Silent majority can give Trump the win
It is very depressing each day to try to find some positive news on the presidency.
All TV channels minus Fox boast of gloom and doom about Donald Trump. The poor guy gets the virus and still there is no compassion.
As we get closer to the day of fate, all the polls again show the same as they did in the 2016 election. I pray the “silent majority” again rears up its head to show its voting might.
Be sensitive to culture in costumes
As Halloween fast approaches, please be mindful when choosing a costume. Recently, there have been too many stories in the news regarding cultural appropriation when it comes dressing up for the holiday.
From war paint, to grass skirts with coconut shell tops, and of course, black face, a simple gut check should tell you if you have crossed a line.
Celebrities to everyday folks continue to have a tough time with the concept of cultural appropriation. In our hometown of Niskayuna, an incident of black face as a Halloween costume ended a three-decade career in public service.
As the director and the founder of the nationally recognized Capital Region Antiracism Training Initiative, we have worked hard since its inception just a few short months ago to provide the tools and training our community needs to help everyone who wants to become antiracists and allies to people of color.
During Halloween, there’s no better way to be an ally than to model good behavior for our children.
Please do not wear a costume that serves to hurt others.
Hayward D. Horton, PhD
Denise Murphy McGraw
Horton is director of the Capital Region Antiracism Training Initiative, and McGraw is the group’s founder.
SCOTUS ‘reforms’ favor liberal agenda
In his Oct. 18 column (“Democrats should reform, not pack, Supreme Court”) John Figliozzi does a fine job regurgitating every Democratic talking point to bolster his true premise: Whatever Democrats don’t control must be “reformed.”
As he meanders toward his suggested reforms, Mr. Figliozzi makes two absurd assertions.
The first is that Republicans filling federal court vacancies is court packing, and the second is that somehow Sen. McConnell is to blame for laying waste to the Senate’s collegial character.
One can see that as a dedicated man of the left, he would be frustrated by conservative judges being constitutionally approved for vacancies (not newly added positions) but he should consider Democrat Harry Reid’s arrogant demolition of the filibuster on federal judge approvals as the primary reason for Republican success.
As to the lamented loss of Senate norms, he should rewatch the dissolute Ted Kennedy’s savage attack on Robert Bork if he wants the origin story for that problem.
I have two suggested reforms of my own.
The first is to stop televising confirmation hearings; watching Cory Booker’s “Spartacus” moment once was more than enough.
The second is for Sen. Schumer’s aide to follow him around so when he talks of blowing up the filibuster, the aide can whisper “Harry Reid” into his ear.
Make election about preserving life
It’s almost time to vote in the presidential election. Yes, my Christian friends, I’m giving this my last try to convince you. The child growing in the womb of a mother is innocent of hurting anyone. They are not guilty of any heinous crime. I know intelligent people understand what I mean by this statement.
I watch all the Christian channels and they are for President Trump. I love when they say, “I do not care if you don’t like him, still vote for the life of a child.” Put your morals and belief in God first. Let’s put a smile on God’s face and end this outrageous law. One of the things this country was founded on was religious freedom. Let’s have the courage and strength to do the right thing. Vote for life in November.
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