Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Saturday, Feb. 20


Install device to warn drivers of span

In a Feb. 9th Gazette article (“Town looks at fines for striking bridge”), Adam Shinder reported that Glenville Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle will introduce a law to assess penalties for hitting the low railroad bridge on Glenridge Road.
This strikes me as a failure of the government to address this continued problem caused by the bridge being too low on a newly paved and much improved road.
An attempt was made to address this problem with increased signage, but that was obviously not completely successful.
Fines will certainly not correct or even reduce this problem any more than all the publicity from the numerous letters to the editor and articles in the paper have.
If it really is too expensive to raise the bridge or lower the road to correct this problem, then why not install an active-warning device before the bridge to allow truckers time to stop before their trucks are damaged and local authorities have to get involved to remove the damaged truck.
For a fairly small cost, this would be a win-win for everyone since taxpayers wouldn’t have continuous costs involved with these accidents and delivery companies wouldn’t have delayed deliveries and severely damaged trucks to repair.
This active warning device could be as low-tech as hanging something the same height as the bridge, well before it, which when impacted would cause a loud noise. Or it could be a little more high-tech by using a laser to set off numerous bright lights and/or loud sounds.
Stephen Anderson

Stockade residents need a civics lesson

Imagine my amusement when I opened my Gazette on the morning of Feb. 9 and read about the residents of the Stockade complaining about receiving parking tickets.
These are the same people who screamed from the rooftops that their streets weren’t cleaned properly (and instantaneously) after the blizzard in December.
Plows can’t get through if there are cars parked all over the place. Anyone with any common sense who chooses to live in the Stockade should be aware of the difficulties the narrow streets pose in a typical upstate New York winter.
For some reason, the residents of the Stockade seem to think they are entitled to both better city services and less law following than the rest of us “commoners” who reside in other neighborhoods.
And a small lesson in civics: The police department doesn’t make the rules; they just enforce them. If Stockade residents don’t want parking restrictions, then they should go through the proper channels to have them changed.
Jennifer Dikeman

Require voters to have identification

If requiring an ID to vote is discriminatory and unconstitutional, then why is it legal to require an ID for all of these other things in life?
DMV, airports, hospitals, pharmacies, for blood donation, banks, gun shops, Social Security office, pawn shops, jails, courts, unemployment, public schools, adoption agencies (for children and animals), parole and probation, auto insurance, traffic stops, passport, and at the post office (to pick up packages).
By the way, liberals say that requiring an ID for voting is unconstitutional and discriminating.
The ironic part of this is that most unions are Democratic supporters, and they require an ID for all union voting, but they are against requiring an ID to vote. Am I pazzo (crazy)?
Domenico Dicaprio

Both discouraged and encouraged by verdict

In his self-serving, cynical and manipulative speech after the impeachment vote, Mitch McConnell made it clear that this was not a great exoneration of Trump. He admitted, “There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day.”
Yet, McConnell’s unashamed hypocrisy is appalling. He kept the trial from occurring while Trump was in office and then used a technicality to acquit him. History will not look kindly on the current Republicans, who with their votes declared that they are a far-right party that supports the philosophy of fascism and military coups.
I continue to believe that the United States is a constitutional republic and not a cult of personality. However, the vote by the 43 Republican senators is evidence that there is an existential crisis in our country and evidence of two different Americas. This was not about the facts or the truth, but a way to preserve and defend a certain way of life.
The facts were undeniable, and the substance of the charge is indisputable. Trump once declared that he could shoot someone and not lose a single vote. I am heartened that he lost seven Republican votes for inciting and contributing to the death of five citizens at the Capitol. I am also encouraged that the majority of Americans supported a conviction.
President Biden said, “each of us has a duty and responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.”
Maxine Brisport

Trump continues to damage the country

W-W-Way back in 2016, I turned to my wife after recovering from the shock of that November election night and said, “We’re screwed!”
Fast forward to 2021. Even though empathy and civility has arrived on Pennsylvania Avenue with “Joe Cool,” the man-child before him still has the floor. The damage to democracy continues.
America, you’ve been duped repeatedly. We’re still screwed!
Dave Barnes

