Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Monday, Oct. 19


State finds ways to take our money

I was amused by The Gazette’s Oct. 13 headline “Thruway to go cashless next month.”  As I recall, the Thruway was supposed to go “cashless” after the original bonds were paid. That should have been about 1996. I also believe that the original plan called for the Thruway Authority to be disbanded at that time.
However, the governing bodies of the state decided they needed the money from the Thruway. This was like the original sales job given for the state lottery that the money there was to go to education. Somehow, the general fund ends up with the money and the “good intentions” never happen. No matter what changeover happens in the state government, they always need more money from the people.
Keene Hallenbeck
Clifton Park

Walsh stands up for 2nd Amendment

Since being voted into office in 2016, Mary Beth Walsh has looked out for our Second Amendment rights — especially for those of us who are sportsmen.
Before COVID-19 hit, Mary Beth sent a letter to Guan Ho Ha Fish and Game Club, where I am a member, to inform us about legislation that might come up during the legislative session this year.
Mary Beth has visited our club, as well as the Clifton Park Sportsmen’s Club and the club in Providence, to show support and to discuss what we offer to our community and learn what she could do to support the local sportsmen and women.
I’ve known Mary Beth for at least 15 years, and we served together on the Ballston Town Board. I know she strongly supports our Second Amendment rights and the freedom to be involved in activities relating to hunting, fishing and competitions. Mary Beth took the time to reach out to us, to listen to us, and to vote for legislation that helps us. I know she is on our side.
Tim Szczepaniak
Burnt Hills

Santabarbara there for the disabled

I’m a retired one-to-one aide in the special education department at Amsterdam and I worked for Liberty ARC for 12 years. I love to see Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and his son Michael out in our community.
His son has autism, and it warms my heart to see him included in many of Angelo’s events.
Whether it’s helping hand out certificates of simply standing next to his father, it’s a shining real world example of the acceptance and inclusion we need more of in our community.
Angelo has always been a voice for kids with disabilities, never needed more than right now during COVID-19.
He’s been there to make sure special needs kids, direct care workers and adults with disabilities in residential programs have the advocacy they need and are not left behind during this crisis.
He fought to re-open summer camps, personally delivered masks and gloves to our ARC’s and fought for needed flexibility to support special education during the pandemic.
With Angelo as our assemblyman, I know we have someone who always be there for people with disabilities, to be their voice when they need it the most.
Sandy Scott


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William Marincic

William Marincic
October 18th, 2020
Your comment is awaiting moderation.
The only voter intimidation I have seen in this country in the last 3 1/2 years has been by Democrats and liberal news media’s like yourself.

Gazette, you are going to flag this for moderation? I don’t see you flagging the anti-Trump people like Robert Jewell and his insane ramblings.

Robert F. Jewell

To the closed minded and hard hearted humane language and words of understanding seem as monkey gibberish…

Thought we are here to speak our minds as free willing accountable tax payers.

The Northway brought immense opportunities to many while destroying small businesses along other state routes from 1966-1976.
Hard to be neutral on paying for the people of the state of New York ability’s to travel from NYC to Rouses Point NY. Lots of pavements, bridges, train crossings..etc
Sadly That’s the price of progress..


Thank you. The Trump “team” is so desperate these days that any conspiracy theory will be repeated over and over until election day.

Robert F. Jewell

It’s absolutely true…
I am censored the most!!
however as Mark well knows I NEVER complain about his censorship since it’s understood it’s his RESPONSIBILITY to prevent the loss of civility….which I AM OFTEN GUILTY!

He censors me for insults…he censors you for willful misinformation or as I call it TRUMPISM.


I hope the “you” that you referred to in your last sentence was meant for Billy.

Mahoney, the Biden laptop story has been confirmed as legit. You, as a person that works in the news business, have a responsibility to honestly look into these matters and not just take the democratic party talking points and run with them. Hold your head high and do the right thing.

