Abolish the Electoral College; end abuses
It is time to abolish the archaic and obsolete Electoral College and replace it with one-person, one-vote presidential election process.
In 1787, our forefathers decided that well-educated elite white men would get together and decide who was the most fit person to be our president, and the Electoral College was created.
The system has led to many abuses. In the early 1800s, Southern slave-holding states were allowed to count their slaves as three-fifths of a white person for the purpose of representation in Congress, giving those states an extra 12 or more representatives in the Electoral College. In 1968, notorious segregationist George Wallace ran for president hoping to capture enough Electoral College votes to negotiate a continuance of segregationist policies in the South. Recently, we have witnessed Trump’s attempts to subvert Electoral College votes to win an election he clearly lost. Two out of the last five presidential elections were won by the candidate who lost the popular vote.
This winner-takes-all Electoral College system disenfranchises almost half the voters in every state.
It allows candidates to spend all their time campaigning on swing state issues and ignoring the issues of voters in other states.
On Jan. 6, when Congress meets to count each state’s Electoral College votes, we may witness another attempt to abuse this system by Trump-supporting Republicans. A one-person, one-vote presidential election process would help avoid such abuses of power in the future.
Trump nightmare is almost at its end
The long nightmare of every democracy-loving citizen is over. The United States Supreme Court has ruled. Jan. 20, 2021, will bring a new president.
I can’t help but to think the last four years were movie reruns. The White House staff made a great Marx Brothers comedy. Rudy Giuliani could be John Carradine’s eye-patch Loyalist in “Drums Along the Mohawk.” He attacks Americans with his savage allies.
Then there’s Gen. Flynn. He’s a dead ringer for Burt Lancaster’s attempt to take over the government in a coup d’état. The movie, “Seven Days in May,” will make the hairs on your neck stand at attention.
This all would be funny if it wasn’t so serious. Take Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. She signed a letter stating that democratically held election results should be thrown out. The loser should be declared the winner. This isn’t communist Russia, nor Hitler’s Germany.
For all those who fly Trump flags on their pickup trucks. For those who follow the party line instead of researching the truth. For all the politicians who put power ahead of the public, there’s only one thing left to do. Buy a new hat saying, “Chump for Trump.”
Koetzle, board put the taxpayers first
Glenville town Supervisor Chris Koetzle’s 2021 town budget got and deserved bipartisan support because in the words of one Democrat board member, “It’s a solid budget that accomplishes many goals.”
Passed unanimously, the spending plan cuts town taxes for Scotia residents, reduces the town’s debt even further, stays well under the tax cap for all residents, and further protects the town’s savings account by not burning the fund balance for operational spending.
Supervisor Koetzle and the Republican members of the board deserve kudos for their strong leadership and financial conservatism over 11 years that keeps the town of Glenville’s tax rate the lowest in the county, while still delivering critical services and making investments in our parks, senior center and infrastructure like paving of town roads.
Additionally, Koetzle and his team were able to deliver this “solid budget” in a particularly challenging year and in a time of pandemic when other towns and local governments are struggling. I want to recognize the supervisor’s leadership, vision and forethought that has paid off for the taxpayers of Glenville.
Test for helpful gene available but costly
I thought the following information would be of interest to the readers of The Gazette.
Delta 32 is a deletion mutation of a gene and only 1% of our population has two copies of this gene.
Individuals with two copies of this genetic mutation are immune to smallpox, the Bubonic Plague (Black Death), HIV and probably COVID-19. Up to 20% of our population carry only one copy of this genetic mutation. Although they still run a risk for those diseases, the progress of the illness is greatly reduced and can result in later immunity. Unfortunately, the test for this gene costs $199.
Jack L. Underwood, M.D.
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