McCalmon brings experience, ideas
Thearse McCalmon, the Democratic candidate for the District 49 State Senate, is a great example of why you should still cast your vote regardless of your disappointment with the presidential race.
While I cannot empathize with being on the fence here, I understand that there is a sense of hopelessness and loss of faith in the overall process.
However, the dynamics of the presidential race are not the equivalent to local races by any means.
For example, your vote in favor of Thearse McCalmon means that District 49 is one step closer to receiving $2,000 a month in Universal Basic Income.
Imagine the changes that $2,000 a month would have in your life. Voters who choose to not vote or choose to ignore the option of economic stability are discounting the immense power the local and state elections have on making real improvements to our everyday lives.
With four degrees and a strong legacy of educating our youth, Thearse McCalmon is far more qualified than her opponent and should be rewarded for her courage to run against the incumbent with our attention to local elections.
The writer is a public affairs specialist for the Humanity Forward Schenectady Team.
Tedisco knows the value of education
When it comes to being a strong voice and fighting for education and our schools, Sen. Jim Tedisco is a great advocate for students, parents and teachers and one of the Legislature’s leading voices for public education.
As a former teacher, Sen. Tedisco understands what we need in our classrooms and has been outspoken in his longtime advocacy for fully funding all of our schools and giving educators the support they need to help children learn and grow.
Sen. Tedisco has worked across party lines to call for the state to use federal funds to assist our schools with COVID-19 testing and making building modifications to adhere to CDC guidelines.
He has helped secure state funds for the Schenectady Weekend Backpack program, because as a former educator, Sen. Tedisco recognizes that if children come to school hungry, they will not be able to focus on learning.
It’s no wonder Sen. Tedisco has been strongly endorsed by New York State United Teachers.
We need more lawmakers like Jim Tedisco who recognize the importance of public education and are always willing to stand up so strongly for their constituents.
Let’s keep Jim Tedisco fighting for us in the state Senate.
Gazette shows its bias against Trump
Thank you Dr. Arthur Salvatore for voicing your opinion in the Oct. 2 editorial column (“Gazette has gone too far to the ‘dark left.”)
I don’t really like either presidential candidate but, it is truly noticeable that The Gazette does not favor Trump.
I thought newspapers are supposed to be non-judgmental but, this does not seem to be the case. Equal judgement for both parties would seem to be fair – oh well.
Helen M. Tatarek
Tonko supports horse racing safety laws
As an animal advocate, I want to thank Rep. Paul Tonko for leading the charge for horse racing reform in Congress. The Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R.1754) is soon to be voted on in the full House of Representatives and I am hopeful that this bill will pass. This bill simply brings the United States into conformity with the rest of the world where use of the medication on race days is prohibited.
Cheaters in the industry are known to experiment with anything that might give them an edge, including blood-doping agents, stimulants, cancer drugs and cocaine.
Drugged with painkillers and performance-enhancing substances, some racehorses, including injured horses, are pushed beyond their limits. This can lead to severe or even fatal consequences for horses and their jockeys, or result in horses with career-ending injuries ending up in the brutal horse slaughter pipeline.
We owe our equine athletes the chance to compete in a clean and fair sport that recognizes that their welfare must be paramount if the sport is to survive.
Stefanik supportive of small businesses
As a local elected official, it is great to work with our federal partners to bring results to the people we represent. Elise Stefanik makes that working relationship all the better through her tireless efforts for our constituents in Granville.
Just take a look at Morse’s Diner and Pizzeria in our town to see her efforts. The business opened right before the onset of the pandemic.
Rather than close its doors in the face of a challenge, Elise worked with the business to get them the federal support they needed to stay in business. Because of the efforts of Elise’s office, Morse’s Diner and Pizzeria is open to the public and ready for success.
Elise demonstrates her support of small business not just in her words but also in her actions. Elise supports all entrepreneurs who want to achieve the American dream and wants to make their dreams a reality. You only need to take a look at her results to see how much she has already accomplished. I am voting for Elise because she supports our small businesses, and I want to see what she can continue to achieve for the North Country.
The writer is the supervisor of the town of Granville.
Smullen has been a leader for his district
Throughout his first term as 118th District assemblyman, retired U.S. Marine Colonel Robert Smullen continually demonstrated his belief that a primary characteristic of military leadership – consistency – should also be practiced by legislators.
