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Letters to the Editor Wednesday, Oct. 28


Ensure a stronger future for Saratoga

While your attention to one-liner political signs and messages may be waning, especially those playing to fears not facts, you may still need some answers.
How is the proposed Saratoga city charter an improvement to our democratic system? How is it better for you?
Simply put, it gives people throughout the city equal power and equal voice. Each neighborhood would be represented. Every member of the City Council would have one purpose, to represent you, the constituents.
Voting Yes on the back of your ballot means: Easier, effective input from you on the issues you care about in your neighborhood, directly through your representative, with the accountability you deserve. A broader, more diverse pool of candidates for office because they run to represent people and neighborhoods, not to manage city departments full-time at a part-time salary.
The city isn’t mandated to review our charter again until 2028. We came within a few votes of charter change three years ago. More than 1,500 residents asked for it to be on the ballot again.
In the midst of a financial, economic and health crisis, we need a Yes vote to ensure a more democratic, stronger future for Saratoga Springs.
Joanne D. Yepsen
Saratoga Springs
The writer is a former mayor of Saratoga Springs.

Santabarbara does what we pay him for

I’m so very pleased to hear Assemblyman Santabarbara’s announcement that the new sensory friendly emergency room is open at Ellis Medicine. With so many now touched by autism, this is a much-needed addition to our community. With everything happening around the covid virus these days, it’s so important to take care of special needs when it comes to health care.
Assemblyman Santabarbara has truly been a champion for special needs kids. He talked about passing a number of autism bills when first elected to the state Assembly. It’s nice to see a representative like him that puts politics aside and actually gets things like this done.
Despite the pandemic, I still see him out working in our community. I think he’s a shining example of what more of our elected representatives should be doing right now instead of finding reasons to fight with each other. My thanks to Assemblyman Santabarbara for rising above all the nonsense and actually doing what people elected you to do.
Nikki France

Vote to keep form of gov’t that works

The Saratoga Springs charter changers love to complain about our successful city government.
Fortunately, their complaints are just plain wrong.
They complain that the commission form of government is old. But they conveniently don’t mention that their beloved city manager government was started in 1908. So much for moving to a modern government. They also complain that the commission system has five silos. What they apparently fail to realize is that they are proposing six silos called wards. These ward politicians will fight to get resources for micro issues rather than working for the good of the entire city.
They also complain that our commission has a weak mayor. Yet the group made the mayor’s role even weaker in the city manager/ward system. The responsibilities are not much more than a ceremonial position. The only thing I see that was strengthened is the mayor’s salary, which was increased 448% for a part-time job.  The final complaint is mine: I would only be allowed to vote for two of seven people running our government. I’d be disenfranchised. Folks, don’t vote yourself out of the picture. Vote No so our city can keep the democracy we already have in the commission system.
Bonnie Sellers
Saratoga Springs
The writer is a member of the Success Board.

Pelosi is setting up Harris to take over

Mrs. Vice President Pelosi: This woman is trying to set up Biden as a sick, incognitive president. By this, I mean if Biden should win the vote on Nov. 3, she would like the 25th Amendment enacted when it is deemed necessary by  a committee of Congress and the vice president. This amendment could, if enacted, remove Biden, setting up Kamala Harris as acting president and putting Pelosi as acting vice president. How evil is this woman. When Trump wins the election, this would help her as vice president next to Pence. She is conniving and evil to bring this amendment to light. She’s not kidding anyone. This amendment has always been there, but never thought of until this very evil woman brought it to light. The Democratic Party has always had this in mind, by setting up Kamala as vice president. Biden never in his right mind would have chosen Kamala after she belittled him on national television during the Democratic debates last fall. She was picked for this office by the party, not Biden. He had no say in picking her. She was picked as a pawn on the Democratic chess board.
Kenneth Burke

Be an American hero; wear a mask

Let’s stop being stubborn and just wear the face mask. It would save more than 50 times the 3,000 American lives lost to World Trade Center bombs. It would save thousands of weary front-line heroes who serve, even those who still act irresponsibly.
Are we just spoiled brats willing to sacrifice the lives of others to prove how tough we are?
Agreeing to mask up would jump-start our economy and bring jobs and better times back to America. Behaving like heroes and cooperating to do our part, Americans can end the Covid War. We know what needs to be done, so let’s do it.
Dave Lambert

Vote Nov. 3 and unseat the Dems

It’s been months since Gov. Cuomo and Mr. Zucker have been requested to release the number of nursing home residents that died in the hospital of COVID-19; to date no answer to this question. The hospital has all your  information when you’re admitted, so there shouldn’t be a problem retrieving this unless you don’t want it released.
The bail reform law has allowed alleged criminals to walk into court and walk right back out into the streets. Perhaps this is the reason for increased crime. Gov. Cuomo and the state Legislature have put handcuffs on law enforcement and judges instead of criminals.
Vice President Biden said he’ll bring jobs back to this country, increase wages and much more.
He has been involved in politics for over 40 years, most recently as vice president, and yet didn’t do anything about the things he’s promising to do now.
If he couldn’t get any of these promises accomplished then, how will he make good on these promises in just four years? Pensions and investments were in the toilet under President Obama but under President Trump they soared. The Democratic Party is not what it used to be years ago.  Don’t forget to vote.
Margaret Di Giacomo
St. Johnsville

