Find way to reopen library main branch
I am writing in response to reading the Oct. 5 article in The Gazette (“Library in-person services begin today at five locations”) about the reopening of several of the Schenectady County library branches.
While this pleases me greatly, I was surprised to see that there was no plan to reopen the main branch.
As a resident of the City of Schenectady, I am trying to understand why that branch was excluded from re-opening.
It is the largest library in Schenectady County, within walking distance for local businesses and city residents.
There are many disadvantaged individuals living in community shelters and housing, some even living on the street who are being denied access to this basic service, which in some ways speaks to my heart as discriminating against them.
The following is a quote by Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, “Libraries are a cornerstone of democracy-where information is free and equally available to everyone.
People tend to take that for granted and they don’t realize what is at stake when that is put at risk.”
So please find a way to open up the main branch for everyone’s benefit.
‘Royal’ Trump family puts many at risk
The Cleveland Clinic’s requirement that everyone wear a mask is not a political decision, but a preventive health policy to protect patients and staff from the coronavirus.
When the Trump family arrived for the debate, they were told they would have to wear a mask, which they did upon entering the debate area. However, when they sat down, the masks came off.
When a clinic staff person reminded them of the mask policy, they ignored him. How dare anyone tell the “royal family” how to behave in the middle of a deadly pandemic.
I thought we freed ourselves of royal family privileges in 1776. Maybe the Trump family needs to be reminded they are the first among equals and their inexcusable uncaring behavior puts everyone else at risk, as evidenced by what’s happened to their father and his wife.
Look what’s behind your abortion stance
Statistics clearly show that abortion rates are higher in countries where there are legal restrictions against the medical procedure of pregnancy termination.
The stark reality for those who believe that they know what is best for ALL women who find themselves pregnant at a time when having a child is not something they planned (like some Catholics and like the new SCOTUS nominee in particular), you must redefine your position.
A vote for Trump is a vote for dictatorship
The planet has been ambushed by a deadly virus, and until a vaccine is developed, we are defenseless with the exception of wearing masks and keeping social distance.
Imagine that – use of a simple face mask actually provides some control over the spreading of the virus. Trump lost the opportunity to show a trace of leadership by being more enthusiastic about masks.
Perhaps this weird and dangerous phenomenon that we call Donald J. Trump is really an alien from outer space. He came to use without any exposure to morality or humility. He eradicated truth and created chaos and a political environment ripe for an authoritarian regime which he would like to lead. A vote for Trump is a vote for destroying the republic and for dictatorship.
Robert C. DeVries
Stop all the violence, and let nation heal
Anyone who thinks slavery or racism is all right is not thinking clearly.
However in the middle of all the turmoil we should look at what has been done.
First slavery was abolished, and though it took time, integration has taken place in schools, transportation, employment and other fields.
As for the young men who refuse to stand for the flag, don’t they realize not too many years ago they wouldn’t be playing in any professional sport? Now they are looked up to as role models and heroes and making large sums of money.
Will it ever be perfect? Of course not. Life is not perfect and there will always be bigots and bullies.
Let’s stop with the looting, burning and shooting and let justice prevail and let the country heal.
Help get the country back on right track
Confusion over so many things just continues to ramp up. “Innocent until proven guilty” has disappeared, especially if you’re a police officer. Even locally on our city streets, innocent people are being shot. But there’s no outcry about guns, which in most cases are not legally possessed.
There’s big controversy about proper precautions to use against the coronavirus outbreak and amazingly falls along political lines. It’s just mind boggling. Now there’s a case where the occupant of an apartment shoots at intruders, who unknown (or not?) to him, are the police. And because police shoot back an innocent person is killed. But the first shooter is considered innocent. So is the message is you can shoot at someone, but they are guilty of a crime if they shoot you back?
In Schenectady, protesters convinced two Black men to quit their jobs and gave them money. Wonder if they came through with their offer to find them jobs?
In the middle of all this, innocent people and business owners are caught in the cross-hairs.
Our nation so badly needs common sense and decency. Let’s get back on the right track with some real leadership. Do vote in November (or whenever you can.)
