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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, Jan. 26

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Trump was one of our best presidents

Why do they knock Trump? He was one of the best presidents, behind Roosevelt, Washington and Truman. He tried to protect us and the country.
When Clinton and Obama were in power, they had our men killed. Remember that. Or did you forget it? You should all be ashamed to forget that.
God bless these Democrat liberals; they need help when they voted for Biden. This country is in trouble. I am a World War II 100% disabled veteran. Is this what I fought the Japanese for?
Vincent Belardo
Albany

High tax states will benefit from tax cap

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the federal tax cap deduction for state and local property taxes (SALT) itemized deductions to be removed from your federal tax form. Right now, according to Cuomo, it’s capped at $10,000.
Looking at the 2020 1040 tax form the standard deductions are: single-$12,400, married/jointly-$24,800, and head of household-$18,600.
If you are 65 and older, you can file a 1040SR, your standard deductions are: single-$14,050, married/jointly-$26,100, and head of household-$20,300.
These are the results of the Trump tax cuts. The only taxpayers who would benefit from the removal of the SALT deduction are the high personal tax and high property tax states like New York state.
For myself, I am taking the $14,050 standard deduction because I cannot even come close to that if I itemized. I am sure upstate taxpayers are very happy with these numbers.
Jay Janczak
Ballston Spa

City needs better council candidates

I’m writing in response to the Jan. 6 Gazette article (“Two to seek council seats.”)
Brendan Savage is mentioned as one of those emergent candidates. Evidently being a “21 year-old Siena College student,” being “politically active,” having endured the hardships of growing up in Niskayuna and having a county-Democrat-power-broker for a mother has proven him to be eminently qualified to help us solve Schenectady’s challenges.
So much so, that he has earned the coveted backing of at least one City Council member… ironically, the departing Ed Kosiur.
I’m guessing other council members are considering the same. One also wonders if Ed Kosiur’s untimely exit and the young Savage’s emergence have anything in common.
I’m curious, does any single council member honestly believe a 21-year-old Schenectady college student would ever be considered for appointment to the Niskayuna Town Board, even if he/she bought a house in Nisky with a few siblings?
Please, do the right thing Schenectady City Council members.
Do some genuine recruiting of capable members of our community. Raise the bar. Attract more candidates. Create a competitive environment for a challenging and important job.
Appoint someone with some beneficial work experience, some experience-based passion, someone with longer-term involvement in our wonderful city (warts and all).
That all being said, I am all for Mr. Savage running for one of the open seats come November … on his own merits.
Jonathan Simms
Schenectady

 

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8 Comments

LOUIS RESTIFO

Vincent Belardo, you should contact NASA and and inform them that you have the worlds best satellite communication system. I say this because apparently you’re getting your information from an alternative universe.

Mr. Belardo:

“Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US was the title of the President’s Daily Brief prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency and given to U.S. President George W. Bush on Monday, August 6, 2001. The brief warned, 36 days before the September 11 attacks, of terrorism threats from Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, including “patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for a hijacking” of U.S. aircraft.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bin_Ladin_Determined_To_Strike_in_US

Joseph Vendetti

Chuck:

Trying to figure out the correlation between your response and Mr Belardos letter? What does one have to do with the other?

Also – your timeline is inaccurate.

At the public announcement by Bin Laden he issued his fatwa. Bin Lade
Stated hat North Americans are “very easy targets”. He told the attending journalists, “You will see the results of this in a very short time.

Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri organized an al-Qaeda congress on June 24, 1998. The 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings were a series of attacks that occurred on August 7, 1998, in which hundreds of people were killed in simultaneous truck bomb explosions at the United States embassies.

In December 1998, the Director of Central Intelligence Counterterrorist Center reported to President Clinton that al-Qaeda was preparing for attacks in the United States of America, including the training of personnel to hijack aircraft. On June 7, 1999, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation placed bin Laden on its Ten Most Wanted list.

In Bill Clintons own memoir one of his biggest regrets was not acting with more deadly force when it came to Bin Laden. The Secretary of Defense Sandy Berger feared it would result in civilian casualties on three separate occasions where they had Bin Laden in the cross hairs and did not act.

My response was specifically to this:

“When Clinton and Obama were in power, they had our men killed. Remember that. Or did you forget it? You should all be ashamed to forget that.”

“My” timeline is a grab from Wikipedia, as I acknowledged. Since I don’t write for Wikipedia, that timeline is not my invention, but a peer-reviewed quote.

And with regards your timeline, it seems you conveniently overlooked this:

“Capturing Osama bin Laden had been an objective of the United States government since the presidency of Bill Clinton. Shortly after the September 11 attacks it was revealed that President Clinton had signed a directive authorizing the CIA (and specifically their elite Special Activities Division) to apprehend bin Laden and bring him to the United States to stand trial after the 1998 United States embassy bombings in Africa; if taking bin Laden alive was deemed impossible, then deadly force was authorized. On August 20, 1998, 66 cruise missiles launched by United States Navy ships in the Arabian Sea struck bin Laden’s training camps near Khost in Afghanistan, missing him by a few hours. In 1999 the CIA, together with Pakistani military intelligence, had prepared a team of approximately 60 Pakistani commandos to infiltrate Afghanistan to capture or kill bin Laden, but the plan was aborted by the 1999 Pakistani coup d’état; in 2000, foreign operatives working on behalf of the CIA had fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a convoy of vehicles in which bin Laden was traveling through the mountains of Afghanistan, hitting one of the vehicles but not the one in which bin Laden was riding.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osama_bin_Laden#Clinton_administration

I’m not absolving Democratic Presidents from defense failures (remembering though that it was a Democrat who took bin-Laden out), but I won’t let a false patriot hiding behind “World War II 100% disabled veteran” sit and demonize one party while lionizing a US President who has now been impeached (indicted) twice for actions against the safety and security of our country.

Joseph Vendetti

Chuck – ok I get it. Yes there were Republicans and Democrat presidents involved in sending Troops to the middle east and that died. President Clinton did start the effort to search and capture Bin Laden. All of the Senate, Congress and office of the President were certainly involved in providing Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi with weapons to fight the Russians that were successful in bringing down communism but unfortunately used against our own troops years later.

As a country we have helped defend Israel, Kuwait and Saudi – because of this we will always have enemies in that region no matter what political party is in office or in control.

As far as Trump being one of the best Presidents – I think we all know that he had far fewer redeeming qualities, successes, then the list of best presidents (Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelts, Obama, Reagan, Eisenhower, etc). Would actually rank him in the bottom 5-10 presidents of all time.

It’s “Democratic Presidents”, just as it’s “Republican Presidents”.
Why is it so hard for right-wingers to say “Democratic”?

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