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Letters to the Editor Wednesday, Dec. 2


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.
Linda Cortese

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.
Emily Wilkerson

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.
Julie Costello
Wethersfield, Conn.


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Robert F. Jewell

Julie it’s interesting just how much of your crying is about…yourself…

I count you using (I) ten times….hmmm

You are only concerned with that.

Everyone want freedom…
no body want responsibility.

The privileged always forget the helpless.


To tell if a driver is wearing a seat belt while driving requires a cop to be able to look inside a moving car. Does anyone wish to claim that that can be safely done?


I also thought this one took the cake as the selfish letter of the week. Another covidiot. If she wants to dance with her husband, she can dance at home. She can dance in the street. But this year, she should not travel so that she can dance at her anniversary next year.

As for the inn, I truly feel for the local businesses that rely on visitors. That’s why we need extended assistance so that they can still be in business when the pandemic is behind us. In the meantime, the easiest way to spread the virus is to be close to other people in an indoor environment, especially if not masked. You cannot be masked while eating and drinking.

The order for bars to close at 10 PM is a compromise to try to keep the bars and restaurants from going under while understanding that it’s late at night, after people have been drinking for a while, that people get careless. They talk louder. They laugh louder. The get careless about masks. And of course you cannot drink with a mask on. It’s a sure fire way to further spread the virus.

William Marincic

Linda Cortese Believe it or not most people have no clue what’s in the constitution especially the younger generation I would bet 80% of them can’t tell you what three of the amendments are and what they mean. Why don’t you ask the district attorneys that refuse to prosecute rioters if they’re holding up their end of the bargain.

William Marincic

Emily Wilkerson Govern at a state level? These Democrats gave Cuomo ultimate power just like a dictator. The state is the highest tax and spend state in the country because of Democrats running it, what are you talking about?


You should blame the State’s GOP from not offering up good candidates that can relate to people like the Dems can. Why don’t you run for office?

Robert F. Jewell

You said it Ray. They voted in the likes of Elise Stephanik.

She rendered an act of repulsive and shameful behavior during Trumps impeachment.
This extreme nationalist republican was personally endorsed by Trump and she avidly supports ALL that he says and does.
Stephanik is an embarrassment to district 21!

Robert F. Jewell

{me, myself and I}

It’s a fact Narcissism can spell your end,
Will cost you reputation,honor, friend,
Eat your whole entire soul,
Till all you have is night,
You alone in your self made bed,
Rotting out of sight.


It is illegal to put a cop’s life at risk by resisting arrest drive impaired. It is illegal to drive impaired. Thus it is a well established moral and legal principle that our individual rights are tied to our obligations to others. Their rights with respect to us are our obligations with respect to them.

With respect to the memories of the privileged one might consider what the country would look like if equal rights was associated with equal obligation to support the government.


Bill Barr had an interesting day yesterday. First, he announced that DOJ has found no evidence of voter fraud. Couple that with all the states certifying the election results and the Dept. of homeland Security saying it was a clean election should bring to close Trump’s desperate attempt to overturn the election. But of course he won’t concede and boot lickers like Stefanik stands by him.

Next, the Justice Department is investigating a potential crime related to funneling money to the White House or related political committee in exchange for a presidential pardon. Newly unsealed court records show a judge reviewed a request in August from prosecutors to access documents obtained in a search as part of a bribery-for-pardon investigation. There are no names or time line in the filing, but this presents a surprising new legal twist in the final days of President Trump’s presidency. Trump has shown he’s willing to pardon or commute the sentence of allies convicted of federal charges, like Michael Flynn and Roger Stone. Other associates are allegedly making their own appeals to the President in hopes of a pardon before he leaves office, including family members working for him. The source said the list of associates broaching the subject of preemptive pardons that would seek to shield those individuals from prosecution includes Trump’s legal counsel Rudy Giuliani. It must called the Pardon Protection Program; application fees start at $5 million unless a Trump relative.

Robert F. Jewell

Like I said yesterday…rats running…leaping
wheeling and dealing.

Meanwhile: radio terrorist and Orc Rush Limbaugh airs crying, gnashing of teeth, republicans bemoaning being backstabbing by other republicans…

Raymond they all is crazier than a outhouse rat!

and Mr. Clock says:…tick…tick…tick…tick…


Julie Costello – Do us a favor and stay in Connecticut, though I thought they had the same restrictions. “I would like to decide for myself what is safe and what isn’t.” I suspect you are part of the problem with an attitude that you want to do whatever you want, screw everyone else. Let me guess you don’t wear a mask when you should. Is that the risk you are referring to?

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