Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Monday, Jan. 11


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!
Paul Deierlein

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.
Mary Baker

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.
Cheryl MacNeil

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.
Rebecca Naylor-Tuckey

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.
Embarek Mesbahi

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.
John Murphy

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.
Laurel Holland
Ballston Spa


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Robert F. Jewell

The sick and perverse followers of Trump have clearly shown to all…including republicans reading this… that their oblation to their leader was to be the Constitution.

These godless sycophants will betray us again. In times of old….when a sect arose within a country that committed acts of violence against its neighbors they were hunted down and killed. Everyone of them.

This is precisely where Donald Trump (an Anti-Christ) and his followers were trying to lead us BACK! to that type of politics.

Exaggerating???Im being outrageous???

Watch all available footage:

1. Demonstrators had clubs, poles, knives
2. Demonstrators put up HANGING spots
3. Demonstrators BEAT UP a policemen.
4. Demonstrators chanted death!
5. Demonstrators beat the LIVING HELL out
6. Demonstrators left FECES piled in the halls of Congress!!
7. Demonstrators looted the CAPITOL!
8. Demonstrators attempted KIDNAPPING
9. Demonstrators brought ZIP TIES!
10. Demonstrators brought Molotov cocktails
11. Demonstrators brought guns and ammo
12. Demonstrators MURDERED!!

Does anyone with a minimal high school education think that this very small list of behaviors is a DEMONSTRATION…..

Now we still have the likes of this New York State representative Elise Stephanik who had the GALL to stand up after having to (run?) for her life(?)… and endorses the SEDITION PETITION against the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s presidency.
This republican is in step with Jim Jordan,
Nunes, Cruz.
These self aggrandizing carpet baggers are in a class alone from other republicans.

Their “faith” form of politics yields its will to
oblation and genuflecting to a potential tyrant.

Until this cancer of conservatism is muzzled and educated it will continue to kill this world.
Conciliatory talk time is OVER.
BLOOD… not theirs… has been spilled!

STEPHANIK owns a piece of this for all time


Let’s keep her from being a National one!

Joseph Vendetti

There is a huge part of me that wants Donald Trump gone from office yesterday- but the logical part of me says let him stay another 8 days. Why? 1.) I don’t want him to garner anymore publicity & 2.) ) I don’t want to turn him into a martyr to the crazed people that believed storming the Capitol was appropriate.

Let us focus on tracking down the people that did this and prosecute them to the fullest extent possible & getting back to a normal way of business/life with some sanity & dignity in the White House.


I would support anything that would prevent him from running again. Impeachment would do that I believe.

Also, we need to push Congress to create a domestic terrorist law to give the new Justice Department and other law enforcement the tools to label and round up groups like the white supremacists, Proud Boys, etc. whenever they terrorize our citizens. It would be no different than Islamic terrorists.

I’m not sure where this is in the pipeline, but I’m confident some patriotic Republican has held it up for some fake reason.

It’s worth a quick read for the itemized listing of reasons for it.
S. 894
To authorize dedicated domestic terrorism offices within the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to analyze and monitor domestic terrorist activity and require the Federal Government to take steps to prevent domestic terrorism.

March 27, 2019
Mr. Durbin (for himself, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Booker, Mr. Cardin, Mr. Coons, Ms. Duckworth, Ms. Harris, Mr. Kaine, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. Markey, Mr. Whitehouse, Mr. Sanders, Mr. Schatz, and Mr. Reed) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

To authorize dedicated domestic terrorism offices within the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to analyze and monitor domestic terrorist activity and require the Federal Government to take steps to prevent domestic terrorism.

SEC. 2. Findings.
Congress finds the following:
(1) White supremacists and other far-right-wing extremists are the most significant domestic terrorism threat facing the United States.

(2) On February 22, 2019, a Trump Administration United States Department of Justice official wrote in a New York Times op-ed that “white supremacy and far-right extremism are among the greatest domestic-security threats facing the United States. Regrettably, over the past 25 years, law enforcement, at both the Federal and State levels, has been slow to respond. … Killings committed by individuals and groups associated with far-right extremist groups have risen significantly.”.

(3) An April 2017 Government Accountability Office report on the significant, lethal threat posed by domestic violent extremists explained that “[s]ince September 12, 2001, the number of fatalities caused by domestic violent extremists has ranged from 1 to 49 in a given year.” The report noted: “[F]atalities resulting from attacks by far right wing violent extremists have exceeded those caused by radical Islamist violent extremists in 10 of the 15 years, and were the same in 3 of the years since September 12, 2001. Of the 85 violent extremist incidents that resulted in death since September 12, 2001, far right wing violent extremist groups were responsible for 62 (73 percent) while radical Islamist violent extremists were responsible for 23 (27 percent).”.

(4) An unclassified May 2017 joint intelligence bulletin from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security found that “white supremacist extremism poses [a] persistent threat of lethal violence,” and that White supremacists “were responsible for 49 homicides in 26 attacks from 2000 to 2016 … more than any other domestic extremist movement”.

Joseph Vendetti

If impeachment rules out another run then I would be for it. But something for show that can’t pass or won’t pass shouldn’t be done because I think it will take away from President Biden’s accomplishments and agenda.

It does meet all the requirements of domestic terror organizations. Frankly like Charles Manson followers that killed Sharon Tate, Trump needs to be held accountable for the poor Capitol policeman that was hit with a fire extinguisher and killed!!!! Jail and major civil lawsuit for this idiot.


While the Senate may not convict again, it puts the GOP members on record for the 2022 election. The other option is he finishes out his term and then gets charged criminally under federal laws. Regardless there needs to be accountability.

Can you imagine the thousands of dead-ender haters harboring hope for a 2024 re-do? Slam the door on him and let him come up with his own means to broadcast his ego issues.

My understanding is that the conviction phase can continue after the inauguration and if nothing else, force his exclusion from further participation. And barring any more Republican monkey-wrenching under the guise of patriotism, it’ll be a Democratic Senate that tries him. Besides, I have a feeling there’s a growing number of honest Republicans who want to see this corrected. But let’s get them on the record where they stand.

Robert F. Jewell

Chuck, I’m ashamed to say this… I have not met a SINGLE…NOT ONE!!.. republican that would reason or rythm.

Every single lousy one of them,(half my own relatives) still believe in TRUMPOLEAN!!

Christ,they are still planning retribution!

NO…you guys…I served…this is a clear and present danger among us.
Our very neighbors…yours… mine….flew Confederate flags in their yards or Trump signs everywhere!!!


Listen carefully….watch tentatively….


They are planning revolts in 50 STATE CAPITOLS!!!

Don’t be complacent with your security!
We need Jan. 21st!!


Am I correct in my assumption that a convicted felon cannot run for office? I am hopeful that our NYS AG and Manhattan DA Vance can convict Trump and jail him. No pardon would extend to state crimes. I’m not convinced that impeachment and conviction will happen because of the spineless Republicans in the Senate.

Welp. Looks like if you thought Parler was a safe place to run your rebel-wannabe mouth…looks like you’re screwed.
Someone forgot to lock the door when they closed the barn.

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