Many ignored Trump accomplishments
In response to Bob Belive’s Dec. 12 letter (“Trump supporters need to get the facts”) to The Daily Gazette: I find that people on both sides of the political spectrum spew facts without doing much fact checking.
They are stuck in their respective “belief camps” even when facts may show the opposite to be true. Some of these people are my friends and family.
I wonder how many Trump supporters Mr. Belive actually knows. According to him, most of these 74 million Americans lack facts and are of questionable intelligence. I refer Mr. Belive to the Sept. 11 article in the New York Times (“A Fact-Checked List of Trump Accomplishments”) written by Farah Stockman.
The article does an excellent job of checking the validity of the president’s claims and by a liberal newspaper.
It lists 123 items including signing the First Step Act, dismantling ISIS, improving VA services, securing $9 billion to fight opioid epidemic, all true; among others that are true or partly true, with a few exceptions. And now the covid vaccine is on our doorstep which his critics said would never happen this quickly.
I suggest that many people who did not vote for this president dismissed these facts, were unaware of them, or were unimportant to them.
They simply do not like him, his style, or his vision for the country. Many people who voted for the president based their decision on these very accomplishments and not his personality or rhetoric.
Tangorra is great at managing finances
As a community activist, I have interacted with Niskayuna school Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra for many years on many topics.
I personally have found the way he delivers the message he is trying to convey off-putting in nearly every situation.
However, as somebody who has joined other internet gadflies in complaining about the school reserve funds increasing for years while our school buildings fell into disrepair, it is now obvious that Dr. Tangorra was playing chess while I and others were playing checkers.
Putting emotion aside, Dr. Tangorra is likely the most brilliant superintendent when it comes to capital finances in this state.
Whether it was a flawless comptroller audit several years ago or using the reserves he built over several years to receive state aid, which will multiply the beneficial impact of those reserves, he has done an amazing job.
I hope others can overlook who delivers the message or how that message is delivered and focus instead on what the message says when it comes to the upcoming Niskayuna school capital project vote. With that said, I plan to vote YES on both capital improvement resolutions, and I thank Dr. Tangorra for getting us $80 million in capital improvements for pennies a day in tax increases over only two years.
Court ruling not as restrictive as feared
John Figliozzi’s Dec. 13 column (“Does the free exercise clause only protect religions?”) expresses his disagreement with the Supreme Court’s ruling on New York’s restrictions aimed at religious gatherings.
He is certainly entitled to that belief, but he spends a considerable amount of time demolishing straw men and arguing issues not germane to the issues.
Contrary to what he says, the First Amendment doesn’t exist to protect beliefs or the embrace of religious faith. Faith and beliefs are private, internal and known only to the individual, so they don’t need First Amendment protection.
Only the free exercise of the beliefs needs to be and is covered by the amendment. The key word being exercise.
This particular case was not an attempt to “get a leg up” for any particular religion. As Justice Neil Gorsuch noted in oral arguments, the restrictions on houses of worship were greater than those on wine shops or tattoo parlors.
The decision was narrow and did not create any new right Mr. Figliozzi needs to worry about.
The court didn’t bar the state from new restrictions that would apply equally to everyone.
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