With so much chaos, time to turn to God
Fire and floods, hurricanes and tornadoes, earthquakes and pandemics, all raise the question: Does man or God rule the world? Give man a little leeway and he thinks he can take over, defy and ignore God. Maybe we need to turn to God. Think it over, and if you don’t have a Judo/Christian leader, get one to talk to about it.
Lawrence H. King
My pro-life vote will go to Biden-Harris
In her Sept. 25 letter, Virginia DelGallo (“True Christians will vote for Trump”) demands that Christians “vote for life in November.” As a life-long Christian, religion major and active member of my church, I can assure Ms. DelGallo that I intend to do just that.
However, my vote will not be going to Trump, who has trashed God’s creation by undoing regulations to protect our health and by promoting fossil fuels, worsening the already tenuous climate situation. Being responsible caretakers is the quintessential pro-life issue of our times.
Nor will I vote for someone who did nothing to address mass shootings, the prevalence of military-style weapons in our communities, or the lack of restrictions on who can access them, which continues to hamper police/community relations and will increase deaths.
And then there is Trump’s appallingly inept response to COVID-19, refusing to follow the advice of his experts resulting in countless unnecessary deaths. He demonstrates no concern even for his own supporters, encouraging them to come to indoor rallies unmasked and crammed together.
I will be voting to bring decency, civility, and empathy back into the White House when I cast my pro-life vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Don’t be fooled again by Trump’s many lies
The Trump presidency has been based mostly on lies. It started with I will show my tax returns if I’m elected. Then I’m going to drain the swamp. The swamp is bigger than it ever was. Next it was I’m going to stop all the jobs at Carrier from going to Mexico. Almost all jobs went to Mexico. After that it was Mexico is going to pay for the wall. News flash, we are paying for the wall. He said I don’t know Stormy Daniels. The next day, pictures of Trump with her surface. On and on and on, the lies could fill a book.
But the biggest lie he told the American people was about COVID-19 and wearing a mask. I was shocked when Trump supporters were interviewed, and they really had no idea why wearing a mask was so important. Just ask Herman Cain. I wish it were possible to know how many people died because Trump never said it was important to wear a mask.
Now he is running Social Security bankrupt. The Republicans are trying to sneak a tax on pensions into the next stimulus bill. Voters please don’t be fooled twice.
Trump has earned the Christians’ vote
Many are trying very hard to sway Christian voters from Donald Trump. Yet, considering the anti-Biblical times we live in, Trump has been the greatest defender of religious freedom of any president in history.
He’s defended the right of cake bakers, Little Sisters of the Poor and others to uphold their Christian beliefs in their livelihoods — rights which Obama-Biden tried to steal.
He’s fought against taxpayer funding of abortion; Joe Biden and the Democrats demand such taxation and support abortion.
Trump successfully freed enslaved Christian missionaries such as Andrew Brunson from foreign dictatorships. Both Bush and Obama did little. His Supreme Court picks have voted for the rights of religious institutions in several cases; Obama-Biden’s pick of Sonia Sotomayor has voted against every time.
As a Christian, I did not vote for Trump in 2016 because of things he said. As a Christian, I am voting for him in 2020 because of things he’s done. In him, God has drawn many straight lines with a crooked stick. Joe Biden, an egregious liar throughout his political life, is a crooked stick who, with the Democrats, will draw countless anti-Christian crooked lines for America.
Obnoxious Trump is still better than Biden
With the choices we are facing, this presidential election may prove to be among the most crucial in American history.
In her Sept. 16 column in The Gazette (“Democrats may force me to cast my vote for Trump”), Danielle Pletka points out that Donald Trump has many annoying flaws, and I fully agree. In normal times I would likely consider him to be an unacceptable candidate. However, these aren’t normal times. He’s running against a candidate, Joe Biden, who unfortunately isn’t up to the job for many reasons; among the worst is his inability to deliver coherent statements without a teleprompter.
My worst fear is if Biden should win, he would become a figurehead subject to manipulation by a host of left wing wackos such as Liz Warren, AOC and the most frightening of them all, Bernie Sanders.
