Sheriff should know how to enforce laws
Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said on Nov. 16 that he will not be enforcing a New York State law limiting in person gatherings to 10 people or fewer.
When your county sheriff decides that enforcing a state law intended to save lives is too difficult, it may be time for a new sheriff.
Sheriff Zurlo was incapable of coming up with a reasonable enforcement strategy. Would it be a good idea to post hundreds of uniform police in front of grocery stores to investigate turkey and stuffing purchases as the sheriff obnoxiously suggested? No, that would be insane.
Hopefully a sheriff with over 30 years of experience can come up with some sort of enforcement strategy that doesn’t involve making obnoxious statements to the press because he doesn’t like the current governor.
Let’s be honest, the sheriff is encouraging people to break the law because he thinks it will resonate with Trump voters in Saratoga County who supported the president this past election.
In reality the state makes the law, and it is the sheriff’s job to enforce it. If Sheriff Zurlo is having trouble enforcing the law, I am sure that Gov. Cuomo would be happy to provide assistance.
Regardless of state, schools need best
I was amused by Rebecca Bruno’s comment in the Nov. 16 Gazette story (“School renovations moving along”) about Florida schools’ superiority to New York schools.
I assume she was comparing the buildings and campuses in the two states. The article did not indicate where in Florida Ms. Bruno attended school.
It most certainly was not where I taught for 24 years.
My first classroom was a closet, Not the size of a closet. A closet. I spent the last years of my career in a “renovated” high school. The sole “improvement” in my classroom was to spray every surface but the floor with a popcorn coating that almost immediately started flaking off.
Ms. Bruno’s story is inspiring and I think it is wonderful that she has returned to the Capital Region to use her talent and skills to improve our schools.
All schools, no matter where they are, deserve the very best a community can offer.
Cuomo is just the governor, not God
I would like to ask the people of New York when did we put a governor in office who thinks he is God?
On the news the other night he states that he is not getting the vaccine until his crew says it is OK. So, we the people of New York can do without, and how many of us have to die to get the vaccine? Who is he to say I will tell you when it’s OK?
Now I see he is going to sue the federal government for omitting New York as a place to get the vaccine. He does not know what he is talking about. Just like his little show about the pandemic, here is my mountain and so on.
Wake up governor. In the next election I hope you finish second.
Republicans have let down the people
When it comes to the difference between poverty and wealth in the United States, it is clear which political party has the back of the American people.
In 2019, of the top 10 states with the highest poverty rate, 16 out of 20 U.S. senators representing those states belonged to the Republican party. Conversely, of the top 10 states with the highest wealth in 2019, 18 of the 20 senators representing those states belonged to the Democratic Party.
If you take this a step further, in 2019, seven of the 10 governors representing the top 10 poverty states belonged to the Republican Party. Of the top 10 states for wealth in 2019, six of the 10 governors representing those states belong to the Democratic Party.
The Republican Party has failed the American people. Mitch McConnell is one of two U.S. Republican senators representing Kentucky, which in 2019 had the fourth highest poverty rate in the United States.
It baffles me how McConnell rose to the level of majority leader in the Senate when he accepts a 20% poverty rate in his own state. As a former Republican, it disgusts me on what the Republican Party has become. It is clear Republican politicians are only concerned about their own power and have forgotten about their U.S. constituents.
Doctor’s column endangered readers
I was appalled to read in Sunday’s Gazette on Nov. 15 the response of psychologist Susan Wood, PhD, to a question about anxiety. She recommends denying or ignoring the dire seriousness of COVID-19? Telling children it’s nothing to worry about, because the truth is too scary for them? She fails to answer the question that was actually asked and minimizes the advice of medical experts. She endangers your readers. Find someone else to serve as your psychologist in Ask the Doctor.
Catholic Church not pushing key issues
It seems that too many bishops and priests relied on the voting recommendations from the USCCB and did not talk about the “elephant in the room.”
The Catholic vote has been near 50/50 for each candidate the last many elections.
Father Chris Alar of Divine Mercy Fathers provides a serious commentary on the fact that there are three “non-negotiable” items in forming our voting conscience.
1. Dignity of life.
2. Sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman.
3. Preservation of religious liberty.
If a candidate is not supporting these three items, Catholics cannot vote for him or her.
We have not heard this from any bishop in New York state, or in most dioceses around the country. Bishop Scharffenberger is very pro-life, but nary a word from him.
EWTN (Catholic TV) suggested voting for issues and not for the person and was very clear in pointing out the non-negotiable issues.
Father James Altman of La Crosse, Wisc., created a tape on YouTube entitled, “One cannot be Catholic and vote Democrat.” There’s a lot of commentary on this tape.
There is little or no teaching from the pulpit on these non-negotiable issues.
Most Catholics have rarely heard a homily on abortion or the other two serious items. The clergy seems to be scared. Few have spoken out.
Is there any wonder that the Catholic vote does not reflect Catholic doctrine?
Gerard F. Havasy
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