We already know about Constitution
I am astounded that the Nov. 30 Gazette front page and continuing part of the story (“You still have to apply the Constitution during COVID”) took up more than half of a page talking about covid and not having more than 10 people at one gathering.
Gov. Cuomo knows it’s not enforceable, but is a responsible thing to do. Now this Fulton County sheriff drones on about something everyone already knows about, then brings the Fourth Amendment into his narrative. We know what that means, so thanks for the history lesson.
You could have made a two-paragraph story about what he talked about. He got his 15 minutes of fame now, maybe put something in the paper that people actually don’t know already.
Dems get chance to prove themselves
In her Nov. 24 column (“Democrats acquire veto-proof majority after all”), Sara Foss asserts that “with New York state government dominated by downstate Democrats, the concerns of upstate residents are often overshadowed. … Upstate population loss, lackluster economic growth, the struggles of local farmers — you don’t hear a lot about these things in the halls of the state Capitol.”
But whose fault is it that we don’t hear about these issues from legislators?
While the state Assembly has long been a Democratic stronghold, logically so since registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans 2-1 statewide, the state Senate has been controlled by Democrats for less than five years since World War II.
The majority Foss writes about as if it’s existed for decades was only established two years ago.
Republicans had decades to use their power, solidified by partisan gerrymandering and handshake agreements from organizations like the IDC, to advocate for upstate interests and have squandered it again and again.
Perhaps that’s why residents of the 46th State Senate District and others cast their votes for Democrats this year.
Now that New York’s voters have brought in a Democratic supermajority, perhaps we’ll get to see what it’s like when Democrats are able to actually govern at the state level. I for one am thrilled that upstate representatives like Michelle Hinchey will be among them this year and look forward to seeing what they can get done.
Let us decide covid response ourselves
I live in Connecticut, but my heart is in Saratoga.
Recently my husband and I came up for our annual anniversary weekend.
We treat ourselves to a stay at our favorite inn then wander up and down Broadway shopping and dining local. It is a tradition we love. We left heartbroken.
It seems our favorite little inn is barely holding on. Strict seemingly arbitrary regulations are slowly putting them out of business.
Are we really meant to believe that COVID-19 is more potent after 10 p.m.?
We weren’t allowed to dance.
The manager was very apologetic. She was also terrified. If we danced, she would lose her liquor license.
It has already happened to people she knows.
I am an adult who is capable of making my own choices.
I would like to decide for myself what is safe and what isn’t. If I want to enjoy dinner and dancing with my husband, that is a risk I am willing to take.
I respect the opinion of people who are afraid and prefer to stay home.
But let it be by choice, not fear mongering. Statistically, I have a better chance of dying in traffic than I do from covid. Yet, nobody is telling me I can’t drive.
Local businesses can’t survive much more.
When they are gone so will go the heartbeat of the community.
Hang on Saratoga and all you struggling small businesses everywhere. We are pulling for you.
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