Party not looking out for local residents

For those of us who have lived here long enough, the residents who make this place diverse and colorful, the residents who look out for each other because that is who we count on, know that local government and officials do not see us.
If anyone questions if our opinions are considered or our interests are thought of, look no further than the endorsed candidate a major party is supporting to “represent” us.
It is almost comical if it wasn’t going to directly impact the lives of my friends and family. I thought that the time had finally come, with two diverse candidates in the primary field.
There are candidates who grew up and live in our neighborhood, with experience and who have overcome challenges my neighbors face day in and out.
Despite this, a politically active student who has never lived in the district, jumping from race-to-race, is who the Democratic Party believes is best to be our legislator.
I do not underestimate the power of the next generation, especially after the way we saw them come out this year. However, this is not the next generation to represent our community. Again, our voices are being bulldozed over by the agenda of the political machine and they have now found their candidate who will fall in line.
David Miller

Reviewer missed the point of miniseries

Regarding the “Your Move” article by Patti Nickell in the Feb. 14 Sunday Gazette Travel section:
I’m no chess player, but I greatly enjoyed “The Queen’s Gambit” miniseries.
Nickell may have enjoyed it too. But if she thought the lead character was experiencing “hallucinations,” as she alluded to twice in her light and fluffy travel feature, then she clearly didn’t get the core premise of the novel and the series.
Was Elizabeth Harmon addicted? Yes! Was she seeing chess boards on the ceiling in her mind’s eye? Yes! But was the drug hallucinogenic or was she hallucinating? Absolutely not. She was taking and, sure, addicted to tranquilizers, long known for their infamous and nefarious abuses in institutional care.
But the primary effect of the drug, clearly expressed in the screenplay, was that her mind could be calmed and focused, and she could shut out distractions so that she could, solely through her own inimitable brilliance, mentally project and play in her imagination one of the most cerebrally and strategically complex games in existence.
If Nickell didn’t grasp this point, then she missed the whole shebang, and clearly has no understanding or appreciation for the novel, the author, the entire miniseries or the game of chess. Checkmate.
Carl Snyder

Time to hold Trump responsible for acts

Donald Trump’s impeachment trial led to an acquittal by the Senate. However, in the words of (Republican) Senator Mitch McConnell, “Impeachment was never meant to be the final forum for American justice…. it is not the criminal justice system, where individual accountability is the paramount goal. He didn’t get away with anything – yet.
“We have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil litigation. And former presidents are not immune from being held accountable by either one.”
Bruce Castor, one of the attorneys representing Trump at the impeachment trial, stated “A high crime is a felony, and a misdemeanor is a misdemeanor. After he’s out of office, you go and arrest him.”
Clearly, Donald Trump instigated and encouraged the insurrection that occurred on Jan. 6, all in the name of overturning an election he inarguably, demonstrably lost. That’s called treason. He lied and several people died; scores of others were seriously injured. Those are crimes that cannot be ignored.
“The Donald” has always managed to avoid being held responsible for anything in his life; he has mastered the technique of deflecting blame onto others. When that hasn’t worked, he has always managed to pay, lie, or weasel his way out of things.
This time, finally, he must be held responsible. This country needs to heed the advice of McConnell and Castor. What are we waiting for?
Paul Deierlein

Deception will be difficult to explain

I imagine my grandchild or great grandchild, bothered and curious well past her bedtime, will come to me, with innocent eyes, and ask, “How did you elect a midway huckster to be president?” I will look at her and say, “I am writing my appeal to my death panel, now still your mouth and go to bed; you’re 5, and stop listening to history shows on your Apple brain implant.” I am sure she will look up sweetly and say, “It’s called an iThink, you fossil, and I hope you lose your appeal!”
I will have that response because I will not be able to explain that we ignored the very first president when he said of political parties, “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust domination.”
I will not be able to explain how a mass media, whose advertisers needed to sell electronics, pillows, hotel stays and cars, disseminated disinformation, or debated that disinformation, or reported the disinformation with outrage, all elevating the presence of this huckster, because it was exciting, so more people watched those advertisements.
I will not be able to explain how we allowed ourselves to be so led and deceived.
James Cimino

