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Letters to the Editor Saturday, Feb. 27

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Charmed by a mistake in the Sports section

You inadvertently put a large smile on the face of this old man when you had a mistake in your Feb. 22 Sports section.
On Page B5 you ran a story on the unfortunate passing of former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Stan Williams, and it was accompanied by a photograph showing the entire starting rotation of the Dodgers of 1962. Your caption identified the site as having been taken at Dodger Stadium. However, the ballpark in question is unmistakably the historic Polo Grounds — my favorite stadium of all time! It was the longtime home of the then-New York Giants, and, for the first two years the New York Mets were in existence, the old horseshoe-shaped park with the quirky dimensions was the home of the Mets.
Alas, it was razed in 1964 and replaced by Shea Stadium at Flushing Meadows. The Coogan’s Bluff ballpark was the scene of Bobby Thomson’s famous pennant-winning “Shot heard ‘round the world” in 1951 and of Willie Mays’ famous “impossible” catch in deep centerfield in the 1954 World Series.
Anyway, thank you for the “mistake.” Another clue that this is not Dodger Stadium is that the pitchers are wearing their road grey uniforms that say “Los Angeles.” No matter. It brought back a flood of happy memories.
Alan Hart
Glenville

Shame on Gazette for Limbaugh cartoon

It is with deep disappointment that I am writing my first letter to the opinion section of the Gazette. For over 25 years I’ve lived, worked, volunteered and raised two children in the Electric City. I have been a subscriber to your paper for as many years. I enjoy reading the local news and especially enjoy reading Sara Foss’s column.
Even though I find that your editorials lean towards the Washington Post and New York Times, I have, and always will, enjoy reading and pondering a different perspective and viewpoint than I get from the Wall Street Journal.
But I can’t even begin to describe how shocked and disappointed I was when I saw the cartoon in the Sunday, Feb. 21, Gazette regarding Rush Limbaugh. As polarized as America is at this point, I can’t fathom how the editorial board thought that the cartoon was in any way witty, insightful or funny. To run such a vile and hateful cartoon about a human being whose family and friends have not even had an opportunity to lay him to eternal rest is beyond shameful and reprehensible.
At a time when the cry for unity, mutual respect and bipartisanship is needed the most, you chose to follow the path of hatred and division that is consuming us.
Whoever thought this cartoon was appropriate is more than part of the problem. They contribute to the divisiveness that is devouring our country.
I was embarrassed on Sunday to call The Gazette “My Hometown Newspaper.” Shame on you.
Myron Dytiuk
Schenectady

Consider $15/hour and debt forgiveness

Recently there have been national conversations about two important issues. The first is forgiveness of college debt and the second, the $15-per-hour minimum wage.
Looking at the second issue first. Earning the present approximately $8-per-hour federal wage today and working 40 hours a week, you could earn $320 per week before taxes. That is maybe $16,640 per one year of 52 weeks. Tough to live on that.
If that moved to $15 per hour, weekly wages, working 40 hours, would be closer to $600 per week and in a year, closer to $31,200. That difference might allow a person to rent a decent apartment, put a down-payment on a car, maybe get some limited health care, and eat better food.
Why did I mention those things? Because, if a working person can’t pay for those things, we, as taxpayers, pay for them in subsidized housing, SNAP, heating funds, and health care costs. It’s like car insurance when we pay to cover uninsured drivers.
Now back to my first issue — college debt. I have conflicted feelings about this issue, as I paid off mine, but it will be interesting to see which one is passed first. A $10,000+ forgiveness of debt or the $15-per-hour wage. Both will ease the money problems of a family, but one will raise people out of poverty. Perhaps we give tax credit to small businesses that move to $15-per-hour wages.
Janice Walz
Scotia

Too much bad news in Gazette

Your paper focuses too much on negative news. The Feb. 23 headline (“500,000 dead and counting”) is the last straw. I don’t need to start my day with all that negativity. Almost all your articles are also heavily politically slanted. You are not reporting honest, unbiased news, you are reporting a whole bunch of opinions with some bad news sprinkled in.
The only part of the paper that is good now is the puzzles and comics. It’s not worth the money anymore. Goodbye.
Jeremy Kergel
Glenville

