Being in need of help is not a crime
On Jan. 2, The Gazette published a letter from Scott Anderson (“Cities need to stop street corner beggars”) concerning panhandlers, commenting “some of them are rude and obnoxious” and “I would like to know when the cities of Schenectady, Albany, and Troy are going to do something about these people….maybe they should be arrested and made to pay a fine.”
Panhandling is not an illegal activity, provided it is done on public property (or private property with permission of the owner).
Although verbally asking for a donation is not permitted, holding a sign requesting help is protected under free speech. If a panhandler were arrested and/or fined, it would have to be for an alleged crime. While being rude and/or obnoxious is not virtuous, neither is a crime. If either one were, I’d be filing complaints on a daily basis on all kinds of individuals I encounter — but not against any panhandlers.
Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism all promote giving to the less fortunate among us.
Bad things happen to good people all the time, often through no fault of their own. And with the current pandemic, I am certain that the “misery index” in most communities (including here) has skyrocketed, forcing some to resort to panhandling to make ends meet. For Mr. Anderson to suggest that panhandlers “probably make a lot of money from you” is wildly presumptuous.
Online, I saw a bulletin board for the Benedictine Church that states: “Whores and panhandlers are better than disability and welfare cheats. They work.” Amen!
Disgraceful Trump must be gone now
It’s time and it’s long overdue for Trump to go. After Jan. 6, it’s time. He’s been allowed to grow like cancer since taking office four years ago. His Republican allies have let him go instead of reeling him in when he initially took office. So, this is what they, and you, his supporters, have reaped.
He is the worst president this country has ever had, make no mistake about it. (Richard Nixon can rest in peace.) History will show just what a crazy disgrace Trump has been. And all those who were and are associated with him? You’ll be there in history right next to him. There’s one way to go down in history.
And for those of you who have supported this poor excuse of a human being, let alone president? Really? No excuse.
All of this let’s not forget, during a pandemic that Trump helped scourge us by lying about it over and over. Yes, he is responsible for many, many deaths.
There was no “mishandling” here. That would mean you tried and failed. Mishandled it? No, he chose to ignore it. And we, the people, our families and friends are paying the price. I said before he’s a national disgrace and it’s truly never ever been more clear. He needs to be removed NOW.
Show the right way to wear a mask
On Christmas Day, on the front page of The Gazette, was a photo of a beautiful young family attending mass at St. Paul the Apostle on Albany Street. The five of them were sitting in a pew, socially distanced from other parishioners in the church. The father was masked, the mother was half-masked, and all three children were without masks, even though the older two are old enough to wear them.
What a terrible message to send out to your readers during the height of the pandemic. This photo, chosen by Gazette staff, sends the message that it is OK to go without a mask. It is OK to not think about others becoming infected and perhaps losing their lives. Please be responsible in the future and post pictures of people wearing masks. It would be a great public service.
Beware of villains among the heroes
I want to express my gratitude to the doctors, nurses, chaplains, and staff — heroes who selflessly and professionally cared for my father the last week of his life.
I also pray that I can forgive the villains. To administrators who don’t take responsibility (or return phone calls), to elusive patient advocates who offer weak excuses (and no help), and to the brazen thief that stole my father’s wedding band off his hand as he lay on his deathbed, I am trying to forgive you.
Due to covid, I was not initially allowed visitation, but felt confident my father was well-cared for as I received updates from nurses.
The day he died, I was allowed to visit and discovered the theft of the ring he’d worn for nearly 70 years. I’d been robbed of the symbol of his lifelong love of my mother.
I cannot be robbed, however, of the memory of he who taught me honesty and respect. To those who don’t practice the Golden Rule or show common decency,
I won’t allow heartless behavior to overshadow my thankfulness for dignity offered by other Ellis caregivers. God will be your judge.
Finally, to those who seek medical help from Ellis, you’ll be treated by professionals. But beware, leave valuables at home.
Despite a security officer’s admission that theft from patients is all too common, the hospital has not implemented a policy to protect patients; they choose to dodge accountability.
While wards may be staffed by heroes, villains lurk the halls.
Trump is a corrupt, dangerous failure
Osama Bin Laden failed to attack the United States Capitol, but the low-life Donald Trump has.
It is the most shameful action to occur in the midst of these very unsettling times.
How low can we sink, and how far can we indulge one corrupt leader in his destruction of the foundation of this country?
This is not Putin’s Russia or MBS Saudi Arabia. It’s pretty obvious that he’s envied these two criminals and has witnessed how they can get away with barbaric assassinations.
It is time to remove this disgusting being from office. We, the people, need to strip him of his presidency as well as his soon to be title of “former president,” and to remove all of the freaking perks that come with the position. He is a disgrace to our nation.
Trump did what Iran failed to do
Iran had threatened to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
But in the end, they didn’t have to, President Donald Trump rallied his supporters to do it first.
Paper failed to cover holiday event
On Dec. 19, “Bring Back Holiday Magic” was held in Maalwyck Park in Scotia to help bring cheer into the Holiday Season. It took a great concerted effort to replace the annual parade with this event.
It was sponsored by the Scotia and Schenectady Rotary with collaboration from numerous organizations. Many thanks to the Merritt dancers, costumed characters, Department of Public Works, Scotia Police, sheriff’s department, Schenectady Police and K-9, the many volunteer fire departments with decorated trucks, health care professionals and first responders.
Santa was there in The Gazette hut viewed by over 1,000 people driving through the park.
I want to personally thank all the volunteers that truly made this night magical.
There was only one thing missing: not a word or picture in The Gazette acknowledging this wonderful event.
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