Capitalism to blame for vaccine issues

People are currently frustrated and angry about how difficult it is to access the coronavirus vaccines, and they are absolutely correct to feel that way. The roll-out of the vaccines has, like the rest of the handling of the coronavirus by the Democrats and Republicans, been a disaster.
But the root of this problem is the same as the root of all of our other societal problems: capitalism.
The coronavirus vaccines were developed, like everything else in our society, through the massive investment of public funds. The Moderna vaccine alone received $2.5 billion in public funding: orders of magnitude higher than anything that company put toward R&D. “We the people” should own these vaccines because we paid for them.
The Trump and Biden administrations not only granted intellectual property rights to these companies over vaccines that we paid for, they have also adamantly refused to allow for the manufacture of generic versions of these vaccines to increase supply. Democrats and Republicans have repeatedly put private profits over people.
They have enshrined the profit margins of these companies to a product we paid for to the detriment of broader public health, contributing to increased delays in the reopening of schools and the economy, and of course to increased deaths from the coronavirus itself.
Intellectual property has always functioned to inhibit production through granting monopoly rights.
But maintaining such property rights during the supposed emergency of this pandemic highlights how truly sick capitalism and the two ruling parties are to the core.
Samuel Rose

McConnell failed to convince either side

Mitch McConnell’s speech on Feb. 13 was an attempt to placate both the anti-Trump faction of his party and the pro-Trump base.
The Lincoln Project supporters would be happy with his condemnation of Trump’s role in creating the atmosphere necessary to stir up an insurrectionist mood with the Big Lie: the election was rigged against him and he actually won in a landslide, repeated ad nauseum, then lighting the fuse with his fiery speech to the angry crowd, many bearing weapons, that he summoned to the Capitol on Jan. 6.
The Trumpistas would be content with his vote to acquit. I think he failed to hold on to the support of either faction. Before the actual trial began, the Senate affirmed, with a bipartisan vote, their right to try an impeached former president; the Senate has the constitutional authority to set trial rules and procedures. Thus, McConnell’s vote, justified by his personal belief that the Senate has no power to try a former president, will ring hollow with anti-Trump Republicans. His obvious disdain for Trump and his assertion that Trump bears much responsibility for the events of Jan. 6 will cancel the value of his vote to maintain support among the Trumpistas.
Those without strong views may ask themselves why he didn’t take the opportunity to bar a man he obviously sees as a grave danger to our democracy from holding any future federal office. This can be done only after a guilty verdict followed by a simple majority vote.
Anthony J. Santo

Trump’s supporters will ultimately prevail

On Feb. 11 The Gazette featured a front page Associated Press article (“Video shows chilling scenes of riot”) describing “chilling” videos of a “riot” on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C.
However, the paper never characterized the assaults, arson and looting in Washington last summer as other than “mostly peaceful.”
Sam Adams, Benjamin Edes and John Hancock, leaders of the Sons of Liberty, would find it thrilling that the patriots on Jan. 6 replicated their actions. The Sons of Liberty tore down the homes of British agents, tarred and feathered Tory Bostonians and famously threw the tea in the harbor. Thomas Hutchinson, governor of Massachusetts, barely escaped to a fort on an Island and called for thousands of British troops. Sound familiar?
The Redcoats shot down unarmed citizens on the street. The Capitol police shot an unarmed woman and caused the death of three others trying to enter the people’s house. Now the Biden/Schumer/Pelosi revolution, like the generals in Myanmar, hold power at the point of tens of thousands of National Guard rifles. Their icon, Chairman Mao, said power comes from the muzzle of a gun. Fealty to a stolen election is implemented by what is essentially martial law in the nation’s capital.
Unlike the timorous Proud Boys, those who voted to re-elect President Trump will not stand down or stand by. We will peacefully assemble, we will not comply, and like Martin Luther King, we will prevail.
Art Henningson

Cancel culture is the same as censorship

Donald Trump lost the election, and he should go to jail because he incited a mob to attack the U.S. Capitol in an effort to overturn the election. But John Figliozzi in his Feb. 7 column in The Gazette (“’Cancel culture’: Old wine in new, mislabeled bottle”) suggested those facts justify the cancel culture approach to political debate. Really?
It’s just an old wine that needs a new name on the bottle. George Orwell might call it GroupThink Kool-Aid.
John cites a poll that says 53% expect “social consequences” for expressing “unpopular” opinions. He does not say how many of the 53% think the expected social consequences are a good thing or a bad thing. And what about the other 47%? Should they just shut up? Maybe the 47% can call themselves the Resistance. And isn’t 3% the margin of error? So maybe it’s really 50-50? The last election also proved that polling data is not very reliable.
Cancel culture or GroupThink is censorship, plain and simple, and I find censorship deeply offensive.
And now even Republicans are copying the censorship model by censuring party members who did not buy Trump’s lies. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But for true inspiration, GroupThink supporters should visit the Chinese re-education camps where the minority Uighurs are facing very harsh social consequences for their unpopular opinions.
Tom Holland
Ballston Spa

