$15 minimum wage could help police
I hope I do not sound disrespectful. I’ve seen some police officers in sticky situations that they handled very, very well.
But I wonder if police in general stop to think how much easier their job would be if the country had adopted the $15-an-hour minimum wage back in 2015 when Sen. Bernie Sanders first campaigned for it.
Without a way to feed and shelter a family, families will self-destruct, and the police are left holding the bag when things fall apart.
Terrible timing for costly building bond
The Niskayuna Central School District finished its $100 million school board project in November 2010.
It is hard to imagine that ten years later, the school district sees the need for a new set of projects totaling an additional $79 million in funding.
Does the superintendent of the Niskayuna Schools or the school board ever consider lowering our school taxes?
Or do they think that the public won’t notice if they borrow additional money as soon as the prior bond payments are paid off?
That notion is insulting. As a result of the last round of bond spending, every building was improved or expanded.
It may be more prudent to take a pause on this spending as there is a good chance that additional belt tightening will be needed in the next few years given the shortfall in state funding.
While there may be a need to replace a building roof, it does not necessitate that classrooms be reconfigured or that every wish list be deemed critical to complete.
We have great schools and outstanding teachers in Niskayuna, but the timing of the bond project is troubling, and the magnitude of these projects are unnecessary.
Some can’t get past dislike of Trump
Many who are anti-Trump cannot get past their dislike of the man to see any good that he has accomplished. Rob Dickson‘s Dec. 19 letter (“Biden voters made the wrong choice”) and Jeffery Falace’s Dec. 21 letter (“Exactly what has Trump done wrong”) ask some pointed questions about what “really” went wrong during the past four years.
Sticking to the issues of his many accomplishments, I had no trouble supporting the president.
Anyone who does not understand what is happening to our country should wake up and smell the coffee.
Decades of efforts to establish peace in the Middle East to no avail, but the president made lots of progress with absolutely no acknowledgment from the mainstream media.
People who say and write some of the most hideous stuff about President Trump and his supporters cannot seem to see the forest for the trees. When has the president of the United States been so excoriated by his enemies? Certainly, not the preceding president.
If the Supreme Court is afraid to review the election misdeeds for fear of riots, it has lost its way. It is supposed to be judging right from wrong. Contrary to our Vice President-elect Harris, rioters should be arrested and thrown in jail. Anyone who does not think this election had lots of “funny business” going on, I’ve got a bridge for sale. Vote counting done in the dark has a smell to it.
Gerard F. Havasy
Trump supporters have good reasons
Thank you, Jeffrey Falace, for posting your rebuttal (“Exactly what has Trump done wrong”) to Ms. Swanson in the Dec. 21 Gazette.
I would also like to comment. Ms. Swanson, I don’t know your age, but perhaps you can look back before Trump won the presidency.
This was a time when you could be a Republican or a Democrat or an independent and you could have a difference of opinion, which was respected.
In other words, Ms. Swanson, we were able to disagree yet still respect others without being disrespectful. If a president was elected that you did not vote for, you were able to move on and embrace the next four years. That was all thrown out the window when Trump won in 2016. People such as you have done nothing but cause strife for four years. From your Dec. 13 letter (“Plenty of reasons we won’t miss Trump”), it is very apparent that your only knowledge is based on your hate of Trump.
You refuse to see what he accomplished. Not surprising, but sad. I am a registered independent, and I pride myself on being informed of both sides. And yes, I am one of the 70 million “deplorables” that voted for Trump. As Mr. Falace pointed out to you (and many like you), perhaps you should broaden your mind and at least be informed of both sides.
Our republic won by defeating Trump
Sadly, Rob Dickson in his Dec. 19 letter (“Biden voters made the wrong choice”) and others ignore American democracy, the republic for which it stands, and American values in favor of self; what’s in it for me.
They ignore President Trump’s sedition, sedition joined in by Rep. Elise Stefanik and over 100 other representatives. So easily Mr. Dickson discounts the unprofessional, name-calling and lies of the president, his selfishness and incompetence.
Had Mr. Trump been open and honest about the coronavirus way back in January, listened to the scientists and encouraged social distancing and the wearing of masks, we would neither have 3,000 deaths per day, nor at least half of the American pandemic deaths.
Science, facts, not the misinformation of the narcissistic charlatan in the White House.
The false attacks on our democracy, the false allegation that the presidential election was fraught with fraud, proven by over 50 dismissals of his lawsuits, and two rejections by the Supreme Court, were bad enough. But Mr. Trump is lining his own pockets with so-called funds to fight election results: 60% of contributions go to his personal PAC, and 75% of the money sent for the Georgia run-off election go to his PAC.
Take note Mr. Dickson: Conservatives George Will, 22 retired generals and admirals and the New Republic, who love our country, came out against Mr. Trump and voted for Biden/Harris. Many voted for Joe Biden; many voted against Mr. Trump. Whatever the reason, democracy, our great republic, is the winner.
Bruce S. Trachtenberg
The writer is a former town justice.
Grateful for work of Rotterdam leaf crews
We would like to thank the Town of Rotterdam Highway Department’s leaf and brush crews for the wonderful job they did collecting our yard waste this spring, summer and fall.
There was not a week that went by that we didn’t have several cans, bags or piles of yard waste from our two back-to-back yards and gardens waiting for them. Every week, we could count on them like clockwork to be there for our pickup.
This is not an easy job and is probably pretty thankless. But we want them to know that we truly appreciate the town for providing this service and the crews for their impressive efforts.
I know some of you cynics will say that we pay for the service in our taxes and the highway employees get a paycheck. But we are grateful and consider it a great service to the residents of the town.