Terry Ryczek

You mean like the NY Times and WAPO both papers the downplayed the holocaust said the Russia hoax and the phony impeachment were real or tha Trump call WWII soldiers losers. Those reputable sources? And don’t tell me those stories are old. Why is the senate looking into it. Why is Biden not denying it. The FBI has now verified the receipts that its hiding Hunters computer

Robert F. Jewell

JDA, use your poison laced fangs on your own kind!
Now I see what Mr.Mahoney is up against…jack boot demands!

How’s about you take your eyes off the green and see the red/white/blue…

The “right thing” is to uphold the constitution and disallow conservative terrorists to pollute the written word.
Yet your get to blast division and divide.

Trump is a deranged lunatic and y’all know it!!

Robert F. Jewell

We are often defined more exactly by the righteous indignation’s of another’s protest.
Thank you Mr.Marincic.
May God save our democracy!


Do not forget your arguing that cops should be held accountable for the predictable consequences associated with resisting arrest. I do not by your assumption that Blackmen are not of sound mind and thus should be treated differently from those who are.

You are in part defined by your own words. Remember you are the one who has asserted that a wife has the right to kill their unborn child.


Hey Fred, since you love to defend cops, what do you think about the news stories about cops’ association with neo-fascist and other white supremacy groups around the country?

Also, how do you feel about Trump taking a drug derived from a fetus to treat his coronavirus? Does that make him a hypocrite like his evangelical supports?


I do not see myself as defending cops Rather I see myself as defending the notion that Blackmen are not conceptually impaired. Thus they should be judged by the same standards everyone else. That is to say I see no reason why an action that puts another’s life at risk should be tolerated. In the Covid-19 world this is exactly what resisting arrest does!
As for a solution to dealing with resisting arrest I offer two solutions:
1> those use of animal tranquillizer darts in lie of bullets;
2> two week paid vacation for those who have to deal with someone who resists arrest. ( My theory is that criminals do not want to improve the welfare of cops.)


It’s very interesting that you only refer to Black men resisting arrest. Does your solutions apply to white men, too?

Terry Ryczek

You know nothing what cops do. My relative is a State police officer, who just Saturday night explained how they are trained, and another friend a retired police officer so save your reply.

Robert F. Jewell

You see a Blackman getting his just deserts…
I see murder.
You see a woman as someone to answer to you for her most personal and private medical decisions.
Ha! Your haloed seat earned from years at Mahogany Ridge isn’t a judges seat….just an old sots throne….


It would be for them to decide!
Are you the same Martha Bencic who has written that Trump took a dump on the constitution?


I> It is vulgar. Rhetorical or not it is still vulgar

2> I suspect that Martha can speak for herself – she does not need the help of any male to voice her thoughts

Robert F. Jewell

Sure she can… it’s not vulgar at all… after all Trumps takes a dump somewhere…is that vulgar too or is it because you consider him a DEITY…

Robert F. Jewell

Hey Fred… lose anybody as a result of a mass shooting?

How many friends, cops, prison guards you know that shot themselves with their beloved weapons?

How many people you know who lost their child to forgetting to SECURE THEIR BELOVED instrument of death!

How many people you see shot?? A real bleeding wound…
How many souls YOU shot! Huh…..?

Control over life and death is a fine line for a feeble human being to balance on…

Why shouldn’t we all be allowed MINI GUNS with 5000 rounds each….Bazookas,

Where does it end Fred…..


When did the term “sportsmen” start? Why not refer them to wildlife murderers who get joy out of killing nature’s creatures?


Every time you eat a burger you are paying for someone to use a bolt gun on a cow! As for killing nature’s creatures have you ever fuilt kill plants so that you can exist?


You obviously cannot differentiate between wildlife and cows or spinach.

Robert F. Jewell

He means wildlife as in outdoor fauna…not a republican indoor orgy…

Robert F. Jewell



Tim S. – Give us an example of Walsh’s “… vote for legislation that helps us.” How do you know she is not just pandering like Stefanik? There is more to governing and much bigger issues than the second amendment. Walsh is just a GOP puppet.