Look for the signs of problem gambling

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges to everyone across the nation.
With that there has been an increase in the number of people that have found themselves struggling with problem gambling. Major triggers for problem gambling are being exacerbated during this time of isolation such as depression, anxiety, loneliness, boredom and stress.
Financial uncertainty can drive a person to gamble in hopes of income. Unfortunately, the end result may be further debt and greater feelings of despair.
Although most adults who gamble can do so for a fun recreational activity for some it may become a problem with negative consequences.
Some warning signs that gambling might be a problem include: thinking about gambling often; lying or covering up gambling behaviors; missing time with friends and loved ones to gamble; gambling to escape negative feelings or problems; gambling more money than a person can afford or planned; unsuccessfully trying to cut back or stop gambling
If you, or a loved one is struggling reach out. Call the free, confidential NYS HOPELINE – 1-877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369) for help, and referrals to treatment.
Becky Schroeder
The writer is a Substance Abuse Prevention Educator with Fulton Montgomery Catholic Charities.

State-run elections saved democracy

Michael J. Goff wrote a piece in the Jan. 23 edition of The Gazette entitled “The Electoral College saved democracy.”
I believe, more precisely, it was the system of state-run presidential elections that carried the day.
He conflates the Electoral College with state-by-state voting. Whereas the two are currently intertwined, state-controlled voting for presidential elections could exist without the Electoral College.
What’s important is that authority over the election process remains distributed among the states and kept away from federal government control and, therefore, immune to possible influence from the current president.
Why not have each state’s votes counted and totaled by their individual election boards using methods and procedures of their own choosing, same as today, and then the totals from all states combined to determine the winner?
Mr. Goff asserts that mixing of votes from all states prevents the states from defending their individual totals. But that’s no different than states defending their Electoral College vote today, which, by the way, is a function of the individual totals.
Another approach, that still retains the Electoral College, is to apportion the electoral votes of each state according to the individual vote totals within that state.
For example, in New York, Biden received 5,230,985 votes to Trump’s 3,244,798.  This would result in the state’s 29 electoral votes being split 18 for Biden, 11 for Trump. In Texas the split would be 18 for Biden, 20 for Trump. Today, it’s all or nothing.
Larry Jordan

Paper’s editorials unfair to Niskayuna

On Dec 8, 2020 this paper ran an editorial (“Spa timing is bad; project is good”) in support of the Saratoga school’s referendum for a $129.7M capital project. The editorial says to support the referendum in part because: “The project has been in the works for several years. The needs are real, and it appears the district has the funding in place to pay for them without overburdening local taxpayers. Don’t let the distractions of the season keep you away from this important proposition.”
Yet on Feb. 9 this paper ran an editorial (“District should push vote to May”) in opposition to the Niskayuna school’s referendum by saying in part “Today’s forecast calls for 2-4 inches of snow” and urged voters to “call on the district to come up with a more detailed, more realistic and more financially reasonable project.”
While on July 10, 2019, another editorial (“Help plan district’s future”) on the Niskayuna school’s project urged readers to become involved in the planning process: “you can help the school district, yourself and your fellow taxpayers develop a plan for the future.”
In my opinion, the hypocrisy of the editorials mentioned above are as obvious as the years of an anti-Niskayuna school slant for this newspaper which hurts its credibility and makes the value of its editorial opinions meaningless as evidenced by the overwhelming voter support for the Niskayuna project. If you think mine is an isolated opinion, I urge you to read the Facebook comments on Your Niskayuna. Many of your readers and I are fed up with the irreconcilable editorials and baseless negativity.
Carlene Ireland

Consequences of unelecting a president

We did not ‘elect’ Mr. Biden. We ‘unelected’ Mr. Trump.
We did the same thing in 1976. We ‘unelected’ Gerald Ford due to his guilt by association with Mr. Nixon and having pardoned Mr. Nixon. That’s how we got Jimmy Carter, who gave away the Panama Canal, pardoned the draft-dodging cowards who ran away to Canada, totally blew the Iran Hostage Crisis and boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, even after what we did to USSR at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.
Hopefully history won’t repeat itself.
Robert Grimm