Metro a poor choice for Schenectady

Schenectady Metro? Sounds kind of bland doesn’t it? That’s the new nickname Neil Golub came up with and announced during a one-hour presentation. That must have been one exciting presentation huh? Glad I wasn’t there.
But “Metro” really? That to replace “The city that lights and hauls the world” and “The Electric City?” Those two designations have substance, excitement, and history unlike “Metro,” and while I’m at it, “Market 32.”
No Neil, Metro is not a name I and many others want to see associated with Schenectady, but I do have one I’d like to see…Wegmans.
Dominick Belli
Glenville

Re: Bill would close loophole on ghost guns

First, I would like to say that the article was most informative for the non-gun knowledgeable public, which I’m sure is a majority of the liberal leaning individuals, in the immediate Daily Gazette area.
This problem and the problem of 3D printing of firearms are now becoming an object of concern for all of the legal and responsible gun owners throughout our state and country.
However New York state has added a very big twist which was not addressed in the editorial, that is (and I have stated this previously). What good do all these laws do if after arrest, booking, fingerprinting etc., these individuals are let go to (supposedly) appear later.
Since the beginning of 2021, in our small area, about 8-10 cases that I have read about in the Gazette have occurred in Albany, Schenectady, Colonie and the Thruway. People are apprehended, with illegal guns, drugs, stolen merchandise, etc. Then they are let go to appear at a later date.
Is this stupidity? Does anybody think that they are not going to continue illegal activity while out, or better yet skip town?
Is Prince Andrew and his court in their right minds?
Lastly, again, you can make all the laws you want against an inanimate object but unless you change people, all these laws only hinder the law abiding citizens who happen to like an object that others do not.
Bob Nicolella
Scotia

Don’t blame Texas outages on renewables

As Texas deals with record shattering cold, energy blackouts shouldn’t be solely blamed on renewable energy. News stories are spreading about how wind turbines froze which caused massive blackouts which is partially true, but a quote from Gov. Abbott reads “Due to the severe weather and freezing temperatures across our state, many power companies have been unable to generate power, whether it’s from coal, natural gas, or wind power.”
So, while wind was impacted so were other traditional fossil fuel plants, but no one seems to want to look at the big picture. Also, offshore wind in Texas helped to ease the burden as the storm produced strong winds along the coast.
It should also be noted that Texas has their own electrical grid also which is outdated and unprepared for current and future climate change impacts. I urge people to not just listen to CNN, Fox News, or Facebook for your news especially after Tucker Carlson’s rant about wind energy that contained no evidence or data to back up his claims. Instead do your research and fact check stories or visit government websites such as the EPA or U.S. Department of Energy, which provide information and data on various energy sources and emerging technologies.
Jacob Reed
Amsterdam

Public data attacked

The covid data crisis, including nursing home data, is a significant and visible symptom of the larger public relationship with public data and records. New York’s open data program, OpenNY (https://data.ny.gov/), is our public data library, started in 2013. The public data program has faltered mostly due to, ironically, public indifference.
It is easy to criticize the status quo on public data, but we the people are the problem. Public data are public records and public records in New York have been attacked for a generation. We underfund the state’s program and some local governments have reduced public record access hours, eliminated clerk staff, and use money earmarked for records for other purposes.
While New York has a long way to go to improve data stewardship, sadly it has proven more mature in its relationship with public data than many others, even earning accolades. It has not viciously attacked and terrorized its own data collectors (and their families), as the Trump Administration did at the federal level and Republican governors still do, most notably in Florida.
As we uncover the facts about nursing home deaths, New Yorkers should ask: How much should we invest in collecting, securing, and curating public data? My guess is, like the past, the public will remain indifferent and will balk at any meaningful social, economic, and professional investment in public data and New Yorkers will be “shocked” yet again when another crisis reveals the immaturity of how we the people care for our public data.
Chuck Piotrowski
Niskayuna

