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Letters to the Editor Monday, Oct. 26

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Get truth on deaths in nursing homes

My mother lived independently until 2018 when she moved into a nursing home in the Buffalo area.
When COVID-19 hit, we were informed on March 12 that nursing homes were being closed to visitors. Several weeks later, one of the patients there tested positive. They tested all the other patients, and my mother was negative.
Around May 6, she unfortunately contracted COVID-19. By May 17, she succumbed to it. The state Department of Health website still shows only two deaths in that nursing home despite 66 patients testing positive and over 35 patients passing away from the virus.
We have to get to the bottom of this and find out the truth. I’ve spoken with Sen. Tedisco about my family’s personal experience.
He has been out front on this issue asking for a bipartisan investigation with subpoena power to get the information as to what happened.
We are fortunate to have someone like Jim Tedisco who has the commitment to push on this issue. I thank him for taking the lead on this and I hope he is successful for the good of the people of New York. To make good policy, we need accurate information.
Daniel Mathias
Ballston Lake

Charter change will help save us money

Voters who support charter reform this year in Saratoga Springs are doing so for many reasons, but one that stands out – it is so we can stop wasting taxpayer dollars on a huge perk for the politicians.
Today, if someone is elected to office for 10 years or more, they get free health insurance for life.
No premiums, no deductibles, no co-pays. Totally free. That’s a taxpayer-funded perk of unknown cost. So if someone serves the 10 years before they are 50, they could collect on what amounts to a $25,000- or $30,000-value health plan for 25 or 30 years; upwards of $600,000 to $1,000,000 over their lifetime, driving up the city budget and our taxes for decades to come.
The new charter will eliminate this costly giveaway. So when the opponents say that charter change would be “expensive,” what they mean is “expensive for the politicians.” They would have to pay more money, just like the rest of us, for their health care coverage.
I will be supporting charter reform with my “yes” vote this year, because I think the politicians should be working for us, rather than the other way around.
Stephen Pallante
Saratoga Springs

Dems trying to take away our freedoms

We are one decision away from choosing freedom versus tyranny. The choice couldn’t be clearer.
What is happening is insanity. Mask up. Don’t gather. Hide in your house. Defund police, rename streets, tear down statues, rewrite and ban history/books/movies, censor speech, mob rule, “cancel” dissenting voices and a dishonest media.
Progress towards justice doesn’t mean battling against principles, history or our Constitution. A pillar of our nation is rule of law. Yet, as riots rocked cities, we saw Democratic politicians neither condemn nor react.
We see the uneven application of rules like when politicians praise mass “peaceful demonstrations” but continue to prohibit religious gatherings.
The Democratic Party has become the party of hatred, intolerance and lawlessness. It despises freedom of thought, individualism and the Constitution, including free and fair elections. It thrives on the desire to use race or other characteristics as a litmus test for someone’s value/worth.
Salmon Rushdie said: “Two things form the bedrock of any open society: freedom of expression and the rule of law. If you don’t have those things, you don’t have a free country.” I pray to see America survive this coup attempt of the most perfect and imperfect experiment started over 240 years ago.
Susan Walker
Niskayuna

Don’t blame media for racial hatred

In answer to John Gentile’s Oct. 7 letter (“Media is promoting racial hatred in U.S.”) we’ve watched Trump longer than the last four years parade his racism:
He and his father put the letter “c” for “colored” on applications to not rent to Blacks in Queens. Both of them were sued for discrimination.
Central Park 5: look it up, John.
“Very fine people on both sides” per Donald Trump about Charlottesville, the KKK and Nazi flags flown by the marches that night aren’t fine on any side.
The officer in the Breonna Taylor case was indicted for shooting a wall, but not for murdering another unarmed Black person.
Trump’s racism will never affect you. His discrimination will never affect you. The ability to choose to see the good in a racist, sexist bigot because you won’t face the real consequences of him being in power, you have nothing to fear.
Don’t dismiss our fear as Black and Brown Americans. John, your safety is white privilege and it’s showing. Thank goodness over 70% of Americans know it’s not the media who has been promoting racial hatred. It’s been 400 years; we are tired, and we are voting.
Diane Sanders Hombach
Schenectady