Cuomo responsible for covid deaths

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is being characterized as an Angel of Death.
Local Democrats Angelo Santabarbara and Patricia Fahy are now speaking up, now that it is convenient. Better late than never. Their language is measured; they fear Cuomo; they are Democrats. That has not changed. They do not want to come under the ‘woke blade.’
How many of our beloved elderly would be alive in nursing homes if Santabarbara and Fahy spoke up sooner? This is known only to God.
The state Legislature is on ‘graveyard’ shift, that is all they are good for. Pallbearers! No one is safe from self-serving politicians.
The governor’s ‘casual’ references to death are reminiscent of “what difference does it make.”  Democrats think that way. The cat being let out of the bag speaks more to arrogance than stupidity. They believe they can do anything. We allow it. Ignorance is a form of stupidity; it borders on evil.
There is a commercial on TV showing a polar bear in a cage banging his head against the sides of the cage. The bear has been confined too long. That is Andrew Cuomo in the governor’s office. He has been affected. Like the bear, Cuomo will not get out of the cage on his own. Cuomo needs help.
Edmond Day


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Who is going to tell the Deomcrats that they are all dead. The Africans who sold their fellows, the Europeans that shipped them over, those that bought them when they arrived, and those who had the bad luck to be exported by their countrymen: they are all dead!

If you check the provided reference you find that reparations are not available to those who did in the civil war.


Sorry, Biden has NOT stated a reparations policy. BTW – why do you hate people of color? Are you threatened by their success?

If you check the provided reference you find that reparations are not available to those who died in the civil war.

P.S. Just because the word is spelled correctly does not mean that it is the right word. I think I will try proof reading before the fact in place of after!

geri krawitz

as usual a well thought out documented letter from mr. barney
now the rebutals from the other side not offering evidence just disclaiming. i dont believe it so it is not correct because i am woke i do not have to defend my thinking.
any thoughts on the tearing down of statues changing school names the idiotic painting
blm on city streets and how this improves the life of minorities.
just an excuse to loot commit other crimes because 200 years after the civil war they still cannot pull themselves together the absence of family values and schooling are the biggest problems not white privilege. i cannot imagine that i as a single parent would not have known if my children were not going to school and stolen items
they were respectful because they were taught to be. not divorced but widowed but we continued to do the right thing and did not blame others. everyone has stresses in life but most know what is important and do not blame others cannot sya the blaming of others enough for so many years have not changed their mantra


Art Henningston., comparing “the assaults, arson and looting in Washington last summer” to the January 6th storming of the capital it’s so far off base it’s pathetic. I’m sick and tired of you and people like you continually making that comparison.

The Hundreds of thousands of people that were continually marching from coast to coast this past summer, we’re doing so because of the gross injustices that were happening to Black people. Remember the murder of George Floyd? – Yes there was looting and fires were set, that activity was a terrible byproduct of the peaceful protest marches that criminals capitalized on. – It appears Trump, Fox and people like you, Art, made that the main focus, completely disregarding why people of all walks of life were marching in the streets.

The February 6th storming of the capital where approximately 30,000 staunch Trump supporters, incited by their fearless leaders’ lies, assembled there solely in an attempt to overthrow the election results, as well as inflect harm or kill political leaders.

Comparing the two events is ludicrous but so typical of the reasoning of the alt-right.

If you want to make a comparison of the two events, why not try looking at how Trump reacted to both of them.

During the BLM protests he brought in the national guard, use teargas and pepper spray to get people off the street so he could do a photo-op and hold a Bible upside down.

When people were getting killed and the criminal desecration to our capital was happening, like none seen in centuries, he sat there and watch television relishing the moment for three hours.

Additionally you should have done a little soul searching, before using the terms proud boys, stand down and stand by and and comparing their and trumps’ agenda with the plight of Martin Luther King.