In a democracy, principle matters

Some believe as Mr. Spock of Star Trek repeated, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.” While some laws are in place to protect the basic rights of the few, this is an innate, “gut” notion.
This is the fundamental idea of democracy. If the good/needs of the many are not guaranteed to prevail, then the alternative could be considered acceptable. The interests of the fewer could predominate over those of the majority. This doesn’t mean that 49% of the citizenry could prevail over the 51% (Electoral College, ballot tampering). But where should the cutoff be? It would be arbitrary.
The majority should always prevail over the lesser number, compatible with ensured basic rights. This is fair, and fairness is important in a civilized society.
We should value and protect our democracy. And anyone who tries to disenfranchise legitimate voters, intentionally make it more difficult for some people to vote, or otherwise work against the integrity of our elections should be prosecuted for violating the law, and this fundamental principle of democracy.
This isn’t a game where winning is the only thing that matters, and the end justifies the means. Sometimes principle matters.
Vic Bobnick


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Robert F. Jewell

Republican rallying Points

225,000 dead

800+ / newly infected /day

Western States(Republican) hospitals now at capacity and all are fearful!!!

Remember Trump saying

1. It’s a democrat hoax…Just trying to hurt him!!!

2. Remember Trump said “ It’s just going to go away”…

3. Do you recall his quotes “ I like playing it
down” and “I still do “

4. Did you hear him tell his worshippers at the rally, “ Yeah…lock them all up”….

Hey republican Christians…
Do you recall his ideas about his daughter….

Hey Latinos, you think Trump and his proud boys wants ANY color in their ranks?

Hey Veterans…remember John McCain
A great American whom endured torture for his country is SCOURGE by PRESIDENT
DONALD J. TRUMP for being a POW!
Quote “ I like my heros UNCAUGHT!”
This from a draft dodging playboy!!

Hey republican ladies…want your daughters future having more or less opportunities than YOU HAD….
Trump owns his women…

Is there a single republican who is at all concerned about their environment?

Is there a single republican that is scared about their healthcare??

Thus vote is about being a united country behind Biden or a country that will fracture into TRIBALISM….

Jerrod Cushner has a nice racist message for all blacks people..
Is that how you feel?….is it morally defendable? Does that matter?

Trump endorses and sets up CORONA rallies to further infect his HERD so that they may reach Immunity!



Philadelphia police say 1,000 looters targeting businesses on second night of protests

Vote for Biden – bring bring the Democratic cultural experience to the whole country!


A 1,000 looters in a city where people pay taxes for social stability. That means that what they paid for was not delivered by the government. Vote for Biden so that all of us can experience behavior that the Democrats find acceptable.


The correct statement is that some armed blackmen have chosen death rather than surrender their armament. You find that behavior acceptable while I do not.

Robert F. Jewell

104 year old RUTH ROSNER says,

“Trump is an radioactive TURD!!”
“ Im voting him out and then I can die
Go Ruth!

Robert F. Jewell

Trump and Stephanik have a replacement for the Affordable Care Act or
It called ….WEALTHCARE …. as long as your wealthy…you’ll have care…

Man that’s revolutionary!

Where do we sign?

William Marincic

Kenneth Burke, Kamala Harris‘s husband came into a room with about 50 people to stump for his wife. He stood against the wall jumped up and down and said I’m married to the next President of the United States. That’s all you need to know. For those that don’t believe it it’s an easy Google look up


Bill, you are a fantasy writer like Burke. Do you guys sit around inventing stories or did you hear it from your “reliable conspiracy sources” Fox Noise and Breitbart?

Robert F. Jewell

You see Willy here like many men has the

“idol status”, clause in their narcissistic opinion regarding all women…

A woman’s has “status”

As long as they “idol” their husband!

Those that don’t!! They’re democrats!!

what they are told….

Terry Ryczek

‘Look out for my family’ — Hunter’s biz partner tells all on meetings with Joe Biden: Goodwin
By Michael GoodwinOctober 27, 2020 | 9:41pm | Updated

Tony Bobulinski, former business associate of Hunter Biden, displays a cell phone while speaking to journalists ahead of a debate between Democratic nominee Joe Biden and U.S. President Donald Trump, at the JW Marriott in Nashville

Hunter biz partner confirms email, details Joe Biden’s push to make millions from
Media, Big Tech let Bidens sin and grin while vilifying The Post: Goodwin

Hey, Joe Biden, what did you know about Hunter’s dirty deals?: Goodwin
For Tony Bobulinski, the meetings with Joe Biden are unforgettable, and not because they had anything to do with politics. It’s because that’s when Bobulinski fully understood that Joe was very much involved in the foreign business schemes that son Hunter Biden and Joe’s brother Jim had cooked up.

The final proof came during two conversations over two days in May 2017. He first met the former vice president in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where Joe was to speak the next day at the Milken Conference on the “moonshot project” of finding a cure for cancer.

“Hunter and Jim and I are there, and Hunter gets up and talks to his father when he comes in,” Bobulinski tells me in a Tuesday interview. “He then brings Joe over and introduces me, saying he’s the one who’s helping us with the business we’re doing with the Chinese.”

If Joe Biden was honest with the public when he said he never discussed Hunter’s business with him, the next words out of his mouth would have been, “What business with the Chinese? What are you talking about, son?”

But that’s not what he said, according to Bobulinski. Joe Biden didn’t look surprised or curious about Hunter’s introduction and, after a get-to-know-you conversation, Bobulinski remembers Joe saying, “My son and my brother trust you emphatically, so I trust you. Good luck and work hard.”


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