Go door-to-door to verify people voted
It should be very easy to recount the votes from the presidential election.
They have all the names and addresses in hand. Just send people out, knock on their door, and ask if they made the vote attributed to them. How hard can that be? They don’t have to say who they voted for, just that they did. They would get real-time in person verification. And possibly find some people not where they say they are, or not who they say they are, and maybe find illegal votes many believe were cast.
It would take about two weeks if they really tried, and we’d be done. Kind of like a physical inventory. You get a list of non-confirmable votes, post it publicly and let those people come forward and say it was them. Any unconfirmed, throw out.
Simply recounting the original votes won’t change anything. Maybe it would be an improvement for the next election. Have people (mailmen? UPS drivers?) take real time votes from people at their home. Save all that “gotta go to the polling place” difficulty. Want to hear Democrats scream? Tighten up the voting process, their heads will spin.
By the way Gov. Cuomo, you are not going to tell us how many people we can have at our home for Thanksgiving. I’m not sure what’s worse: blaming Trump for your pathetic, egregious failures or trying to control us through unlawful fiat. Worst. Governor. Ever.
Cyclists grateful for Sprakers church
As 2020 thankfully winds down, it will be marked as a year of strife and much hatred in a highly divided United States.
I think it is prudent to demonstrate that kindness is alive and well, at least on the Empire Trail.
As one bikes on this trail, as I did many times this year to escape the dregs of discontent, in the hamlet of Sprakers, just to the east of Canajoharie, is the Sprakers Reformed Church.
It sits off to the right of the trail as you head west. This church has opened its doors to cyclists and other users of the trail for at least several years now.
Even with the raging pandemic, the building has remained open offering water and a few limited snacks items to weary travelers.
In addition, there’s a clean bathroom and even a place to bunker down should an unexpected storm or breakdown occur.
This means that many are likely working hard to keep the place sanitized and supplied.
They do have a donation box that I gladly give to each time I have stopped there.
Kudos to the staff and the volunteers of the Sprakers church that makes this kind act keep happening over and over again during these challenging times.
Masks, distancing not a big sacrifice
Regarding Thomas Armstrong’s Nov. 12 letter (“Blame Cuomo, not Joy, for restrictions”), seriously Tom? All Liz Joy’s, and by association, Donald Trump’s followers had to do on election night was simply wear a mask and keep some distance from each other.
They very well could have done that out of respect for each other, and for the older or more infirm members of the group, or for their extended families, or for the employees of River Stone Manor.
But no, they had to make the requisite Trumpian political statement and disregard all those niceties.
It is wildly ironic that the extremely modest “sacrifice” of wearing masks and allowing for a little social distancing, while eating finger foods and drinking cocktails, is such a hardship when every ounce and fiber of their faith-based lives and their devotion to the Way, the Truth and the Life of Jesus should ground them in a life of rather substantial sacrifice for those more vulnerable to the ills of this world than their own.
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