I know we’ll also be able to count on the fantastic job the Highway Department always does during the winter months.
Dave and Linda Fuller
Trump able to do what others wouldn’t
The good-ole boy who crashed the country club. He fought the hate and the hate won. Last Election Day, hate indeed won the day. State election laws changed, unlimited mail-in ballots. The Dems’ new mantra “mail in early.” The country club (Democrats and Republicans) spent four-plus years trying to kill the Donald; only because he did what they were unwilling to/couldn’t do.
He worked for the welfare of our nation and that of its citizens, and our nation prospered until covid, providing the haters an opportunity to cheat. The mainstream media corrupted by money have brainwashed the sheep via CNN/MSNBC/NY Times/Washington Post, etc.
It’s true that Donald Trump is/has done some rash and less than perfect things, is rude, crude, etc.
However there is no denying that he succeeded in making our lives better, as well as making America great again.
Just ask a veteran if their health care is better now, (mine is) or the millions of new job holders if their life is better under the Donald. Did eight years of Obama make your life better?
I hope that person haters [read Donald], will take heed and see how “Lord Fidel Cuomo” is controlling our lives.
Open Wal-Mart, close the churches. Says he. There is a spike in covid testing. OMG, now there is a spike in covid cases. Is that to say if there was a spike in testing progressive, liberal politicians, that there would be a spike in morons?
Credit Peter Barber, Gazette staff for work
Peter Barber’s photo of a snow plow on Union Street in Schenectady in the Dec. 17 Gazette is a fine example of good photography.
Color, contrast, composition, and the story told by the photo are all spot on. I have known Mr. Barber’s work to be excellent for some time but never commented.
Today, it struck me that it might be nice to let The Gazette know that we readers see the effort and craftsmanship it takes from the photographers, reporters, editors, and staff at The Gazette to put out a good paper in these incredibly difficult times.
Reality: Chickens get butchered for food
As a child, one of my earliest memories was of catching two chickens and getting them ready for the fry pan. I scratch my head now trying to figure out how to legally butcher chickens. Oh, I understand how selfish lawmakers and do-gooders feel the only kind way is to buy the chickens in a market.
I would imagine they don’t think of the high fecal count allowed in commercial facilities and, believe it or not, they don’t sing those chickens to sleep.
Town should ticket overweight trucks
This is in regard to the letter (“Nisky town budget addresses realities”) in the Dec. 11 Gazette written by members of the Niskayuna Town Board. What realities?
Not the reality that only one other Capital District municipality has decided to raise taxes during the pandemic. Not the reality that millions of people are facing eviction and foreclosure due to the shutdown. Nor the reality that millions have lost their jobs.
How about the reality that millions of people are heading to food banks and many for the first time ever?
If the town wants to raise cash, why not ticket the dangerous overweight traffic on Van Antwerp Road per NY State Vehicle and Traffic Article #41 Section 1660 Subsection #17, which gives the town the right to restrict vehicles by weight on any town road with a weight limit unless such vehicle is doing business directly on that road.
Van Antwerp Road has a 4-ton limit and 24 hours a day it is used as a cut-through by everything from dump trucks to 18-wheelers, with no direct delivery on Van Antwerp.
The typical weight of such vehicles exceeds 16 tons.
Niskayuna could clean up literally and figuratively. And they could be heroes, not bullies that raise taxes when people are deciding to spend what money we have between food or shelter.
Don’t blame Trump for media deaths
Elana Beiser’s article in the Dec. 19 Gazette (“As Trump touted his disdain for the press, a record number of journalists were jailed around the world”) is the single stupidest thing I have ever read.
Media members (not journalists, because there are none anymore) being arrested around the world is Trump’s fault? Truly deranged!
Likely the president would arrest these morons in America if he had that kind of influence. No media bias though.
Randy L. Gray
Bad president? Look at Woodrow Wilson
Who is blamed on turning what should have been a recession into a major Depression, and also blamed on the Great Recession and modern income inequality? It’s the Federal Reserve. Who helped create the Federal Reserve? It’s Woodrow Wilson.
World War I created very favorable circumstances that led to dictatorships in Russia and Germany. That would be Woodrow’s responsibility too.
The Spanish flu killed maybe 0.5% to 0.8% of Americans. Since this coincided with World War I, would that be Woodrow’s fault too?
The Democrats lost easily in the next three elections before the Depression; I can’t help but think it’s Woodrow’s fault. Democrats should dislike him as much as anyone.
He’s one president who had some responsibility for an amazing amount of suffering. The Cold War could have been much worse with less luck, and if we believe the claim made by some historians that he played a role in the Soviet Union forming, you could argue Woodrow gets some responsibility for that, too. George Washington was against foreign alliances. Woodrow should have listened.
Those in Congress who voted against our involvement in World War I deserve some respect. It’s a big part of why I still consider Woodrow Wilson the worst president we’ve ever had.
Change policy on undelivered papers
I have not received a paper in two days now. This is not a complaint; I am well aware of the problems the delivery people have had the last two days during the snowstorm.
However, I didn’t bother to call The Gazette. I am always told that I’ll be given credit for whenever I don’t receive a paper, whatever that means. In all the years I have received these “credits,” it has never had any effect on my monthly billing. There should be some system in place that if you didn’t receive a paper on any given date, you should have free access to the online version for that date.
David D. Smith
Let the Afghans fight their own battles
I would like to express my opinion about U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. The United States has been in Afghanistan for 20 years. It’s about time that the United States withdrew from Afghanistan.
The Afghans should have their own men and women fighting the war without U.S. involvement.
Look at Israel. They have their own men and women fighting the war. The Israelis are martyrs. They did it for a cause, against the Arabs.
Steven P. Goldberg
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