Trump’s conduct must have consequences

The Senate voted by a margin of 57-43 to convict Donald J. Trump of one charge of “incitement to insurrection” following prosecution by House managers.
Following the vote, Senate Minority Leader McConnell declared Trump was undeniably guilty of a “disgraceful dereliction of duty” when he incited and failed to stop a deadly assault on the Capitol. McConnell said, “There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the event of the day.”
Recognizing these actions by the Senate and Leader McConnell, one might conclude Trump had been found guilty and denounced for his incitement to insurrection and tossed into the political equivalent of Dante’s Seventh Circle of Hell.
But, not so fast. The 57 votes to convict Trump fell 10 votes short of the 67 needed. Result — Not Guilty.
And, for McConnell, he voted Not Guilty because he does not believe the Constitution permits the Senate to convict a former office holder.
Final result — Trump celebrates another acquittal.
Next steps, Trump may be Teflon Don for today, but there are prosecutors in New York, Georgia and the District of Columbia, as well as civil litigators who will have something to say as a result of pending cases and investigations.
Trump’s mendacity, seditious conduct and corrupt behavior during the last four years must have consequences. It wasn’t easy to lock up John Gotti, but in the end the good guys won.
Robert K. Corliss
Schenectady

 

 

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Joseph Vendetti

Dear Mrs Walz:

By raising the minimum wage – yes we would be elevating some from poverty, reducing some entitlement benefits to the taxpayer but at the same time the office of budget management predicts 1.4 million workers will be terminated because companies can’t afford the same employment roles with higher wages. So they would be forced to cut jobs or raise the cost of goods sold, its economics, that extra cost needs to be absorbed somewhere. So we then would be paying entitlement benefits to 1.4 million laid off workers.

I to paid off over $100,000 in loans from my undergraduate and graduate degree. Millions have done it & it would be unfair to burden you, me and someone that never went to college with others debt. We all will end up paying for it – in the form of higher taxes. We can’t just wipe away debt it gets put in another line item that others are responsible for. Our national debt devalues the dollar around the globe.

So just like when the Progressives and super liberals were beating the election drum of “free” health care and college! There is nothing “free” – health care and education costs are just passed on and we all end up absorbing it in higher fuel cost, milk cost, bread cost, etc etc (because taxes are increased to pay for universal health care and universal college) & we will drive the overall cost of living up.

I spent 9 months in NZ working. Workers talked about their “free” system. Bread was $7 per loaf, gas was $11 per gallon, milk was $6.5 per gallon. Students crawled along in university until they were 28-29 yrs old, frequently changing majors because there was no urgency. Hospitals & Urgent centers put people in queues and dealt out care to only the sickest. I had a laborer whose father waited until he had 98% blockage to get a heart stent.

Is this what we want America to become?

geri krawitz

surely mr. vendetti you cannot be talking about the wonderful new zealand i know.
civilized intelligent hard working people, and you tar them with your brush of envy.
what are you that you have had so much in student debt. a physician attorney
you apparently are the personification of an ideal person and i do n ot see where our health care system is so great. costly for the elderly and self indulgent for those the woke consider needy. if you have these feelings about america now use your vote to get rid of the greedy people in politics coumo bidens pelosi deblasio and many many more

geri krawitz

yes more like new zealand australia countries i am familiar with having lived in sydney for 3 years with a member of my family. what an amazing experience.the friendly wonderful people the less corrupt goverment the emphasize on family school simplicity
proper values not wokeness which even today does not exist in either country. i am so happy that part of my family are enjoying a really lovely life. imagine australia with perhaps 5 homicides a year and chicago a city i am sure you love with 796 for 2020 alone. we are no longer the promised land we are becoming more focused on crooks druggies both of whic h hunter is. as for our health care why do i as a rather poor senior have to pay such high copays. certain areas of health care in saratog asprings are not even available for medicare. our country is no longer the land (except migrants) want to go to. biden and his family and obama have become rich while in power while the average person has lost income health care and protection from the police and goverment. we are all saps in the eyes of the democratic party.