Terry Ryczek

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) on this week’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” called on the FBI to answer questions about a reported meeting between former Vice President Joe Biden and a senior official from Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

Johnson said, “I think it’s pretty odd that quite honestly the Biden campaign all they’ve done to deny this is to say that the meeting one of these e-mails revealed that Vice President Biden had with the number three in control of Burisma never showed up on his official calendar. There’s all kinds of meetings that didn’t show up on his official calendar. This wouldn’t surprise me if this one didn’t. The first thing after we got contacted by the whistleblower the day after we issued our report on Ukraine was, you know, we contact the FBI and determine is this story true? Can you verify any of this? And took a couple of days to basically give us no information.”

He continued, “So I just sent another letter yesterday because the FBI has a duty to inform us if they believe this was maybe Russia disinformation, they should give us a defensive briefing and tell us about that and if, for example, they also believe that what information this whistleblower gave us is fraudulent that would also be a crime and FBI should tell us that. So we’re trying to assess out of the FBI what do they know and when did they know it, but the larger question really is, if they had this information, and these are genuine e-mails, and it would probably reveal all kinds of things that would have been very relevant to the impeachment case why did they sit on it? Are they covering up just because Hunter Biden might be engaged in things that also maybe should have been investigated and possibly prosecuted? Do we have two systems of justice, one for Democrats and one for Republicans one for the well-connected versus one for the rest of the Americans that’s really the larger issue here at play?”

Johnson added, “This isn’t a standard investigation where if the FBI doesn’t indict somebody that everything remains confidential. This is something that as we were talking about relates to national security and if there’s criminal activity involved that could be tied to Hunter Biden or his business associates or even possibly tie it back to other members of the Biden family. As some of these e-mails indicate that Joe Biden was fully aware of he was taking his 10% cut or requiring 50% from his family member’s salary, this needs to be known before Americans go to the polls.”

Robert F. Jewell


Trump….the present Psychopath running the country.

Goons…the poorly educated souless thugs republicans hire to do their dirty work..

Robert F. Jewell

Ohh…thank you..thank you..😀 got my self censored just for you my old foil…

Like the fella in Django said…”I’m sorry, I had to do it!”…“I couldn’t help myself!”


Great idea. Actually, Fox Noise shouldn’t be allowed to say they are a news organization. Without Fox, Trump would have nothing.

Robert F. Jewell

Terry…😂 gotta hand it to ya….being always wrong is what’s so “ right” about you.

You are a real North Pole of misinformation…

Robert F. Jewell

Hey Terry…Trumps own handpicked CHIEF OF STAFF called Trump the most dis functional individual he has EVER MET!!

Trumps own CHIEF OF STAFF!!🧐🤨😂

Terry Ryczek

He gets things done for the country unlike 47 years of nothing from basement Biden who makes his family rich selling out the country.

Terry Ryczek

CBS reporter Bo Ericson was chastised for asking Sleepy Joe about Hunter’s laptop. A warning to all the other “reporters “that this won’t be tolerated. Russian disinformation say Adam Schifface ……bwahahaha

Terry Ryczek

Rapper 50 cent has just endorsed President Trump and is encouraging all his followers to vote Trump. And they keep saying Biden has the black vote…

Robert F. Jewell

Your right Terrence !!!

“They” do say he has
The black vote!!! 90 percent.

The rest just haven’t been…

1. Profiled for being black while in public
2. Attacked verbally
3. Attacked physically
4. Demeaned Emotionally
5. Denied a voice by racists
6. Considered dangerous
7. Denied “fair” participation in fiscal advancement
8. Held to a different socially acceptable behavior mode…ie be quiet, compliant
10. Must live in fear of ALL authority..
11. Watch their children “LIVE” in poverty.
12. Relegated to secondary citizenship.

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