The goals guiding his political belief system are lowering taxes, limiting regulations, and protecting individual liberties.
He strongly advocates reversing liberal bail reforms inhibiting judge’s powers. He supports “Back the Blue” initiatives to strengthen police and opposes progressive ideologies weakening the rule of law.
Assemblyman Smullen has great concern for small business survival, supports legislative efforts returning them to financial health in a post-pandemic economy, and is the prime sponsor of the “Jump Start New York” Plan to do so.
He recognizes the number one economic driver in upstate New York is agribusiness, dairying, lumbering, market crops etc., and supports initiatives assisting farms to provide food on our tables.
He also works to promote communications equality by eliminating broadband and cell phone network isolation pockets.
As a Marine colonel, he was a leader, not a follower. As our 118th District assemblyman, he will continue providing strong support for our interests in Albany. He should be re-elected.
Peter C. Betz
Strong message was sent: Wear a mask
A strong message for all to read about the virus. Even the president of the United States got the virus because he did not wear his mask. Hope you get this message. Wear your mask. Be smart.
It’s time to replace all the ineffective Dems
The four-year long temper tantrum by the sick and old Democrat party is about to self-destruct, consumed by the hatred of the one man who has done more for America than any other president.
The corrupt behavior of the Democrats under Donald Trump has been abominable. Just the Kavanaugh hearing alone was exhibit enough of the party’s willingness to put the interests of their party above the interests of our nation. They care only about their power.
We must continue to drain the swamp. Dinosaurs like Carrie Woerner and Paul Tonko must go and unpunished criminals like Quid Pro Joe Biden must be swept from the public scene.
When you cast your vote this year, consider the welfare of your children. Do you really want them to live in a society which resembles the hell holes of such Democrat-run cities like Seattle, Portland and San Francisco?
And, by the way, how can such rampant racism still exist in those areas that have experienced 50 years or more of Democrat rule? Can anyone name one thing Obama did for Black citizens during his eight years of incompetent, politicized administration?
Spa gov’t model has served the city well
Last go around, the ‘yes” people who wanted to dramatically enlarge Saratoga Springs’ very direct and democratic commission form of government enlisted the help of the National Association of City Managers to the tune of $35,000.
And when they lost, the Skidmore-led “yes” group sued the city for months. This was pure and simply an “externally” influenced power grab.
Now the Skidmore-centric “yes” people have imported another out-of-town advocate group: Black Lives Matter. Both groups want and need a stacked, complex bureaucratic form of government to realize their dreams of a new Saratoga Springs.
When in our history have we had people lying down in the streets stopping traffic? When in our history have we had statues being torn down in Congress Park? When in our history have we had protestors haranguing and menacing Phila Street diners, shouting at them to stop enjoying their meals?
The last of these incidents woke up our city commissioners and spurred on by an alarmed citizenry, they backed up our police to ensure civil order. Stop these naked power grabs and support our centrist and reliable government model that has served our city so well. Vote NO again to charter change.
W. Gregory Wrobel
Tedisco is a fighter for the 49th District
Our area is fortunate to have a dedicated, hard-working and outspoken fighter in Albany for us like Sen. Jim Tedisco.
I’ve seen first-hand how hard Sen. Tedisco has fought to deliver for Fulton County residents and people from across the 49th Senate District. Whether it was securing state grants for Fulton County economic development efforts and our local fire departments, standing up for crime victims and law enforcement, or helping our beleaguered small business cut through red tape so they can safely reopen during this pandemic, Sen. Tedisco has been a strong voice for residents.
As a Gloversville county supervisor, I was proud that Fulton County was the first county legislature in the state to follow Sen. Tedisco’s lead as we passed local resolutions in support of his efforts to stop the governor from charging up to $45 for license plates that motorists didn’t need, and to get the state health department to reveal the real number of COVID-19 nursing home deaths.
I am proud to strongly endorse and support Jim Tedisco for state Senate to keep him as our representative at the state Capitol.
The writer has been the Gloversville county supervisor since 2012.
Stefanik listens to residents concerns
As Saratoga County treasurer, I have campaigned alongside Congresswoman Elise Stefanik across central and northern Saratoga County for the past six years.