geri krawitz

if only we could become as new zealand and australia are now. truly paradise physically beautiful country beautiful educated civil people it is paradise. on the beach says it all all other countries destroyed but oz. they dont start wars and they do not friend countries that do as the u.s. does now. we had a chance with trump but thewir is to much hatred bias and stupidity with ther american people. how do you cancel seuss and print hunters book. he has wasted his life and injured many people with his fecklessness had to give up his naval ranking because of drugs how bad must it have been, impregnates a stripper of course denies it but blood will tell leaves hius wife and children to live with is sister in law and than has an affair with her sisterbasically steals monies from ukraine and china because of familial ties. i think this is the new mein kamp. rotten boy makes good

William Marincic

Geri, Joe Vendetti is right, we can live like New Zealand if we want to pay $10 a gallon for gas and $8 for a loaf of bread and 30% sales tax, that was what he was saying. For once we have a reasonable democrat on here.

Martha Bencic

You conveniently forgot to mention that NZ is an island. Of course almost everything costs more- it’s all imported.

The cost of higher education in this country has skyrocketed due to greed, making it inaccessible to those unwilling to start life buried in debt. The 1% has a vested interest in an uneducated populace. It makes people easier to control and manipulate- keep ’em poor, keep ’em hungry, keep ’em stupid!

Our federal minimum wage and lack of affordable healthcare make this an awful place to live for far too many. We are an international embarrassment and that’s unlikey to change because the craven people in charge have no shame.

geri krawitz

mr. dytiuk sorry if i misspelled your name short memory. the land we live in now our once wonderful country regardless of who was in charge has become a cesspool
just read where dr. seuss is being cancelled by schools as being of course racist . but that disgusting person hunter biden has a book published paid 2 million for his drugged thoughts and praised by his idiot fatndher. we love our children but we see their problems if their are any we don n ot condom them the man has never done a wick of good work in his life and yet he is praised and a writer like dr. seuss living a full life of helping and never crossing the line is being removed. why are we allowing this it is not woke it is bias and stupid and a bit fascist. isnt this how germany in the 30’s began. someone save our country

William Marincic

Janice Walz Minimum wage is a starting point, it’s for young people getting into the workforce it’s not and should not be a career choice unless that is all you hope to be in your life. Working at McDonald’s is for teenagers getting into the workforce not a career path unless you are planning on becoming a manager or a district manager. I had quite a few minimum wage jobs growing up 14,15, 16, 17 and 18 years old but I’ve always worked hard and by working hard my pay increased with my experience, it’s up to you as an individual to set your own pay scale by your commitment to work. Everybody wants to start out at the top nobody wants to work the way up anymore that’s the way people think now days. With a $15 an hour federal wage some people will make more money and more people will lose their job because a small business cannot afford to pay them.

Mr. Reed’s February 27 “Don’t blame Texas outages on renewables” letter is well written and well taken. However, it fails to note that the Gazette has based its Texas power problem reports on AP articles — all of which are heavily biased towards completely ignoring or arbitrarily playing down the real impact of renewables on the situation. I have as the saying goes “no dog in this fight” nor am I biased against renewables. Rather, what I am biased against is biased reporting. For example, on February 16 the Gazette published an AP article entitled “Millions in Texas Lose Power” which made no mention of the fact that (according to ERCOT’s widely available official report) approximately 48% (over 12,000 MW) of the wind generation was unavailable at the time. In fact, the AP article didn’t even say that any renewables were out of service at all. Pray tell, how could it be that such an easily obtainable and especially vital fact go unpublished except for it being due to the inherent bias of AP to purposely omit it. I am a 55 year long power industry consultant who worked at ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) as an independent advisor way back when they were first setting up their current format — and as a matter of personal interest I have been following their activities in detail since then. Thus, I hope the Gazette will step up its efforts to make sure the articles it publishes are complete and balanced — because the AP stuff certainly isn’t.