These entities could coerce Biden into making decisions that could push our country into a socialist pit of abominations. The fabric of our nation could be shredded; take a look at what happened in Portland, Ore.
When the election comes around, consider choosing Trump for re-election. He may be obnoxious and goofy, but he is still a far better choice than Harris-Biden.
Thomas M. Koch
Talk to your teenager about safe driving
Parenting is no easy task, and parenting teenagers comes with its own unique set of challenges.
During National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 18-24, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is teaming up with New Choices Recovery Center Prevention to empower parents to discuss the importance of driving safety with their young drivers.
This is a perfect time to begin and continue this conversation, and to remind parents not to hand over the car keys until their teen knows the rules of the road.
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for teens 15-18 years old in the United States. All teens are too young to legally buy, possess, or consume alcohol. However, nationally, 16% of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2018 had alcohol in their system.
But alcohol isn’t the only substance that can keep your teen from driving safely. Like other drugs, marijuana affects a driver’s ability to react to their surroundings.
Fact: 13% of nighttime, weekend drivers have marijuana in their system. Driving is a complex task, and marijuana slows reaction time, affecting a driver’s ability to drive safely. Remind your teen that driving under the influence of any impairing substance could have deadly consequences.
Parents can help protect their teen drivers by talking with them about these risks. For further information and services regarding teen alcohol and drug use contact New Choices Recovery Center at 518-280-9895.
The writer is a prevention specialist at New Choices Recovery Program.
Nation lost all civility when Trump won
Regarding Bill Whipple’s Oct. 3 letter (“The left are the true haters in America”), his comments about never seeing conservatives shouting, “vote him out,” etc. How many times did we see many Americans shouting “Lock her up?” It is still being shouted by many conservatives, along with many other ugly chants.
Bill then asks, “What happened to civility in this country?” I will tell you, Bill. It left when Trump ran for and then became president of this otherwise great nation. Yes Bill, I think “thou doth protest too much” is perfect for you also. Never forget, RED HAT, with the syllables reversed spells HATRED.
Bruce A. Holden
Vote for freedoms by voting for Trump
In his State of the Union address in 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt outlined four basic freedoms essential to all people. “Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear.”
The upcoming presidential election is our opportunity to reaffirm these freedoms in our beloved United States of America.
We are losing the freedom of speech though political correctness and censorship on the internet, freedom of worship by government shutdowns of our houses of worship, freedom from want by the shutdown of our businesses, and freedom from fear by the lawlessness in our cities and their government’s unwillingness to arrest the lawbreakers or hold them for bail.
We can preserve our freedoms by supporting our local police and by voting in the November election. A vote for Donald J. Trump is a vote for law and order and a big step in ensuring that these Four Freedoms remain in our United States of America.
The only secure way to vote is in person
The right of any citizen to seek public office in accordance with federal and state constitutions should be adhered to.
Other restrictions or obligations influencing candidate eligibility and campaign operations pose a threat to the constitutional act of fairness and accountability of our political system.
The Federal Election Commission should be abolished. We need to repeal the Voting Rights Act as well as the Federal Election Campaign Act and its 1974 amendments.
By allowing the “absentee ballot” and now the sending of ballots to every registered voter, alive or dead, completely weakens our right to a “secret ballot.”
The mail-in ballot system will not be a secure system, only because the post office has been known to lose and misplace mail for years. Vote rigging, fraud, vote buying, ballot box stuffing and vote suppression has increased every year.
With today’s technology, voting in person around the world can be done in military bases, embassies or any U.S. government office.
The privilege of voting in secret, in person, at certified polling places does require some inconvenience and extra effort to secure the integrity of our elections and republic.
William D. Wilday
The writer is chairman of the Constitution Party of New York.
Tonko shouldn’t avoid debate with Joy
In early Sept., Congressman Tonko and his challenger Liz Joy received by certified mail, copies of a petition demanding that they debate on important issues facing our country. The petition was signed by 105 businesses in Schenectady County.