I have come to consider her a friend and honorable fellow public servant. I have watched her listen carefully to residents’ concerns about taxes and the upstate economy and take as much time as necessary to respond to seniors, business owners, and students about their futures.
I have watched her promise to never vote to raise taxes and make good on that promise. I have worked with her to bring much needed relief to Saratoga County businesses and residents.
Elise has a deep understanding of the unique challenges we face in Saratoga County and across the North Country. She works constantly on economic development initiatives that bring jobs, tourism, and business to our region.
Tedra Cobb, however, voted several times to raise taxes while she worked in local government deterring business growth and driving more taxpayers out of our state.
Our taxes in New York are already burdensome and our seniors and businesses simply cannot afford another one of her tax increases. I encourage every Saratoga County resident in her district to vote for Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.
The writer is Saratoga County treasurer.
Tedisco is reason to support term limits
I contacted Sen. Jim Tedisco’s office on Sept. 28 to discuss the implications of the budget cuts to our schools in Schenectady and Albany.
I spoke to his assistant Chris Rhodes, who proceeded to put the blame squarely on the Democrats, which is understandable since they control the legislative process.
When asked why the Republicans would not at least attempt to work with the Democrats to convince the governor to mitigate the cuts for needy schools, the response was a very weak, “We have no control.” He then proceeded to ask me if I supported defunding the police. That was obviously a diversionary tactic. I replied that, of course, I did not, as most Americans would agree. He then assured me he would have Mr. Tedisco call me to discuss my concerns. Since I had not heard anything by Oct. 5, I called again and left a message for Mr. Rhodes. Another message was left on Oct. 14. To date, no communication from Tedisco’s office.
This is indicative of office holders who have essentially no competition for their jobs and who forget who they work for. It’s time for term limits.
Reject Democrats’ socialist agenda
A while back, in this opinion section, I offered a request on behalf of all readers. Specifically, instead of repeated subjective negative opinions of the president, provide objective reasons why we should vote for the Democratic Socialist Ticket. To my knowledge no one has made an effort to justify that position. Therefore, to fulfill that appeal, following are several snippets from the 2020 Democratic platform:
Increase taxes on income, investments, etc. to achieve wealth redistribution; free abortion for some; end all natural gas, oil extraction and production on public lands, student loan debt forgiven up to a certain amount and free 4-year college tuition for income-eligible, and no cash bail (criminals are booked and released).
In summary, remember, you get what you wish (vote) for.
Hope paper commits to be fair, balanced
“All the news that’s fit to print.” Those were the days my friend, I thought they’d never end, but they did. My revered “Daily Gazette “co-opted by the progressive left. Local news is still honest, fair and balanced. National news New York Times; Washington Post; etc., shameful.
Gone is the old adage “well it must be so, cause it said so in the paper.” On the opinion page, “I hate Trump” appears daily.
Love and hate define one’s character. Hateful letters do no good except to run down our country and emboldens our enemies and those who have corrupted my once honorable Democratic Party.
Patriots died to guarantee the right to our opinions. The haters abuse that freedom. Patriots do not.
I’d like to think that with the overwhelming Vote Joy/Tedisco/Trump signs displayed locally, The Gazette would get it. Perhaps they do. Thus the $64 question: Is The Gazette controlled to the point of printing all the national news that’s not fit, appropriate or fair, for reasons not fit to print?
Joanne Darling’s Oct. 13 most poignant letter (“Election bigger than just one candidate”) articulated perfectly what’s at stake in this election.
City manager would have too much control
Everybody has the right to their own opinions, but not their own facts.
So I want you to know about the Ogdensburg City Council that passed a resolution instructing their city manager to eliminate seven employees, including four police officers.
“But the authority to dismiss staff members rested solely with her, according to the City Charter; they couldn’t order her to take these actions,” which she refused to do. Source: NNY360
To be clear, according to their charter and the one proposed for Saratoga Springs, the elected City Council majority cannot force the appointed city manager to fire anyone.
I strongly believe that our elected officials are responsible for making these difficult decisions about what is best for our cities.
Google reveals that many (perhaps most) of the fights between city managers and their city councils are started by the weak mayors who are fighting for more power than is allowed in their charters.
In Saratoga Springs, the proposed charter has a very weak mayor, not much more than a ceremonial position. If you want leadership from elected officials, vote against the city manager proposal, which gives decision making to an appointed autocrat that you have no control over.
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