Don’t mess with Saratoga’s success

The push to change the government of Saratoga Springs is finally ending. But misleading pro-charter change information is still on the way.
This proposal for charter change involves a scheme to create six wards staffed by a ward representative.
The Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee’s endorsement of this proposal shouldn’t be a surprise. Members of both these groups have orbited each other for years. But those who may have been surprised at this endorsement are the 50% of all Democratic residents in Saratoga Springs who voted against it last time around.
Be aware, in a ward system, the possibility for corruption is vastly more likely, especially when several ward reps join forces to meet their political objectives.
No strong city manager will be able to challenge the combined power of their ward representatives — at least not if they want to keep their job.
Take a moment to consider what sort of government you want. What brought you here? Recreation? Culture? Restaurants? Schools?  Our current form of government is responsible for that. We know good government. We’re citizens of Saratoga Springs. Saratoga works. Vote NO on charter change.
Jeff Partridge
Saratoga Springs

Attack ads wrong on Santabarbara

It’s election time again. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of negative attack ads that try to sway our votes with lies.
I always follow our local races and I know Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara personally. So I feel that it’s my duty to speak out. Angelo never stops working for our district. He listens to his constituents and fights tirelessly for us, particularly during this pandemic.
Only a couple winters ago, many people had trouble heating their homes and some were without heat for days. Angelo listened to them and immediately got to work. He wrote a bill giving homeowners the flexibility to use another fuel supplier during an emergency. So, when I saw these false and nonsensical campaign ads, I had to speak up.
We deserve a representative who produces results and focuses on our families during an election year, not wastes our time with untrue political ads.
Lynn St. Andrews
Schenectady

 

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27 Comments

Robert F. Jewell

Yes Diane this national shame and history of racism and national divide is just what has been growing like a cancer in our body politic.
Trump and his NAZI LOVING FATHER are the most insidious firm of racism.

They wear a mask of patriotism all the while laughing as they pilfer the poor and the system and then peacock themselves
around PROUD in their sin.

Lord of Lahar
Into our world fell a dark star
Destined to be a Lord of Lahar
Using malice and fear,
he’s leading our nation
Down the ignorance hole of Rasha creation

Staring across a waste barren land
A mind dry with thirst desperately scans
Look! Oasis! The waters of science,
Drink it slow, drink it deep. Learning is defiance.

Led by cold tiny hands all will despair.
His Endorsing Corona 19 in the air.
Our once promised land cut deeper by far.
By the DEATH that’s embraced by..
The Lord of Lahar.

“It is what it is”

FRED BARNEY

Diane Sanders Hombach has ignored the fact that Breonna Taylor Is dead as a result of choosing to move in with her drug dealing rather than meet her civic responsibility by turning him in. If we scrapped our drug laws and treated addiction as a medical problem we would not be having this discussion. When you live in a group you have both rights and responsibilities. Claiming one without accepting the other enviable results in problems.

Robert F. Jewell

Susan, You’ve a lot of Gall complaining

about democratic thoughts and actions that loathes and opposes,

Republicans disfuctional Behaviors of

RACISM, SEXISM, XENOPHOBIA,

All of these Narcissist behaviors are republican selling points.

It seems you forgot to grow a robust
soul…
Not a robust bank account.

Robert F. Jewell

Terry is correct but then preaching to the Choir…

To him a republican is an “honest democrat.”

And a democrat is a “dishonest” republican.

Welcome to the thinking mans

School of Gobblety Gook…

Terry Ryczek

Susan Walker you nailed it perfectly now the left response will be to call you racist homophobic sexist because that’s all they have when you’re over the target.

William Marincic

Diane. Come on man
. “Excuse me, they didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group – excuse me, excuse me, I saw the same pictures you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.”

After another question at that press conference, Trump became even more explicit:

“I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally

William Aiken

The Charlottesville Fine People’s Hoax is so ubiquitous and has consistently parroted by the media, a substantial part of the public has this lie seared into their brain. So when you correctly point out the truth, it has no effect. This lie which Biden launched his campaign on, has racially divided the country more than any of Trump’s bluster has.

Robert F. Jewell

Gotta hand it to the Lord Of Lahar…

He’s sticking to his “herd Immunity “

Policy in Wisconsin…Go G..Ts!!

🎶Sung to…Just as I am…

Just as they are without one plea..

They’ll shed their lives to Trumps glory!

When Christ himself says “Come unto me”

Oh lord 🎵to Trumps side we come…🎵

…..🎶WE COME🎶….

William Marincic

Doesn’t fit their narrative and it hurts Biden. There is no more journalism. Walter Cronkite back in the 60s used to sit at his desk and just read the news as it happened, good, bad, and indifferent he didn’t have a Republican side he didn’t have a Democrat side he just read the news. Now these journalists on CNN and MSNBC they want to be YouTube stars and play gotcha with the questions for the president and the White House, they don’t care what the answer is, if it doesn’t fit their narrative they’re going to tell you what they want you to hear. There’s a word for that let, me think about it for a second oh yeah, propaganda.

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