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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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