Why you don’t you just say it like it is: This is about white supremacy, bigotry, racism and total indifference to those that may have less than you.

geri krawitz

his lungs burst because of a fentanal overdose. but wo cares when you can have another martyr.
so police called to homes where violence is reported and the suspect is fighting belligerent punching at the police should be made a hero because he was using his right to use fentanal and to be a danger. and looting is to make up for what? and burning small businesses is to make up for what? unbelievable

Sad that we need to spell it out ad nauseum, Lou, but knowing that repetition of a lie can make it true for many, it does need to be done. Well said. Some may think the banter that goes on here is just “Spy vs. Spy” stuff. But speaking for myself, I feel a need to bust up the echo chamber of delusion that can and does form in more closed circles, like FB and other social media. Bring that crap here into the public square and we’ll be sure to error-check you.

This whole illusion that the unrest over last summer is some kind of comparison to the violent threat to our government is grasping at straws for a demographic that can’t come to terms with its failings, lead by a man who never took responsibility for his own including the destruction of the very political platform that supports him. That’s a clear delineation from the “other side” who generally accept we’re in this together, we’re not perfect, who denounce violence and that we need to be part of a world community.

geri krawitz

i question your ability to read. you never answer the question you merely imply that trump is bad and no other criminals exist. biden stealing from ukraine and china he never actually did anything so it is theft. giving monies to terrorist groups and countries an obama favorite . will you acknowledge the murderer coumo now that the dems are investigating him. he had all tbe facilities no need to send these people back to infect others, and in the same month march an addition to the budget that nursing homes or hospitals could n ot be sued. dont just dismiss this
chukie refute it if you can did you also dismiss the holacaust and 9/11 and ww2


Chuck and Lou, I think Art H. is either on the FBI watch list or he just put himself on it. When he says “We” in the last sentence, I think he is referring to the armed insurrectionists Proud Boys. Shake in your boots, guys!

Lou did George Flyod resist arrest? Yes.

Lou did George Flyod’s autopsy reveal drugs in his system? Yes.

Lou it looks like we are talking about losing a gamble with one’s life not murder!

What is needed is some explanation way the Black community feels that it is ok to put the lives of law enforcement officers at risk by resisting arrest’

It’s kinda pointless to respond to you, Fred. But for the record: I’m a White, clean-cut, mature male, drive a newish car of a conservative make and model.
I’ve twice in the past 3 years been pulled over by cops who clearly did everything they could to escalate an otherwise minor situation with me. There was no attempt to reason, there were flat out accusations of lying to my face (in front of my family in one case). And then in both cases (minor speeding, 15 mph over) that were utter fabrications. I took both to court (neither cop appeared) explained my situation to the judges and received significantly reduced sentences (to 1 point violations). And I also expressed my concern about the cops’ behavior.

Point being, there is a problem with law enforcement, a systemic problem made worse by systemic racism. You can try to somehow pin social unrest back on people of color but it ultimately won’t work because it’s a lie. Your tone deafness is loud and clear.

Something happened in my send of that message and I believe it’s because part of it was using “less than” and “greater than” symbols. So I repost:
There was no attempt to reason, there were flat out accusations of lying to my face (in front of my family in one case). And then in both cases (minor speeding, less than 10 mph over) was slapped with major speeding violations (greater than 15mph over) that were utter fabrications. I took both to court (neither cop appeared) explained my situation to the judges and received significantly reduced sentences (to 1 point violations). And I also expressed my concern about the cops’ behavior.

geri krawitz

i see another thoughtful comment from chuckie down the list
what does are you high mean? you are not very articulate
instead of writing pick up a dictionary thesaurus anything that will improve your mind

I’m very clear on your point. You want to blame people of color and no one else.
Got it.
My response was to demonstrate the problem is not people of color or the choices they make when under attack (yet again), but with the way law enforcement interact with the public, in general.

There was no “complaint filed with the authorities, Fred. There was face-to-face grownup discussion between myself and, in one case a judge, and in the other an assistant DA. It was civil feedback on my experiences pointing out some unprofessional behavior.

geri krawitz

so you were found guilty. i cannot state the number of tickets for speeding ihave gotten in my long lifetime all for 5 10 miles an hour over even i over is speeding.
what a baby crying about something you did and of course it was someone elses fault’
i thought it was because i drove a merc


That’s funny Chuck. I have not and will not respond to her incoherent or racist babble.

My play time’s over for the day. Need to do errands/chores. They’ve devolved this (once again) into mindless muttering.

And I think they’re both stoned immaculate.


So Fred, if in fact he was resisting arrest, rather than being overly harassed by racist cops as he had been so many times in the past, please answer a simple question:

How far into the 8 minutes and 46 seconds of the knee on the neck do you think he became submissive and stopped resisting?

