: Every citizen should be able to vote for all of the city council members. Vote no.
GOP hypocritical over Supreme Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg tenaciously held on to life as long as she could because she knew the GOP vultures would pounce.
Within 24 hours, they did. Her final wish that her successor not be named until after the election was ignored. Instead, Trump suggested that Schumer and “shifty” Schiff had made it up.
Justice Scalia died on Feb. 13, 2016. McConnell refused to permit Obama a confirmation hearing for his chosen appointee because he was serving his final year as president. Now Trump gets to appoint a justice with just weeks remaining. McConnell either lied in 2016 or he’s lying now. He should not have it both ways.
Neil Gorsuch was confirmed in April 2018, more than a year later.
With Kennedy’s retirement, Kavanaugh was added to the court after a controversial trial. Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexual harassment during their college years. Kavanaugh lied under oath; he was confirmed anyway.
Trump tried to buy votes with stimulus
A short time ago President Trump was quoted saying the Democrats are trying to buy the presidency. If anyone is trying to buy votes, it’s Trump himself.
When the $1,200 stimulus payments were approved, over 80 million had to be paid on paper checks. Trump decided that his name was to be printed on each of these checks with a short statement strongly implying that HE was solely responsible for putting this money in the hands of these recipients. Adding the name and statement turned the check into a campaign flyer. Interesting to note is that virtually every one of these recipients is also a potential voter. If that isn’t trying to buy votes, then nothing is.
I don’t know how much it cost to print something on 80 million pieces of paper, but it must be expensive. Then each piece of what is now campaign literature (sorry, I guess in mean checks) needs an envelope and postage. The cost of envelopes I don’t know, but the postage alone would be $44+ million. All of this was stolen from the American taxpayers by Trump.
Eighty million votes Trump is trying to buy, and it’s not costing him one single cent.
Will white women be fooled again?
In 2016, President Trump received 10% of the Black women votes. Ninety percent of Black women voted for Hillary, sensing that Trump couldn’t be supportive to them. However, 52% of all white women voted for Trump, convinced that he would do a better job as president.
Well, I wonder today how many of those white women feel about their 2016 choice. Black women may have been more intuitive four years ago. But there’s a famous expression that may be fitting here. “Fool me once, shame on you. But fool me twice, shame on me.”
On Nov. 3, we get a chance to make a brand new choice in a few weeks at the polls. That’s what is great about our democracy. Women know this and will surely make corrections as they see fit. Right? But will they reach out to each other to encourage a solid voting bloc? Only time will tell.
Women can have a major effect on an election. In the past, they have made a big difference with their commitment, hard work and their activism. But will white women be fooled again, or this time will they act on their intuition and inner wisdom?
Media is promoting racial hatred in U.S.
A recent ABC News-published article commenting on the Breonna Taylor shooting in an Apple News feed stated the following: “Officer Hankison was indicted on three felony counts of wanton endangerment for firing shots into Taylor’s apartment that penetrated a wall of the residence of a white family next door to Taylor’s apartment.”
That wasn’t “The White Family.” That was “white” people. Imagine that, white people next door. What is that neighborhood coming to? Thankfully, no whiteys were killed accidentally.
Unfortunately the use of the word “white” is proof, in my opinion, that many in the media while promoting the virtues of the late Martin Luther King Jr. take every chance they can get to ignore everything he said about not judging someone by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. If you really want to know who promotes racial hatred in America, it’s not the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
It happens to be the left and much of the American media. By making the bullet pathways about Black and white, “you people” report the story and cheapen the unfortunate circumstances of the end of the life of Miss Taylor.
We all just “can’t get along” simply because the mighty pen shamefully exists. I would never say the media are a bunch of lowlife subhuman jerks, but it does have a nice ring to it. “This is John Gentile reporting from the uppity hayseed town of Duanesburg New York… Back to you Jim.”
Tonko responded quickly to complaint
For the past two years, there was an ever growing sinking pavement section located west of the Michigan Avenue I-890 exit in two lanes of traffic.
Months passed and an orange construction barrel sat by the side of the road, yet no work done.
I wrote to Congressman Paul Tonko explaining the situation that I ride a motorcycle and the result of this situation could be catastrophic to anyone not knowing it was there. Mr. Tonko replied immediately, stating my email was being sent through channels to the state Department of Transportation. Within a few days my phone rang, and I was speaking to an engineer from the DOT. They stated repairs would be made in three days. They just needed permission to shut down the two lanes of traffic. Repairs were indeed made in the three days as stated. I want to extend a big thank you to Congressman Tonko (and team) for getting things done fast and keeping constituents safer.
Mary Ellen Bussey
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