Mrs. Joy responded she would participate. Tonko’s staff responded that the 105 businesses were not enough of a representation of his district to attend.
Certainly, 105 business owners are not the majority of the businesses in Mr. Tonko’s district. But they do pay a fair amount of taxes and certainly some percentage of the congressman’s salary.
Currently, there is an effort to convert the free market, constitutional republic form of government to a form of socialist oligarchy. What does Tonko support? Is he for law and order? How will he vote on many other important issues? Clearly this was an opportunity to clarify what he stands for.
On the evening of Oct. 11, Mrs. Joy will be given the opportunity to discuss her positions on the issues. We welcome her participation.
Mr. Tonko’s refusal demonstrates that he really doesn’t represent everyone. He has forgotten who he works for.
The writer is the Debate Committee chair.
Republicans: Support Cobb over party
We are Republicans who support Tedra Cobb for Congress because we favor removing politicians like Elise Stefanik, who are owned by special interests. In contrast, Tedra Cobb takes no corporate PAC money, and her constituents needs come first, not “big donors.”
Healthcare is a critical issue. “Big pharma” has given over $200,000 to Stefanik’s campaign, and she rewarded them by voting against capping prescription drug costs and voting to prevent Medicare from negotiating lower drug prices.
She voted to kick 64,000 in the North Country off healthcare.
In 2018, Stefanik voted to cut Medicare by $239 billion a year.
Stefanik took over $600,000 in PAC money, and leads the charge in privatizing Social Security, a goal of the financial industry. She voted in 2018 to cut Social Security by an eventual $2.6 trillion.
The financial industry likely profits from any privatization of Social Security, not North Country residents who depend on it.
Tedra will protect Social Security and Medicare from cuts and privatization.
There’s too much at stake here to simply vote down party lines. Regardless of your party affiliation, please join us in voting for Tedra Cobb, who will beholden only to us, not any rich donors.
Dan Russom, Dick Sullivan, Don McGrann, Greg Wood
Joy wants reasonable immigration controls
Change is needed in our country. Let’s vote Paul Tonko out and send Liz Joy in his place. When I called Tonko’s office to encourage him to support President Trump in solving the crisis at the southern border, his response was clear, saying that what was happening at the border was just a “manufactured crisis.”
It wasn’t long afterwards that the Democrats in Washington had to admit that there truly was a crisis. Do we really want to keep Tonko in Washington when he was unwilling to look at the problems we have facing our national security?
Let’s send a woman to Washington who is serious about making the changes in immigration laws that our country has desperately needed. I believe Liz Joy is that person who will represent us with common sense immigration legislation.
Stefanik has the backs of our veterans
As a Navy veteran, I was honored to host our congresswoman, Elise Stefanik, at the Stillwater American Legion for our ribbon cutting event this summer.
She spoke from the heart, honoring local veterans and our new legion facility, before joining us for a parade around town.
She is dedicated to fighting for the things that matter most to us: cutting through bureaucracy at the VA, helping us reclaim our VA benefits, and working on bills that improve our healthcare.
We know that if we have any problems at all, we can always pick up the phone and call Elise’s office to get immediate help. In fact, she never hesitates to give out her direct line.
I have never heard of and can’t imagine any other politician willing to be that accessible and it shows she really is a part of our community. No one has done more for veterans in northern New York.
We know that she has our back and that’s why I’m proud to call her my congresswoman and look forward to another two years of her leadership.
Trump could be lying about having covid
I agree with Mr. Bishop’s Oct. 6 letter (“Trump has reasons to fake having virus.”) I have known four people with the virus.
Three recovered, and I lost my wife to the virus. None recovered or died within the short period as President Trump.
Until he is checked by physicians at the Mayo Clinic, I will believe this is another lie to benefit him. If it is a hoax, all taking part should be tried for treason.
Doctors should lose their license to practice and all should, if found guilty, serve not less than 10 years nor more than 20.
This will give them plenty of time to decide if what they got was worth it. While at it check to see what relationship the Trumps have with the pharmaceutical companies that make the drugs he took.
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