Perhaps when he lost control of his bladder and wet himself, leaving a urine stream on the road?

Perhaps when he was begging for his life and calling out to his deceased mother?

Well one things for sure he stopped resisting after 8 minutes and of 46 seconds of Derek Chauvin’s kneeling on his neck and he was dead… Mission accomplished.


Fred, you still haven’t answered when you think George stopped resisting.

geri krawitz

stop resisting we need law and order. who knew what he would do next and he had a long history of arrests which i am sure you will say were made uyp to terrorize the poor non working drug addicted thief


Yes Fred, it’s true he had drugs in his system, obviously not enough to make him incoherent or incapacitated.

If using the logic that his use of drugs is what killed him then I, and in all likelihood, 40% of the US population would be dead.

It’s absolutely pathetic that you hold no liability of George Floyd’s death on this cop with a long record of a racist history.

geri krawitz

i must also say wasnt it a hoot when they dems with kenta cloths kneeled in congress. way to say it is okay to not obey even the simplest laws
now making a speech is inciting a riot and a federal offense but looting drugging beating killng not so much. we only impose those on minorities or do the minorities commit most of these crimes; and i will, add woke white students to this.
chicago had 797 black on black murders in 2020 good show

geri krawitz

an autopsy said he died when his lungs exploded. can you imagine how drugged you would have to be for this to happen. and yet he has become a martyr for what cause i do not know. it is not just blacks although the dems seem to hold them up for martyrdom. many many whites in antifa and other protesting groups also get a pass.
i did read something this morning a black columbia uni professor said he is a proud heroin user, yes drug addiction is something to be proud of regardless of what they do or say most people would not be proud of that fact.

I had to go back and reread this letter.
Art Henningston, you and what army?

You and your Oath Violators, Booger Boys and Little Hitlers are one delusional fringe group. But you can’t possibly see that of course because you’re so enchanted by who’s watching you, and who’s out to get you. You scream paranoia and you stink of treason. You are the worst kind of American. The American people have spoken, Mr. Henningston. Time to man up, put your Big Boy pants on and accept that your kind of governing isn’t wanted.
No Mr. Henningston, you’re wrong. Tragically wrong

Joseph Vendetti

Chuck, Lou, Fred, all:

In the US there are roughly 60,000,000 police to civilian interactions per year in all 50 states.

In 2020 there were 260 deaths in police to citizen interactions. There were roughly 100x that violent interactions where the civilian was hurt/injured. Of those 26,000 there were less then 1,500 wrongful arrests, lawsuits settled in favor of the citizens. That is .0025% of all police interactions were “deemed” incorrect, wrong, etc. Further, the majority of all citizens killed, injured, wrongfully arrested were white.

Are there Bad cops? Of course! Are there racist cops? Of course! But statistics from state and federal agencies don’t point out any “systemic” underlying racism.

I am white, I am not a Police Officer. I have two multi-racial (black) sons, 1 white son, 2 white daughters – I have been and sons have been profiled, mistreated, etc during traffic stops. Once in a primarily all white area in upstate NY by white officers and once in NYC by two black officers. These officers are out there protecting us, responding to crime scenes, trying to take the bad people, illegal guns off the street. In most cases they are “profiling”. They know the statistics just like we do. The majority of illegal guns & drugs , etc are carried by a certain age group. So instinctively they will treat a male between 16-35 different (more aggressively) then someone outside that demographic.

George Floyd was a career criminal but didn’t deserve being killed by POS Chauvin. He is a murderer. But the riots and violent BLM protests that broke out in Minneapolis, Portland, Charlotte, Baltimore, Milwaukee, NYC, & Los Angles were wrong, led to $4 billion in property damage & loss of life (at least one black retired police officer) that I recall. These riots along with the riot (storming of Capitol) needed to be condemned equally. We can not, as a people of civilized democracy, stoop to the depths of violence & riots any time we don’t like the outcome of an event. Whether it be a murder or an election. We as a people have many avenues afforded to us that don’t include violence.

geri krawitz

he said he is white. and what is incoherent and racist about saying i have been ticketed many times. just pay the fine and go on. but crybabies are never at fault.
if he was harrased by police it probably means he was argumentative belligerent
take your medicine if you are at fault and stop whining drive slower

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