Show that people can be respectful
Since Donald Trump took office, I have never seen so much vitriol from both sides as during these four years.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could have the opportunity to determine why so many people fervently support him while so many others loathe him?
I would like to suggest that The Gazette host a meeting, virtual or in person, for three to five readers from each side with the following guidelines: Each person is allowed two to three minutes for an uninterrupted opening statement.
All statements must be based on facts, not unsupported commentary coming from the talking heads at Fox, CNN, or MSNBC.
Listen respectfully, and if there is a disagreement with any statement, provide rebuttal facts to support your position.
Allow The Gazette moderator to ask a few questions of each participant, while the others offer polite comments to agree or disagree with the answers.
I’m sure many of your readers would like to see our country return to an era when one’s opinion, while not always agreed to, was respected.
Maybe the dysfunctional Congress could learn something from a few citizens in the capital region. Anyone interested? I know I would be.
Master profanities to describe Trump
If you are one of those people who has never mouthed an oath stronger than “golly-gee willikers,” but would like to be more forceful in your language, it’s about time that you got into cursing.
And I am just the one who can help you out. Being a former Marine, I am an expert on the subject.
First, let me say that you can’t curse like a pro right off the bat. You have to ease into it. It has to become second nature. The following is my five-step program for the development of a really foul mouth:
First start by using euphemistic descriptions of bodily discharges. i.e. poop.
Once you are comfortable with step one, try switching to some real descriptive words for the same. You know what I mean.
About a week after step two, you can start using the word for physical relations between heterosexual human beings. Use it as a verb, use it as an adjective, or even a noun.
Step four is to invoke the permanent displeasure of a deity.
The last and final step is to combine all of the above with a descriptive phrase which best applies to the accidental but odious act of Oedipus.
What you are working on is a serious craft. Once you have mastered it, then and only then, will you be able to accurately describe the nature and the deeds of the current occupant of the Oval Office.
Legislature must take its power back
Am I in bizarro world or did emperor Cuomo win an international Emmy award for his daily press briefings?
Did the nominating committee even listen to any of his briefings or did they get caught up in the false hype of him being a great leader?
These briefings are nothing more than arrogance fueled ego trips. The briefings are less about facts and information and more about an egomaniac being in love with the sound of his own voice.
The award is in part, for the calm he provides during these briefings.
They must have missed one of his first briefings when he said, “I’m not going to urge calm.” His ‘do as I say not as I do’ message during the briefings truly deserve recognition.
As I struggled to come to terms with this, bizarro world rose again and Time magazine nominated Cuomo for “Person of the Year.”
Apparently abusing his power, spreading fear and hysteria are nominating qualities. Clearly, putting covid patients in nursing homes, killing approximately 12,000 of our most vulnerable residents, makes Cuomo “Person of the Year.”
It’s time for the Legislature to call a special session and revoke the executive powers it granted him in March. If they don’t do something soon, Emperor Cuomo’s arrogance and massive ego will devour us all.
Trump continues to put lives in danger
Deaths from the coronavirus are predicted to reach 500,000 by the end of March.
With President Trump’s administration holding holiday parties where wearing a mask will be optional, I do not see that they are implementing preventive measures such as requiring the wearing of masks, social distancing and testing, and holding weekly press conferences led by the leading scientists and doctors of this country to guide us through this plague.
The president’s administration is obviously culpable in the death and sickness of tens of thousands of Americans along with their concomitant impoverishment, loss of employment, and starvation.
The governors of those states who are following the negligent lead of the White House are culpable also.
It is not only the ballot box they will have to fear when the general populace comes to their senses after realizing the medical and financial ruin the country has been plunged into.
There may be legal remedies available to those affected who have lost their loved ones needlessly. Through class action suits, tort claims and whatever diverse litigation may be legally permissible, the failed leadership in this country must be held accountable through indictment, trials resulting in possible jail time and compensation given to victims.
Some form of recourse and redress must be made available.
Simultaneously the House of Representatives should again impeach the president and the 25th Amendment should be invoked, as the president is a clear and present danger to the health and well-being of the United States.
Connecticut woman misses the point
Julie Costello, a woman from Connecticut, complained in her Dec. 2 letter (“Let us decide covid response ourselves”) that the weekend she and her husband spent in Saratoga was ruined.
They were victims of strict guidelines, like not being allowed to dance at their favorite inn.
She respects the opinion of people who are afraid, but wants decisions about public behavior determined by choice, not by fear-mongering.
“Statistically,” she says, “I have a better chance of dying in traffic than I do from covid. Yet nobody is telling me I can’t drive.”
In nine months, 270,000 people in the United States have died of covid, which would be a rate of about 360,000 a year.
Traffic deaths in the United States average around 38,000 a year. Perhaps it would be wise to avoid driving on the same road with Julie Costello.
Nisky taxpayers deserve better plan
As the only Niskayuna Town Board Member to vote against the 2021 budget, I’d like to explain my vote and emphasize my commitment to chart a path to a “yes” vote next year. I voted “no” because:
* The last-minute budget prescribes a 1.8% residential tax increase, numerous fee increases, and a 4% across the board cut in expenditures without detailing how the $870,000 reduction will be effectuated, so we don’t know what services may be lost or the impact on town operations, residents, and employees.
* We started FY 2019 with a fund balance of over $13 million. On our current trajectory, we will have expended nearly half of that fund balance by the close of 2021—a three-year trend which cannot continue.
* The budget includes projected revenue from the operation of our waste water treatment plant that we cannot count on as the problems that led to a $535,000 budget imbalance in 2020 remain unresolved.
In town budgeting, wishful thinking is no substitute for sound planning for next year and beyond.
We need mid- and long-term strategies for financial stability, with new ideas for raising revenue and reducing costs, especially as we deal with a covid pandemic that has done the opposite.
Niskayuna taxpayers deserve a plan. A good one. We have a new town comptroller and the tools we need for long-term financial stability and growth.
A “yes” budget must incorporate frankness, frugality, and forward-thinking and I am committed to helping us get there.
Rosemarie Perez Jaquith
The writer is a Niskayuna Town Board member.
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