Now is the time for healing, competence
My grandparents left Sicily coming to America in the first decade of the previous century. My father fought in World War II, an existential fight of liberal democracies against fascist despotic regimes. I thought that our greatness, our exceptionalism, came from our people, but not anymore.
Now, many upstate New Yorkers have become sympathetic with fascism. We are not different from 1930s Europe.
If the United States remains exceptional, remains great, it is not our people that make it so. It is the ideals of our founding documents where you find the potential for greatness. Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense,” Thomas Jefferson’s “Declaration of Independence,” the U.S. Constitution, and “The Federalist Papers” by Hamilton, Madison and Jay. The leaders of the 18th century studied history, learning from the failures of the ancient Greeks and Romans. They were the best and brightest of their generation. They gave us a constitution that has been improving over 233 years through the 27 amendments.
We have inherited a democratic republic, with three co-equal branches. This government requires compromise, not just from our elected representatives, but from us. Our republic rests on our informed consent. We have treated this inheritance with disdain by sending Trump to the White House, Stefanik to Congress.
The government is us. We get the government we deserve.
With this new administration, I hope for time of healing with a government of empathy and competence. A resumption of the long slow process of a more perfect union.
Listen to other ideas to improve Glenville
It was disappointing, but sadly not surprising, to read Glenville Supervisor Koetzle’s dismissive comments towards Town Board candidate Jenny Lippmann’s refreshing idea for a truck turn-around and passive recreation area on town property ahead of the problematic Glenridge Road railroad bridge.
Fines are fine, but let’s call them what they are, an election-year stunt that won’t actually solve the problem. Now we have a proactive solution that turns a disruptive negative into an exciting positive, and it’s immediately attacked by the supervisor with uninformed responses and contradictory statements.
It’s strikingly apparent that there’s one way to do business in Glenville, the Koetzle way. It’s time we start listening to other people’s ideas, because this is a good one.
Enough talk. Rein in governor’s powers
I applaud the editorial on Feb. 14 in The Daily Gazette (“Rein in Cuomo administration on COVID response.”)
Our legislative leaders need to “buck up” and stop covering for the Cuomo administration.
Our lawmakers need to take action, they need to rescind this governor’s emergency powers and take “more control” of the COVID situation.
The nursing home situation in New York state is a heartfelt tragedy that NEVER should have happened. The editorial says it all. End of story!
Republicans don’t really ‘Back the Blue’
Well racism and difference in justice has once again provided us with the faces of the power — that money and communist directives instilled into government can change our country’s chances of lasting as a free and just country.
To choose not to protect the Capitol police (three dead), 146 others hurt, injured, broken back, loss of an eye and head injuries. The Republicans like Elise Stefanik, Mitch, Lindsey, Cruz and Hawley all claim to “Back the Blue.” Where, when?
The answer is only in November, and now you expect them to show up to work and protect your butt.
You expect anyone to trust any of you people to protect the average working person? I doubt it.
The next time the raid comes to Congress, these people have every right to just step aside and welcome them in and give them whatever they want.
Take down the security fences and send all National Guards home.
We refuse to waste taxpayer money for protections that the Republicans apparently don’t need.
We also should not clean up; clean your own mess up.
States, cities, counties can be raided, assaulted. You sold us out. Stefanik and Hawley cried because people threatened them.
Yet they let this attack happen and supported overturning the votes of 85 million voters.
Stefanik still backs the Big Lie.
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