geri krawitz

how can they and loose their elligence to the current administration. everything is still trumps fault. simple minded hate has been running and ruining our country

To deal with the problem of student debt I suggestion that universities be required to show, by department, how well their graduations are doing in the job market. This simple bit of information would allow each student to make meaningful choices about debt assumption.

geri krawitz

an excellent suggestion but are implying that students should actually learn.something of worth to prepare them for life and working. are they not doing this with all the emphasis on racial bias more empathy for the whatever and hair styling

If you overload a household plug you burn out a fuse and trip a circuit breaker. The same thing happens on a grander scale if the electric grid is over loaded. When there is a demand for service that exceeds what is available the grid operator shuts down part of the grid to prevent the physical damage that would result from over loading. Thus without generates that are not dependent upon the weather modern life will dramatically change.

If you overload a household plug you burn out a fuse and trip a circuit breaker. The same thing happens on a grander scale if the electric grid is over loaded. When there is a demand for service that exceeds what is available the grid operator shuts down part of the grid to prevent the physical damage that would result from over loading. Thus without generators that are not dependent upon the weather modern life will dramatically change. In plain English we have to give up to days life style if we want to live in a world completely powered by renewables.

geri krawitz

while your letters are unfortunately beyond my understanding it is obvious that you are learned and have a grasp of many problems

Joseph Vendetti

Geri

RPI for Bachelors and Masters – not cheap, and system penalizes the middle class where my parents were not poor (or poor enough that would have increased my aid) or rich (that they could pay $50,000 per yr for RPI). I did get academic awards but all said and done – I was $100,000 in debt for those degrees and it took 10 years to pay off.

My daughters that went to LeMoyne and Siena will have similar debt loads with Bachelors and Masters degrees. And Frankly why should anyone besides them pay those debts off?

You are correct – NZ has beautiful countryside, mountains, and beaches. But they are a socialist society. If you are interested in paying a top tier of 60% on your income, and high prices for bread, milk, gas, then thats your place.

geri krawitz

they are not a socialist society as much as a well run civilized society. everything is expensive but wages are higher as opposed to our country thay for some reason you are defending. we have high food housing and medical costs the necessities of life.
salaries are low and the goverment wastes much money on programs that help a few and even than complaints not even done for drug users and wastrels in jail and those out looting. one of the problems is that people in goverment for life and have really enriched themselves. i doubt any other country have people leaving the top jobs on gov with so much money. is not biden a perfect example and also the obamas with their multi deals these are people who do nothing for americans and are elected to office because i am sure that illegal votes are counted. when you say become like n zealand what do you mean. no handouts for the crooked the druggies the murderers
the martyrs created because tyhey were killed while commiting a crime and resisting.
the cancel culture and the emphasis on giving money to minorities rather than fairly dividing. harvard with their adding 300 points to admissions no bail no jail chicago 89 murder this year that creep hunter getting 2 millon he is a walking cesspool. the large cities taken over by criminals and even worse wokes ill take new zealand thank you

Joseph Vendetti

Martha:

Japan, Bahamas, Cuba, Aruba, St Thomas all islands much lower fuel, milk, bread, basic necessities costs then NZ. Wine made in NZ is actually more expensive in NZ then in NY, NZ has more sheep & livestock then people yet meat & fish at the supermarkets are 20-25% higher then the US. So its not just being on an Island.

If you truly feel that there is a 1% Illuminati that is keeping poor people down you should start searching for big foot. My daughters two roommates (twin sisters) at Lemoyne were very poor from Syracuse. They took out zero student loans and lived on campus, no work study, 100% need based aid. They ended up changing majors from nursing to biology and spent an extra year there. Graduated with zero debt. So as I said, the poorer the better, if you have drive & grades to get into college you don’t need debt.

The loan forgiveness program that Progressives are pushing will only help less then 5% of minorities. But in the end of the day – 128,000,000 workers in the US will pay higher taxes because of it.

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